Went to a smashing friendly event today in the sunshine at Hackney Town Hall. Lovely welcome, Quality Street on trays, golden Champagne, and very nice people. I’d not made either of the Brides of Culture previous events in posh hotels in London so was determined to get to the Hackney one. Up the stairs to the sound of a violin being played beautifully and into a hall stacked with stalls and relaxed promoters of all things wedding. Photographers milled around the crowds, holding equipment high, retaking photo after photo because they’re professionals while cake-makers pulled us in with fantastic designs and mama kitchens piled high our plates with jollof rice as they explained the services they offer to bridal parties. There was never an hard sell, just jolly folk showing their wares and dishing out business cards and samples.
At 4.30 after the wedding planner seminar we were treated to a well-organised and MC-d fashion show. The models showed off gorgeous creations in silks, satins, chiffon and ruffles. There were innovative twists on veils and gathered skirts, revealing underskirts of lace and patterns and a creation for an Islamic wedding because this was a multicultural event. The first models on the catwalk excited us with the traditional African designs and cloths. The materials used were very expensive indeed going into thousands. Breath taking. What beautiful colours there were as well as the creams, ivories, virgin whites and champagne hues of the unique wedding dresses. The drumming beats from the accompanying music guided each model to the edge of the stage and each woman was lifted down graciously by a visiting toastmaster in his red uniform such that folk wondered if he were in fact Hackney’s mayor!
There was still time left over to eat more chicken, more cupcakes, plantain canapés and home-made sweets.
Each visiting bride-to-be received a goody bag, loads of attention and plenty of warm love.