Four years after their first Tinder date, Britten Bride Rochelle and her groom Tony tied the knot in London's Bethnal Green in a personal ceremony in the art deco surroundings of the striking Town Hall Hotel.
With oversize chambers and hallways, the Town Hall Hotel made the perfect venue for a non-traditional wedding celebration. As light poured into each room, Clare Randall Photography was able to capture special moments between the couple and their guests, using the clean lines of the council chamber interior to accentuate the contemporary aesthetic of the wedding theme.
Setting a modern tone for the day, beautiful Britten Bride Rochelle looked sleek and stylish with a modern wedding gown, worn with chic gold jewellery and accessories to perfect a look of classic simplicity.
With help from senior stylist Silvia Mateos, Rochelle was introduced to the Palm Beach gown at the Galvan London boutique in Notting Hill and instantly knew it was 'the one'. Minimalist in design with a glamourous thigh split, Rochelle looked stunning in the clean lines and stylish silhouette created by the exquisite long column dress.
“I loved my when my mum joined us for the final moments of getting ready. It was so lovely to have her there.”
Fixed at the crown and worn with her short hair down in soft curls, Rochelle also wore our church length silk style barely-there wedding veil Ilona. The veil trailed beautifully behind the bride as she walked through the venue, with the extra length adding detail and movement to her overall bridal look, for added sophistication.
She completed her look with platinum Lancer pumps from Jimmy Choo, and neutral makeup by her friend Laura Corner for a glowing natural look.
Rochelle's bridal party continued the white, black, and navy colour palette chosen by the bride and groom. Their beautiful flower girl wore a white rose petal bridesmaid dress from Marks and Spencer with a flower headpiece around a cute updo, and her women of honour wore long navy column gowns from Whistles, accessorised with white flower corsages to match the bride's bouquet from Hazel Gardiner.
The groom and groomsmen adopted a formal black tie theme, with Tony pairing an off white dinner jacket with black lapels from Hugo Boss with Russell and Bromley shoes. His groomsmen complemented his look with navy dinner jackets from Yardsmen Tailors.
Entering the room to the sound of 'Ave Maria' sung by the London African Gospel Choir, the couple said 'I do' as part of humanist ceremony led by celebrant Lauren Stone. Bringing a personal touch to the day, the couple said their own vows, with readings from the best man and Rochelle's sister and maid of honour.
This much is true
You have me
And I have you
The couple then exchanged weddings rings from Wempe in front of their family and closest friends.
At the reception in the De Monfort Suite at the Town Hall Hotel, the London African Gospel Choir sang to guests putting their own spin on songs like Stormzy's 'Blinded by Your Grace', which was a particular highlight for groom Tony.
Rochelle wore her veil throughout the wedding breakfast reception, choosing to drape the church length veil elegantly over her forearm as she posed for photographs with her new husband, and as she took to the dancefloor to Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together' for their first dance together as husband and wife.
Not wishing to detract from the stunning interior features of the Town Hall Hotel, the venue was subtly decorated with more flowers from Hazel Gardiner. Their two-tier wedding cake was decorated with fresh figs and gold flakes. The semi-naked cake was made by Blossom and Crumb with a 'London Fog' tier, flavoured with Earl Grey, and a mouthwatering lemon tier.
The couple gave a joint speech, as the guests toasted them with wedding favours of little jars of Limencello, before the evening celebrations began with music provided by a family friend DJ.
If there was one piece of advice Rochelle would share with other brides-to-be, it's this:
“Traditions are beautiful but don’t feel as though you are bound to them if you don’t want to be. We made sure our wedding day was about us. There were times when some people mentioned that we should be doing things differently but we stuck to our guns and planned a day that was true to us. We wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
The couple formalised their marriage with a second legally binding ceremony just a few weeks later. A great excuse to celebrate again and thank their bridesmaids and groomsmen with a meal at The Modern Pantry.
Thank you so much, Rochelle and Tony, for sharing your wedding photographs with us. Your choice of veil worked beautifully with your wonderful dress, and we can't stop thinking about tasting a piece of 'London Fog' cake now. We wish you both all the very best in your future together.