Nicola + Stephen by Taylor-Hughes Photography

About 2 minutes before he proposed, a bird flew over our balcony and pooped on my ring finger, so I’m
going to take that as the ultimate sign of good luck for our marriage!

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…

NT – We’re both from Scotland and relocated to London in 2021 for work, and it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made; we love it here! We’re big foodies, so we’re enjoying making our way around all the amazing London restaurants. I work for TikTok in their London office, and Stephen works in finance.

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

NT – We first met at a mutual friend’s 30th birthday party in 2015. It was a very tequila-heavy night, so first impressions are extremely blurry. But we didn’t leave the dance floor all night, and that’s when I knew Stephen was my kind of guy.

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?

NT – I’m going to be one of those annoying people and say that I knew very early on that our relationship has always felt so special and like we’d always known each other. About 6 months after we met, I moved to Canada for 10 months, and it was torture being away from each other, so that sealed the deal.

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…

NT – We’d been together 7 years when Stephen proposed, so people are shocked to hear it was still a total surprise! I like to think I can read him like a book, and I always thought I’d be able to tell when that day was approaching, but I had no clue. We’d just arrived at our hotel in Palma when he proposed, and I had to lie down on the floor before saying yes as I was in that much shock.

About 2 minutes before he proposed, a bird flew over our balcony and pooped on my ring finger, so I’m going to take that as the ultimate sign of good luck for our marriage!

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…

NT – We knew from the start that we wanted something with close family and friends in London, and we wanted it to have more of a party feel than a wedding. However, as we started planning, it’s funny how the traditional wedding aspects sneak up on you. For example, we didn’t want a cake to begin with, but a month before the wedding, there I was ordering one last minute!

In terms of the style, we wanted it to be modern and fun, so we let the bridesmaids pick their dresses, had amazing colourful flowers and pasta for dinner, and just generally kept the day relaxed and carefree. There was zero stress, which I think is quite rare for a wedding day. The smiles on our faces in the photos say it all; we were just so happy!

What was one element you were happy to splurge on?

NT – The free bar, no surprises from 2 Scots. Most of our guests were travelling to London, so we wanted to say thank you for that in any way we could and make sure they had the best day as well.

Our photographers were another splurge we are so happy we made. Capturing the happiness and special moments from the day is so important, as that’s all you’re going to have to look back on in 20 years. We made the best choice with Taylor-Hughes. They were incredible and captured our day perfectly!

Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?

NT – I lost my wedding ring on the wedding day after having it for only a few hours, but we didn’t realise until the next day. I think it was probably from dancing too vigorously, so I have no regrets.

Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?

NT – Both mine and Stephen’s outfits were from London designers. I had 2 wedding outfits, both from the OWN studio. It’s an extra spend getting an evening outfit, but it felt so good getting out my wedding dress and getting into party mode. And the reaction from our guests, when I came upstairs in a new outfit was amazing!

Stephen’s suit was from Beggars Run. It was navy corduroy, which might seem like a rogue choice for a summer wedding, but it was surprisingly light and added a little something special compared to normal suit.

CEREMONY The Old Marylebone Town Hall, London, @adaytorememberdotlondon / RECEPTION Fare London, @fare_london / PHOTOGRAPHER + VIDEOGRAPHER Taylor-Hughes Photography, @taylorhughesphotography / DJ Wedding Smashers, @weddingsmashers / FLORA Stems Wilder, @stemswilder / CATERING + BEVERAGES Fare London, @fare_london / CAKE Em Cakes, @emcakes_london / STATIONERY PRINT PRINT.WORK / WEDDING DRESS The Own Studio, @theownstudio / BRIDE’S PARTY OUTFIT The Own Studio, @theownstudio / SUIT Beggars Run, @beggarsrun / RINGS Michelle Oh Jewellery, @michelleohjewellery / SHOES Freya Rose London, @freyaroselondon / EARRINGS Otiumberg, @otiumberg / NECKLACE Mejuri, @mejuri / BRACELET Daisy London, @daisylondon / MAKEUP + HAIR BRIDE. by SOPHIE HIGGINSON, @bride_by_sophiehigginson / FRAGRANCE Maison Francis Kurkdijan, Le Labo Fragrances, @maisonfranciskurkdijan, @lelabofragrances