Myfanwy and Nic celebrated in September last year for their East London wedding at the Mile End Eco Pavilion which was the perfect backdrop for an Autumnal day. Myfanwy the bride wore a stunning custom Clinton Lotter gown and to go with their relaxed day they included a first look before the ceremony captured beautifully by Lee at Robbins Photographic.
We met at secondary school and have been together since we were 18. We got engaged in a restaurant in Copenhagen after getting soaked in a storm.
We knew we wanted to have a London wedding as almost all our friends are here and it is our home. I was born and grew up in Hackney and Nic went to university here so we didn’t consider anywhere else. We wanted, more than anything else, to have fun on our wedding day, and for it to feel like a big party.
RELAXED WEDDING MORNING
A friend recommended Clinton Lotter, who designed and made my dress. It was lovely to have some input and watch it come together over the summer before the wedding. Nic wore a suit from Reiss and his faithful pair of brogues. Another friend, Anita Rice, did my hair and her friend Bella Simonsen did my make-up. Nic and I stayed in room in Spitalfields the night before the day, in a creaky old house with a view of the church.
On the morning of the wedding we sat by the window with the sun streaming in listening to the bells of Christ Church. While Anita and Bella did their thing, Nic went out for coffee and pastries. It was a very relaxed wedding morning! We were so relaxed we’d forgotten to arrange any transport to take us to the registry office. Lee, our photographer saved the day and we arrived in style in a white (!) Uber mini-cab.
We got married in Bromley Public Hall, and walked down the aisle to ‘Green, Green Rockey Road’ by Dave Van Ronk. Nic read a passage from ‘Song of the Open Road’ by Walt Whitman, and I read ‘The Present’ by Michael Donaghy. We then took an old Routemaster bus to mile end park.
With our friends we made as many of the decorations ourselves. Blackboards, bunting, flowers, festoon lights … just a bunch of stuff that all came together at the last minute. None was planned to match, but it all looked great!
North African Inspired Feast
Stephanie Boote did an amazing job of the catering, we had lovely canapés galore to begin with as our guests chatted. Dinner was a north African inspired feast, delicious and plentiful. My Mum made a old-fashioned fruit cake, and Dad ‘sculpted’ Nic and I and our two cats on top. You know you’ve made it in my family if you have been honoured via the medium of marzipan!
Our old friends The Severed Limb played a great set of skiffle rock’n’roll before other friends Margo and Bill took over playing a bunch of 7″ records from their ‘party box’.
Lee Robbins took these lovely photographs, and our friend Sally captured a few scratchy minutes on an ancient standard 8 camera. We will treasure both forever.
Congratulations and thanks to Myfanwy and Nic for sharing their wedding with us, and to Lee for the beautiful photography.