We are absolutely swooning over this sparkling Eliza Jane Howell wedding dress with the most epic cape veil! Ting was swishing through the streets of Hackney alongside her new husband Chris, full of joy at their sunny micro-wedding. Like many engaged couples in 2020, they had a fair few changes of plan! Scaling back from 200 guests to under 30, they married at Hackney Town Hall with a separate reception a few days later. It turned out to be a beautifully intimate setting, and everyone was so full of love and joy after a long period apart. The whole day was beautifully shot by Recommended Supplier Virginia Photography.

Ting wore a beautiful Eliza Jane Howell wedding dress with flowing cape veil.

Ting is Chinese and I (Chris) am Greek-Cypriot. We wanted to tie in little elements from our cultures and heritage where we could. This included a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, and writing the names of the bridesmaids on the sole of the bride's shoes. In a similar vein to throwing the bridal bouquet, the last name rubbed off is the next one to get married in Greek-Cypriot tradition! To incorporate western tradition, the bridesmaids wrote their names in blue. The hair slide was borrowed from Ting's sister (which she wore on her own wedding day), the something new was a pair of Alex Monroe earrings featuring the bumblebee on Ting's engagement ring from my mum. The something old was a diamond necklace gifted from Ting's parents for her 18th birthday.

Ting & Chris


The dress was Eliza Jane Howell - the dress designer of Ting's dreams for many years! And Teokath boutique were fab at helping Ting to find "the one"! Ting wanted to do the flowers herself, but Columbia Road Flower Market was closed due to the pandemic. So we sourced from the Flower Warehouse, Bethnal Green, where we've bought many beautiful flowers and plants over the years.


The vibe was relaxed and natural with personal touches from our lives and home. For instance, the Tea Ceremony set belongs to Ting's parents, and the cake knife was a housewarming gift when we bought our first home together. The bouquet included things foraged from our home and local park! There was no fixed colour scheme but Chris was keen on blues and oranges in the flowers which feature a lot in our home.


There was a period when we were worried personal vows wouldn't be allowed due to the pandemic restrictions. So we were overjoyed when it was confirmed we could go ahead with them! We wrote them separately and didn't share them with each other until the ceremony. Reading them to each other, we just felt like we were in our own little bubble of loveliness! We also ended up referencing loads of the same jokes and memories which was hilarious and so special!

Eliza Jane Howell was the dress designer of Ting's dreams - and ours too!

Create opportunities for personal touches that matter to you both, and intimate moments. For instance, the tea ceremony was really special as it gave us the chance to share some personal words with our parents and elder siblings. It even got Ting crying! Incorporating things from our home, which our nearest and dearest recognised, made it feel really personal and connected to our lives together.

Ting & Chris

What a stunning day! From the weather to the location, everything worked out wonderfully for Ting & Chris in the end. If you're after more Eliza Jane Howell wedding dress inspiration, you're in for a treat because Eliza's beaded shoulder dress is giving us major Great Gatsby vibes. We also love how Shakira has styled her Eliza Jane Howell gown with a cool leather jacket.

Georgia Gallant

Written by Georgia Gallant

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Ceremony Venue: Hackney Town Hall | Reception Venue: The Duke of Richmond | Photographer: Virginia Photography | Videographer: Happy Pears | Florist: Plant Warehouse | Dress Designer: Eliza Jane Howell | Tailor: Chambers Bespoke Tailor | Bridal Boutique: Teokath of London | Bridesmaids Outfits: Maya Deluxe | Accessories: Alex Monroe | Groom's Outfit: Ted Baker

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