Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Our Wedding!

So I didn't exactly manage to keep up with blogging in the run up to the wedding. I certainly intended to but when you set yourself tasks such as stamping every ones names letter by letter onto place cards & the table plan there isn't much time for anything else!

We decorated the venue ourselves the day before with a little help with lighting from a professional decoration company.


I incorporated place cards and favour bags into one thing by filling little bags with Raspberry Ruffles and tying people's names onto them.


One of the things I found hardest was finding the dress. I'm not overly girlie when it comes to clothing and usually wear skate shorts & t-shirts so even getting my head around the idea of wearing a dress was difficult! I toyed with the idea of wearing shorts & a tux t-shirt but I ended up deciding that I wanted to feel a bit more special than that. I also knew I'd never find anything I liked in the shops so I asked my amazing friend and bridesmaid Tabitha to make the dress.

We spent SO long shopping for fabric, partly because I'm fussy but also because every fabric I was totally in love with was silk! It was really frustrating partly because we really didn't have much time to plan the wedding (we did the whole thing in 6 weeks) and partly because I'm used to veganism being easy! This is the only time I've even found it remotely difficult, eventually we found something I liked and Tabitha made the dress in just a couple of weeks.


Our wedding was totally awesome even if I do say so myself. I couldn't stop grinning at my wonderful husband all day! Here's us using the photo booth...


The ceremony was really relaxed and lovely and at the reception we had awesome music, games, guitar hero and all the food was vegan! Having only been to all vegan restaurants a couple of times being able to eat (and drink) anything was super fun.

Our caterers were Veg Out who were absolutely amazing, I'd recommend them to anyone. They came up with an amazing menu...


...and even included a couple of my favourite picnicey dishes, my friend Kip's Blue Sheese Dip and my slightly adapted version of the Veganomicon Brooklyn Deli Macaroni Salad. Most of the photos below were taken by Kip from Messy Vegetarian Cook as I didn't manage to take a single photo on the day!

Before dinner there were canapes to go with the champagne. They included a totally delicious broccoli & cream cheese mini quiche and some filo pastry tarts with an amazing creamy mushroom filling.

Here's the Macaroni Salad and in the foreground you can see one of my favourite dishes from Veg Out their Cauliflower and Asparagus tart. More than one of my omnivorous guests said that they couldn't believe you could make something so creamy without cream or cheese, as a vegan I know that of course you can but it was awesome to be able to show other people this! I had about 3 slices and am certainly going to be trying to get hold of the recipe.


Here are a few more pics, Potato Salad...


...Dolmades...


... Tofu and Vegetable Kebabs...


...Red Quinoa Kedgeree with Tofu...


...Green Bean Salad with a lemon, mint and parsley dressing ...


...and Sausage Rolls.


After dinner there was dessert, my favourite part of most meals! We had a chocolate fountain with Dandies marshmallows, chopped Go Max Go bars & fruit for dipping.


Veg Out also made a totally delicious Lime Mousse which was made with avocado, although we didn't tell people this until after dinner! Even my dessert hating dad enjoyed this and I had two.


Of course their had to be cupcakes! We used The Vegan Cake Girl for these as I'd read great reviews about their cakes on my friend Melisser's blog and their prices were insanely reasonable! The cupcakes were beautiful, sparkly and really delicious...

... we ordered Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Orange, Raspberry, Lemon Kiss & Chocolate Cherry. My favourites were the Mint Chocolate and the Chocolate Cherry and Nick loved the Chocolate Orange. We also ordered some of her Blueberry Muffins to take to the hotel for breakfast the next day, we put a few out at the wedding in case some people weren't into cupcakes but I didn't try one until the next day. I was SO glad I'd decided to order some, they are seriously the best muffins I have ever eaten and another thing I'm going to be trying to get the recipe for that's for sure!

We stayed at the Kemp Townhouse hotel for a couple of nights after the wedding, it's not very far from our house but it was nice to pretend to be tourists in Brighton for a day! The room we stayed in was gorgeous and the owners were happy to make us vegan breakfasts as we let them know our dietary requirements in advance. The full English breakfast was great with Sausages, Vegi Bacon, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Baked Beans, Hash Browns and Toast. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get a picture. We also dined out at Terre a Terre but boringly I ordered something I'd had and also blogged about before!

We're just getting towards the end of our mini-moon, we took a week off work as we can't afford a proper honeymoon just yet but hopefully we're going on a day out to London tomorrow. We really want to try out the new veggie restaurant Zilli Green and visit Vx the Secret Society of Vegans new London store. I'll be writing about them soon!

31 comments:

  1. It all looks so amazing!!
    You look beautiful, and I love how personal the day was for you both. Plus the food looks yuummmm x

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  2. Congrats! You guys look so happy! Also, I LOVE your dress!

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  3. Jojo, it's gorgeous. You two pulled off such an amazing day, it looks like. Congrats again!

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  4. i love this. you two look so stunning! congrats :)

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  5. Congratulations!!!!

    Your wedding looks like a really fun day and the food, omg! Enjoy your mini-moon :D

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  6. Absolutely beautiful! The food looks just amazing, and as for the bright colours, lanterns, the non-traditional dress etc... Everything about this is like my dream wedding. Congratulations to you both!

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  7. I love your wedding so much. You both look awesome and you showed THE FUCKING WORLD how much a vegan wedding can ROCK. Seriously, I applaud you and your husband for sticking to your beliefs and not caving into the omnivore industrial complex. there is no reason all weddings can't be as sassy and cute and gorgeous and awesome and tasty as yours. tell it!
    xo
    kitteef

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  8. I think that's the best spread of wedding food i've ever seen, vegan or not! How amazing. Looks like a wonderful day :)

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  9. Looks like an awesome day, I love the dress and the decorations and the food looks amazing! congratulations :)

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  10. jojo + nick! woowoo.
    Seriously, cutest wedding ever! I wish I could have been there. Congrats!

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  11. That looks like so much FUN! I love the colors, the food (chocolate fountain?!?), the decorations, the favors, your dress... all of it is just so lively and joyful. Here's to a long and happy marriage for you and Nick! <3 <3 <3

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  12. Congratulations! I can't imagine a more amazing wedding. You both look incredibly happy!

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  13. I cannot believe you put that wedding together in six weeks! Completely gorgeous. I love your dress! Very snazzy, very you (from what I can gather, at least). Your venue looks a lot like the one we had originally planned to use in NYC. I hope you had the amazing and wonderful wedding you deserve - it certainly looks like you did! :D

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  14. Congratulations! It looks like you had a super day.

    Of all the weddings I've been to it's been the ones where the couple, family and friends have worked at making it a success (rather than just throwing money at companies to do it for them) that I've enjoyed the most. From the pictures it seems that you totally pulled it off - I wish you a long and happy life together.

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  15. wow! the room and the food looks so beautiful. you two are the cutest couple and I love your dress. very cool. you should submit your wedding photos, etc to vegnews for their annual wedding issue.

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  16. Absolutely lovely!!!
    Best Regards and Wishes!!!

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  17. What a beautiful wedding! All the food looks incredible and your dress is amazing. Best wishes on your new adventure in marriage!

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  18. Wow! Congratulations to both of you! Everything looks fantastic (and so do you). :))

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  19. Congratulations Jojo! That looks like the most wonderful wedding ever. Totally stunning.

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  20. jojo, way to pull all of this off in only 6 weeks. you look so beautiful and happy which makes me happy.
    cannot wait to give you a big hug in march!!
    xo

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  21. Your dress is absolutely stunning, it looks like it was such a lovely day!x

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  22. Your wedding looks like it was lots of fun and your dress is beautiful. With the colour of your hair everything was complimented beautifully.
    Congratulations on your marriage!

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  23. MAGICAL!!! Congratulations lady! Looked like a great party!!!

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  24. Congrats! I'm sure you guys had the best time ever! And everything looks delicious too ;)

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  25. Congratulations!! Everything looks so beautiful!

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  26. Congratulations! You both look so lovely. Married life is awesome :)

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  27. Aw, congratulations! I hope you'll submit a profile for OffbeatBride.com, I get so excited when I see vegan weddings up there, especially when they are as colourful and awesome-looking as yours!

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  28. Everything looks totally amazing but the best bit is definitely you two! You both look GORGEOUS! Your dress is stunning.
    Wishing you lots and lots of wonderful happy moments together.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  29. Congrats! Everything looks fantastic, and like everyone else has said, you both look so happy! Where was the venue? It looks fabulous! x

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