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Plants, Glitter, Food & Family: An Eclectic Hackney Wedding

After a ceremony for 100 at Hackney Town Hall, Prue and Nick’s reception was held walking distance away at Hackney Showroom at the Hackney Downs Studios. They loved the space as it was essentially a blank canvas which they could do whatever they wanted to. The day had a laid back, eclectic, and extremely East London vibe – so much so that the bride and groom got the bus between venues. In true London style, no-one batted an eyelid!

“The day reflected our love of food, plants, glitter and family”, said Prue. “We had lots of lights, lots of feasting food, lots of confetti and lots of laughing. It sounds cliché but we were inspired by each other. I love plants and greenery, Nordic design and LOTS of confetti while Nick loves food and cooking, disco and sustainability/recycling (all of our plates and bowls etc were recyclable palm leaf and we made sure that everything was recycled or repurposed after the day).”

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Urban Wedding With Retro Cool… & a Gold Sequinned Dress!

Taryn and Mark’s day was a masterclass in urban cool with retro beginnings. As they’re from different sides of the Atlantic, the location was super important to them and refined elegance shone through at their venue, the achingly impressive Refinery Bar, Bankside, London. They wanted their wedding to reflect the fab location as well as harking to some retro styling – and just look at Taryn shining like a film starlet in that metallic Badgley Mischka number and perfect berry lip. Be still, our beating hearts!

Taryn and Mark met for impressive rooftop views of London before making their way into their ceremony together. “We went for a ceremony that was brief, but very meaningful,” Taryn explained. “It was officiated by my oldest friend Tessa, and featured readings by Mark’s ten-year-old daughter, Astrid, and eight-year-old nephew, Digby.” They said their vows in front of a lush foliage wall bursting with fronds of greenery which stood out amongst the slick industrial vibes of the restaurant’s interior.

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Intimate Brunch Wedding in New York

Chloe and Thomas’ delightful and intimate urban wedding held in Brooklyn, New York is definitely what ol’ Alicia was singing about – a total dream made last October in that concrete jungle. Their day was laidback but not lacking, gritty but über-romantic.

The couple first met for an emotional first look near the the Brooklyn Bridge (our heart!) Chloe looks gorgeous in her midi-length toffee-coloured silk dress and red lip, and Thomas looked equally as cool and effortless in a two-piece Indochino suit. They then stopped to have photos taken with their family, who’d united from everywhere from Florida to California to unite for the day! Leslie Swan, their photographer, explains, “On top of that, Chloe and Thomas had spent a year apart while Chloe was working on her phD abroad, so it was really an incredible gathering.”

The ceremony and reception brunch were both held in Aurora, an Italian restaurant in Williamsburg with a magical ivy-covered terrace. Guests sat underneath beautiful beam detailing and industrial lighting as Chloe and Thomas walked down the aisle together hand-in-hand (which we love!) After the ceremony and whilst cocktails were served inside amongst cosy embraces, the leafy covered garden was transformed into the reception with long trestle tables adorned with simple big-headed blooms in bottles, arranged by Molly Oliver Flowers. Guests were treated to a personalised cocktail favour from Chloe and Thomas. “We designed, printed and put together our wedding favours, a copy of the recipe to our signature cocktail (a variation of an Americano) with two bottles of Underberg tied to it. We like Amaro and bitter liqueurs and this was a great way to share that.”

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‘Drunk in Love’ Laidback Preston Court Wedding

OK full disclosure: I’ve lusted after this wedding ever since I saw it on the incredible Matt Parry’s Instagram last summer. From the brief preview shots he posted of Becky and her black-clad bridesmaids posing on the steps of Preston Court to the handwritten flow chart table plan, it was obvious it was an incredibly special day full of laidback love, laughter, and some legendary stories. Nearly a year later, this has been confirmed, and it’s with total GLEE that I’m writing this up…

Becky and Phil describe their wedding inspiration as “Pretty much a big old party with ‘Drunk in Love’ as the mission statement”. To this end, they were pretty chill about much of the wedding planning, so long as people had a cracking time and got drunk.

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Dark Botanical Wedding at Islington Metal Works

Matt and Laura, who met at University, went for a dark botanical theme for their London wedding. They were inspired by their reception venue, The Islington Metal Works and used their prop store to source a lot of the decor. They also brought in lots of things from their own home (and the homes of their friends and family!) and handmade what they could. The DIY projects included their wish tree for guests to write on, and even the cabinet where they placed the wedding favours. They were collection of personal trinkets and curios that they’d bought from various flea markets in Berlin and San Francisco that would suit each guest. Guests were invited to look through the cabinet and find the one with their name on to take away – talk about going the extra mile am I right!? All-in-all this was one hell of a cool and creative event.

“After a lot of Pinterest moodboarding, we settled on ‘Dark Botanical’ as a theme”, they began. “Our boards were full of our love for designers like Alexander McQueen, who used atmosphere and sophisticated drama to create moods, colours and textures that combined imagination with an appreciation for natural history and antique curios. We wanted a strong connection to nature to embrace a more humanitarian celebration of love over a religious one.”

“We have always had a flair for the darkly dramatic, avoiding ‘gothic’ styling but embracing alternative styles of self expression. Our wedding aimed to be a deconstruction of what a wedding could be and then rebuilding it in our personal style, but in a way that everyone coming could also embrace and join in with.”

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Intimate London Wedding with The Grooms in Matching Pink Suits!

James and Karol were married in London in September. They wanted to keep things simple, inexpensive and meaningful to their relationship.

When they first started dating Karol was working nights while James worked during the day. During the week they had only about a two hour overlap when they were both in Central London to spend time together. So they’d meet up every day to drink coffee (Karol, because he was going to work) and wine (James, because he’d just finished work) next to Cleopatra’s Needle, watching the lights on the river and talking. When they came to plan their wedding they wanted to bring this time back into their day so they had a register office ceremony at the City of Westminster registrars  and then went to Cleopatra’s Needle for photos and their first dance.

“Cleopatra’s Needle was the first place I told him I loved him”, James began, “and it’s also where we went to celebrate our engagement. So we knew that it had to be part of the wedding day. The rest followed on from there.”

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