A Chic London Wedding: Soraya’s Nikeen Asar Dress Captured by Taylor-Hughes Photography

Nikeen Asar modern London bride. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

Soraya and Josh’s chic London wedding was a modern and contemporary celebration of love, style, and urban elegance.

The couple exchanged vows on 9th September 2023, in the beautiful Atrium at Hackney Town Hall, followed by a reception at the stylish Allegra Restaurant and Bar in Stratford. The day was filled with sophisticated details, highlighted by Soraya’s breathtaking off-the-shoulder bridal gown in hammered silk, designed by London based Nikeen Asar. Everything was captured flawlessly as always, by the wonderful Taylor-Hughes Photography,

Both venues reflected the the couple’s tastes and backgrounds and were selected intentionally for their minimalist style; the reception venue’s stylish terrace provide some pretty breathtaking views of the city skyline. This wedding is a whole chic, city vibe and we adore it.


Chic bride and groom at the Allegrea Restaurant and Bar in Stratford, London. Bride wears Nikeen Asar dress and Loeffler Randall shoes & carries a fan. Taylor-Hughes Photography

We wanted something modern and stylish but that would be timeless. We love our city life and I think it was a celebration of that really. Our aspirations for the day were celebrate our wonderful family and friends and to throw them a really fun and memorable day.

Modern bride in an off the shoulder bridal gown by Nikeen Asar. She wears a gold chain and low bun. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

The Dress

Nikeen Asar

I bought my dress directly from Nikeen Asar, the designer. I was lucky enough to visit a pop-up he was holding in Soho.

I’m so pleased I got to have that personal experience buying directly from Nikeen, he is so kind and very talented.

Modern bride in an off the shoulder bridal gown by Nikeen Asar. She wears a gold chain and low bun. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

It was the first dress I tried and fell in love with, the hand-hammered silk is just divine, and I found the bardot neckline and sleeves very elegant.

Everything from trying, ordering and altering was done via Nikeen and his small team, and I couldn’t recommend them more if you’re looking for a contemporary wedding designer in London.

Modern bride in an off the shoulder bridal gown by Nikeen Asar. She carries a large modern bridal bouquet in neutral tones. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

I didn’t really want to feel too much of a bride, and was keen to find something I could possibly repurpose in the future. I knew I wanted something stylish and timeless, and ultimately comfortable as it’s a long day and I love a dancefloor! That dress made me feel powerful and beautiful at the same time, and my shoes added a bit of fun whilst being so comfy they stayed on till the very end.

Bridal Beauty & Accessories

May hair and makeup artist was a lovely and talented friend, Nikki Chayka.

My shoes were Loeffler Randall’s ‘Natalia’, in champagne. My perfume was ‘Dear Polly’, from Vilhelm Parfumerie – simply because it’s my favourite scent. I wore vintage gold earrings of my Mum, alongside the fan she used on her wedding day. 

Seated bride leaning over in her Nikeen Asar dress to buckle her Loeffler Randall Natalia shoes. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

My flowers were done by our close friend Lucy. She has great knowledge of flowers and seasons, and a great eye for colour. She kept the flowers neutral and warm, with pops of subtle orange to complement the bridesmaids red dresses.

Close up of a neutral colour, large modern bridal bouquet with Dahlia and Dog Rose. Taylor-Hughes Photography

I gave my bridesmaids the colour burgundy as the theme but let them choose their own outfits. I wanted them all to feel beautiful and like themselves, and they looked incredible. Two wore dresses from Rixo, another wore a mini dress from ASOS, and the fourth wore a velvet blazer with a light blue shirt and cream trousers. The girls all wore gold shoes and jewellery.

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Bride lining up with her father and the bridesmaids wearing Rixo and ASOS. Everyone is raising a glass to the bride. Taylor-Hughes Photography.
Bride wearing a Nikeen Asar wedding dress kissing her groom during the wedding ceremony. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

The Ceremony

The Atrium, Hackney Town Hall

Our ceremony was held in The Atrium at Hackney Town Hall, London. We wanted a simple ceremony without much fuss. The Atrium is a beautiful room with great natural lighting that did all the talking for us.

Bride in a Nikeen Asar dress and Loeffler Randal Natalie shoes, being accompanied down the aisle by her father in a navy blue suit. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

My Dad accompanied me to the wedding ceremony – and having not been keen on a traditional wedding I’m blown away by how special it felt to have those precious moments with him. It was emotional. We had ‘Sunshine’ by Gabrielle playing as we walked down the aisle.

Wedding at The Atrium at Hackney Town Hall - a minimalist wedding venue space in London. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

We didn’t do any bespoke vows as we were so nervous and really wanted to keep the ceremony short and sweet. But we did ask our joint MCs Lauren and Lucy to do a reading, and it was a really lovely moment to finally breath and take in the Atrium and the reality of actually getting married.

Hammered silk bridal gown by Nikeen Asar. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

I gave my friends free reign to do whatever reading they felt fit. It was a contemporary wedding and I think the reading fit perfectly with the friendship and partnership Josh and I hold for one another. The reading was ‘Everything I Know About Love’, by Dolly Alderton.

My sister is a jeweller and so we bought our rings through her work, Gerald’s Of Knutsford – they have decades of knowledge and exceptional quality and attention to detail.  A big thank you to Helen M. Ford Jewellery for my bespoke engagement ring and wedding band.

Bride and groom walking back down the aisle at The Atrium at Hackney Town Hall. The bride wears a Nikeen Asar wedding dress. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

Jack and Jade of Taylor-Hughes Photography are the best! I really loved their style from looking at their website and Instagram. When we were making enquiries Jade was the only photographer to offer a video call. We were really nervous about getting married and being in front of a camera all day.

Just married joy! Ecstatic bride and groom walking through a shower of confetti outside Hackney Town H all after their wedding ceremony. The bride wears a Nikeen Asar wedding dress and carries a large and elegant modern bridal bouquet. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

The bride wears a Nikeen Asar wedding dress and carries a large and elegant modern bridal bouquet. Groom in a navy blue suit by Suit Supply. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

Jade put us completely at ease and we immediately knew we wanted to have them at our wedding. They were really helpful leading up to the wedding, giving recommendations, timings and always quick to respond to our emails. On the day they were brilliant, super organised, very chilled and so friendly they felt like guests.

All of our guests complimented how lovely and professional they were and I’m stunned at the photos they got of us.

Absolutely recommend them!

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How They Met

We met through friends at university and have been together for almost 10 years. Josh well and truly caught me off guard by proposing on his own birthday as we were heading out to celebrate. He proposed in the kitchen of our first home. Neither of us wanted a public engagement and I love that it was simple and somewhere personal to us.

We weren’t in a huge rush to get married and were engaged for three years.

Josh wore a navy suit from Suit Supply and suede brown loafers from Hawes & Curtis. As a joint wedding and 30th birthday present I bought Josh a watch which I gave him the day before the wedding.

Bride and groom looking out at the London city skyline and views for miles on the balcony of the Allegra Restaurant and Bar in Stratford. Taylor-Hughes Photography.
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The Reception

We specifically chose our venues because of their stylish, minimal interiors. Our reception was held at Allegra Restaurant and Bar in Stratford, London – it provides exceptional food and drink, and the most lovely hospitality.

We both have career backgrounds in hospitality, so great food and drink was always a priority for us at our wedding. We love hosting and we wanted to host our guests in a personal way.

Bride wearing a hammered silk bridal gown by Nikeen Asar and carrying a bridal fan. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

Allegra is a stylish, beautiful dining room, and their service and quality of food and drink is exceptional. Everything was flawless and it was a highlight for everyone, we’re still getting messages about how incredible the wedding breakfast was. 

Bride wearing a hammered silk bridal gown by Nikeen Asar with long sleeves. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

London is our home and we always wanted to celebrate it with a city wedding. Allegra has a very special terrace with views of the city skyline – truly memorable.

We chose not to have a cake and instead served pastel de natas, one of our favourite sweet treats. They were a huge hit and I didn’t even get to have one myself!

Wedding guests gathering at the Allegra Restaurant and Bar in Stratford, London. Juxtaposition of city architecture, high rise buildings with trees and greenery, softening the harsh lines of the modern city landscape. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

Our wonderful friend Lauren designed our invites, table plan and other signage.  For our invites we used the talented Phoebe Rutherford to draw our wedding venue, we also have the original drawings in A4 framed at home.

We created a build-your-own hangover kit station for the end of the night, and it was a huge hit. Bags were pre-filled with hydration sachets, mints and paracetamol, and then guests chose between mine and Josh’s hangover crisps ( Soraya – Monster Much pickled onion, Josh – Salt & Vinegar Discos) and fizzy drink (Soraya – Coca Cola, Josh – Fanta). We also had takeaway boxes for people to save their pastel de nata for breakfast.

Bride fanning herself inside the Allegra Restaurant and Bar, Stratford, London wedding venue. Taylor-Hughes Photography.
Bride with a low bun and a Nikeen Awar bridal gown being tenderly kissed by her groom. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

Evening & Dancing

Kudos Functions were an amazing band who brought so much energy to our dance floor. We also hired magician Fergus Flanaghan – we wanted to provide some entertainment for guests during our drinks reception and to also act as an ice breaker between guests that didn’t know each other. Fergus was so so brillant, mind blowing card tricks and such a great energy – highly recommend! 

We asked the band to do an acoustic version of the garage song Flowers by Sweet Female Attitude. We have danced to this song so many times in our kitchen, and again as we dreaded being in front of people for too long, we wanted a song with energy that would get everyone onto the dancefloor with us. It was a success!

Bride and groom dancing with wild abandon on the dancefloor inside The Allegra Restaurant and Bar, Stratford, London wedding venue. Bride wears Nikeen Asar wedding dress. Taylor-Hughes Photography.

Words of Wedded Wisdom

Anticipate costs to increase during the time from getting engaged to getting married. I think we had a very strict idea in our heads of what we wanted to spend and we then found it more stressful when making decisions, so give yourself some wriggle room.

Gifts (or hangover kits for us) at the end rather than on the table are a much better idea, people lose wedding favours as the day goes on. 

We found ourselves at a crossroads with our perfect reception venue and the number of guests we could fit in. Ultimately, it meant we couldn’t have our full extended families and although they came to the evening where we saved speeches and entertainment to make it a significant part of the day, I do wish they could have joined for the full day.

We have owned our home for some time and so if guests wanted to give a gift we asked for a donation to our honeymoon.

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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.