I love Kate and Andrew’s best thing about being married (from my questionnaire at the end of the blog) – they say it’s “having each other’s families“! How lovely is that?!! Their wedding report is as wonderful as the images of their day, the spectacular location of King’s College London, their creative choice of wedding readings… this is all a very special wedding blog and one I’m proud to feature!
Today’s gorgeous, creative and individual couple had a lovely wedding day with a focus on love and family. They share some fab ideas in their wedding report at the end of the feature, so do grab a cuppa and have a good read – especially all you literature lovers and London brides and grooms!
With thanks also to Berkshire wedding photographer Alexis Jaworski for sharing the images of this chic city wedding – I hope you enjoy today’s wedding blog!
Our wedding report: Kate and Andrew
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes! He did a wonderful job, was discreet on the day and captured some beautiful moments. He also did not put any salesman-like pressure on us to add any extras or do anything we didn’t want to do, which was a relief!
King’s College London, Strand Campus
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
An American bride and a British groom brought their families and friends from two sides of the Atlantic together to celebrate in one place, and everyone had a wonderful time.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
I was surprised and pleased to see the interactions between people who hadn’t met before, everyone looked like they hit it off!
Your wedding style and theme:
It was an autumn wedding so for the reception we incorporated elements of a sort of harvest or banquet, and my family brought some acorns over from North Carolina, USA (my home state) to decorate the table. For the ceremony we took our cue from the ornate décor of the King’s College chapel.
Any happy tears on the day?
Well, of course.
How did the two of you meet?
We met doing our MA degree at King’s. That’s why we were able to use the chapel, which is only available to students, staff, and very recent alumni.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Only about 6 months – it was better that way, I didn’t change my mind too many times or spend too much money or allow myself to get too obsessed over any single detail.
Best bit of budget advice?
Having the ceremony and reception in one place saved us the costs of transportation between venues. Also, if you choose a venue with its own character you can save on the cost of decorations.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We had our invitations engraved and printed in North Carolina, by the same small family company that did my parents’ invitations – Reeve’s Engraving. They looked very classic and were much less expensive than London alternatives!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It was actually one of the very first that I tried on. I kept my other appointments and tried on many others to be certain, but it was always in the back of my mind, and after trying on a number of other dresses I found that none had surpassed it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The wonderful Belle & Bunty – they were so lovely and very friendly, and I was happy to be supporting a smaller independent boutique.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I wore Jenny Packham’s Acacia II in gold and opal – the warm gold felt a bit less obviously wedding-y than silver, and opal is my birthstone. I wanted something big since I have cropped hair, and I didn’t want anything too flowery. This was perfect.
The groom wore:
We were aware of cost so the groom and his groomsmen rented suits from Moss Bros. We actually had to change to Moss Bros at more or less the last minute after being let down by our first rental company, and they did an excellent job sorting us out at short notice.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They wore J. Crew, which I highly recommend – they had a large range of designs in a number of fabrics and styles, so your bridesmaids (like mine!) can pick matching colour/fabric/length and then choose their own cut. This means each can choose the style that flatters her best. Our junior bridesmaid wore a dress from I Love Gorgeous (ilovegorgeous.co.uk)
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I have such short hair so there was not really a point in hiring someone for it – I just had my sisters sort it out on the day! My aunt is a makeup artist (based in Sweden) so I was lucky enough to get this for free as well!
Joseph Norton did our flowers – he has a wonderful eye and really understood our brief, and was reasonably priced as well!
Wedding readings? We had a reading from the Song of Solomon, and then also a poem by e.e. cummings (‘but if a living dance upon dead minds’). We both studied literature so really laboured over finding the right things!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No hardly at all – it’s such a beautiful building as is!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
A dear friend did our cake, which we ate for dessert so we wanted it to be a bit more special than a traditional wedding cake – each layer was a different flavour, but they all featured lots of chocolate! The cake was decorated with dogwoods, which are the North Carolina state flower.
We used Mark from London and Surrey DJ – londonandsurreydj.com. During our standing reception we just had a jazz playlist that my little sister made.
On the day tips and advice:
Don’t focus on whether or not the details are coming together. DO focus on seeing and speaking with as many guests as possible, and during the ceremony, really THINK about what you’re saying during the vows – this is the bit you want to remember clearly forever.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Having each other’s families!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Gown: Belle & Bunty
Headdress: Jenny Packham
Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Bridesmaids: J. Crew
Junior bridesmaid: I Love Gorgeous
Flowers: Joseph Norton
Music: London and Surrey DJ
Venue and Catering: King’s College London
Makeup: Peggy Oscarsson (based in Sweden)
Photographer: Alexis Jaworski