A Quirky, Intimate East London Wedding // Eleanor + Alec

I simply adore today’s super laid-back, fun and intimate East London wedding. Not just because Eleanor and Alec look like they are having the time of their lives, but also because they were married in my old haunt of Bethnal Green! Beautifully captured by one of our brilliant suppliers Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography, the couple chose to tie the knot in the stunning Clissold House and then danced the night away after cocktails and dinner in their favourite restaurant Bistrotheque. Let’s hand over the reigns to Eleanor and Alec to invite us on a tour of their wedding day…




We met at college in Brighton, but initially we were just friends. We got together the following summer and got to know each other over a summer of clubs and late night parties! We had both (separately) decided to move to London to study so embarked on life in London together first living apart and then after the first year and a nightmare flatmate, Alec moved into my flat share. Various moves around London, 2 BA degrees, an MA, two businesses and two cats later we are still going strong! There wasn’t a proposal as such, just a drunken conversation about how to celebrate 10 years together. In the cold light of day it was something we both still wanted to do but we didn’t see the point of hanging around – if we were celebrating our 10 years together then we wanted it be be as close to that date as possible.


We had the ceremony followed by champagne at Clissold House in Stoke Newington and then cocktails, dinner and dancing at Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green. We planned our wedding in a relatively short time (three months) so we were really lucky that two venues we liked were both available on our chosen date. We live in Hackney and had decided we wanted a small London wedding that reflected our lives in locations we knew well. Clissold House is a beautiful Georgian house in Clissold park, a park which we had enjoyed walks and picnics in over the years. The room where we had the ceremony was the perfect size for our 46 guests – some venues we visited we felt that with only a small-ish number the room would have felt half empty. We were also able to have champagne there after the ceremony on their terrace which goes into the park. We are both really into food so having good food at the reception was really important to us. Bistrotheque is a restaurant we both love and had been to many times since living in Hackney. As soon as we realised it was a possibility to have our reception there within our budget we didn’t look anywhere else.


I didn’t want a wedding dress, I didn’t even bother looking at them. I looked at quite a lot of dresses but couldn’t find anything quite right. However when I saw this one I just knew it was the one! It was also the only one left in the shop and it was in my size so it was meant to be! It is from Temperley London. I bought it off the peg from her Mayfair store, however it wasn’t a wedding dress but one from their Spring Summer main line.


Alec’s suit was Grieves and Hawks and his shoes were Church’s. A friend of a friend works in the Church’s factory in Northampton so Alec managed to get a pair of seconds at a bargain price!


Sarah was great, we didn’t want loads of posed photos just images that got the mood of the day. We also asked friends and family to take lots of photos and share them with us after the wedding so we got a really nice collection of pictures.


At Bistrothque we had their resident pianist play during cocktails and the meal. He was brilliant, he does jazzy versions of modern pop songs. It sounds cheesy but it wasn’t it was great. Then our mate Orv DJ’ed after dinner.


Save the dates we sent out via email which I designed. We had letterpress invites made by Arcadia and I hand wrote the place cards and Bistrotheque did the menus as part of their package.


We walked in together as having been together for 10 years before getting married, the concept of being ‘given away’ didn’t really feel appropriate to me, as a 30 year old women!

As it was a registrar wedding we chose to keep it simple and just have the bare minimum, no readings or special vows.


We didn’t have a first dance but we did walk into the ceremony to ‘This must be the place’ by Talking Heads which we chose as it’s just a song we both love and it felt appropriate for the occasion.


It was all pretty great, we had so much fun start to finish.


Do what you want, have the wedding that reflects you as a couple, your relationship and lifestyle. Don’t feel you have to tick certain boxes.

Photography / Sarah Brittain Edwards | Venue /  Clissold House / Bistrotheque

Florist / The Flower Appreciation Society

Dress /  Temperley London | Bride’s Sandals / Dune

Groom’s Suit /  Gieves & Hawkes | Bridesmaids / | Stationery / Artcadia

Hair & Makeup / Bride | DJ/ a friend

What an amazing day and just goes to show how wonderful a small, intimate wedding can be. A wedding truly after our own hearts! Big thanks to Eleanor and Alec for sharing the love, and to Sarah for her beautiful photography. 

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