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Hannah and Joe's Stoke Newington Town Hall and Pub Wedding-82

photography by Babb Photo

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We knew we wanted something individual but not slushy for our invitations, and as Joe draws comic strips as a hobby, he was keen to design them himself. He came up with an amazing pop-up design for the main invitations, each one of which we ordered in its component parts from an online printing site and constructed ourselves. I designed the information booklet, RSVP and cover and we put it all in gold envelopes to tie it in to the wedding colours. It took a lot of work, but we’re ridiculously proud of the way it turned out!

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I know next to nothing about flowers, and Joe is pretty allergic to them (he didn’t have a buttonhole for fear of aisle-front hayfever), so the florist was given a vague description of the kind of loose, hand-tied, wild look I was going for, ballpark colours and a picture of the bridesmaids’ dresses, and from then on he was given complete creative control. Of all the wonderful suppliers we used for the wedding, The Urban Flower Company surpassed all possible hopes for me – the flowers were absolutely stunning. I had already had a meeting with another florist whose flowers I had been impressed with on a blog, but we didn’t click and I wasn’t convinced we were on the same page, so I changed supplier and instantly knew I’d done the right thing. Flowers weren’t the only thing I changed suppliers for when I felt it wasn’t right, and it’s definitely something I’d say no bride or groom should be afraid to do (deposit permitting!)

The Urban Flower Company – http://www.urbanflowercompany.co.uk/

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Having unsuccessfully tried on a few dresses elsewhere, I went the extremely talented Joanne Fleming in Brighton and asked her to make a dress made based upon her ‘Venetia’ design but with my own tweaks (a slightly longer skirt, full-length sleeves and a sweetheart bodice under the lace). This meant I wouldn’t get to try on ‘my’ dress until it was nearly finished, as I would be going by sketches and mock-ups, but by this point I was so over trying on any more different dresses (and I really hadn’t tried on that many). Stepping out of the changing room for my final fitting in Joanne’s creation, adding a pair of huge gold and crystal earrings Joe had bought me the previous Christmas and a pair of gold heeled pumps, I was a little overwhelmed with relief. I hadn’t had to lose any weight (as I had half-heartedly tried and failed to do), I hadn’t had to wear a giant corset, and I hadn’t had to change my vision. I had just had to find a damn good dressmaker.

Joanne Fleming Design – http://joanneflemingdesign.com/
Jewellery:
Bride’s earrings, Maid of Honour’s necklace and Flower Girl’s headpiece – Accessorize
Shoes:
Bride – Carvela, Maid of Honour – Monsoon, Bridesmaid – ASOS, others bridesmaid’s own

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We’d also like to credit the hotel that my family and I got ready at, as it’s opposite Stoke Newington Town Hall (I just walked across the road and straight into the ceremony when they were ready for me) and were absolutely amazing – The Rose & Crown (http://www.roseandcrownn16.co.uk/)

Ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall – http://www.hackneyvenues.com/stoke-newington-town-hall/
Reception at The Londesborough – http://www.thelondesborough.com/

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From H&M and Office.

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Joe and I have lived together in North London for a few years, and it really feels like our home, although neither of us have family here. I also didn’t grow up anywhere near where my parents now live, so the tradition of getting married near the bride’s family home didn’t apply.

A good portion of both of our families are more than a little London-phobic, something we were sensitive to from the outset. After trying to find somewhere ‘neutral’ that we could get married (i.e. north of the M25), we realised that the only thing worse than getting married somewhere that meant nothing to our families was getting married somewhere that also didn’t mean anything to us. So we hatched a plan to make The Big Smoke work for the London-phobes. We would assign a hotel for guests on the northern outskirts of London that had a whopping great car park and hire a big red vintage Routemaster bus to transport the guests from there both to the ceremony and on to the reception. It became a real talking point of the day, and the ride on a vintage London bus made a great feature of the whole London experience for our families.

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Linea at House of Fraser, Whistles, H&M and Somerset by Alice Temperley at John Lewis

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We can’t speak highly enough of Laura and Alice from Babb Photo Ltd. Their photos somehow manage to convey the atmosphere of the wedding perfectly. We’ve been unable to select a few for our wedding album from the hundreds of beautiful photos Laura supplied, as they’re all just too lovely. We chose Babb Photo after seeing Laura’s photos on wedding blogs, and we knew we wanted the kind of documentary-style photos she specialises in taking. As well as having a wonderful eye for a good shot, she was such a helpful and calming influence on the day and I’m not sure how we would have done without her.

Babb Photo Ltd. – http://www.babbphoto.com/

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Music for the ceremony written by the groom and performed by groomsmen Mike Cox (in a band with the bride and groom – http://earthlingbrains.tumblr.com/), Rico Lowson and Stuart Harrison (in his own band – http://modelrailwayexhibition.bandcamp.com/)

Music for the disco was a Spotify playlist compiled by the bride and groom – https://play.spotify.com/user/hannah1350/playlist/6GmtULJ1j9DmVaBubWgIbc?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

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