Ben and I have been friends for nearly twenty years - but unexpectedly started dating 18 months before our engagement! We were living in different countries during the 6 months we planned the big day, so found that Soho Farmhouse (where we also spent our first ever weekend away together) was the ideal venue. With its own florist, hair salon and specialist event planners, it took all the stress out of organisation.
I chose my Temperley gown because I adored its embroidery. I had also always wanted a boned corset, but this one was so comfortable, I knew I'd be able to dance the night away in it!
My sister, who was my bridesmaid, is a surfer and has a gorgeous bohemian style, so I wanted to ensure she felt like herself in her dress. The backless silk slip we found at Revolve is something she'll wear again and again.
The church was so beautiful already that I didn't want to overwhelm it with flowers. We scattered pillar candles and rose petals for a minimalist and slightly gothic look. At the reception, I chose antique vases filled with Akito roses, bouvardias, freesias, lisianthus and sweet peas - all in white. Candelabras and deep purple lighting were in keeping with the gothic romance of our décor.
Ashton Baked created a delicious three-tiered cake for us. Each had a different flavour: lemon meringue and raspberry, chocolate salted-caramel and carrot with cream cheese. She made sure it complemented our overall aesthetic and was amazing to work with.
We served all our food 'banquet-style', so people could try a little of everything. As canapés, we had all sorts of delicious flavours on offer, including buttermilk chicken, tomato and basil tarts and steak with thrice-cooked fries. Starters of crab, beef and burrata were then followed by a main of fillet steak, roast chicken or mushroom gnocchi.
My favourite décor detail at the reception was our Tequila and Mezcal shrine (and it was seriously popular)! We bought 20 different bottles for people to help themselves to, and covered the table with multi-coloured dripped wax, gaudy flowers and other Mexican decorations from Columbia Road's Milagros. We love Tequila, so it was both a fun and personal touch!
Photographs by Chris Jelf Photography