Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…
The first night Michael and I met, in a bar in Ponsonby, he told me I was going to be his wife. He must have had more foresight than I did, I was less convinced. Pretty quickly however we both realised that we had found something special in each other, a love of travel and adventure, late nights and long lie ins.
When we travelled together to meet my family in the UK we borrowed my mum’s little car and drove from Lancashire in the north of England to Budapest and back. Apart from an incident where Google Maps forced a heated argument in which I threw the iPhone at Michael, we must have travelled well together as Michael later told me after this trip he knew this was it and asked my Dad for my hand when we got back to their house.
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details…
We wanted an intimate wedding with our family and closest friends. We both have large families, and so keeping the numbers low was difficult but I think we struck the right balance. We also wanted a party. We had initially thought of a summer wedding in our back garden, but family ill health meant that it had to be brought forward and so we didn’t have very long to plan and outdoors seemed a bit risky and like a lot of work. When we found the Seafarers venue we knew it was perfect. Imogen the events planner made it stress free, we just had to do wine tasting and our local pub seemed like an obvious place for a party.
Tell us about your main outfits:
The first day we went suit shopping for Michael we found the velvet suit jacket. I couldn’t believe our luck as I’d secretly been wanting him to wear velvet and he liked it, job done!
As for me, I never thought I would wear a white wedding dress but after searching high and low for a 2014 Temperley dress I’d had my heart set on one afternoon I realised I was running out if time and just needed to wear something. I went back to the trusty Pinterest board and there it was, the two piece from Jurgita Bridal. I was really happy with it, so maybe I’ll find that Temperley dress for our wedding anniversary.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
We have both commented that we can remember so much of the day. I think that’s the beauty of a smaller wedding; you can actually talk to everyone and take your time over things. Getting ready with my mum, bridesmaids and especially our daughter was such a lovely thing to do, I’m so glad she was old enough to join in. Seeing Michael with a tear in his eye at the altar and the reading that my brother did were all very special moments for me.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
Start with a great party with people you love, who will look after you through the good times and bad.
Photographer: Emily Adamson | Ceremony location and catering: Seafarers Members Club | Reception location: Seafarers Members Club and the Portland Public House | Celebrant: Ruth Missens | Entertainment: Pat for President | Styling and flora: Blush | Cake: The Caker | Hair: Kenji Fukuchi | Makeup: freckles and blush | Wedding dress: Jurgita Bridal | Groom’s attire: MJ Bale | Bride’s shoes: Topshop | Groom’s shoes: Overland | Rings: Bijoux | Necklace: George Banks | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Ricochet