I am. like. obsessed with the Barbican. It is somehow super graphic with it’s amazing architectural shapes from the 1950’s and organic at the same time with the beautiful leafy fabulousness of it’s conservatory. Thus, a perfect place for a wedding and some great portraits. Today’s feature is thanks very much to the lovely wedding photographer and newlywed Caro Hutchings of Caro Hutchings Photography.
A bit more about the bride and groom… Chris and Fola wanted a relaxed, modern and elegant wedding and chose the perfect venue for it. Smack in the middle of London, the conservatory feels like a little romantic haven in the middle of a modern hustle and bustle. Fola described it as “a rainforest erupting out of London concrete.” She says “the emphasis for me was on relaxation and fun – we provided a photobooth, games for kids, kept the food and drink flowing, gave all our guests bags of sweets (with personalized stickers), and mini-Empire magazines (where my husband and I met) as favours.” All detailed with lemon and white accessories.
Fola wore a beautiful Maggie Sottero wedding dress and Dune shoes, while her bridesmaids sparkled in blue gowns from Phase Eight. The stationery was designed by John Hitchcox and Olly Moss, and the flowers were by Angel Flowers in Islington.
Advice from the Bride:
Be open-minded about everything – if you are open to new ideas, you never know where it might lead. For example, our ideas for our table plan changed so many times, and it wasn’t until we happened upon something in John Lewis that we went down the road we chose. Don’t fixate on minor details, and relax; what will be, will be. Have people around you that are calm, like my fantastic bridesmaids, Nat and Gemma (who sang for us to accompany our first dance). Make sure you spend some time with your new husband – even if it’s just ten minutes – to soak up the atmosphere, and let it sink in. Don’t be proud – we had a limited budget for this wedding, and without the help of our family and friends, we’d never have pulled it off. From the invites to the cake (baked by my friend, Helen O’Hara) to my hair (by my brilliant brother , Toyin) to the DJ (the fabulous Lauren Laverne), everyone was so generous with their time and expertise.
That my mother became ill before the wedding, and was unable to attend. She would have loved every minute of it.
Best decision made:
Having the photobooth from Booth Nation. They were fantastic, it kept people entertained for hours, and the lovely book they gave us will be treasured forever. The arches were a last-minute addition, but lent the walkway a romantic, almost magical, feel, especially at night. And hiring Caro as our photographer. And having the speeches in the evening, so everyone felt included. And… you get the idea.