We did it! We’re married! Its weird guys…I have a husband? What a hoot! This husband and wife thing has been puh-retty cool and we’re only a week into it. I still chuckle to myself every time Robin refers to me as his wife. Nothing has changed, but also, everything has changed- but in the bestest way. Whilst I gather my vast collection of photos from Morocco together, I thought I’d share a few photos from our big day, some from friends and some from our lovely photographer.
My bouquet was a mix of pink peonies, dusky roses, and succulents with cat tails draped down the front. I had two bridesmaids…sort of. Ismay was my maid of honour, and her brother Ronan my Brides…dude? Us three grew up together and it meant so much to have them walk ahead of me down the aisle, along with my little nieces and nephews. Robin and his ushers all wore succulent button holes and they all wore kilts too- very dapper 🙂
I bought my dress last year, after stumbling across it by accident in Coast! Although I had never fixated on a designer dress, I knew that I definitely wanted a dress with sleeves. Trying to find a wedding dress with sleeves was near impossible though, which is why I was so delighted when I found this simple silhouette from the high street! It had a slit at the front, a nice train at the back and a drapey neckline WITH SLEEVES.
It wasn’t some months later that I stumbled across Rouge Pony on Etsy and it was like fireworks went off in my head. I instantly fell in love with her feather epaulettes and the moment I pinned them to my wedding dress, I had that eureka ‘this is it‘ moment in front of the mirror. I may have even squealed out loud. On the day, I wore my mum’s pearl earrings and matching pearl necklace with sparkly hair combs- without meaning to, my whole look was kind of old Hollywood glamour!
My makeup and hair was done by Lynda Darragh, a friend of mine that is a makeup artist to the stars (ahem, Jake freaking Gyllenhaal and Lara Stone!) and she was amazing. She kept me calm, glued on rogue eyelashes, and basically just fixed me!
We were married at Asia House on New Cavendish Street. Back when we were researching wedding venues, we decided early on that we definitely wanted to keep the celebration in London- it’s where we went to Uni, where we met, where many of our friends and family are and where we’ve put down our roots! it’s our home. We also thought it would be a nice nod to our Malaysian and Hong Kong heritages to be married at Asia House 😉
Since it was going to be a London wedding, and I needed to transport 100 guests from our ceremony venue to the Reception venue in Little Venice, I hired two bright red vintage Routemasters. Not only was it practical, but it looked lovely and it was fun too.
I didn’t have a theme or matchy colours for the day- but I had a feel and look that I wanted to achieve. Playing on the flowers from my bouquet, I went for a natural, woodsy vibe. The table centerpieces were birch branches surrounded by moss, birch pots and pink peonies with tea light candles hanging off the branches. Seventh Heaven Events were the wonderful ladies that helped pull the look together.
The Amadeus, our Reception venue, worked with us so that both halls inside the venue were lit to complement our tables. We had a big canopy light, fairy light walls and lots of tea lights. Together with the woodland look and vibe, it was all very Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our birdcage wedding cake was from Marks and Spencer, collected on the morning by my Bridesmaid and Bridesdude 😉
As another nod to our South East Asian’ness’ we had a Chinese Lion Dance during the drinks reception. We had kept it a secret from everyone and I was so excited when they came through the door, thumping on the drum!
It’s definitely not traditional, but growing up in Brunei, my sisters and I loved watching these at Chinese New Year parties at our friend’s and neighbour’s houses. The loud drumming and cymbals, the dramatic movement and coordination of the ‘lion’ is just crazy fun. The lion ‘eats’ a head of lettuce and some oranges, then throws the bits out at everyone. I think it’s something to do with good luck- but the kids love it!
Later that evening, after dinner, we had a bit of a Scottish ceilidh, and we got everyone to dance the Gay Gordon and Strip the Willow. It was hot and sweaty work and I’m pretty sure it was around this point of the night that I lost my shoes!
I met Kit, our photographer, at the Kempton Park Wedding Fair back in February. He was so friendly and clicked exactly what we wanted for our wedding photographs- he emailed me a few to use on the blog. They were beautiful, bright, and documentary style- however, I love the silly and fun shoot we had down this Mews street!
Our catering was by Jacaranda, as recommended to me by the wonderful Rosie who was planning her wedding at the same time. We found it really hard to find a catering company that was available, within budget, and looked appealing! After chatting to Jacaranda (who don’t even normally cover London) they said they were happy to help and that logistically it was do-able. Their food was so amazing and I got just as many compliments for our dinner as I did for my dress! I really believe our venue wouldn’t have looked as wonderful or run as smoothly without their help too.
The day really does zoom by. All I remember is being so nervous all morning in my hotel room, then suddenly I was walking through those doors and walking down the aisle towards Robin. I kept having to take deep breaths to stop myself from bawling- especially when Luan and Alexis did their readings- that was tough!
It really is the strangest but most wonderful feeling seeing everyone you love and care about in the same room; I had no voice the next day as I was just trying to chat to everyone! In fact, this photobooth picture is the only time Robin and I managed to steal a moment alone together for the whole evening.
In the run up to the big day, I had my poor family running around like lemmings; my Dad handwrote a hundred favour labels, both of my sisters raided Hobbycraft to help me with strange giant balloon/paper tassle/decoupage letters/gold card box requests, and everyone were just all round Superheros picking up and collecting things for us. Phew! It’s been a monumental whirlwind- thank you all for your kind comments! I still feel like I could sleep for a week!
I absolutely loved each and every supplier that helped us pull it all off, and if you’re also planning a wedding, I can’t recommend them enough:
Kilts: The English Kilt Company
Feather Epaulettes: Rouge Pony
Hair Combs: Johnny Loves Rosie
Photographer: Kit Myers
Bouquets and Flowers: Flowers by Eva’s
Table Centerpieces: Seventh Heaven Events
Photobooth: Just Pose
Routemaster Hire: Ensignbus
Music and DJ: Earcandy