Jess and Paul’s wedding is a modern day London fairytale. Their autumnal celebration featured a lot of gorgeous and delicate gold elements with splashes of pink, beautifully simple single-stem bouquets, and a plethora of incredible suppliers local to Islington, where they first meet for a date night after work.
With Jess’ love of bright colours and a ‘more is more’ attitude but Paul being a true minimalist, the planning involved a lot of stylistic compromise. A lot of the original inspiration was drawn from Jess’ stunning Claire Pettibone dress and its decadent gold embroidery, and her incredible golden-lobster-adorned Kurt Geiger flats – which I’ve totally fallen in love with, FYI. Her gorgeous headpiece was actually a necklace from John Lewis which cost £15 and her my mum turned it into a headpiece by using gold wire to attach to a hairband from Claire’s Accessories!
Eleanor and Youssef eloped in Vegas, just the two of them and their photographer, Briana Morrison. They didn’t have a reception but they went for dinner at the Picasso and the went to
see Cirque Du Soleil ‘O’ in the evening followed by cocktails at the Bank night club before going back to their suite.
“I didn’t know anything about wedding planning before we began and I don’t really know anything about it now!”, the bride laughed. “The inspiration for our wedding was to just get dressed up and have fun. Obviously there wasn’t really a theme, unless you count not inviting anyone and doing whatever we wanted all day!”
The bride’s amazing dress was vintage and from the 1930s. “It was gold Lamé and I bought it from Elizabeth Avey in London. My shoes were gold YSL ‘Tribute’ sandles.”
“There were five people at the ceremony – Youssef and myself, the Pastor, Ruby (the wedding planner at the Bellagio), and the hotel photographer who acted as our witness. I walked down the aisle to Kiss From a Rose by Seal, we said our vows (laughing throughout) and walked out together with Viva Las Vegas as our exit song. After the ceremony we had a few hours before we were due to meet Briana for the photo shoot so we went to the lobby bar in our hotel where we met couple from Texas who has been married 25 years before on the same day. They had also eloped and we shared a bottle of champagne with them and they told us about their marriage and their children.”
Brittany and Dale’s wedding was inspired by astronomy. The bride loves the stars and the night sky and she thought it would make a really romantic wedding theme. “We didn’t follow any wedding trends at all”, she said. “We love colour so we used it as much as possible and I wore a gold wedding dress!”
“One of my favourite moments was our ‘first look’. Dale broke down in full tears when he saw me. His reaction was priceless. When the flower girl Edie, saw him crying (my family were all sneaking a look at the first look) she ran to us with a Kleenex to save the day.”
The ceremony was also very emotional. The bride walked down the aisle to a song she had sung and recorded in advance. “I had sung and recorded a song for Dale. He was so emotional during his vows that he could barely get through them an everyone was in tears. My grandfather said a number of prayers and readings at the ceremony too which is so special to me, because only two months later, we lost him tragically in a car accident. I will always remember it.”