Sarah + Andrew by Miss Gen Photography

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship:

We met when we were both working in Auckland and after a year of dating, we decided to make the move to London via months of travel in India and Sri Lanka. Objectively quite risky but we lived to tell the tale.

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 got engaged in October 2019 and had already set quite an ambitious task of organising an international wedding in 6 months. It became pretty clear by March that our plans were not going to go ahead but we were lucky that many of our same vendors were available when we decided in August to get married that September!

We wanted it to keep things simple, easy and fun. We didn’t want too much to organise and we were mindful that overnight our wedding could be cancelled by the latest restrictions. We were married at the Old Marylebone Town Hall, which is a beautiful, grand building in central London and then we all piled into cabs to The Drunken Butler for the night. Ali, Yuma and the team did an amazing job of transforming their restaurant into our reception for the evening with personalised menus, flowers and a nine-course degustation.

Tell us about your main outfits:

I only had a week to pick a wedding dress for the original date, as many places required a 6 month lead time, and it had been sitting in storage while our original wedding date went and passed. I was very lucky that lockdown was lifted just in time for me to pick it up for some last-minute alterations. It is a very simple slip cut on the bias and I matched it with Gucci sandals and pearl earrings. Andrew wore a classic black suit, bow tie and family cuff links.

What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day: 

Turning around during the ceremony to see some of our best friends spaced two metres apart, wearing face masks, looking back at us. The live stream of friends and family from all over the world cheering us on over Zoom. As we got married at a town hall all of us walked into the building together when it was time. It meant that we all met up with each other outside as one by one we arrived. While we were waiting we got to watch other happy couples exiting the building to cheers and clouds of confetti, which was maybe a bit unusual but created a huge feeling of excitement and happiness.

Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together:

Keep it fun!

Ceremony location  The Old Marylebone Town Hall / Reception location The Drunken Butler / Photographer Miss Gen Photography / Flora Dansk Florist / Catering + Beverages The Drunken Butler / Cake Cutter and Squidge / Bride’s gown Fearne by Stephanie Allin / Groom’s attire Charles Tyrwhitt / Shoes Gucci / Earrings Meadowlark / Makeup Katie Daisy / Hair Louise Queree