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A sophisticated Islington wedding, followed by a reception in Spitalfields

A sophisticated Islington wedding, followed by a reception in Spitalfields


Written by Katie Byrne


Vicky and Ross tied the knot in a chic city celebration, filled with classic details and an African twist 

 

Vicky, 31, a paediatrician, and Ross, 35, a music producer, married at Islington Town Hall, followed by a reception at Christchurch in Spitalfields, London.

Budget: £20,000-25,000.

We love Spitalfields and have spent many happy weekends walking around the markets, so it felt like the right place to celebrate our special day. 

 

My dress picked me. The silk, the cut, just everything about it was perfect – I felt like Grace Kelly! I collected brooches for my bouquet and included one on the stem which Ross bought his grandmother when he was six – this was my ‘something old’. 

We had hand-made tea cup candles on all the tables...

...One of my best friends spent many a Saturday going to car boot sales buying those tea cups. We then spent a winefilled evening pouring the wax and rose oil into the cups. 

Due to my Nigerian and Sierra Leonean heritage, we wanted to bring a little bit of Africa to our day.

We signed the register to a song by Afro-jazz musician Fela Kuti, and had African infusion canapés including spicy coconut prawns. Later, we were introduced to our guests as man and wife by a performer complete with backing dancers, which is a West African tradition. 

My favourite moment was when we went back to our hotel to have a bath together – it was lovely to have some alone time and toast to our marriage with a glass of bubbly! I just kept thinking ‘We’ve done it!’ 

My tip for brides-to-be: don’t sweat the small stuff and make sure you dance and finish at least one drink! Also, try to relax and enjoy every moment – remember, once you actually marry each other, everything else is just a bonus.

Steal their style!

Photography: Louise Bjorling 

Venue: Christchurch Spitalfields

Florist: Muscari Whites 

Dress: Morgan Davies Bridal

Bridesmaids’ dresses and groomswear: Mrs Bisi Frazer

Hair and makeup: Angela Amelia 


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