Becky & Ben’s amazing Hackney wedding, with Szerdi Nagy Photography

Published by Claire Gould on

Some weddings are beautiful, some weddings are playful, some are sophisticated and sexy as hell… and Ben and Becky’s ticks ALL of those boxes! We have Marilyn vibes and then some; TWO dresses to die for; lush locations and super stylish personal touches. Step into the weekend with us, as we bring you this AMAZING London wedding, captured by Andy & Szerdi Photography (whose About page, by the way, is epic!) 

Wedding photographer’s website

Wedding photographer review

I truly believe Szerdi is the best photographer ever. ABSOLUTE STAR! From start to finish our expectations were exceeded in all ways! Szerdi is so lovely, she made us feel comfortable and we had so much fun with her too! She went above and beyond in capturing the special moments of our day and “got us” from the moment we met. She also made us look like movie stars! She captured the vibe, energy and love we felt on the day and we never felt like we were awkward posing and enjoyed every minute! All our friends and family commented on how great she was on the day and were so impressed with the pictures!

Your best moment or memory

Getting married and celebrating with our loved ones in Hackney where we have both grown up and live together! Proper east end knees up!

Tell us anything you did differently – we love hearing about NEW traditions (or none at all!)

Pit stop for a cheeky pint in pub on the park, one of our local haunts, after getting wed at hackney town hall! We were driven there in our mate’s black cab and were served by our favourite barman Luca! We got to celebrate and absorb that we had just got married with our closest family before heading to the reception lunch at Martello Hall. Szerdi captured some amazing wedding shots over London Fields, our local green space! Everythwere we went on our wedding day had meaning to us both and we now have all the memories in pictures forever!

Venue name + review

Hackney Town Hall – amazing, classic, art deco vibes. Perfect from a small registry office reception with our nearest and dearest.

Pub on the Park– our local pub, wholesome and fun!

Martello Hall– lunch meal with family and friends and then evening party! Perfect venue for us, stripped back and vintage style, quirky and cool, urban vibes and fabulous staff.

Tell us a little about your outfits – both of you!

My dress was made fabulous by Teresa at Polka Bridal

I had 2 dresses as I decided to get a white one last minute! I wore this in the day and it was a classic 1950’s inspired, off the shoulder dress and birdcage veil. I also rocked a leopard print fur outside Hackney Town Hall, I am obsessed with the print. In the evening I wore a beaded flapper style dress and dances the night away on it!

I bought my white dress in a generic wedding shop David’s Bridal, but was actually disappointed with the service and alteration advice. I took it to Teresa at Polka.Bridal and she transformed the dress (and me)! I would not recommend David’s Bridal at all.

Dress 2 – Karen Millen. Fantastic quality and perfect fit.

Ben wore a blue three-piece suit with a vintage feel with a gold tie pin. He hired his suit from Moss Bros and felt like an absolute boss. He looked very dapper.

Florist name + review

My friend Lyndsay used a local florist called Just Beautiful Flowers arranged all the flowers in the home made vases on the day! My bouquet was beautiful!

Cake maker name + review

My amazing friends Lyndsay also sourced the cake from a local cake maker named Lisa who is a full time Nurse (like me) but bakes as a hobby.

Stationery maker’s name + review

Lyndsay Lewis, superstar friend

Any crafty projects or homemade styling touches?

My maid of honour Lyndsay is so creative! She designed and printed table names and seating arrangement on vintage craft paper with a gold border. She helped with so much and knows me so well… she was a wedding star for sure, sourcing the cake and flowers and arranging the flowers which she then decorated and arranged with the help of my other great formed Nikki on the day! Let’s not forget the DIY dress up sun glasses for evening fun too! I also got transfer tattoos made to match our light of “til Death Do Us Party”

Wedding readings?

Father of the bride John – emosh. Sister of groom, Sarah – a cockney poem. Best man Terry – sentimental and funny. My cousins, Abi and Jess- sang a witty and funny song about me and Ben to the tune of Britney Spears, Hit Me Baby One More time. Went down a storm!

First dance song? Playlist recommendations?

Motown and 80s playlist, no 1st dance. We danced in the rain outside for some Pics with Szerdi! Some of our favourite shots!

Wedding planner name + review

We planned our wedding ourselves in 3 months! Eeek! We focused on the essentials and everything else was a bonus! The most important thing was us getting married being together. Beauty of a London wedding and the venue Martello Hall had all we needed to throw a great celebration.

Hair + makeup name + review

Lipstick and Curls- Nicci was amazing, she understood the “Marilyn esc” look I was going for. I felt a million dollars!


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.


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