All there in black and white

Jude and Dave set the stage for their city do with an eclectic mix of art deco and monochrome touches

Jude and dave – the proposal


Photography by Catherine at Lily & Frank


Jude and Dave’s relationship blossomed after a nervous first date via match.com and, four years later, Dave proposed in Marrakesh. “We’d just lit the log fire and curled up in bed at the Riad Noir D’Ivoire when he asked me,” says Jude. “It was a very romantic moment.”

Jude and Dave – the perfect venue


The couple decided on London as the perfect backdrop for their 8 May wedding. “We saw nine venues around London in one day!” says Jude. “Swan at The Globe was the one we felt most at home in – the others were either too grand or not special enough.”

Jude and dave – the stage is set


The civil ceremony was held on the top floor, with readings that included The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. Jude walked down the aisle to We’re Going To Be Friends by the White Stripes and walked back out to Billy Idol’s White Wedding. “One of our favourite moments was our friend shouting ‘tune!’ as we walked past,” she says.

Jude and dave – finding the one


Jude’s Maggie Sottero dress was meant to be. “The label said JD1214 so I took it as a sign that it had J and D in the code. It had built-in corsetry and the low back felt glam and sexy.”

Jude and dave – accessorize, accessorize!


For the perfect dance-all-night shoes, Jude chose silver satin slingbacks from Clarks.

Jude and dave – a bit of bling


She added a necklace from Etsy seller EMBridal. “My birdcage veil (AnnLeslie), hair clip for the evening (Lulusplendor) and clutch (DavieandChiyo) were from Etsy too – they’re all unique pieces,” says Jude.

Jude and dave – arm candy


A bouquet of calla lilies, feathers and diamanté by florists Stem Flowers was the perfect finishing touch for Jude’s modern-vintage style outfit.

Jude and dave – pretty maids


Jude’s four bridesmaids wore black dresses from Coast with necklaces from New Look to continue the monochrome bridal party theme.

Jude and dave – let’s hear it for the boys


Dave’s dapper three-piece suit was by Jeff Banks.

Jude and dave – the look


With an art deco theme in mind, Jude set about designing her chic monochrome reception. “I used feathers, diamanté and satin bow details to pull the look together,” she says of the stationery that she made herself, using materials from HobbyCraft and an art deco font she found online.

jude and dave – DIY Diva


“The table plan was my favourite DIY project,” she says. “I bought stick-on frames from IKEA and got creative with card, jewels and ribbon.”

jude and dave – sweet music


The couple named the tables after gig venues they’d visited, such as The Astoria and Brixton Academy, and gave out CD favours of songs from the wedding playlists. Silver candelabra wrapped in black wire threaded with crystals and orchids by Stem Flowers added to the dramatic art-deco-meets-modern-music-fan feel. “I wanted dramatic flowers,” says Jude, “so Ruth used calla lilies and ostrich feathers to create a Twenties burlesque effect.”

Jude and dave – the food of love


The wedding ‘feast’ (platters served to each table, provided by the chefs at Swan at The Globe) included dishes like broad bean, pea and mint salad, Oxfordshire lamb, and Eton mess. The cupcakes – in no less than 14 flavours! – were by Lola’s Kitchen and were given to guests to take home as favours.

Jude and dave – music to their ears


After dinner, Twenties-themed band The Charleston Charlies played vintage classics. “Everyone threw themselves into it, just like Strictly Come Dancing. It felt like we’d stepped into another era.”

Jude and dave – in the moment


“We wanted a day where our guests would say ‘that’s so Jude and Dave’,” says Jude. “And on the day, it was just that: it was perfect.”