real wedding –  Film and fashion wedding with modern rustic styling, featuring Simone Rocha, Shrimps, Molly Goddard and Mr Porter

12 April 2022

Every so often, a wedding day comes along and knocks you sideways. Kathryn and Huu’s editorial fashion wedding does exactly this, thanks to its incredible aesthetics and intentional detail, all captured by Wolf & Co Photography.

The inspiration for their day came from the gorgeous aesthetic of Wong Kar Wai films, as well as the fashion designer Simone Rocha. “It was important to reflect our different cultures, British/Chinese/Vietnamese and British/Irish, and we used multiple elements throughout the day to carry these through in a sincere and modern way.” they explain. “Our wedding invite contained the phrase ‘Katie and Huu are in the Mood for love’ (referencing Wong Kar Wai’s most famous film).” They wanted the film and fashion wedding style to be “glamorous and chic, alongside being incredibly fun! It needed to be striking yet welcoming for our diverse range of guests.”

 

They chose The Barns at Lodge Farm as the setting, with the modern rustic wedding venue providing the perfect characterful canvas on which they could build. They wanted to “take the neon romance of the city (whether that be London/Hong Kong/Paris), and bring that to an intimate rural setting accompanied by a dreamy soundtrack of our favourite music. The beautiful rural venue that we picked, in Epping near our home of East London, acted as a canvas for us to create our wonderland. The stripped back and honest nature of the space and the family that own it was selected intentionally so we could bring in the elements we needed from a diverse range of suppliers to achieve our vision.”

“There was a big emphasis on the overall aesthetic and production carrying throughout the venues’ multiple spaces as guests moved through the day’s events. The flowers, lighting, and music worked together to create a day that felt glamorous, warm and striking.”

 

Kathryn and Huu worked with Eram of Boom Blooms on their flowers, which, as you can see, ended up as “pure perfection and a work of art. “Engaging with Eram was our favourite part of the wedding: the time and energy she invested to help us create our vision was just incredible. We both love flowers and knew that they were going to play a big part in creating our vision and filling up the large spaces of the venue. And Eram was just incredible every step of the way, and did the most outstanding job!”

“We chose vivid, bold and saturated pinks and reds for the flowers, alongside warm pinks and ambers for the lighting.” (The couple deliberately opted for a winter wedding, so the muted lighting would make the vivid colour scheme really pop.) The colour scheme was referenced throughout, including the buttonholes, and the mother of the bride’s and mother of the groom’s dresses. Special touches like the handmade lanterns from Vietnam, the Double Happiness symbol on the wedding place name cards, and the moreish Guinness wedding cake, helping tie in elements from our cultures.”

And we couldn’t talk about it being a film and fashion wedding without talking about the fashion, can we? Kathryn wore an incredible Simone Rocha dress which featured a huge bow at the front, as well as an embellished headpiece and earrings also from the Irish fashion designer. Huu wore a tuxedo and shirt from Mr P, and both groomsmen and bridesmaids wore black. Guests were also asked to don their finest wear: “We went for a black tie wedding as we wanted people to get as dressed up as possible, we attended a friend’s black tie wedding 5 years ago, and it added an elevated feeling to the event and felt incredibly special.”

 

“We wanted everything to feel intentional,” they continue, “even down to the wine that we served, which came from an organic vineyard in Chile that we visited a couple of days before Kathryn proposed to Huu, through to the vibrant green ‘Pandan Sandos’ (our banquet dessert) that we discovered by the incredibly talented local Hackney baker Lil Wong Bakes during lockdown.” The soundtrack to the day was also compiled with this level of detail: Kathryn and Huu even worked with a DJ to create their first dance song, a mix of an electro pop classic with an acoustic cover. They wanted the music to take their guests on a journey, and looking at the dancing photos, we think they achieved it. Can you even believe these are from a wedding?!

 

 

And, of course, we wouldn’t have this blog without Osman behind the camera. “Finding the right suppliers is hard, we were looking for people who had the ability to bring together what we wanted, but also be people that we wanted to be there on the day. Osman, our photographer, was the first supplier we found, we loved his photography, his narrative style, blended with his architectural eye is such an incredible skill that resonates from his work. And upon meeting him we knew instantly that we wanted him to be our photographer, his cool, calm, considered nature was so reassuring upon first meeting and throughout the whole wedding day. His presence was wonderful and we could not be happier with out wedding photographs.”

Take a look at the gallery below for more major fashion wedding inspiration, and the list of suppliers who made it possible too.