Real Wedding: A Contemporary Cool Big Day in Hackney
With an exclusive guest list of 36 attendees, the big day was beautifully intimate and perfect for the couple. They served up a delicious wedding breakfast at The Marksman Public House, with the food being a highlight of the day.
Despite a super-short lead time, Daniel and Christine's wedding exuded elegance and class, with a cool minimalist feel.
Photographer | Claire Graham
How they met
Christine and Daniel met through a mutual friend at the close of 2009; at the time Christine was based in Swansea, while Daniel lived in London.<br /><br />"My first impression of Daniel was that he was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed," Christine recalls. "He noticed my goofy smile and russian headband, and we fell in love week by week from then."<br /><br />"I returned to London every weekend for two years, with Daniel meeting me at Paddington station every Friday," she continues.<br /><br />"I eventually moved to London to be with Daniel. He deserves a medal for maintaining infinite patience during our long distance beginnings."
"I wasn't totally surprised by the proposal, because Daniel has been informally asking me to marry him on a daily basis," shares Christine.<br /><br />"The official proposal took place in Stockholm, and Daniel chose the ring himself - a Andrew Geoghegan Reveal ring. As soon as I caught sight of it I couldn't say no!"
Daniel and Christine's ceremony took place at <a href="http://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/hackney-town-hall_5893.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hackney Town Hall</a>, before they headed to <a href="https://www.marksmanpublichouse.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Marksman Public House</a> for the reception.<br /><br />"We're both born and bred East London, and my parents got married in Hackney Town Hall, so it seemed fitting to hold our wedding there too," explains Christine.<br /><br />"We had once dreamed of going abroad and having a wedding in the warmth of an exotic country, however, what it boiled down to was that we wanted to spend the day with our closest friends and family in an environment when were felt relaxed and at ease," she continues.<br /><br />"We had travelled far and wide for the weddings of our friends and felt it was important to us to keep it very close to home." <br /><br />The Marksman was a great choice for the couple too, as Christine adds: "With the quintessentially east end character downstairs and the beautifully designed dining room upstairs, it was the perfect backdrop for our evening meal."
The wedding dress
Christine purchased her wedding dress from <a href="http://www.ghost.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ghost</a>, trying out several different designs before eventually choosing this one.<br /><br />"It was a tough choice because all the dresses in Ghost are great value for money and stunning too," she laments. "In the end I chose the Sana dress as I immediately felt comfortable in it thanks to the cut and subtle detailing."
Ghost Sana wedding dress
"The wedding dress is beautifully simple, and has an elegant timeless style," Christine says. "It has a v-necklineand off the shoulder design with slender straps. The satin material felt ultra fine and soft against my skin."<br /><br />"Since there were only three and a half weeks between setting our wedding date and the big day, a six month lead time for the dress was out of the question," she explains. <br /><br />"I concluded that Ghost dresses are superb for brides looking for a sophisticated wedding and an over-all fuss free experience."<br /><br />"Since my dress was quite simple, I didn't want to go overboard with my shoes. It was crucial I could walk confidently and comfortably, so I chose a pair of <a href="http://www.office.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Office</a> grey strappy nubuck sandals with a sturdy block heel - my feet were not at all tired by the end of the night."
The bridesmaids' dresses
Christine's bridesmaids wore <a href="http://www.asos.com/women/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ASOS</a> dresses, each selected to accentuate their best features - "I thought it would be a shame to put them in maxi dresses," shares Christine. <br /><br />"I only had a fortnight to find dresses, and they needed to be true to the wedding, flattering to all the girls, within the budget and given approval by all six bridesmaids," - no mean feat!
The bridesmaids' dresses
The dresses Christine and her friends went for were grey grecian inspired chiffon numbers, and the bridesmaids all made quite an entrance...<br /><br />"They walked in to Protection by Massive Attack, and guests were certainly captivated by their Bond Girl-esque beauty," says Christine.<br /><br />"I asked all of them to wear a pair of black heels they could walk steady in, and my florist made pretty wrist corsages wrapped in silk ribbon to complete their looks."
The groom's ensemble
Daniel wore the Masahiro suit by <a href="https://www.reiss.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Reiss</a>; a pure wool navy lapel suit with a mottled weave, cut in a modern fit.<br /><br />He paired the dapper suit with a herringbone silk tie and pocket square in soft pink, also courtesy of Reiss.
The wedding colours
The wedding colours included a subtle yet stylish combination of ivory, grey, dusty pink, light purple, lilac and peachy nudes. <br /><br />"There was no theme to the big day, but I wanted to keep it modern, relaxed and British as much as possible," Christine explains. <br /><br />The florist beautifully incorporating the hues of the day into the flower displays, with Daniel driving to Bristol to collect the flowers created by Kirstie Deane of <a href="http://rubyandthewolf.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ruby and The Wolf</a>, as Christine had her heart set on them. <br /><br />"It was well worth the long drive and I couldn't wait for everyone to see the flowers that Kirstie had out together so thoughtfully and carefully."<br /><br />The floral arrangements include Lunaria annua, silver dollar dried leaves, lilac, hellebores, tuberose and scabiosa. <br /><br /><br />
The reception and wedding breakfast
Christine and Daniel had one long table, in order to create a feeling of togetherness among their 36 guests; the table was adorned with gorgeous flowers, feathers and foliage alongside classic pillar candles.<br /><br />Food wise, the guests ate from the Marksman's feasting menu, nibbling on devilled quail, a whole roast suckling pig, palourde clams, sea purslane and much more besides. "Many of our guests said it was the best food they had eaten at a wedding," shares Christine.
The wedding cake
Daniel and Christine's wedding cake was initially intended to be a cake for their engagement party, but it was seeing the baked masterpieces that finally encouraged the couple to go ahead and book a wedding, rather than an engagement party - despite there only being four weeks until the planned date!<br /><br />"The cake was made by Laura Marten of <a href="http://cakesbyyolk.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Cakes by Yolk</a>," explains Christine. "Her cakes are all tailor made, slightly undone, with a rustic feel, but completely elegant and delicately detailed."<br /><br />"I gave Laura a rough idea and a moodpboard to work with and left her to it. She created a delicious buttercream icing multi-layered Victoria sponge, complete with white roses and petal decorations."
"Daniel and I stayed up until two am the night before the wedding making DIY table decorations with feathers, dried leaves and ribbons," reveals Christine.<br /><br />"Some of the bridesmaids had put them in their hair by the end of the night, but the night before we were so exhausted and so close to giving up that the decorations almost didn't make it out of the house!"<br /><br />The couple also created handmade favours for their big day, consisting of a handwoven tea bag from Sri Lanka, a traditional biscuit to dunk in tea and a buttery salted caramel giant marshmallow - all super sweet!
Wedding planing advice
Leaving just over three weeks to plan their big day makes Daniel and Christine well place for giving advice to other brides-to-be with a short time to organise the perfect wedding.<br /><br />"If you don't have much time, be aware that many vendors will be able to offer their services, however with a little creativity and determination, the efficiency and spontaneity can be rewarding and fun," says Christine.<br /><br />"It was great that the wedding stress only lasted a short amount of time!"