Oh…my…goodness. Brace yourselves for this whirlwind of a real wedding. If ever there was a time to be inspired to throw in the towel on the planning and elope to unite in marriage, it’s right here and now! Forget seating plans, wedding etiquette and a budget of thousands when you can just pick up your love and take it to your favourite part of the city to  marry in peace. Kella and Kotey absolutely show us how an urban elopements wedding is done as they escaped the chaos to reunite their love for one another. Despite previously getting married in a big ‘I do’ style ceremony earlier in the year, the couple felt that their big traditional white wedding day didn’t serve so well in reflecting the individuality and uniqueness of their match and personalities. With their best friend and photographer Nadia Meli in tow, they decided to do it all over again in St Dunstans-in-the-East, a glorious green space with city gardens and old ruins to set the scene of their intimate, secret garden style ceremony.
We had already done the big white wedding and that was great but it wasn’t us. We wanted a ceremony that captured our personality – more colour, more character. We chose things that didn’t appear to fit together at first but actually complimented each other perfectly – like us. 
Wearing a Rue De Seine dress with Geiger shoes, Kella absolutely radiates as Nadia snapped them in their most favourite parts of the capital. Handsome Kotey keeps it real in a mismatched blue and grey Zara suit combination and shows that he is absolutely lovestruck when it comes to Kella. The pair were married in such an intimate and personal setting, it’s no wonder they look as happy as they do. By far the most stunning elopement wedding of the year and it’s right here on the blog….
Here’s Kella to tell you all about her secret garden escape with Kotey….

Engagement with a Beautiful Emerald Ring

It was by Limehouse Basin which is one of our favourite spots. I thought we were just going for a walk but before I knew it, Kotey was on one knee with a beautiful emerald ring asking me to marry him. I was so stunned I don’t think I even responded at first. I’d always wanted an emerald engagement ring and I just couldn’t believe he had got one for me. Eventually I nodded and then applause erupted from residents on their balconies above us.  To top it off his brother had been secretly following us and captured the whole thing on camera!

Sassy and Unique Detailed Crochet Dress

I wore a Rue De Seine from Leonie Claire and Kotey wore a suit from Zara. My dress was so different to the dress I wore for our first ceremony. It’s so sassy and I loved that about it. The crochet and the back detail, it was just such a gorgeous dress.

Secret Garden Elopement Wedding

We were married in London in St Dunstans-in-the-East. Friends of ours had had their wedding photos taken there. It’s a beautiful ruin and reminds us of The Secret Garden. It just fitted with the vibe we wanted for our elopement – a sort of secret, intimate space.

Photography in the Big City

As far as the ceremony goes, it was just us and the venue. St Dunstan’s is so picturesque we didn’t need anything else. We took the rest of the photos in our favourite parts of London – by the canal was a big feature. We just wanted to capture our special moment in our special places.

Friend Conducted the Ceremony with Handwritten Vows

We decided to have our friend conduct the ceremony because we were already legally married. It made it that much more personal for us. Especially as this time we were reading our own vows to one another. There’s something a bit strange about declaring your love to one another in front of a stranger. Having our friend do it just felt right.

The Line Up

Photography: Nadia Meli
Bride’s Dress: Rue De Seine via Leonie Claire
Brides Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Grooms Suit: Zara
Cards for the vows from: Wedding Chicks


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