This stylist wore a bespoke wedding dress to her wedding at Hackney Town Hall

While the location for the ceremony was decided upon relatively quickly, a location for the reception proved more difficult. “We love going out to dinner more than anything and we wanted the food to be really important — not to have the wedding chicken or beef,” Cassie says. “Having a long, boozy lunch with good food is just my ideal situation in life – I wanted it to be a very important part of [the wedding].”

Dave, meanwhile, wanted a venue where they could continue dancing as late as possible, but the couple struggled to find a place that could accommodate the two. “At one point, we were going to rent a photography studio in Tottenham and stage the whole thing,” Cassie explains. “It was in the middle of an industrial area and my dad was really baffled by it all – that idea was quickly put to bed.”

Eventually, the couple decided they would go to two different locations to address both items – the first being Art and pasta, an Italian restaurant near their home in Walthamstow. “We went to dinner with friends after spending the whole afternoon trying to find a place where we could do whatever we wanted,” Cassie explains. “It was just really delicious and hearty Italian food. But since it’s in a residential area, you couldn’t dance there. So we managed to find a bar in Dalston called kraft which stays open until 2am, and our friends took turns DJing.”

As a stylist, Cassie felt extra pressure to nail the most important dress. “Because of my job, people kept saying, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to see the dress,'” she says. “I really liked the idea of ​​having a vintage dress but I knew I wanted watery silk – I also found that the 30s and 40s shapes didn’t really suit me.”

After months of exploring various options, it was another meal with friends that helped her find the style she wanted. “I went to see some friends at the pub and put on a dress that had a wide collar and two holes on each side at the waist,” Cassie recalled. “It suddenly agreed that it really suited me, and I wanted the dress to be in the moment – ​​I love it when you look at all the 80s weddings and there’s a charm to it.”

The stylist then falls on the London brand Marry, which specializes in bridal and formal wear, on Instagram, and instantly fell in love with founders Amy Trinh and Evan Phillips’ eco-conscious designs. “I just loved it [their] philosophy,” Cassie explains. “They were fantastic; it was a really collaborative process. I feel so lucky to have worked on it with Amy and Evan.

The bride’s “borrowed something” came in the form of her mother’s earrings, a pair of glass drops that had belonged to her grandmother. During this time, her mother also made her veil, her evening dress, a bag made from leftover silk, and outfits for bridesmaids and flower girls. “My mom did so much work for our wedding – so much sewing!” Cassie said. “It was amazing to watch her bring ideas to life exactly the way we wanted them.”

With the sun shining, the day went just as they had imagined: a real east London wedding that didn’t look too traditional. “We were all so giddy and happy,” the bride recalled. “It was so glorious to see all of our friends and family together, especially after Covid.”

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