Moody London Soiree
Tell us your love story!
We met online and I asked Charlotte if she wanted to take me out! It turns out she did, and she took me to a lovely coffee shop/bar in Hoxton called The Bridge. It’s very romantic with gold and velvet sofas and draped ceilings. We had so much to talk about, and we laughed and we both had evening plans so we had to go our separate ways, but we really just wanted to chat all evening. Our second date was on the Southbank, we went to see my favourite choir – The Chaps Choir – and we danced and drank wine by the river. Then Charlotte challenged me to cook her dinner (I’m a terrible cook) and I must have done a good job because we never looked back!
What about the proposal?
It doesn’t sound very romantic, but it felt romantic to us. We woke up one Sunday morning and Charlotte said “Shall we go and look at rings today?” And that was it, really. I fell in love with a ring and we bought it and then we went for Champagne and told our friends and family and they all came to join us for a little party.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
It kind of clicked right from the beginning. It just always felt so obvious that we were a great match. We love doing the same things, we love each other’s families, we can’t get enough of each other’s company. Even little things like enjoying the same sort of food, and going on the same kind of holiday, and sleeping until the same time on Sunday morning. There was never really any doubt, we’re inseparable!
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
I’m not sure we definitely knew anything. Charlotte definitely wanted to have a big wedding with all of our friends and family. We definitely wanted the food to be really special. We definitely wanted a really fun band. And we definitely wanted the overall look to be dark and jewel-like.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
Urmmmm… The easiest thing was choosing our florist, The Wild Fox, our photographer, Dale Weeks, and our toastmaster, Jango. They were all amazing in the planning, and on the day. I can’t recommend them highly enough. The most difficult thing was the Bridesmaids dresses.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
That a lot of the little details that seemed really important, actually you don’t notice on the day. That the bit we loved the most would be the ceremony itself. That the aisle was too narrow for three people to walk down comfortably (haha), and that I should have booked a bigger car to get us there – it’s no fun being squashed in the back of a taxi in your wedding dress! To check and double check that Skype would work so that my brother could watch the ceremony from Australia – it didn’t work at the crucial moment, which I was really sad about.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
We were so worried about accidentally getting too tipsy that we didn’t have a single drink! Looking back I would have had a couple of glasses of champagne during the reception, just to loosen up a bit. Make sure you eat a piece of your cake! Make sure you walk slowly down the aisle, or it goes too soon. Make a list of photos you definitely want. Make sure you spend some time dancing with your partner, and your parents, it’s so easy to get swept away and not see them for the rest of the evening.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Without a doubt it was the ceremony. Both the civil and Jewish parts. It was absolutely magical and we will never forget it.
- Photography By Dale Weeks Photography
- Venue By Renaissance St Pancras Hotel, London
- Eleanor's Dress By Wedding Atelier London
- Charlotte's Suit By Christopher Kane
- Rabbi Services By Paul Glantz
- Florals By The Wild Fox
- Toastmaster By Jango
- Band By Festival Sons
- Lighting By Bespoke Events
- Cake By Eleanor's Mum