I just love this wedding, part 2 is just as good as the first one and David Jenkins has captured some of the most amazing people shots I’ve seen on Rock My Wedding, full of emotion and hidden moments. Just goes to show, even a stylish city wedding can be just as heart warming…
The Groom bought a black tux from a designer in Turkey – ‘cause that’s what he felt fab in and for the shopping experience with his family.
He looked super lovely and I couldn’t wait to get down the aisle to him.
We asked the Groomsmen to just wear a fabulous suit!
Heart Warming Photography
We were recommended David Jenkins and as soon as we saw his photography we knew we wanted him. His photography fit the theme of the wedding – classy and heart warming.
A Centerpiece sensation
For the room centre piece we had a metre tall lily vase with tall twisted willow with dark red Black Baccara Amaryllis for visual impact, by RebelRebel.
1901, where we had the reception was such a beautiful room that we let it speak for itself – just the flowers on the tables.
In a very British environment, we wanted to introduce Turkish touches and gave each guest a Turkish Evil Eye for good luck.
Good M&S Sponge
We bought our cake from Marks & Spencers. Price was the major deciding factor. And you know you’ll get a good sponge at M&S!
The cake was in keeping with a our wedding – white chocolate with white chocolate flowers cascading down the three tiers.
A Right Good Party!
We wanted a right good party so we knew we had to have a bongo player with our DJ. We found DiskoJuice who went one better with DJ, bongos AND saxophonist. AMAZING! We danced to the latest tunes to get everyone on the dance floor spiced up with Turkish vibes where the entire crowd joined in as one.
Keeping it personal
We have been extremely touched by people’s response to our wedding. Many people have said to us it was the best wedding they’ve ever been too. We say that it’s because we designed the wedding for our guests. For them to feel at home, able to be themselves and have fun.
The ceremony was translated by our dear friend Burcu Orhan who did amazing job of bringing the Turkish and British cultures together and warmth and fun to the ceremony. We printed translated order of service, readings, menus etc. We followed the Turkish tradition and rushed to step on each others foot to have the upper hand in the marriage. Mehmet says he did the gentlemanly thing and let Clare win. Hmmmm. We also brought in Turkish coffee and Turkish delights for after dinner
We had our dear friend Chris Biddle MC the reception. He was unbelievably good – bringing warmth, love and humour to the room. Andaz were so impressed they put him on their books for anyone who wants a more informal MC!
We chose to party in The Temple – an amazing listed room ‘straight out of the movies’ It didn’t need anymore dressing than candles. We also asked the guests to participate on each table by playing a game where they had to guess each other’s interesting fact. We couldn’t believe some of the interesting facts from our friends! It was a major hit with everyone at the wedding.
Accept that it’s going to be stressful and there will be things that go wrong AND it will work beautifully in the end – so relax!
Prep the ushers and bridesmaid so they know what’s expected of them – they are your ‘rocks’ on the day.
Focus on the guest’s experience of the wedding rather than the napkins matching.
Let people do their jobs.
Are you having a contemporary wedding? And do you have any cultural traditions to incorporate in your day… we’d love to hear about it!
Thank you to David Jenkins for submitting this chic and special wedding and Clare and Mehmet for allowing us to share it.