Kaye and Jon were married at Stoke Newington Town Hall, they followed the ceremony by driving their guests in a Red Routemaster Bus to The Roost in Dalston for a relaxed reception with plenty of quirky, handmade touches. Captured by Tony Cullinane Photography, their day has a lovely personal feel.
Ultimately the couple wanted to move away from the traditional ‘country house’ wedding. Kaye explained how they achieved their perfect day:
“Jon and I knew from the beginning that we wouldn’t suit a traditional church/country house style of wedding. We wanted something that was different and would reflect our personalities. We spent a long time researching places in London that had a quirky feel until we found The Roost in Dalston. We went to visit and loved it immediately. It is largely a photography/film studio (which used to be an old pub) and at that point it only occasionally opened its doors to wedding parties. There are four floors and each room has a different theme and feel and the whole place is decked out with unusual and unique props.”
“To keep costs to a minimum and to add further personal touches we made a lot of our own decorations including the table plan, place names and flower decorations. After the wedding I pressed some of the flowers used and set them into jewellery as gifts for family and friends – a custom service I also offer via my handmade jewellery business known as The Autumn Orchard!”
“It is a brilliant venue to photograph, particularly for two camera-shy people who don’t like to pose too much! Tony did a fantastic job capturing us looking relaxed and casual whilst making the most of the fabulous backdrops.
The guests were completely bowled away, not least by the old cast-iron bath full of beer that the staff had placed in the garden! It was a wonderful, magical day and we have hardly stopped talking about it (even almost a year later)!”
“The Roost is split over four floors and the top floor was full of interesting props from previous photographic shoots where I took some interesting and rather quirky photographs of Kay and Jon. They are a lovely couple but both very camera shy so I had to ensure I put them at their ease, I work mainly as a reportage photographer so this worked very well with Kaye and Jon and they told me afterwards they actually enjoyed the experience. Kaye and Jon’s guests were able to wander around the old building at their leisure throughout the day, checking out all the various props etc, your guests won’t get bored in The Roost!” – Tony.