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Lauren and Paul had a quiet and intimate wedding at Hackney Town Hall with just their parents and siblings a few family and friends, followed by a trip to one of their favourite local pubs, the Commercial Tavern, to meet up with a few friends and then a family dinner at The Hawksmoor in Spitalfields. Lauren says,

“We knew we wanted to celebrate in a bigger way at some point, so hosted a party for family and friends on our first wedding anniversary. We basically stretched the wedding celebrations out as long as we could!”

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They had a paper theme as a nod to the traditional gift for a first wedding anniversary.

“The colour scheme was bright and graphic, and we took a lot of inspiration from Confetti System (a New York design studio that does amazing paper-based installations). March can be a dreary time of year and we wanted to contrast that with an explosion of colour.”

Lauren told me that the best bit of the planning was not having to worry about planning the wedding ceremony as well as the reception because they were already married!

“We had the flexibility to be as traditional or ‘out there’ as we wanted to be. It was a blessing and a curse because it meant we could go in absolutely any direction we wanted – a challenging place for anyone who is indecisive or easily distracted by bright shiny things and new ideas!”

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The couple chose 06 St Chad’s Place near King’s Cross for their venue,

“mainly for the fact that it had the raw, industrial looking aesthetic that we were looking for and didn’t cost a fortune – which is rare when you’re looking for an event venue in central London. The team there were fantastic to work with at all stages of the planning process – they even installed all our decorations and took them down the next day!”

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They kept the whole thing under £5,000,

“There was no fee for the venue hire, just a minimum spend on food and drink which was more than achievable.”

Lauren and Paul said their favourite moment of the day was standing at the bar and watching all their loved ones from both sides of the Atlantic laughing and having a great time together, despite the fact that many of them had only just met a few hours earlier,

“Our anniversary party was as much about the people we love who have supported us in our relationship, as it was about us.”

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Lauren made all of the decorations, with some help from two of her friends.  She says,

“there were many, many evenings spent at the kitchen table, fringing tissue paper and constructing geometric shapes from recycled cardboard to create the pom poms and piñata that were suspended from the ceiling. Unfortunately, authentic Confetti System creations weren’t in the budget!”

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When I asked if there was anything they would change about the day, Paul said,

“Lauren’s parents, siblings and extended family in Canada weren’t able to come back to London for our anniversary celebrations and were sorely missed. So the only thing we would change is the chance to have them there. Otherwise, the day was as bright and brilliant as we wanted it to be.”

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I asked the couple if they had any advice for brides- and grooms-to-be? Or for married life? Lauren said,

“Find humour in everything, and when it comes to your partner’s quirks, just go with the flow.”

The Wedding in Full


Photography | Yolande De Vries Photography

Venue | 06 St Chad’s Place

Lauren | Roksanda gown from Browns; JCrew heels

Paul | JCrew jacket and tie clip; Charles Tyrwhitt shirt; Reiss trousers; Jones shoes; Thomas Pink cufflinks; Duchamp London tie