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While country barns and stately homes certainly hold a place in our hearts, there’s something undeniably chic about a city centre wedding. Especially when that wedding takes place at two of our favourite London wedding venues: Hackney Town Hall and The Hackney.co.
Lucy and Josh’s wedding had a thoroughly contemporary feel, pretty fitting for a couple who met through modern day matchmaker Tinder in 2013. The couple were together for seven years before Josh got down on one knee, with a pear-shaped diamond ring, in Sicily in September 2020.
On the 9th April 2022, the couple tied the knot.
The Wedding Fashion
After trying on countless gowns in four boutiques, Lucy finally found her dream dress at Chislehurst Bridal.
“I wore a tulle dress with leaf lace embroidery and a veil which my mum made. The dress was from the British brand Love Story Bride and I loved the appliqué on the tulle.”
The bride paired the gown with some subtle jewellery from the same brand.
“I had a necklace and bracelet by Love Story Bride. Both had a gold chain with a keshi freshwater pearl.”
To finish the look, bridal hair and makeup artist, Nicola Beddoes, created a natural yet glowing beauty look with relaxed waves.
Lucy’s bridesmaids wore olive green satin bridesmaids dresses from Pretty Lavish.
Josh chose a bespoke navy suit from Suit supply, paired with an orange bow tie and white shirt. The groom’s look was complemented by the groomsmen’s hired Moss Bros suits.
Lucy made her way to Hackney Town Hall in a black cab with her parents. The ceremony took place in the Atrium and the bride was accompanied by her father as she walked down the aisle to One Day Like This by Elbow. Lucy’s dad also played a piece on the clarinet during the ceremony and Josh’s dad gave a reading.
Lucy fell in love with the industrial style The Hackney.co immediately.
“I loved that it was rustic and filled with plants and foliage. The size was perfect for the number of guests and we could bring our own drinks and pay corkage. It was also local to us so made it easier.”
Once settled under the canopy of foliage, festoon lights and dried flowers, guests indulged in a delicious feast.
“We had burrata with caponata to start and a middle eastern main – sharing style platters of harissa lamb and tabbouleh, spiced chicken and butternut squash with pistachio pesto, slaw and flat breads. Dessert was barbecued pineapple with coconut ice cream,” said Lucy.
The Flowers, Wedding Cake and Special Details
Each table was accented with bud vases containing foliage and stems of orange and yellow florals. Larger floral displays were placed at the entrance for impact.
Plants framed the packed dessert tables along with lanterns housing pillar candles. Cookies, cupcakes and larger bakes prepared by the bride’s mum and sister sat beneath the rustic two-tier wedding cake.
The couple embraced the botanical wedding theme, with dried florals and hanging foliage giving a natural feel to the inner-city space. Tealights and candlesticks added ambience.
Following their special day, Lucy and Josh headed to Sri Lanka on their honeymoon after hearing about the diverse and fascinating country from others.
“We had heard good things. There’s lots of variation – amazing beaches, food, wildlife and scenery.” Sounds pretty amazing to us!
- Photographer: Peach Portman Photography
- Venue: Hackney Town Hall and The Hackney.co
- Wedding Dress: Chislehurst Bridal and Love Story Bride
- Hair and Makeup: Nicola Beddoes
- Groomswear: Suit Supply
- Wedding Party Fashion: Moss Bros and Pretty Lavish
- Transport: Timebus
- Flowers: My Posy Neighbour
- Entertainment: Stephanie Jane Oliver
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