Inspired by Solange’s w-day style and a love of disco, Lauren and Grant really made their day their own.
Lauren tells us all about the details from their fun-filled wedding, captured by Dom Martin Photography, in her own words…
“We met under the huge disco ball in O2 ABC in 2010 but didn’t exchange numbers.
As fate would have it, in 2012 we met at the same spot – but this time he didn’t let me get away.
We wanted to get married on the anniversary of the date we first properly met: Friday 27th July 2012.
Cottiers was just perfect! It ticked every box because we could have the ceremony and reception in the one place.
We knew we wanted a disco wedding but we didn’t want it to look tacky.
We went for a watercolour theme using pink, orange and yellow to make it nice and bright.
We also wanted to integrate my Nigerian heritage. We decided to use different colours of ankara (an African fabric).
I made Grant a bow tied and pocket square from ankara and my gran made my dad a waistcoat and tie from another pattern.
I then had both patterns as ribbon on my bouquet as a symbol of joining our families together.
My inspiration was Solange. She was a beautiful bride!
I wasn’t that nervous about dress shopping because I knew exactly what I wanted.
My dress was designed by Suzanne and Lauren at Susanne Christyne Bridal.
I wanted a Bardot neckline and a dramatic train and that’s exactly what the girls designed for me.
My husband surprised me on the morning of our wedding with a locket bracelet.
He cut out pictures of my brother who passed away so that I could have him with me all day.
I was so excited. We had a morning with mimosas, Abba, then more champagne.
It was fab. I was just so happy walking down the aisle, the most happy I have ever felt. Jut pure joy.
Jack Graham married us. He is an old family friend who knew my brother, and because he is a minister it suited both Grant’s religious and my non-religious background.
We kept it casual by having loved ones read out lyrics to our favourite songs as readings.
The speeches were great. I wanted to do a speech which I think shocked a few people.
Grant said the most lovely things that did actually make me shed a wee tear.
My dad ended up doing three separate speeches. He was the talk of the wedding in the end.
He kept wanting to add more to his speech so had three different goes at it.
He also took the opportunity to give my new husband a Nigerian name as a way of welcoming him into the family. It was really touching!
We had two DJs from The Buff Club DJ our wedding.
They played nothing but disco hits all night, it was amazing!
I loved dancing to the last song of the night, Last Dance by Donna Summer, with everyone around us.
No one wanted to leave!
Lettering on bride’s leather jacket: Laila Lettering & Calligraphy