PJ and I exchanged vows in St Alfege Church because it's a very meaningful place to us. We both grew up in Greenwich and I was christened and confirmed and both our fathers remarried at this church. It's also one of area's central landmarks. It was important that our wedding would reflect who we are, so we chose to marry close to home. There has been a church on that site for over 1,000 years and the building itself was designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor. It's incredibly striking and has a very interesting history.
Trinity Buoy Wharf was our reception venue. It's the perfect combination of local and historic but also has a contemporary feel about it. Just over the river from Greenwich, the venue looks back in the direction of the church. It's also home to the only lighthouse in London, making it a pretty unique venue choice.
The most memorable part of the day was probably walking with all of our guests through Greenwich, past the Cutty Sark and on to the boat that would take us to the reception. It was amazing. And slightly surreal to wander through a place where we spend time so frequently, but in an extremely different context.
I wore a beautiful gown by Allure Bridals. Champagne-coloured with an ivory lace overlay and delicate buttons running the full length of the back. I spent months trying on what felt like hundreds of different styles, colours and shapes at various boutiques and was so disappointed not to find anything I liked. In the end, I found my dress at a wonderful boutique called Truly Gorgeous in Chichester. From start to finish the owner, Sunay, and her team were absolutely incredible – they bent over backwards to ensure every stage of the process was enjoyable and tailored to what I was looking for. We had it altered, adding a silk belt to highlight my waist. My Mum and I drove down to Chichester from London for each fitting and loved every moment of it. It was like going on a fun day trip every time!
My biggest 'extravagance' was actually a gift from my lovely bridesmaids! They all pitched in to buy my dream wedding shoes from Jimmy Choo as a surprise, surprising me with them just a few months before the big day. I had really struggled to find something I liked that would also be comfortable enough to wear for the entire day. Safe to say, I cried from shock when they gave them to me. A hugely generous gesture and so kind of them.
Photographs by Lloyd Clarke Photography