Wedding vows in the atria at Hackney Town Hall

 One wedding, two iconic Hackney wedding venues for this stylish pink day

London in March isn’t exactly famed for its great weather, but it didn’t matter to Rhian and Jon because they brought their own sunshine with their stylish pink Hackney wedding celebrations!

From the start, location was a key factor in Rhian and Jon’s wedding planning. So much so, in fact, that when they first enquired with me they told me the thing they were looking forward to most about their wedding was the venues (other than saying “I do”, of course.) “Both of our venues are perfectly unique and very London, which is very us!” they said, and I can totally see what they mean, because they chose two of the most iconic Hackney wedding venues for their gorgeous day full of love and colour.

Hackney Coffee co wedding

Hackney wedding venue #1: Hackney Town Hall

The first of Rhian and Jon’s unique, epic Hackney wedding venues was Hackney Town Hall, one of the most iconic ceremony spaces in the capital.

Now, a Hackney Town Hall wedding is no normal town hall wedding. Rhian and Jon got married in one of the atria, two huge open spaces that feel like they’re outdoors. (That’s because they used to be – hence the windows in the building which separates the two spaces. To convert the area and make it suitable for ceremonies, they added a sky-high glass ceiling, resulting in a super unique, stylish venue option!) The atria give you the best of both worlds, especially for a March wedding: you get the aesthetic and light of an outdoor wedding, but the warmth and rain protection that comes with being safely under a roof.

Rhian and Jon decided on a bright, bold colour palette for their Hackney wedding, comprising of a selection of gorgeous pinks accented with reds, purples and cream for contrast. Rebel Rebel – another Hackney wedding supplier – used this stunning selection to create two huge floral arrangements to stand on tall plinths that flanked the top of the aisle, while mini arrangements tied to the chairs lined the aisle as Rhian walked down.

They also created Rhian and her bridesmaids’ bouquets, to go with their hot pink dresses, as well as Jon’s groomsmen’s buttonholes, to accentuate the hot pink ties they were accessoring their blue suits with. Rhian also sported a white monogrammed bow in her hair, which was super cute!

A hackney Town hall wedding

Double-decker wedding bus

After the ceremony and some photos in the lobby as well as on the steps of Hackney Town Hall (which is chicer than it sounds – think art deco detailing and marble floors) it was time to move to Hackney wedding venue number 2. To transport all of their guests, Rhian and Jon decided to hire an iconic red London bus so they could all enjoy a glass of bubbles on the journey. (Charlotte and Alex did this for their London wedding too; you can check that out here!)

Confetti on the steps of Hackney Town Hall

Hackney Wedding Venue #2: The Hackney

Rhian and Jon’s second Hackney wedding venue was The Hackney, also known as the Hackney Coffee Company. It’s an industrial warehouse-type space that’s been a brewery and a mechanics workshop before reaching its true potential as a fab events setting!

One of the great things about The Hackney (and there are many) is that it’s already a beautiful space on its own. The venue calls itself “already dressed”, as it comes with not only its amazing period industrial features (like safe doors and exposed brickwork) but also plants, fairy lights, a grid wall, and a dried flower arrangement in the centre of the room.

However, you can always jazz it up more, and Rhian and Jon did exactly that with their pink theme. Pink taper candles lined the long trestle tables with another pop of pink coming from the napkin knotted on every plate. They also hung a neon sign, shaped like a love heart with “R + J” on it, on the grid wall, which acted as the ideal backdrop behind the top table. The result was a wedding reception that was pink and super stylish, without being too saccharine or overwhelming.

Another amazing thing about The Hackney is that, considering its history as a coffee roastery and cafe, the food and drink is sensational. Every wedding should have a fully-stocked cocktail bar in my humble opinion – especially one that can sling out espresso martinis that keep everyone on the dancefloor! Not that Rhian and Jon’s crew needed much to keep them on the dancefloor, to be honest – they were an amazing bunch of people who were all so ready to have an amazing time, celebrate, and shower the happy couple with all the love.

Hackney wedding photographer

I had such an amazing time capturing Rhian and Jon’s incredible wedding celebrations. If you’re also planning a Hackney wedding and are looking for natural, editorial photos capturing the day – then I’d love to chat to you all about your plans. Or perhaps you’re planning a wedding elsewhere, in London or beyond – you can get in touch here to tell me all about it. I can’t wait to hear from you!

With thanks to:

Ceremony Venue: Hackney Town Hall

Reception Venue: The Hackney (Hackney Coffee Company)

Flowers: Rebel Rebel