“Many congratulations to Gerry and Rich who tied the knot at one of my favourite local venues, Monkey Island in Bray. I love working outdoors not only for the nice light but also having more freedom to move around. So it was great to have the actual ceremony on the lawn right next to the river. This was followed by the reception at the back of the building with some excellent speeches and lots of tears and laughter ! And then the evening disco was one of the liveliest I seen for a while. I enjoyed it so much I stayed on shooting beyond the agreed finish time !”
And many congratulations and thanks to Gerry and Rich for providing all the juicy details, enjoy….
Puerto Banus Beach, Spain. Rich woke me up at the crack of dawn to go down to the beach, when he knew it would be deserted. He told me to close my eyes and face out to the see and when I turned around he was down on one knee and wrote ‘Marry me?’ in the sand.
I spent months trawling through magazines create a mood book of the things I liked. I wanted something pretty, romantic, yet fun. My biggest influence was some engagement photography I’d seen from Max Wanger. The couple had used an over sized, perfectly round pale pink balloon as a prop and I thought there was something fun and sweet about it. I kept on going back to that image time and time again.
I’m in PR so I’ve had lots of experience running events so I planned it from beginning to end. My mum and Aunties helped with the outdoor decorations and table settings but other than that it was pretty much me on my own!
Gerry: Dress was by Priscilla of Boston, Vivienne Westwood Melissa Heart Jelly Shoes in Beige, and a short veil with crystal edging from Angelica Bridal in Islington.
Rich: Three piece suit called ’Collins’ from Reiss, ‘Jacob’ round toe tan brogues also from Reiss, Pink and Blue Brabham Spot Woven Men’s Tie, white shirt and cufflinks, all from Thomas Pink.
I didn’t want to have bridesmaid’s and instead had one Maid of Honour. My good friend, Monica, wore her own Sari in a beautiful gold and red colour.
Ups: Great speeches, great food and great fun. One of the best things we did was to invest in garden games including a Monkey pinata for the kids, croquet and a giant jenga set. One of our friends, a farrier, also made us a traditional horseshoe pitching game, so there were lots of things to keep guests entertained the entire day. We also had a fantastic DJ, Tim Cullen, from KilltheDJ, who really made the party for us. All too often people forget that they need to cater to a wide crowd. Tim expertly mixed a variety of music which transcended generations and cultures brilliantly from Bhangra to indie music, 60’s to electro.
Downs: Worrying about the weather. The met had been forecasting heavy rain all week, but God was kind to us and kept it at bay all day so we were able to get married outdoors after all!
Enjoy every moment of it as it goes by so quickly.
Try and delegate as much as you can to your family and friends. Everyone will be happy to help and see it as an honor.
Invest in a good photographer, someone who shares your vision of the day and how it should be documented. We used Neil Palmer, who really embraced what we were trying to achieve and we’re extremely happy with the result. At the end of the day, when you look back at your wedding photos years later you want it to capture the essence of the day and Neil has absolutely done that for us. Neil also did a complimentary engagement photo session for us which captured everything about how we first met (in Shoreditch, London). We think he did a fantastic job – see for yourself!
Cake: Petite Gateau http://www.petitgateau.net/
Flowers: Martin Crossley http://www.martyncrossley.co.uk/
Music: KilltheDJ http://www.killthedj.co.uk/,
Events supplies: Seventh Heaven http://www.seventh-heaven-events.co.uk/ and Lavenders of London https://www.lavendersoflondon.com/
Make-up: Debbie Perkiss
Wedding dress: Angelica Bridal http://www.angelicabridal.co.uk/
Photographer: Neil Palmer http://www.neilpalmerphotography.co.uk/