Oh me and my. PURE JOY coming up today
Allow me to introduce you to beautiful union of Helena and Okan.
Helena and Okan had an Autumn wedding in November 2016 and wanted to celebrate with their nearest and dearest fusing their British and Turkish cultures together before they welcomed their new bundle of joy.
Not only were they celebrating the joining of two cultures together, but also two communities; Okan is Deaf and Helena is hearing and their celebration effortlessly fused the two together. An intimate English ceremony for 30 at Stoke Newington Town Hall and English reception at The Londesborough Pub followed by vivacious evening celebrations at La Royale Banqueting Suite for the traditional Turkish reception (düğün) with live Turkish folk music, glamorous decor, even more cake, pure abandonment and over 400 guests. A wonderful juxtaposition!
You’ll love this joyful wedding, this red and blue Arsenal inspired wedding (Mr Nu Bride will be pleased) and pure abandonment on the dancefloor, Boy do Helena and Okan know how to throw a party!
I am SO happy to finally be introducing Becky Bailey’s work to you. I met Becky a couple of years ago and she’s a pleasure to be around. Becky is a talented and hugely popular photographer and creative artist, whose exquisite visual creativity is heightened because she is a photographer, who also happens to be Deaf. As such, I think her work is the essence of a true unobtrusive visual storyteller and it is encapsulated in her beautiful images.
I asked Becky to share some of Helena and Okan’s wonderful moments through her eyes too and I hope you enjoy reading about their gorgeous union through both hers and Helena’s perspective.
Enjoy the moments!
We wanted a simple wedding day that represented both our English and Turkish cultures.
I really enjoyed photographing Helena and Okan. At first they were a little nervous but soon relaxed and were really easy-going and clearly very much in love with each other. That was really nice to witness and photograph and the fact they showed it un-self-consciously for my camera was a real joy. – Becky
Becky came highly recommended! She was recommended twice by a friend and a work colleague – also a photographer.
Helena looked glowing in her dress with natural, pretty make up and I loved capturing her baby bump.Both the couple and their close family were extremely warm and easy to work and communicate with. There was a mixture of deaf and hearing guests who mixed well together to celebrate with the couple – Becky
I chose it on the first day of looking with my Mum. (Nu Bride: Oh I wish my search was that easy – sounds blissful) It was a Stella York dress (I forget the name of the style!)
I loved the light but full tulle skirt and train and the lace on the bodice.
We bought the dress in March and I found out I was pregnant in May. Luckily the ladies in the shop were brilliant and worked out a way to add a lace-up back to the dress so that I would still fit into it in November as I was 7.5 months pregnant on our wedding day.
Okan got his suit from Next. It was nothing special and now Okan wears the trousers to work regularly! He loved the bright blue colour. (Nu Bride: Looks super dapper! Even with the cat phone-cover! :))
We had a simple and intimate registry office ceremony in the grand and art deco inspired at Stoke Newington Hall with 30 of our nearest and dearest.
I really enjoyed the fact that the Okan gave his own personal input to the wedding planning by theming the tables to show his devotion to Arsenal football club. The tables were arranged with the names of famous footballers and certain guests were given additional name place cards with photographs of significant Arsenal players. It was nice to see his involvement in the planning – Becky
I chose some beautiful Turkish vases for the tables in the pub, because I wanted to have a little taste of Turkish culture at our ‘English’ reception to go along with Okan’s love for Arsenal. We loved our English reception at The Londesborough, the food was delicious!
I was really moved by Okan’s emotional speech at the reception where he expressed his love for Helena, it was very touching – Becky
After a small, intimate, laid back wedding with around 30 guests and English reception at the beautiful pub The Londesborough, we had quite the contrast to the evening’s festivities
Over 400 more guests arrived to celebrate with the couple and dance to traditional Turkish folk music which added a new pace to the day and changed the atmosphere dramatically and made my job much more intricate, especially trying to find out exactly who I should be capturing out of 400 people! – Becky
About 3 months after the wedding, we received the DVD of our Turkish reception (düğün). It was so funny watching my English family trying to dance the Turkish halay and to dodge the camera at the same time! (Nu Bride: Brilliant!) As for our first dance? We were too nervous to enjoy it!
Challenges and triumphs
It was a challenge getting Okan’s family over from Turkey for the wedding, sadly in the end none of his aunts, uncles or cousins there could make it. But it was wonderful that his grandmother came all the way from Kayseri, Turkey, and particularly special because she is the only grandparent Okan or I have left. (Nu bride: so poignant!) She was also able to stay with us for a few months to meet our new baby too!
Photographer: Becky Bailey
Cinematographer: Mira Photography and Videography
Wedding planner: Askin Wedding Services (For Turkish reception only)
English Reception Venue: Londesborough Pub
Turkish Reception Venue: La Royale Banqueting Suite
Bride’s Fashion: The Wedding Shop
Hair and Makeup: Samantha Norman
Grooms and Groomsmen Fashion: Suit & Shoes: Next
The Girls Bridesmaid Outfits: Debenhams
Personal Touches: Cake: Ooh Lou Lou Cakery
Flowers and Décor: Evergreen & Outrageous Stoke Newington
Favours: Turkish favours: Fairy Touch Events