Sascha and Mary were married in September [a seemingly incredibly popular time of year now for weddings!] with a simple ceremony at Hackney Town Hall followed by a reception at The Londesborough, Stoke Newington all captured by their photographer Philippa James.I have to say The Londesborough is fast becoming one of the most popular pub venues in Hackney for receptions as I know I’ve featured it a couple of times on the blog before! This couple also prove things can be done on a budget as they both looked dapper in their high street outfits which they added a few unique touches too. A simple sweet London wedding…
Mary chose a fun high street 50’s style dress from Coast Bridal which she then customised and had altered “I love the 50’s style wedding dresses because they are elegant but not too over the top and traditional. They also suited my shape! Victoria at Satin Bow Bridal did an amazing job at transforming my Coast dress into something really amazing and special. Sascha chose an elegant black three-piece suit and borrowed his fathers beautiful Victorian gold pocket watch. I decided to ask my friend to do my make-up. I wanted to look natural and feel myself and Jane did an amazing job.”
Mary has lived in Hackney for over ten years and had always loved the iconic and beautiful Hackney Town Hall where they chose to have their ceremony. “Sascha came to live here in 2008 and absolutely loves it too. When we were thinking of a venue to have the ceremony, it seemed like the obvious choice. The Londesborough was the only place we looked at for the reception and it was perfect. All the staff were friendly, accommodating and totally on the ball. And most importantly we had this very cool pub all to ourselves!”
Wild flowers are becoming really popular for weddings at the moment, with their ‘undone’ unfussy feel and for simple low key weddings they suit them perfectly. Mary chose East London based florists Rebel Rebel who put together the English wild flower bouquet “The main flower was Cornflower and a mix of seasonal flowers so when they turned up with my bouquet on the day, I was absolutely gob smacked, they looked so beautiful!”
As the venue has it’s own unique style, they simply added a few small details to make it feel like their own “Our central colour was Cornflower Blue, which we threaded throughout the venue. I found some white tissue paper decorations, which we hung in the centre of the room, and some cool blue balloons, that we hung amongst them. I also made hessian table runners to go on all the tables, which I thought softened the tables and went really well with the wild flowers we had.”
The lovely separate tiered cake was made by Mary’s friends who incredibly were in four different locations across the UK but look how it came together! Such a lovely idea and just topped with a cornflowers it looks really pretty. I love the slightly rustic style tables with the wooden logs by Hampson Woods which were teamed with a typographic table number. In fact the groom, Sascha designed and printed all the invitations and menus himself! Mary also got busy and made hessian table runners to add to the tables.
Of course what a gastro pub does really well is the food – guests were treated to a three course meal and were able to choose their main course on the day which I think saves some of the stress of you trying to choose for them with a set menu! For their first dance they both chose a song they love called “In Spite of Ourselves” by John Prine and whilst not an obvious choice having listened to the lyrics it’s a very sweet song with a lovely sentiment that summed it all up for the couple.
Mary’s memorable moment certainly made me giggle – you have to love your family and their random behaviour at weddings: “My father in law thinking that today was the best time to go through his 500 holiday snaps of Hungary with me!!”
As for planning tips, Mary advises not to try and make things perfect, wise words – “Try and relax, enjoy the process and to not worry about things that might go wrong. It makes for a much more human and richer experience if things are real and not too stuffy and perfect.”
Congratulations to Sascha and Mary, a super sweet wedding and thanks to Philippa James for sharing her lovely work on the blog too!
Venue: The Londesborough, Stoke Newington / Photography: Philippa James / Wedding Dress: Coast Bridal altered and customised at Satin Bow Bridal / Lace Shrug: Satin Bow Bridal / Bridesmaids: John Lewis / Groom’s Suit: Cos / Hair + Make Up: Friend, Jane Llewellyn / Flowers: Rebel Rebel / Cake: Friends: Deb, Gemma, Sam + Miranda