Anna Lee & Paul were married in London in September. Their ceremony was held atÂ Saint Etheldredaâ€™s Church, and their reception – in two parts – took place atÂ The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell and All Star Lanes in Brick Lane. “We dined on a mouthwatering fusion menu for dinner, and miniÂ burgers, hot dogs and classic American cocktails at the after-party”, wrote the bride.
Anna Lee looked stunning in her gold gown byÂ by Roland Mouret. Called ‘Wallis’ and inspired by Wallis Simpson,Â the opulent diamond-embossed design looked amazing on her. Clearly Anna Lee wasn’t going for a traditional bridal look. She woreÂ Beatrix Ong shoes and instead of a veil or any jewellery, she had pearls glued down the nape of her neck. I just LOVE this idea. “I didn’t wear jewellery or a veil”, she explained, “but wanted pearlsÂ in my cropped hairstyle. So Angela, my hairdresser, had the idea to fix pearls down the backÂ of my neck using super-strength wig glue! They held fast all, and were a realÂ talking point.”
“Right from the start, doing things differently was really important to us,” she continued. “We wanted to do what felt natural for us, rather than whatâ€™s often expected orÂ â€˜the normâ€™. So, Paul met the guests in the pub for a pint beforehand, I chose toÂ wear gold rather than white, we got up and did a speech together, had ten-pinÂ bowling at our after-party and honeymooned in Texas. If we were to have a theme it would have been ‘A dash of cool London, a splash of kitsch Americanaâ€¦ and a whole lot of fun.’Â We met playing five-a-side football in Shoreditch, so â€“ although neither of usÂ is from London â€“ it felt right to have an East End wedding. The city is a part ofÂ our history and set the scene and vibe for the dayâ€™s celebrations.”
“We both laughed until our faces ached, and so did our guests.Â A particular highlight was two of Paulâ€™s kilted-up friends (one of whomÂ introduced us) performing a song they had penned themselves â€“ a comicalÂ history of our relationship to the tune of Amy Winehouseâ€™s â€˜Valerieâ€™ (only theÂ chorus was â€˜Anna Leeâ€™). Everyone was singing it by the end, a bit surreal andÂ absolutely hilarious.”
“Paying for everything ourselves was tough, but afforded us a lot of freedom”. she concluded. “Try to never lose sight of the kind of celebration that you want â€“ itâ€™s your day,
Utterly stunning. I am in LOVE with these guys and their awesome wedding. Thank you so much to Anna Lee & Paul and their incredible wedding photographerÂ Naomi GogginÂ for sharing with us today.