What was your greatest struggle while planning your wedding?
There weren’t many struggles – Simon had a clear vision of what he wanted so I suppose the biggest struggle was making sure everything could be achieved. Also getting Elliott to do the seating plan was a nightmare!
If you could do it all over again, is there anything you would change?
The only thing that we always say is that we wish we could have friends that we have met since there – other than that we had a perfect day. I think you have to let some things go as not everything is going to go your way.
What was your favourite moment of the day?
So many moments, but it would have to be just having everyone you truly care about in one place and everyone is in a state of happiness – that moment you look around from your table at dinner is truly magnificent.
How did you decide on a specific theme/look and feel for your wedding?
Simon is a designer and has his own events agency, so the look and feel was pretty clear from the beginning. Elliott had worked in the cabaret industry for many years and so we knew that had to be reflected. We married away from where we are originally from, so that was also important to be reflected within the wedding. I think the main inspiration was our journey up to then. We had an illustrator friend illustrate our journey and that became the basis of everything.
How did you go about finding vendors for your wedding?
We had just moved to a new country so didn’t really have a network yet so we just did research. Simon had a couple of people from the UK that he used to help with decorations and then we sourced local vendors by meeting with them and just finding who was right for us! Like the incredible Nadine who, from the moment we met, we knew she had to photograph our wedding.
If money was no object, what outrageous thing would you have insisted on having for your wedding?
The only thing we wanted was a Gospel choir to appear in the garden where we got married after the ceremony. But to be honest we had everything we wanted.
How did you prioritise your wedding budget?
The right venue was our first priority and then after that, we had a list of the things that were important to us and went through – we were in a fortunate position to be able to get most things we wanted – also with working in the industry we were able to pull in favours for things.
How long did it take you to plan the wedding / how long were you engaged?
We were engaged for just over a year by the time we got married. The main planning took us about 4 months in total.
Do you have any advice for other couples planning a wedding?
Just have fun! Sit back and take it in.