Onika & Kwame, Hammersmith Town Hall

Onika and Kwame are both third generation British West Indians. They lived and grew up in the same neighbourhood in West London. They caught the same trains and buses but had just never met yet. They happened to meet through work. Both being designers, visually they look like they belong together but their personalities are exact opposites but they balance each other well.

Kwame is calm and gentle while Onika is a direct talker who prefers to find new ways to approach and personalise things rather than defer to tradition. One thing they both had in common is an aversion to big glamorous weddings, so opted to celebrate with minimum fuss and maximum fun. I loved that Onika gave each bridesperson a fabric flower that attached to their dresses or suit made from the same fabric as her dress.

Their ceremony took place at the Hammersmith Town Hall - a brutalist building that has a large airy marble room with a skylight. They invited 120 of their amazing friends and family who are so supportive of them. Some flew in from destinations around the world while others cancelled plans just to be there. Friends volunteered to help out with their wedding; from a live harpist  during the ceremony to others who baked their wedding cake and created the floral arrangements.

After the ceremony, the procession made their way across to the river which had spectacular views and very cute boating clubs and small green parks. After dinner and speeches we danced the night away.

Ceremony: Hammersmith Town Hall
Reception: The Old Ship pub
Onika's Custom Dress: Je Suis Belle