Oh hello! We are back at one of our favourite venues Aynhoe Park, for this glorious wedding. With a stunning Galia LaHav gown, beautiful flowers and some stunning styling you are going to want to get pinterest ready. Oh and just wait for the shoes!
photography | Voyteck Photo
How did you meet your husband? Tell us a little bit about your relationship.
We met on an app called Happn which matches you based on location proximity, and luckily we both lived in the same area of London. On our first date Jack took me to Columbia Road Flower Market in London, followed by dinner at a beautiful rooftop restaurant and for cocktails after. On our wedding day Jack revealed in his speech he had actually shown up to our first date 1 hour 43 minutes early to check out the route we would walk from one venue to the next on the day to ensure he wouldn’t make any mistakes during our first date. It worked like a charm because I adore organisation and was so impressed, I’m so lucky to have a husband that has always gone above and beyond for me.
How did he propose?
Good Friday 2018, I thought we had a quiet long weekend at home planned. Jack and I had bought and moved into our first flat four months prior and I thought we would be shopping for flat furnishings over the weekend. He had also agreed to go to CrossFit with me on the Friday morning which was, now I think about it, suspicious as he’d previously always refused. 8am on Friday morning I was woken up with Jack hovering at the end of the bed, he decided he couldn’t wait for me to wake up myself as he’d been waiting since 4am! He told me how much he loved me, and got down on one knee. It wasn’t until I saw the ring I realised what was happening, it was such a huge surprise. I had no idea, and loved that it was just the two of us in the home that we had designed and built together. He then told me to pack my bags as we were off to stay at Claridge’s. He had organised for all our family and friends to meet us for celebratory champagne followed by dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental. It was amazing being able to celebrate with all our friends and family that day, you could really feel the love in the air.
How did you start planning your wedding? What were the first steps?
My first step was to find a venue. I knew this would to some extent influence our theme, and that would in turn influence what I was looking for in a dress
Did you do any beauty or fitness prep for your big day?
I’ve always struggled with my skin, so looking after my skin was crucial. I decided to embark on celery juice, which entailed drinking a pint of pure celery juice at the start of everyday! I have to say my skin did look the best it ever has. Jack and I also got ourselves a joint personal trainer, it was really nice being able to train together and meant we had something else to do other than eat out all the time!
What was your wedding theme?
We both love flowers, our first date was at Columbia Road Flower Market. Jack will buy me roses on birthdays and Valentine’s days and we always have a vase full of roses in our hallway, so for us roses not only represented romance but also our home. We knew straight away we wanted flowers to be a large part of our wedding, and roses seemed the perfect choice as a thread throughout all our decorations. As we were getting married in May it seemed natural to also include peonies and for the larger installations hydrangeas, pink stocks and pale pink astilbe.
How did you choose your location?
Neither of us had our hearts set on a location beforehand so we had a lot of flexibility. One of my bridesmaids sent me a picture of Aynhoe Park during my initial search and I knew instantly it was the venue to host our big day. When we walked into the venue Jack fell in love as well, it was perfect, from the suspended giraffes to the white stags basking in the fields. Finding somewhere with a sense of fun and style as well as being a stunning backdrop for an English wedding was important for us. Anyhoe was like no other place we had seen in that regard.
How did you decide on your bridesmaid style?
It felt natural given the romantic theme that the dresses would be blush. The quintessentially British vibe of the venue guided me towards a more classic style of dress so it was agreed they would also be long. I gave my bridesmaids the option of different necklines, however when they tried the dresses on they all liked the same one!
How did you find your perfect dress?
I initially did my research online and found two designers I liked, luckily both were stocked at boutiques in London. I decided to try on Galia Lahav first as this was my number one choice. When I saw the dresses in person there was no competition, the designs were stunning and the beading and applique was exquisite, I knew straight away I was going to be a Galia Lahav bride!
How was your experience with the Galia Lahav brand?
I attended the Galia Lahav trunk show and I was lucky enough to meet Sharon. The variety of dresses I was able to try was exceptional, and I felt so fortunate to have such a selection to choose from. Once I’d chosen my dress I decided I wanted the back altered and Sharon was so accommodating, he was devoted to making sure we achieved the perfect dress for me. It was reassuring knowing I was in the hands of not only a professional but someone who cared that I got my perfect dress.
What was your first wedding song?
Ain’t no Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell. We wanted a song everyone would know and would want to get up and dance to, and we also went to Pineapple Studios in Covent Garden for a couple of dance lessons before the big day to make sure we had a semblance of a routine down.
What did you enjoy the most about planning your wedding?
I loved the small events around the wedding, seeing all our family and friends at our engagement drinks, the food and wine tasting with our parents, the over indulgence at our cake tasting, and visiting the venue for the first time was spectacular.
What advice would you give to all our future brides?
Organise to go for one wedding dress appointment alone, I think I ended up trying on more dresses than I needed to because I was trying to please everyone rather than focusing on what I wanted. I think if I’d gone by myself for one appointment I would have come to the conclusion on what I wanted from a dress much easier.
What moment from your wedding will you never forget?
This is a tough one, I loved every second of the day. My dad’s speech was incredible, seeing the orangery lit up for the evening reception took my breath away, and having one of our pals surprise us with a helicopter to depart in was phenomenal. Although when the doors to the ceremony opened and everyone turned around to look at myself and dad and I could see Jack at the end of the aisle, it was so overwhelming in the most wonderful way. I was so happy I burst in to tears after two steps, but managed to compose myself quickly! I can’t believe I have found my price charming, and marry him surrounded by our family and friends, in my dream dress and a unicorn in tow. It was beyond anything I could have dreamt of when I was little, and beyond all I could have imagined as a woman.