Alice in Cortana, via The Fall Bride, For Her Modern & Elegant Wedding in East London

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Alice and Evan’s beautifully modern and contemporary wedding took place on 15th September 2023.

The couple, who live in London, tied the knot with a ceremony at Hackney Town Hall, followed by a bus drive to The Water House Project for their reception.

The day was a mish mash of various aesthetics that couple both like, from Bauhaus to wabi sabi. Alice wore a sublime, unstructured gown by Spanish label Cortana, which she discovered at East London’s ‘The Fall Bride‘ boutique.

I’m super delighted to share that Love My Dress recommended supplier, Carr & Senteno, whose beautiful, editorial and documentary wedding photography, you’ll find here on Love My Dress. Enjoy!

Photography by Carr & Senteno
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The Dress

Cortana


I wore a Cortana dress. My mum embroidered hidden lucky symbols on the inner most layer of the dress. 

I got my dress from The Fall Bride. I was assisted by Cassie, who had a great eye and was very helpful.

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I had envisaged that I might wear a suit. Although I tried on a few great suits, what drew me to the dress was its movement. After one fitting (my only fitting), it was decided!

My shoes were by The Row – they were a lucky find on Vestiaire Collective. My perfume was Diptyque’s Do Son – a birthday gift from Evan, and a scent I wear daily. My earrings were by Lea Hoyer. My hair and makeup artist was Lilia Mullinger.

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The Ceremony


Evan’s mum and dad walked us down the aisle.

My brother, Andrew, a composer based in London, wrote all of the music for the ceremony, including the music that accompanied our entrance.

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The ceremony was at Hackney Town Hall in the Committee Room. After a few drinks in London Fields, we had a Regal Four bus drive everyone to The Water House Project for the reception.

Although I’m from Australia and Evan is from Canada, we now live in London and it seemed a good halfway point (kind of!).

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We wrote our vows together. Writing personalised vows was both a meaningful process and meaningful on the day.

Instead of a reading, Andrew composed a work based on the musical notes A and E. It was performed by a group of musicians (all of whom are Andrew’s friends from the Royal College of Music, and some of whom were my flat mates when I first moved to London).

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Our rings are by Momoko Hatano, a Sydney-based jeweller. We were first drawn to her wabi sabi designs many years ago. Momoko made both our wedding bands and my engagement ring too.

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She was endlessly patient and gave us great advice throughout the process of designing our rings – not to mention a very talented jeweller.

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Photography

Our photographer was Rachel of Carr & Senteno. We were drawn to their natural, editorial style and shared love of 35mm.

Rachel was a calming and joyful presence on the day. We would absolutely recommend her to others.

Our confetti was a mix of paper and hand punched leaves collected from various London parks, made by Evan’s mum and sisters.

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How They Met

We met at university in Sydney almost ten years ago, and were engaged in December 2021.

Evan wore a suit from Beggar’s Run. His tie and pocket square were made by E. Marinella. We stumbled across their store in Burlington Arcade one weekend.

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The Reception


Our flowers were by Hattie of Hattie Flower. We loved Hattie’s organic and ikebana arrangements.

Our local 1831 Studio embroidered our place cards. 

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Hai made the red suit that I wore at the reception.

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I’d all but given up hope on wearing this on the day, it having been a past season design and Hai having been unable to find any leftover stock. Some 48 hours before the day, Hai found one remaining piece. A wedding miracle of sorts!

We enjoyed a post-dinner karaoke.

Favourite Moments

It is impossible to pick a favourite moment – there were so many aspects of the day were special in their own way – whether it was reading that morning’s paper and discovering that Evan’s sister and brother-in-law had placed a congratulatory notice in the marriages section, descending the steps of Hackney Town Hall to Andrew’s confetti music and being showered with love (and tiny leaves), or laughing (and crying – happy tears) through our families’ speeches over a thoughtful meal prepared by The Water House Project team.

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Words of Wedded Wisdom

It’s your day – do it your way. Whether it is the little details, or bigger decisions, make ones that are true to and mean something to you.

On the day itself, let it all go – put the planning behind you and just be in the moment with your family and friends.

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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.

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