What a delight to share right this moment’s wedding ceremony right this moment. The bride wore her grandma’s gown from her second wedding ceremony within the 90s, and it’s stylish, subtle and completely distinctive.

On 21 April 2021 Jessica and Elliot wed in a low-key, micro wedding ceremony at Clissold Home, Stoke Newington, London. The couple who work collectively at Pitch Golf, Jess as COO and Elliot as co-founder, have been witnessed by their closest household and buddies earlier than heading again to an Airbnb, the place they tucked right into a feast ready by Ottolenghi.

Photos by Joanna Bongard Images

“Clissold Park is our favorite. On the time, it was the place we walked our canine Alfie daily. We have moved simply up the highway however nonetheless go to commonly – it has a particular place in our hearts.”

The couple met on Hinge when it was first launched and have spent just about daily collectively since their first date.

“Elliot proposed in a forest in Kyoto, Japan. We flew out in March 2020 per week earlier than the primary lockdown was introduced.”

“We had been there for a few week and it was cherry blossom season so we had spent the day strolling by means of pink canopies and consuming ramen.”

Jess had two grown-up bridesmaids, who every selected their very own robe.

“Lora wore a inexperienced gown from Kitri Studio and Alice wore an orangey-copper one from French Connection.”

Sassi Holford

“I liked that we ended up having quite a lot of colours because it makes the images extra attention-grabbing, except for them each feeling snug in their very own types.”

“Nevertheless, we did understand on the day that we have been the colours of the Irish flag.”

“We walked by means of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove then carried on our personal hike up by means of a valley behind and that is the place he proposed. We saved it secret from everybody till we have been house to benefit from the second, simply us two.”

“Our journey was meant to proceed in Japan for one more week and end with two weeks within the Philippines, however the UK lockdown meant we needed to get a flight house and skip the Philippines.”

“We have been engaged for simply over a 12 months earlier than getting married, although our authentic wedding ceremony date was truly deliberate for 25 March 2021, precisely a 12 months after we acquired engaged.”

The bride hopped into an Uber to journey to Clissold Home.

“Elliot and I selected to stroll in collectively. I feel my dad will get to stroll me ‘down the aisle’ on our huge wedding ceremony celebration day.”

“We walked in to ‘You Ship Me’ by Sam Cooke, such a gorgeous music.”

The ceremony was led by Hackney Registrars Niala and Ayo.

“They have been so pretty and cheerful the entire ceremony! They informed us on the day that we’d be one of many final {couples} within the UK to get the written marriage certificates as the whole lot is now going digital.”

“It was additionally Ayo’s final marriage that she was officiating so an emotional day for all.”

“We determined we wished our mums to be our witnesses as historically the fathers get all of the enjoyable issues, comparable to speeches and strolling down the aisle.”

The couple exchanged household rings, a stand-in due to Covid.

“We exchanged my grandma’s and Elliot’s dad’s rings as Covid meant that we ones we had designed by Kamilla Ruberg have been along with her in Copenhagen so we have been unable to gather them.”

“We have now managed to make the go to and would extremely advocate her as a designer – the entire expertise was so particular.”

“I went for a bespoke black diamond ‘Ava II’ and Elliot had a super-thick, brushed platinum one made.”

Jess and Elliot pushed their wedding ceremony date again a month and needed to abide by some restrictions on the day.

“We have been nonetheless in a partial lockdown with social distancing and masks to be worn on the ceremony however we determined that as there was no particular finish date to the restrictions, we did not need to endlessly push our authorized ceremony again.”

“We had all the time deliberate to do a much bigger wedding ceremony occasion within the south of France in September 2021 however that is now being reorganized for the third time. We’ll have reorganized weddings 5 occasions in complete.”

“We needed to change the way in which our day seemed for our authorized ceremony wedding ceremony. We had all the time deliberate for it to be simply household so we’re fortunate that the venue’s most room capability was lower to precisely twelve.”

“We additionally wished to have dinner and drinks all collectively in an area pub or restaurant after.”

“The restrictions meant that this could not occur so we had Ottolenghi ship tonnes of meals and canapés and we placed on our personal dinner on the Airbnb the place our household was (legally!) staying.”

The day’s look was classically fashionable and stylish, with loads of smooth blooms from Sage Flowers including coloration and texture.

“We’re super-lucky to know Iona from Sage Flowers and undoubtedly would not have wished anybody else to do them.”

Moyses Stevens

“The preparations she did actually introduced the whole lot collectively, particularly alongside the dinner desk within the Airbnb.”

“I am not a fan of tight, super-uniform bunches so what she put collectively for my bouquet was a dream, each in coloration and construction.”

Capturing the day on this crisp, vibrant model was Joanna Bongard Images, a Love My Costume discover for Jess.

“I discovered our photographer Joanna Bongard by means of a marriage featured in your web site. I used your Instagram for inspiration, then would comply with hyperlinks by means of to any weddings I appreciated the look of to see their concepts. The Love My Costume Wedding ceremony Listing is helpful too.”

“Joanna Bongard was higher in each manner than we may have imagined. She was so pleasant and personable – it felt like we had identified her for ages.”

“Her images makes use of gentle and coloration in playful methods which we have been each drawn to. We’re so pleased with our images.”

“The largest piece of recommendation I’d give to different {couples} is that you’ll by no means remorse the quantity you spend in your images, so do not hesitate.”

Jess saved her look minimal with no veil however a press release beaded headband as a substitute, by Ganni purchased from Matches Style.

Her mid-height, black heels have been Gucci ‘Marmont’ and her perfume was Frederic Malle Portrait Of A Girl.

“That is the scent I put on daily so I felt snug in it. Plus, I get migraines and typically new scents can set one off so a brand new scent wasn’t one thing I wished to threat on such a special occasion.”

The bride’s hair was styled into free, boho vibes by JP from Salt Salon in Dalston.

“He is a really shut buddy of mine and Elliot’s and was one of the best individual to go to with a espresso on the morning of our wedding ceremony. I wished free waves which is strictly what he gave me. I can not advocate him or his salon sufficient.”    

“I did my make-up myself, with a number of observe runs. My nails have been finished by The Nail Room & Co – actually one of the best manicure in London.”

Wonderful Face Bridal Hair + Make-up

“They’re so flawless each time that I will nonetheless journey 45 minutes from our new house to get my nails finished there.”

“I wore my engagement ring, a hearth opal surrounded by diamonds and black onyx. Elliot went by means of an ordeal bidding on it at Bonhams which was his first ever public sale expertise – the issues I put him by means of!”

The bride determined to put on her grandma’s wedding ceremony robe from her second wedding ceremony, initially hand-made in Spain and altered to swimsuit Jess’s particular person model.

“My gown was my grandma’s from her second wedding ceremony within the early 90s. I had the unique shortened because it was full size, the sleeves shortened and the entire gown taken in. The alterations firm was Unique Alterations primarily based in Islington.”

“I all the time liked the fashionable strains and off-the-shoulder design of my grandmother’s gown so I used to be extraordinarily fortunate when she supplied me to put on it. “

“I’ve a youthful sister so there was all the time a 50% probability, or much less given how protecting my grandma is over the gown. I discover after a number of glasses of wine is all the time one of the best time to ask!”

“I’ve all the time had a way of what I do and do not like in vogue, so was led by my very own style and what I felt snug in.”

“After the authorized ceremony, we took some images round Church Avenue, Stoke Newington after which went again to an Airbnb we rented close to London Fields.”

“On account of restrictions, we have been restricted on the place we may have dinner so we acquired meals organized and delivered by Ottolenghi.”

“My wonderful maid of honor Lora and my sister and bridesmaid Alice laid all of it out while Elliot and I have been having images taken so we did not need to stress a few factor.”

Elliot and Jess additionally had a quiet drink collectively to soak up the second.

“Aside from exchanging vows, which I am certain everybody says, one of the best a part of our day was once we went to The Clarence Tavern for a drink, simply Elliot and me.”

“It was a second to take pleasure in what we had dedicated to one another, simply the 2 of us. I’d advocate this to another {couples}.”

Elliot wore a blue swimsuit he already owned from Ben Sherman. He added sneakers from Church’s and a shirt from COS.

“It suits him fantastically and at 6’5” that is not simple. His tie was one he already owned from Pimples Studios. We wished to be aware of saving the place we may so we may throw a much bigger wedding ceremony post-Covid.”

While the newly-weds and Joanna Bongard took these enjoyable and hanging portrait photographs within the native space, the bridesmaids have been laborious at work setting out the dinner.

“Ottolenghi delivered the meals and my wonderful maid of honor Lora and my sister and bridesmaid Alice laid all of it out in large sharing plates alongside the desk.”

“Covid restrictions meant we could not have anybody exterior the household in the home so everybody pulled collectively to make the dinner occur.”

“All our wine was pure and purchased from Juiced Wines, aside from the champagne which was Louis Roederer.”

Sugar plum bakes

“Our florist Iona from Sage Flowers made some stunning desk preparations, and Elliot and I positioned numerous orders for linen tablecloths, glasses and vases.”

“We introduced our personal plates and cutlery from house. It actually was all palms on deck to ensure the day may nonetheless go forward however it was good and the intimacy we achieved was much better than if we have been at a restaurant or pub.”

Ottolenghi additionally offered the trio of wedding ceremony muffins.

“We had orange and chocolate, lemon polenta and chocolate mousse. Each time we go, we purchase one to remind us of our day.”

“Elliot’s brother Matt dancing with my grandma was fairly humorous! My sister Alice and Matt fought to catch the champagne corks as they have been popped additionally resulted in some hilarious video content material.”

“I feel we did fairly nicely contemplating the restrictions on the time, so the one factor I’d have finished in a different way is to not have all our household additionally staying within the Airbnb.”

“It was very hectic making an attempt to coordinate their dinners and breakfasts for the times across the wedding ceremony day. Or maybe we must always have simply deliberate that ingredient higher.”

For different {couples} affected by Covid, Jess has the next recommendation and reflections.

“I discovered suspending our wedding ceremony(s) very robust, primarily as a result of I am such a planner and get very anxious when issues need to be rearranged.”

“Following accounts like What About Weddings actually helped as I spotted so many others have been in the identical scenario.”

“Realizing you are not alone undoubtedly helps. Elliot and I are additionally very busy working so it turned so hectic every time we needed to reorganize. Making our psychological well being a precedence and halving duties between us helped steadiness this.”

“Regardless of all of the above and our day not fairly wanting as we had initially deliberate, we would not want it another manner and can bear in mind it as one of the best day of our lives”

Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

“It is all price it, do not lose hope.”

“Know you may depend on family and friends to assist delegate successfully so everybody is aware of what they’re doing.”

“Be clear about components that you simply anticipate your visitors to contribute to or pay for.”

Andrea Hawkes

“Spend as a lot money and time as you probably can on a photographer as you may have these images for all times they usually’ll carry again all kinds of feelings and recollections.”

“Do not be afraid to put on clothes you already personal or look to non-wedding boutiques for a gown and equipment.”

Jess and Elliot, so many congratulations and I hope you’ve an exquisite second celebration when the time comes round. Thanks a lot for letting us publish these images right here, and thanks additionally Joanna Bongard Images.

For those who love her model, please see right here for extra weddings captured by her. Or, if London metropolis weddings are your factor, take pleasure in this choice right here.

Ele xx

Eleanor Crossland

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Ele lives within the Lincolnshire countryside, near the attractive coast. A professional Pilates trainer, she loves health, yoga, Pilates and has a wholesome dependancy to baking, writing and journey.


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