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Elena and Peter’s Real Wedding By Studio Without Walls

28th February 2014 |By | Be the first to comment

This week we’re sharing Elena and Peter’s Real Wedding by Studio Without Walls. Elena is definitely our type of bride, not only was she inspired by our work, which brought a smile to our faces, but she also designed her own dress. Picking what she liked from different dresses and creating one that is unique just like her is a stroke of genius. We’re also very impressed with the monochrome theme. It’s clear to see the black and white theme added sophistication and elegance to their big day, something the guests will always remember. Enjoy!

Elena and Peter Real Wedding Story

Bride and Groom… Elena & Peter

Wedding date… Sunday 25th August 2013

We met… In 2008 at my leaving do, I was moving to Cyprus. We stayed in contact and became friends while I was abroad. In 2010 I moved back to London and we started to spend more time together. After a few months things started to change and the casual social gatherings turned into dates.

The proposal… He took me to London Bridge where we walked alongside the Thames. He was acting quite nervous and after a while he plucked up the courage and got down on one knee.

Length of engagement… 18 months

How did Confetti.co.uk help in your big day? It helped me to choose my theme and got some unusual ideas.

Bridal rose bouquet

Bridal bouquet with mini frame

‘MUM’ hanger

Bride getting ready

My dress was… Tailor made. I struggled to find a dress that I liked; there was always something not right about the dresses I tried on. I visited a number of different shops with my mum, by the end of it I was fed up. I decided to take bits off different dresses that I liked and have the dress made for me. I was nervous each time I went for a fitting wondering if I had made the right decision, but I’m glad I did it. I also got my bridesmaid dresses made as I wanted something unusual and different.

Bridesmaid helping bride get ready

Bridesmaid helping bride get ready1

The finishing touches

White, diamante bridal pumps

Bridal crystal headpiece

The bride

Bride taking part in Greek wedding traditions

Flower girl with lily bouquet

Bride with her family

Gifts for the flower girls

Gifts for the flower girls and usher

Bride with flower girls and usher

Our bridesmaids were… 4 of my closet cousins and friends.

Bride with her bridesmaids

Grooms cufflinks and silver watch

Groom getting ready

Grooms family and friends

Grooms taking part in Greek wedding traditions

Grooms taking part in Greek wedding traditions 2

Grooms taking part in Greek wedding traditions

The groom ready for his big day

Our wedding ceremony was… At The Twelve Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, followed by the reception at Luton Hoo Golf and Spa Hotel, an absolutely amazing place with stunning grounds. We had about 180 guests which is very small for a Greek wedding, but it was exactly what we wanted, a small intimate wedding with our nearest and dearest. My main goal was to make the wedding a fun day and to have a great party.

Grooms and bestman outside the church

Wedding Guests

Bride arriving in vintage car

Bride arriving in vintage car

Groom waiting at the church

Groom at the church

Groom waiting for his bride

 Bride walking down the asile

Bride and the groom

Ceremong at the Twelve Apostles Greek Orthodox Church

Bride and groom exchanging vows

Bride and groom Greek wedding ceremony

Greek Orthodox ceremony

 Greek Orthodox ceremony

Newlyweds signing the register

Guests celebrating the newlyweds

Suppliers:

Wedding Dress: Private seamstress | Wedding Shoes: Nine West | Wedding Suits: Marks and Spencers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Private seamstress | Wedding Entertainment: Cleopatra Band, Plate Smashing Dancers and Sweet Soulful Sounds | Wedding Photographer: Studio Without Walls | Wedding Hair: Blonde Pineapple | Wedding Venue Stylist: 7 star events | Wedding Catering: One Stop Coordination | Wedding Stationery: B.Hands Wedding | Photo booth: The Guest Factor

Newlyweds with their family

 Newlyweds with their family

 Newlyweds with their family

Personalised cufflinks

Our groomsmen were… 8 of our brothers and very close friends.

Bride with the groomsmen

 Group photo

Our wedding photographer was… Adrian Neal from Studio Without Walls. He was absolutely amazing from day one. We did a pre shoot a few weeks before the wedding which was fun and on the day of the wedding he was brilliant, totally put me at ease. We told him we wanted lots of fun and real photos which he captured beautifully.

The bride and groom wedding portraits

The bride and groom wedding portraits

Elena our Real Wedding Bride

Our wedding theme was… Black and white. I wanted it to be elegant and timeless.

 Black and white wedding reception

Black and white table decoration with cream roses

Cream rose table decorations

Black and white table decoration

Mirrored seating plan

Mirrored seating plan

Our wedding cake was made by… Nectar patisserie

Black and white wedding cake and signing frame

 Bridesmaids in black strapless dresses

The top table

Grooms speech

Wedding guests enjoying the speech

 A gift for the groom

Our first dance was… Can’t help falling in love by Elvis

 The first dance

Our favourite part of the wedding was… Everything! We loved every minute.

Our wedding was unique and special because… I decided to do things my way and not follow the crowd we put a modern twist to a Greek wedding. My main aim was to make the wedding fun with good entertainment, I had a Greek band that played throughout the evening, Greek dancers to entertain guests and get the party started then I had an amazing soul singer who surprised everyone and got everyone on the dance floor, he was amazing and created a great buzz.

What is your advice for other brides? Don’t Stress! When I started planning the wedding I promised myself I would not become a bag of nerves or a bride-zilla which I managed to uphold and I was able to enjoy planning the wedding. When I did start to stresse I would put everything down and step away and deal with it later, there will be problems but everything can be sorted! Think about what is important to you, for me it was entertainment and I decided to spend more of my budget on that and now that it is over it’s  all everyone is talking about.

Suppliers:

Wedding Dress: Private seamstress | Wedding Shoes: Nine West | Wedding Suits: Marks and Spencers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Private seamstress | Wedding Entertainment: Cleopatra Band, Plate Smashing Dancers and Sweet Soulful Sounds | Wedding Photographer: Studio Without Walls | Wedding Hair: Blonde Pineapple | Wedding Venue Stylist: 7 star events | Wedding Catering: One Stop Coordination | Wedding Stationery: B.Hands Wedding | Photo booth: The Guest Factor

Mini-Real-Wedding-Mood-Board

Above, clockwise from top left: Square Vase | Amore Silver and Pink Bead Charm Bracelet – Flower Girl | Signing Frame | Laser Expressions Personalised Monogram Baroque Box Wraps

Written by

Sahdia Qayyum has over six years experience in the wedding industry as a planner and designer; she has a clear vision of what brides are looking for.

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