THE COU­PLE Lucinda & Simon

Lucinda Lo, 30, and Simon Parker, 28, held their cer­e­mony at The Per­gola and Hill Gar­dens, Hamp­stead, and their re­cep­tion at Loft Stu­dios, Ken­sal Green, Lon­don

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“A LOT OF MY CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAM­ILY LIVE ABROAD, SO IT WAS LOVELY TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEM,” SAYS LUCINDA

Who says you can only have one wed­ding style? Lucinda and Simon’s cel­e­bra­tion was a day of con­trasts – and all the more beau­ti­ful for it.

The cou­ple chose the leafy sur­round­ings of Hamp­stead Heath for their out­door cer­e­mony, while their re­cep­tion venue was worlds away in terms of style. “Loft Stu­dios is a pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio and has an ur­ban, in­dus­trial feel with ex­posed brick,” says Lucinda. Guests who had ear­lier en­joyed cham­pagne and straw­ber­ries in idyl­lic park­land then found them­selves in a court­yard watch­ing JUDIÀWL DUWLVWV FUHDWH OLYH SRUWUDLWV RI WKH new­ly­weds. “Chang­ing venues dur­ing the day helped keep things mov­ing, and has left me with dis­tinct me­mories of ev­ery part,” says Simon.

The idea of cool con­trasts con­tin­ued through the colour pal­ette: a wash of VRIW VKHUEHW WRQHV HQOLYHQHG E\ ÁDVKHV of bold hues. While the cou­ple felt the nat­u­ral beauty of their cer­e­mony venue meant no dec­o­ra­tion was nec­es­sary, they put their per­sonal stamp on the re­cep­tion.

Del­i­cate sea­sonal blooms soft­ened the ware­house-style space, along with fo­liage gar­lands and olive trees. The cou­ple met through their univer­sity ten­nis club, and made ref­er­ence to this in their styling. Their table plan was de­signed to look like the or­der of play sign at the Wim­ble­don Cham­pi­onships, and ten­nis balls served as place names. “My dad painstak­ingly cut them in half so we could place our favours in­side,” says Lucinda. “These were USBS with a playlist of our wed­ding mu­sic.”

7KH ÀQDO SDUW RI WKH FHOHEUDWLRQ VDZ the cou­ple and their loved ones return to the ver­dant set­ting of Hamp­stead Heath for a morn­ing-af­ter pic­nic or­gan­ised by the bride’s friends. “A lot of my close friends and fam­ily live abroad, so it was lovely to spend more time with them be­fore our hon­ey­moon,” says Lucinda. “It was very re­lax­ing, and just what we needed.”

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