Louise & Phil
Phil works in music so our first date was actually to a cocktail club for pre-drinks before heading on to the Brit Awards after party!
HOW DID THE PROPOSAL HAPPEN?
We were camping in St David’s, Pembrokeshire, a place we really love. He took me to a small hill on the beach to propose and played one of our favourite songs through some speakers. We scoffed sh and chips and sipped Champagne, and then Phil asked me to dance. It was raining and totally perfect!
My ivory and gold lace ‘Roxanne’ gown by Ronald Joyce came from Brides by Losners,
a longstanding bridal boutique run by the sweetest lady. I fell in love with the short bodice and elegant A-line skirt that my friend picked out for me. It was a big dress but it felt so weightless and I could spin around in it all night, which was absolutely essential for me!
A friend who works in jewellery made my emerald cut diamond necklace that Phil then gifted to me on the morning of the wedding. I sourced my shoes from Rachel Simpson but didn’t add a tiara or veil – I wanted to feel open and natural.
Phil’s suit was tailor made at Hardy Amies on Savile Row. He looked incredibly handsome and ready to become my husband!
My four bridesmaids bought their own dresses from Coast. The mix of materials and inclusion of silk gave their gowns a real depth and shimmer, and the merlot colour was perfect for an autumn wedding. I treated them to boleros from Zara and they wore gold shoes.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Nikki Sharp did my hair and Suzie Narden did my makeup – both ladies work freelance for ITV and were a real hoot on the day! It’s so important to have fun girls with you on the morning of the wedding.
Our religious ceremony included readings from Dante, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Corinthians 13. We also had Michale Kiwanuka sing for us, as well as Phil’s father performing a song and the organist playing the theme tune to Indiana Jones.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
Tasting Plates catered for our wedding breakfast – they’re a London-based couple dedicated to producing quality Italian dishes. We began with charcuterie platters, followed by beef in chianti and panna cotta for dessert. The food and service was impeccable.
We chose an autumnal London theme for our wedding because we were marrying in a London church and then taking a boat down the river Thames to our reception venue, Trinity Buoy Wharf.
The venue only needed personalising rather than decorating – it’s such an exceptional space. We hired an L&P sign, added candles and floral centrepieces. I kept pages from Wedding Ideas in a scrapbook for inspiration after my friend bought me a subscription.
Hayford & Rhodes in Bermondsey provided our wedding flowers. Our wedding planner Ayshea from My London Wedding Planner recommended them to us. The florists took my vision and added artistic license with fantastic results. We kept the arrangements low so that it would be easy to pass the charcuterie plates around the tables at our wedding breakfast.
Caroline Wright, my good friend and a senior registrar, insisted on designing and making our cake and we couldn’t have been happier!
Lisa Loves Design, another friend, supplied our stationery.
Guests received envelopes containing ‘seeds for bees’ to plant and grow and a miniature Mauritian chamarel rum bottle, where my family come from.
A band formed by some of London’s best session musicians played for us at our reception, followed by a DJ to round up the night with plenty of partying. I had great fun dancing while Phil sang ‘Hey Yah’ by The Outcast with the band. Phil’s brothers also wrote a funny song which they performed after the speeches!
We enjoyed a minimoon in Istanbul before spending three weeks exploring Japan later in the year!
CEREMONY St James, Clerkenwell, London RECEPTION VENUE | Trinity Buoy Wharf, London | DRESS Ronald Joyce at Brides by Losners | BRIDESMAID DRESSES | Coast
GROOM Hardy Amies, Savile Row ACCESSORIES | Rachel Simpson |STATIONERY Lisa Loves Design | FLOWERS Hayford & Rhodes, Bermondsey | PLANNER Ayshea Donaldson, My London Wedding Planner | PHOTOGRAPHER Evoke Pictures, Bristol