A fab real wedding with enviable azure dresses, pink roses and love in abundance, this wedding is swoon-worthy… Jessica and Alex got married in March 2011. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Jessica and Alex

WHERE: Union Chapel and Old Finsbury Town Hall

WHEN: March 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER: Marianne Taylor


The proposal

“We had a romantic dinner the evening before Valentine’s Day in 2010 and Alex had left me a treasure hunt of gifts to find when we got back to the flat. It was an extremely sweet night and we were so loved up, (and perhaps a little bit drunk!) that Alex just popped the question, completely out of the blue,” smiles Jessica. “Unfortunately Alex hadn’t asked my father’s permission, so we had to conjure up a way of going to see him – by hand delivering some bread and butter pudding that I had made!” adds Jessica

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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Jessica’s simple, yet chic Augusta Jones gown was made from Thai silk, and featured delicate folds in the material that perfectly accentuated her waist. She accessorised her real wedding style with a bracelet by Oliver Bonas, earrings from Alex and a very memorable anklet. “I asked my chief bridesmaid to provide my ‘something borrowed,’ and fell about laughing when she presented me with a British bulldog anklet. They are supposed to be a symbol of courage, but we joked all day about the way it contrasted with the rest of my outfit. Still, I think he’ll be in the family for years to come,” laughs Jessica

“We were so loved up, a little drunk and the mood took him. Alex just went ahead and popped the question!”

The groom’s outfit

Alex’s three-piece light-grey suit was from Ted Baker in Selfridges. Complete with an azure coloured tie and pink rose buttonhole

The bridesmaids

Here in the Wedding Ideas office, we’ve all got a bit of a style crush on Jessica’s beautiful bridesmaids. We think they look picture perfect in their azure coloured dresses, each with different necklines to suit their body shapes. The fabulous frocks are by Mori Lee

The ceremony

“I walked myself down the aisle. I am an independent woman and walking myself down the aisle was a really empowering experience. Also Charlotte, my usherette and I sing in the Islington Choral Society, so along with a group of friends we performed Tallis If Ye Love Me and Bruckner’s Locus Iste, which was just magical,” remembers Jessica

“I walked myself down the aisle. I am an independent woman and I found it empowering”

The flowers

“Sandra at Angel Flowers respected our budget, listened closely, and put a lot of thought into our flowers,” explains Jessica. We love how Jessica and Alex have used the pink roses in their real wedding

The cake

To help cut costs, Jessica and Alex bought a high street cake from Marks and Spencer, which they decorated with a pink rose flower corsage and dusky-pink ribbon

The entertainment

Bodkin Lane entertained guests with their mix of Motown and Northern Soul sounds. “The dance floor was packed all night and our friends were so impressed. They were by far the best wedding band we’ve ever seen,” says Jessica

The honeymoon

“We stayed at the Library, a boutique hotel in New York. We had fun sightseeing and eating!”