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Lucy + Simon – A Stylish Stoke Newington Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal

Stoke Newington Wedding by Lisa Jane Photography

Lucy and Simon had a beautiful Stoke Newington Wedding in London back in September last year captured beautifully by Lisa Jane. Lisa truly has an eye for capturing the essence of love within a couple but in a beautiful, quiet and intimate way so I love these images, especially their portraits during the day. Lucy and Simon truly look so relaxed throughout the day, and with a perfect pub and some killer leopard heels I’d say that was a recipe for a great London wedding.

“The date, the venue and the photographer were our priority at the beginning of the process of planning our wedding. We found the lovely Lisa Jane after spending a lot of time searching online. Her style was exactly what we were looking for, she was the only person we met and we were sold immediately. Not only a talented photographer but a fellow lover of red hair and leopard print. Deal done!”

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On the day I got ready with my Mum, sister and Best Woman above a pub directly opposite the town hall. My Dad joined us as all our guests had a drink or two downstairs. Simon got ready with his family and best man in our flat before heading to the venue. We didn’t decorate the town hall in anyway; it looked just perfect as it was. After the ceremony we had our couple portraits taken with Lisa as our guest enjoyed a few glasses of Pimms in the Londesborough.”

Lucy’s beautiful dress was made by Viveene Campbell a close friend with whom she made an agreement when they were just 15 that she would make her wedding dress! How lovely is that! It’s such a beautiful shape and is such an elegant fit and she certainly oozes old Hollywood glamour with especially with her fiery locks.  “After getting engaged I spent some time searching for the style I wanted at vintage shops and fairs and then about 4 months before the wedding Viveene began to make the dress we designed together. I wanted something classic that oozed a bit of 1930/40s Hollywood glamour which would be comfortable to wear all day and dance all night in! I was so pleased with the end result, it was exactly what I had pictured looking like on the day.” She teamed her dress with accessories borrowed from kind and trusted family and friends and the rather fabulous leopard print heels were from Office, “I wanted my dress and hair to do all the work! The icing on the cake was the most spectacular antique necklace which was my something borrowed and a pair of leopard print shoes because I love a bit of leopard print!”

Stoke Newington Wedding by Lisa Jane Photography

“We always knew we wanted to get married close to where we live. Hackney seemed the perfect choice as I grew up there and Simon and I have lived there since we moved in together 4 years ago. Stoke Newington Town Hall is a beautiful art deco building on Church Street, it was our perfect ceremony location. I discovered that the Londesborough was a wedding reception venue whilst looking through a couple of wedding blogs. I remember calling Simon immediately to tell him, it is one of our favourite pubs. Fantastic food, lovely décor, perfect size and perfectly located for the town hall. We went down to see them, confirmed a date and booked there and then. It was about 6 weeks after we got engaged.

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I chose to have one ‘official’ bridesmaid, my younger sister Clare. We found her dress in John Lewis, a beautiful vintage looking gown by Ghost, which complemented the style of my own dress. You rarely see my sister out of her DM’s and jeans so it was lovely to see her look so gorgeous and elegant. My best friend was my Best Woman as I felt that was more equal (I don’t see why only Simon gets a best person) and I hate the name Maid of Honour, it suggests someone much older and less fabulous then Louise is! Louise chose her own dress but I helped her to make the final decision. It was a Reiss dress which she looked gorgeous in and it looked great with mine and Clare’s dresses too.”


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You’ve got to love a well dressed man, especially on his wedding day. Just tonight on twitter I declared my slight aversion to tail’s and morning suits on men at weddings, but Simon is very far from this traditional look and is quite the stylish, dashing groom. His look wasn’t just thrown together though, this is a man who thinks about his outfit, and why the hell not! “Simon take his clothes VERY seriously! He wore a bespoke suit from John Lancaster on Savile Row which was blue merino wool”. He teamed the smart suit with a pair of tan brogues with real gold [how cool is that!?] by Justin Deakin, a shirt from Mr Start and Alexander McQueen ties for him and his best man.

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“We kept décor to a minimum as the pub is well decorated with lots of original features and personality. We wanted lots of wild looking flowers, which were sourced by a local florist who is also a family friend and prepared by a gang of friends on the morning of the wedding. We had a table plan, hand made by Simon, based on the London Underground map. Simon loves London and its history and it is such an iconic map we loved the way it looked.”

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“We also hired pinball tables through a contact of mine at work for our guests to play on for free, they were awesome!We made photo bunting using string and pegs with photos of us and our family and friends from over the years. It was one of my favourite things, having our history before and since we met beaming down on us in the form of lots of happy smiling faces. Almost all of whom were there with us in person as well.

We didn’t have favours but instead donated money to Breast Cancer Care and gave everyone a pink ribbon pin. These were in memory of my Aunt who sadly passed away three years ago who I was very close to. It was always really important to me that she was remembered during the day and this seemed to be the perfect way to do that.”

Stoke Newington Wedding by Lisa Jane Photography“Food plays a big part in mine and Simon’s life, we both love to cook and we both love eating! We chose a two-course sit down meal for the wedding breakfast. We knew the pub did great food, having eaten there several times, but I don’t think we ever imagined the food would be as good as it was on the day – we had lots of people tell us it was the best food they had had at a wedding. Rather then a dessert course we decided to have a cake table and asked a few guests to prepare cakes and puddings which everyone helped themselves to. Viveene made our wedding cake. She had made the same cake for her son’s christening and it was divine. A Jamaican rum cake, which is a type of spongy fruit cake. The fruit was soaked in rum for 6 months! We still haven’t eaten it all and I think the alcohol means it will be edible forever!”

Stoke Newington Wedding by Lisa Jane Photography

“The size of the venue dictated our post dinner entertainment, live music wasn’t an option but we were both happy to go with a DJ. We had loads of fun putting the playlist together and the DJ on the night curated the tracks like an absolute dream”.

Writing this and looking through Lisa’s photos again has brought it all flooding back. It was an incredible day, as perfect as we had planned it. The best thing of all is being married to the person you love more then anything in the world and having this wonderful day as a perfect memory.”

What music did you walk down the aisle to? Van Morrison, Into the Mystic (a favourite song of mine and my Dad’s)

Do you have any planning advice for other brides? Accept the help of your friends and family but do it your way!Involve all the talented people you know, it makes it all extra special!

Stoke Newington Wedding by Lisa Jane Photography

Photographer: Lisa Jane Photography / Ceremony Venue: Stoke Newington Town Hall / Reception Venue: Londesborough Pub, Stoke Newington / Brides Dress: Viveene Campbell / Bridesmaids: Ghost / Groom’s Suit: John Lancaster / Hair + Make-Up: Lydia Warhurst / Flowers: Friend – Robert French / DJ – Speedy Disco  / Videographer: Friend – Mat Cook

Sascha + Mary – A Simple Stoke Newington Pub Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

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