Anna and David married in London. It was a very intimate wedding, held at “The Gun” which is situated in the Docklands on the Isle Of Dogs – overlooking the river.
Make sure you check out the Croquembouche that Anna and David basically well… beheaded with a sword! All reports indicate that it was a big hit with the guests. The loose colour scheme of complimentary blue hues meant that everything was kept informal and simple. I love the contrast of the blue flowers in Anna’s red hair. Stunning.
Anna The Bride: I remember waking up on the wedding day after having had an excellent night´s sleep, feeling very relaxed and calm. My hair stylist, Graham, arrived at my flat a few minutes early and the first half hour then continued to proceed calmly. After that, as more friends and family arrived periodically throughout the morning, things became a bit noisier but the atmosphere was full of joy and anticipation. Two of my friends had travelled all the way from Hong Kong and Japan respectively for the day, and after not having seen them both for several years it was incredible to see them both sitting in my flat in London, sipping champagne and chatting.
Having started off so well, of course we fell behind our schedule but it didn´t seem to matter. The four little flower girls, aged between 2 and 5, were very excited to put on their dresses and twirl around a bit, especially the older ones who had arrived at the flat by 9 am. In choosing dresses for the little ones, I was concerned to make sure that they looked like pretty little girls and not like little girls trying to be grown-ups, which was not as easy as it sounds. In the end, however, they wore ivory dresses with little cardigans which I had found in Monsoon. My only other bridesmaid was my sister who wore a deep blue dress. We had had such difficulty finding something special for her that looked elegant and did not have unnecessary flowers or costume jewellery appended, and in the end we went to an old favourite in Tunbridge Wells, my home town, called The Italian Wardrobe which is located in an old house off the High Street.
I also bought my own dress in Tunbridge Wells, but from Isabella Grace Bridal. It took me two goes to decide what to buy, but second time round I knew immediately. I have never never been somebody particularly fond of frills or fuss, but I loved the wedding dress buying experience (much to my own surprise). Nevertheless, I kept accessories simple with flowers in my hair only and no veil or anything like that. However, having seen what Graham did with my hair I really felt there was no need for anything more in any case as he did an amazing job.
In the end, the day just passed like a perfect dream and I struggle to remember much of what happened from the point I arrived at the Register Office. So I am particularly glad that Hannah, our photographer, and Tom both captured the day for us so beautifully with the pictures they took. They slotted into our day perfectly too, and my mother was very glad to get a picture of camera-shy Hannah!
When I reached the Register Office at Tower Hamlets with my Dad in a white Rolls Royce, I was (so I am told) late. My sister was keeping the flower girls amused but then it was ready to go in. The Register Office had not been our first choice of venue, but in the end we could not have found anywhere more perfect. The sun was shining, the building was a lovely nineteenth century design, the room was bright and there was a lovely garden at the back where we took pictures after the ceremony. The Registrars could not have been friendlier or kinder either, and our florist, Karen Woolven, had told me when she delivered the flowers to the flat how excited the Register Office was to host our wedding.
Flowers for me were very important as I have always loved flowers and gardens. In the end, with Karen¨s help, we chose spring flowers in white and blue, with my favourite blue hydrangeas included in the table decorations. The scent of white freesias was popular with our guests too.
As I walked into the ceremony room, I saw the face of my friend Nicole turned towards me beaming, and walking down the aisle towards David were just smiling faces. I do not think I have ever felt so happy as David and I made our vows before our caring friends and family.
After the ceremony, we headed for our reception venue which was the Gun on the Isle of Dogs. The staff at the Gun were so friendly on the evening and our guests commented on just how nice and helpful they all were. I was not surprised though as we had had nothing but a great experience with them from the moment we first walked in and said we were thinking of hosting our wedding reception there. Their events manager, also called Anna, was attentive and helpful and gave us some great recommendations for our florist and DJ (Vince from Modern Events).
We held champagne and canapes in the covered marquee area, canapes were very popular and delicious! We also had speaches at that point, because one of the key things we wanted was for people to feel relaxed and the atmosphere to be friendly and informal. I think we achieved that.
The little flower girls enjoyed sitting outside in the sunshine and watching the boats and the river. They were very well behaved as it was rather exciting day for them!
All the food was delicious. We ordered a Croquembouche cake from Fancy That Wedding Cakes which we cut with a sword! It was a bit of drama which was fun until on the second cut the cake nearly went flying. Hannah caught the events on camera, which makes a wonderful memory.
David and I had taken a dance class in the hope that we would not look complete idiots on the dance floor, but in the end we just pottered around a bit and probably looked very silly! However, we laughed a lot even though I wondered why we chose such a long song!
The party went on until 1 am with Vince ensuring the energy on the dance floor remained invigorated. David and I could not have wished for a better day; all the pictures show us laughing and smiling, and all our guests eagerly doing the same. It still all feels like a dream to me, but I have some wonderful pictures through which to remember the beauty and joy of the day.