This ultra-chic London restaurant wedding brought talented creatives together: Aesme Flowers Studio on florals, Maja Tsolo on photos, Kitty Hawk on catering, and Kat Bakes on wedding cake preparations. The finished result? An elegant city celebration for Kat and Tom at the Kitty Hawk.
Hosting a Kitty Hawk wedding in Moorgate leaves guests with something to talk about; its cool contemporary interiors make you feel instantly at ease and ready for cocktail hour. The adaptable reception space includes an eyecatching fire pit, an open kitchen, and ambient spotlights that illuminate the exposed beams and polished concrete floors. The enviable industrial design provides a sought after aesthetic for modern cosmopolitan weddings.
Kat and Tom’s nuptial celebrations began in the morning, with a traditional Chinese ceremony at The Ned hotel. Its glamorous hotel rooms provided a perfect place to get ready, exchange special family heirlooms, and treasure this meaningful ritual with relatives who had travelled from afar. The Ned’s extraordinary revived architecture showcases a characterful blend of something ‘old and new’, and this became a running theme throughout the rest of the day.
Following a beautiful religious ceremony at St Etheldreda’s Church, encircled by magnificent stained glass windows, the couple captured their newly married bliss on a stunning street photoshoot with Maja Tsolo. Meanwhile, their wedding guests enjoyed a classic London bus tour on a vintage Routemaster. This unique transport experience aided the seamless transition from the historic church service to their contemporary restaurant reception.
Kat and Tom made the most of Kitty Hawk’s open-plan place by creating an event flow that optimised the distinctive bar and restaurant areas. They set long banqueting tables in the dining area, and left the rest of the venue for a spacious dance floor, where guests had plenty of room to move and mingle.
We caught up with Kat and Tom to talk about their authentic Kitty Hawk wedding day in London, and how it came together to reflect the essence of their relationship. Read on to discover their recommended wedding tips, and find out how they came to choose the Kitty Hawk as the backdrop to their trendy yet timeless restaurant wedding.
Real Wedding Venue Highlights
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Kitty Hawk
Location: 13-14 South Place, Finsbury, London EC2M 7EB
Kitty Hawk Restaurant Capacity: 80 seated or 250 standing
Lower Floor Capacity: 180 seated or 250 standing
Wedding style: Relaxed, Romantic, Modern
Venue Type: Stylish City Restaurant
Photos courtesy of Maja Tsolo
Tell us a little bit about your Kitty Hawk wedding idea, and why London was the perfect setting for your special day
Tom and I met in London and have lived and worked in the city since we met – so it made sense to celebrate our nuptials in London! We had lots of family and friends coming from abroad and we wanted to showcase what an incredible city London is as well. We did not have any particular theme in mind but we loved the idea of an intimate gathering with our loved ones who have come from all corners of the world, while creating a look that was modern, elegant and timeless.
We actually booked another venue prior to the Kitty hawk, but it closed down six months before the wedding and caused a panic as you might imagine! We went back to the drawing board and fortunately found this beautiful restaurant wedding venue the second time around, which allows private hire during weekends. I could not thank the organisers at Kitty Hawk enough, they brought our vision to life!
Talk us through the flow of your wedding day, where was the ceremony held?
We got ready in the gorgeous Ned Hotel and hosted a tea ceremony before heading out to church. It was important for us to incorporate an important Chinese wedding tradition – a tea ceremony – into our day. We served tea to show respect and appreciation to our families and to thank them for raising us. The tea was served with dates and lotus seeds, symbolising richness and fertility. Before the ceremony, my mum gifted me some heirloom gold jewellery to wear and I wore a red long-sleeved dress for the occasion. Then we were married in St Etheldreda’s Church which is the oldest Catholic church in England – it has a beautifully intimate atmosphere, tucked away in the midst of the hustle of the city.
Where did the wedding guests go for your private reception and what made your menu stand out?
Our wedding reception was at the Kitty Hawk, a modern and stylish restaurant only a stone’s throw away. It was wonderful to be able to integrate both the old and new elements of London, and to connect them both via a vintage bus ride in between. At our Kitty Hawk wedding, we had long feasting tables as the focal point of the celebration, with beautiful seasonal flowers by Aesme Flowers Studio who picked from their cutting garden in Hampshire. The flowers really elevated the celebration and added a touch of country garden romance to our wedding in the city.
We were able to create a bespoke and versatile menu with Kitty Hawk’s head chef, so we could include everything that we like! Salmon tartare, tiger prawns and crispy beef cheeks were chosen for canapés, burrata, scallops and steak were part of the main meal, and some pretty out-of-this-world chocolate tart and tiramisu made a spectacular finish. We also served prosecco and wine, plus a free flow of negronis and lavender martini ‘his and her’ cocktails, which went down a treat.
What made your Kitty Hawk wedding reception so memorable and what are your top wedding tips?
Our Kitty Hawk wedding incorporated traditional and modern elements, making it an unforgettable fusion of the old and new. Overall, it was a timeless and joyous celebration of our multicultural love for each other and the city of London. For other couples planning their wedding, we recommend fully immersing yourselves in the spirit of the day, as it’s a rare precious time where all your loved ones are gathered together celebrating a new life together.
For our first dance, Emma from All Steps Dance Academy worked her magic in teaching us how to twirl and swirl. It was great learning something together in the lead up to the wedding and we enjoyed it so much. Choosing the last dance song also turned out to be another fun idea, as it rounded off the night with a memorable moment. The Doodlebugs via Alive Entertainment Network had an extensive repertoire and gave a great performance that night. The lead singer Phoebe had the most sensational voice!
Top four things that Easy Weddings love about this Kitty Hawk London wedding:
The central location. The Kitty Hawk is in the heart of it all, near to great transport links, beautiful churches and photo opportunities in front of quintessential London architecture.
The delicious menus. The talented Kitty Hawk Head Chef will tailor the wedding menu to include your favourite dishes, and they’ll cater for all specific dietary requirements.
The versatility of the venue. The open-plan split-level space has contemporary industrial interiors and soft light. Minimal decorations create a stylish wedding aesthetic.
The sentimental touches. Why not hire your favourite DJ or band to get the dance floor started, or serve a bespoke ‘his and hers’ cocktail throughout the wedding reception.
To book the Kitty Hawk for your upcoming London wedding, visit the website today.
Brides Gown: Red dress from ASOS, wedding dress from Watters, evening dress from the Outline / Brides Shoes: ASOS / Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS / Cake: Kat Bakes / Caterer: Kitty Hawk / Ceremony Venue: St Etheldreda's Church / Entertainment: The Doodlebugs via Alive Entertainment Network / Flowers: Aesme Flowers Studio / Grooms Attire: Moss Bros / Grooms Shoes: Charles Tywitt / Hair: Hannah Kenney / Makeup: Hannah Kenney / Photographer: Maja Tsolo / Reception Venue: Kitty Hawk / Rings: Cred Jewellery / Transport: Traditional Travel / Venue: Kitty Hawk
First Dance Lessons: All Steps Dance Studios