If you’re a fan of food, florals and boho style, then the Hackney wedding of Khaly and Martin ticks all those boxes and some. A beautiful boho bride, floral bridesmaids, afternoon tea and a dessert table that Mary Berry would be proud of.
I think it goes without saying that Khaly’s bridal style is effortless, boho elegance at it’s finest. The original vintage 70s off the shoulder layered lace gown is relaxed but feminine and with her dark flowing locks, soft metallic eyes and that incredible headpiece by Joanna Reed she looks every inch the perfect boho bride with her dashing groom in blue. Not to mention her girls looking fair maids in their floor length dark floral dresses (from Marks and Spencer’s would you believe, just goes to show keep your mind open!),
The super cool boho chic backdrop of photographic location The Roost in Hackney was not only a local venue for them, but one that complimented this couple’s style perfectly. Ending the night with a DJ dance party in the basement and a pizza van is a pretty good way to see the evening out I say.
Also worth noting to anyone thinking about speeches, and how you imagine they’ll be a few minutes each at the most, as these guys prove, they can go on for over an hour so you might want to keep that in mind! Sounds like they were worth every minute.
We met in London in 2011 through the world of advertising and were together for about three years before Martin popped the question. This was done on the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam – it’s such a special place to us as my background is Vietnamese and it’s where we had our very first overseas holiday together which was really ace.
We wanted our wedding to have a boho vibe with an eclectic edge, something totally untraditional. Our ideal wedding day would be in spring, just super relaxed and fun filled; that’s absolutely our style. The main thing was to make sure we had enough food, booze and good tunes to keep our family and friends happy!
The Roost, Hackney
In terms of location, we thought about having our wedding overseas, but in the end decided to keep it local. We bought our first home together in Clapton and The Roost is actually close enough for us to walk home, which is what we actually ended up doing after the big day! We had family and friends traveling from all over the world, people from as far away as Australia and America, so we thought it would be a good excuse for them to explore London and for them to see the area we call home.
I knew that I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress and that I wanted something vintage or at least vintage inspired. I’m not really a ‘dressy’ girl, so I steered clear of anything too fancy, I just wanted something that I’d be comfortable wearing and that would reflect my style. The search only took a couple of months, I visited a handful of places including; House of Vintage in Shoreditch, Minna, Elizabeth Harvey, Sally Lacock, Charlie Brear, Halfpenny London. I finally found the perfect 70’s dress at Heavenly Vintage Brides.
When it came to make up and hair, I wanted to use someone who would keep things natural. A friend of mine recommended Lydia Warhurst, who normally does Fashion editorial but every now and then does weddings. Lydia was amazing, just really chilled and knew exactly what we wanted.
Since my dress was quite understated, I thought a headpiece would glam it up a bit. I found Joanna Reed – an independent designer on ETSY, who agreed to create something bespoke. She designed two stunning pieces, I couldn’t decide between the two so I wore both – one during the ceremony and the other at the reception!
The bridesmaid dresses were a bit trickier to find – looking for something that had a 70’s vibe to it wasn’t as easy as we thought. We searched everywhere, from ASOS to Net-A-Porter, Selfridges to John Lewis, Zara to Reiss, without any luck. The last place we searched was M&S where we unexpectedly found a dress that looked gorgeous on all of my bridesmaids, but also really complimented mine.
Martin and his groomsmen wore navy suits from Reiss – dapper and stylish suits that were on the right side of special but nothing too over the top.
ART DECO CEREMONY
The ceremony was held at Stoke Newington Town Hall. There was no need for flowers or decoration as the venue already had a real feeling of glamour and elegance with its art deco vibe. I walked in to Maribou State’s, ‘Varkala’ and during the signing of the registrar we played Neil Young’s ‘Heart of gold’ and we walked out to Van Morrison’s ‘Sweet thing’.
BOHO CHIC RECEPTION
We had our reception at The Roost in Dalston, which has a real shabby chic feel to it – this is where we hosted the afternoon tea. Details and personality are important to us, so The Roost was the perfect place – it’s normally used as a photography studio with each room having its own quirks, lots of eclectic wallpaper, furniture and props everywhere.
We set up all the decorations ourselves, from the pom poms to the bunting, table decorations to lighting, giant balloons to the fairy lights in the garden. The night before the wedding we also set the rooms up exactly how we wanted them to look, rearranging all the furniture and props. To make it a little bit special for everyone we individually printed and hand cut a load of personalised photos for the place settings, which took forever to do, but was totally worth it!
Our local florist in Clapton, Oriole & Thistle, styled our flowers. I didn’t have a particular colour scheme in mind, and just wanted wild flowers in a combination of colours. In the end we mainly had white flowers mixed in with blush pinks, pale purples, yellows with lots and lots of foliage – everything looked wild and rustic. There was foliage scattered all over the reception tables as well as the cake table and my beautiful bridesmaids each wore a leaf crown in keeping with the boho theme.
AFTERNOON TEA FEAST
We had a very British afternoon tea which included such things as cute little sandwiches in different flavours, mini scotch eggs and sausage rolls, scones with strawberries and cream, red velvet cake and short bread stacks. The afternoon tea also included the speeches; this went on for over an hour! The bridesmaids and the best man said a few words, doing such an amazing job. This was followed by my dad who really stole the show with his wonderful speech that took over 30 minutes. He had people in stitches from laughter but also tears (even grown men!) when talking about our life story; he blew us all away. Initially, we weren’t planning to have any speeches, but we’re so glad we did as they made the day so special.
To keep things low key, we decided not to have a first dance or cutting of a traditional wedding cake – instead we opted for a cake table where guests could pick and choose what they wanted. It was a delightful addition, including delicious bits and pieces – from Victoria sponge to chocolate cake, brownies to cupcakes, macaroons to cheesecake and various puddings.
In the evening we had the guys from Van Dough turn up with their retro pizza van, which they parked outside the venue. People could pop out to grab some food when they were feeling a bit peckish later on.
Music is a big thing for us – Martin created our wedding playlist, hand picking tunes from the 60’s & 70’s. There was a lot of debate when it came to the wedding playlist, we just wanted it to be perfect! In the evening we had the Beat Boutique DJ’s who normally play at Northern Soul club nights and festivals – they came up with some real belters that really got people busting out shapes on the dance floor.
LISA JANE PHOTOGRAPHY
We spent a lot of time researching photographers, its probably one of the most important things to get right. Lisa Jane was recommended to us by a friend of a friend – as soon as we saw her work, we fell in love with it. Lisa is amazingly talented, capturing every moment so creatively. She documented our wedding in the most beautiful way, so natural and unique.
Huge thank you to the gorgeous couple Khaly and Martin for sharing their day and to the super talented Lisa Jane for capturing it all.