Oh my! What a wedding this was. Lucas and Nick I take my (home made) hat off to you. A day filled with love, colour, beautiful personal touches and family and friends anyone would be envious of made Lucas and Nicks wedding day one of the best I've ever been to.
After a morning getting ready at Lucas and Nicks flat (including a rather strained half hour looking for Cynthia the cat who slunk out the open patio doors), we headed over to East London to Hackney and the glorious ROUND CHAPEL where they would tie the knot. Arriving with flowers round his head and flip flops on his feet (note - the man dressed as a bride is neither of the grooms! That's none other than Louis Westwood actor extraordinaire) Lucas, who is also an actor in London walked his very smart looking groom Nick down the aisle led by a procession of their nearest and dearest so that they could get married in front of their loved ones.
Each guest wore a hand crafted hat, hoping to win in the hat competition and watched as Lucas and Nick said their vows to a backdrop of Cher bunting and copious rainbow colours draped across the impressive balcony of the Round Chapels upper levels.
The ceremony was punctuated by a rousing performance of Victoria Wood's "Let's do it" by Louis which had the guests (and me) in stitches and then a standing ovation!
It was then outside to sample the delights of the THE COPPER KITCHEN who had laid on a spread of dainty, delicious delicacies for the guests.
After enjoying the beautiful cakes and East London weather we headed back inside for the crowning of the millinery champion and of course the speeches. With two best people on each side and fathers of the grooms all round we were in for a treat and more than one tear was shed. By this time the food trucks were firing up and I nabbed myself a delicious portion of feta fries from the Greek flavoured van.
I took Lucas and Nick for a stroll round the neighbourhood and we got some amazing portraits in amongst the summer flowers and brightly coloured doorways of Hackney.
They really are the sweetest couple with the best friends and family and their wedding is one of the very best I've ever been to. Hackney holds a special place in my heart but it's even more special now that I've had the opportunity to shoot a wedding in the amazing space that is the ROUND CHAPEL for this very special couple.