What Made Our Day Unique
We hosted our wedding on our private rooftop terrace in West London which is pretty unusual! We managed to fit 60 guests (and 12 event staff) into our flat without it ever feeling too cramped. The day successfully moved from ceremony to reception, from fun games to four-course meal and, finally, from cocktail party to disco. We worked tirelessly but being able to plan and design every aspect of the day made it all worth it. Having our closest family and friends celebrate with us in our own home was incredibly special and unforgettable for both us and our guests. Malcolm and I weren’t really into the pressure of having a traditional first dance so we thought we’d surprise our guests with an Irish Dancing Flash-Mob. We came out strutting to Beyoncé and Jay-Z ‘Crazy in Love’. After 15 seconds the music stopped and two Irish dancers dressed as ‘event staff’ broke into the dance floor and started Irish dancing. They then got all our guests to take part in a Céilí which went down a storm. Sharon captured the reaction of our guests perfectly when the Irish Dancing started - they didn’t have a clue what was going on.
Bridal JumpsuitIn keeping with the floral-chic styling, Ali opted for a statement bridal jumpsuit with elegant laced details and a stunning skirt overlay from Rime Arodaky. After starting the day wearing a beautiful bridal dress by BHLDN featuring a button back detail teamed perfectly with her white rose bouquet. Malcolm donned a full Scottish outfit and looked very dapper in his kilt.
Inspiration & Styling
In one word? Floral-chic-whimsical-fabulous-rave. We wanted to completely transform our apartment to make it feel like a venue, but above all, we wanted the day to be personal to us. That’s why my younger brother was the celebrant, we had readings from family, songs and poems from friends and a bride and groom speech. As we only had our closest friends and family present, it was incredibly emotional and the personal vibe was maintained throughout the day. We also wanted it to be fun, relaxed and boozy too – we love a good party so unlimited shots was a must!
Advice & Planning
Be true to yourselves and plan YOUR dream day, whatever that looks like for you! Stick with your gut, even if it means being totally misunderstood right up until the day. We had some dubious reactions from friends and family when we told them our plans but we knew we could pull off our vision. Try to stay relaxed, the less pressure you put on yourselves for everything to be perfect, the more you will enjoy the day and the planning. Make lists, tackle one thing at a time and always say yes to anyone who offers help!
The floral moon gate at this private rooftop wedding completes the day, a beautiful arrangement of brightly coloured florals creating some perfect picture moments. If you're feeling inspired take a look at this marquee wedding featuring a beautiful moon gate arch or this rich purple wedding with show-stopping florals. Or get your pinning fingers at the ready and take a look at our wedding flowers board on Pinterest.