Emily and Riyaz had a London-themed city wedding in a landmark capital city spot, and it was GORGEOUS!
After meeting on a blind date set up via Facebook, Emily and Riyaz moved to the Caribbean with work, and it was there that he proposed. “Riyaz was planning to ask me to marry him on the balcony of our apartment, but then at the last minute, he decided to do it on the beach, so it was somewhere we could always go back to,” Emily explains. “I was surprised, delighted and ecstatic.” The couple then celebrated with a champagne brunch.
The bride’s outfit
Emily looked sensational in a Mori Lee mermaid-style gown with a fitted bodice, organza pleats and a corset back. “It was more contemporary than I had imagined choosing, but I loved the fit and the ruffled train reminded me of a flamenco dancer’s dress,” Emily says. The dress also featured a removable shoulder strap, which Emily added for the evening reception. She wore a side tiara with beads and pearls, a pearl necklace from Tiffany and gorgeous Badgley Mischka shoes.
The groom’s outfit
Riyaz and his groomsmen wore classic morning suits from Moss Bros, with a dashing red cravat and buttonhole.
The couple chose their sisters as bridesmaids, and Emily’s cousins as mini-maids. The adults wore one-shoulder georgette gowns in palomino with draped bodice and skirt from Dessy, while the younger girls wore pretty dresses in a similar but more age-appropriate style.
Emily and Riyaz were married in an intimate upstairs room in the Admiral’s House in the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. “As I got to the end of the aisle, Riyaz mouthed, ‘You look incredible,” and all my nerves drifted away,” smiles Emily.
Following the ceremony, the guests moved downstairs for a champagne reception, and then to the King William Undercroft for the wedding breakfast. “The room, with its vaulted ceilings, elegant columns and contemporary but classic feel, was perfect for our reception,” says Emily. The couple chose ‘A day out in London’ as their theme. “Greenwich was where we first met and fell in love, so it was an obvious theme,” Emily explains. They chose ‘Love London’ stationery by Bunny Delicious, while tables were named after local landmarks and decorated with seasonal British flowers. “Our orders of service doubled as fans, which everyone was very grateful for in the warm ceremony room,” adds Emily.
The couple honeymooned in the Maldives, where the highlight was a private snorkelling tour.
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