Russell Blackburn, 46, married Daniel Poindexter, 43, at Chelsea Old Town Hall, with a reception at Locale, Blackheath, on 28 December 2013. Russell, director of Blackburn Bridal Couture, says: 

We had hoped to get married in New York, as that was where Dan and I met 14 years ago, but soon realised it would cost a fortune to fly everyone out there. Instead, we decided to bring New York to London - we went for a glamorous cocktail-party theme, had the Chrysler Building as our cake topper (with mini taxis dotted around the base), and designed our seating plan around the city's landmarks.

Although we kept our outfits secret from everyone else, we chose them together - we wanted to make sure we coordinated! I liked the idea of wearing a dinner jacket for the ceremony, but Daniel had already fallen in love with a black Dior suit. To make sure we looked different from one another, I went for a cream, silk Vivienne Westwood tux instead.

We wanted a venue that had beautiful surroundings, so Chelsea Old Town Hall, with its late Victorian grandeur and stunning interiors, was perfect. Afterwards, we held our reception at our favourite Italian restaurant in Blackheath, south-east London, transporting guests there in a green '50s-style bus.

The hardest thing to source was my bow tie. I wanted it to be cream, but finding one to match my jacket was a nightmare. I eventually found the perfect one in Lanvin on Savile Row - but, boy, was that one expensive bow tie!

Our best friend Deborah acted as our usher, greeting all our guests in a gorgeous black lace dress that I designed and made for her. Although I planned the whole wedding myself - I admit it, I'm a control freak - I did hire an on-the-day coordinator to help things run smoothly between the two venues.

We put our own spin on traditional favours by placing a black calla lily inside every guest's napkin so that they could take it home.

My top tip: Enjoy every moment - it's all over too quickly to worry about anything on the day.

Photography by Sarah Gawler; www.sarahgawler.co.uk