Intimate London wedding: Anika + Matt
Seeking a little Jenny Packham, pink and apricot wedding inspiration from London to go with your morning cup of tea? Always. Here’s why we love this one so much: Anika + Matt’s wedding was the perfect combination of classic and modern. The soft peony floral arrangements speak to Anika’s romantic side. Snuggled next to those were table numbers in various fonts that represent her love of typography. While their venue, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, speaks to her adoration of the modern. It all works. And who better to capture it all than Jodie Chapman!
I was all set on having a knee-length dress…but then paid a visit to Jenny Packham and fell in love with a beaded, slightly 1920s style dress. It felt comfortable and had the casual elegance which I had been looking for, plus the seamstress at Jenny Packham was amazing and adjusted the dress to how I wanted to wear it, slightly nipped at the waist.
She told Patrick Ludde that she didn’t want her hair to look too done up so he created a full, relaxed, low bun.
London destination weddings take note. The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London is very central in its location and sits in a Regency-style building on The Mall, between Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. If guests want take a stroll through the venue while you’re off taking photos, they can catch a glimpse of Big Ben and the London Eye from ICA’s balconies.
Anika wanted arrangements that were elegant, full and not at all stiff. Scarlet & Violet started with the sunset coral peony and a loose colour palette of pinks and apricots. From there, full arrangements of roses, peonies and sweet peas in pink, apricot and parchment tones, along with shades of cream and grey-lilac filled every corner.
And the music went a little something like this: For the ceremony, we had Elvis “Can’t Help Falling in Love” , The Beach Boys version of “And Then I Kissed Her” and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered”. The first dance song took the longest time, as we knew we wanted something romantic and also with a fast tempo. We chose Jackie Wilson’s “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher”, which was perfect for us. During the ceremony we had a sing-along with a couple of musicians on ukuleles, to The Beatles, “I wanna hold your hand” – everyone joined in!
Sweet getaway car!
Anika scoured charity shops and flea markets to find a mix of antique photo frames in which to display the table numbers. Working in publishing, Anika has an interest in typography so each table had a different style to achieve an individual but cohesive look.
Look at that flooring!
The less you do with the icing or fondant on your cake, the more you can decorate with fresh flowers. Win, win!
What a timeless wedding!
Congratulations Anika + Matt!
Photographer: Jodie Chapman / Venue and catering: ICA, London / Getting ready hotel: Haymarket Hotel / Flowers: Scarlet & Violet / Bride’s dress: Jenny Packham / Hairpiece: Vintage Headdress / Hair: Patrick Ludde / Make-up: Rachel Jones / Groom’s suit and tie: Reiss / Groom’s shoes: Russell & Bromley / Silk pocket square: Mr Porter / Cake: Konditor and Cook (flowers on cake by Scarlet & Violet) / Car: Andy Morgan (vintage 1950s Citroen DS) Citroen Ds Car Hire