My heart did a little skip into my mouth as I read through Melanie’s wedding report this morning! I always ask couples to tell me how they met, and today’s couple’s story is similar to mine: this gorgeous couple met online, and Melanie told me, “Colin was the only person I sent a message to, one drunken evening of searching for the love of my life!” Funny – I spent one begrudging evening on Match.com and it was the luckiest moment of my life as I found my guy too!
So here is a story close to my heart, as well as a fantastic couple with lots of lovely images of a wonderful wedding day. And what an incredible location: they married on Tower Bridge! Images are by super London wedding photographer Adam Szczepanski of Adam’s Photo Art:
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Our Tower Bridge wedding in London: Melanie and Colin
Our wedding report: Melanie and Colin
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
He was simply amazing! On the day we didn’t really notice him around… but when we received the photographs we were ecstatic. He captured the day and all the different aspects of it perfectly!
Tower Bridge, London
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A truly magical wedding, set in one of the most famously romantic places in the world, surrounded by our most special people.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Your wedding style and theme:
Traditional wedding, with a focus on just enjoying celebrating the marriage with our closest friends.
Any happy tears on the day?
A few 😉
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Forget the budget… you’ll over spend, but you’ll remember the day forever!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Our artist friend drew a sketch of Tower Bridge and we had this made into our invites.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I adored it!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Made by a seamstress in St. Alban’s, based on several aspects from designers I liked.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
My tiara was a little sparkly, but I didn’t want anything that was not classy and so avoided too much spangle!
The groom wore:
A classical, beautiful suit!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Cream ballerina length dresses with big cream sashes.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
A lady from Mac…she was brilliant! And a hairdresser called Robert, who was simply fabulous!
Enormous bowls of white orchids, which some guests took away as thank-yous!
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
Seeing Colin beaming at me as I walked down the aisle on my Godson’s arm and then looking at all our friends who were smiling broadly too!
A passage from ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ about loving someone, no matter what…
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No… it was Tower Bridge! They have special lighting that comes on as the sun goes down. You choose the colour that you want!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Made by ‘Fancy Nancy’ in Leigh on Sea. We chose the design, which incorporated delicate lacey effect with butterflies on a pale blue icing and they executed it perfectly.
As we are both musicians there were plenty of people to chose from. Our harpist friend; Lucinda Bell, played in the ceremony and a band called ‘Funkee Junkee’ played at the evening reception. Our first dance was a tango ‘Por una Cabeza’ played by a violinist and accordian player.
On the day tips and advice:
One of my friends told me to step back with Colin a couple of times and take in the day! Best bit of advice ever!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
It was only really the cake we had a supplier for…the rest was through friends, including the Prosecco, which was collected from a vineyard in Italy as part of the stag do! (Any excuse!)