Paul and I got married on 10th April 2018 in New York. I wanted to share some of our favourite photos from the day and also go through some of the main parts of the day like venue, photographer, dress etc! Enjoy!
I’ve always known that I would love to get married in New York. It’s my favourite place in the world and my Mum and step-Dad also got married there. Paul and I didn’t want to have a large wedding so New York was the best place for us to say “I do”.
We chose Central Park as it’s an iconic place in NYC and fitted in with the greenery theme we were going for. When looking for places to hold the ceremony, we stumbled upon Cop Cot on Pinterest and it was exactly what we were looking for…venue sorted!
For after the ceremony we booked a private room at The East Pole restaurant in Upper East Side for a meal with our family. Finding somewhere to have a private meal was quite tricky, and my sister Leila & I actually ended up flying out to New York in February last year to find somewhere. Many restaurants had crazy expensive minimum spends, which more than doubled for dinner in some cases, which is why we went for an early ceremony followed by lunch. I had a few restaurants and hotels on my list for us to visit whilst on our quick 3-day holiday and it really helped as I went to a couple that I didn’t like at all, and it meant we were able to see in person what the restaurant would be like. The East Pole was definitely my favourite as it fitted with our theme and was really close to Central Park.
We chose Jackie Reinking to be our officiant who is actually our photographer’s wife! So we booked them as a package and they couldn’t have been more helpful in the lead up to the day and on the day itself. Jackie wrote our ceremony for us after asking us some questions and we loved it. Paul and I were both crying when we read it for the first time and all of our guests were crying during the ceremony (happy tears of course!). We had planned on writing our own vows but after reading the ceremony, we realised we didn’t need to as everything we wanted was included and it was just perfect.
I knew the style of dress that I wanted to wear on my wedding day. I know that people always say “you don’t buy what you expect” but I know what suits me and I definitely didn’t want a big ball-gown or poofy Princess dress. I went to three shops on my search for the dress and ended up saying yes at the third shop. The first shop I visited had a nice selection and I found one that I really liked but I wasn’t quite ready to say yes as it was the first time trying on dresses.
Then I saw a photo on Instagram of a Paloma Blanca dress that I loved and a shop local to me were having a Trunk Show with 10% off. The dress was way over what I had planned to spend and so I decided to make a trip to Wed2B first, to see if any of their dresses were any good as they only go up to £599 in price. I visited Wed2B in Milton Keynes and the staff were really helpful but unfortunately I just wasn’t impressed with any of the dresses I tried and a couple weren’t the best quality. I know you get what you pay for, but £599 isn’t exactly that cheap and you could see the seams on the sides of some of the slimmer fitting dresses.
So after that I decided to go and try on the Paloma Blanca dress (Style 4746) at Icon Bridal in Kettering. I picked out a few others to try and I tried on the dress I liked from the first store too, which was helpful when making my decision. I’m not one to fall in love with something straight away but I knew I really liked the Paloma Blanca dress and it was exactly what I had in mind for my wedding day. So I said “Yes”!
I loved it on the day and it was exactly how I pictured looking on my wedding. I loved the lace, the belt, the fit and the train was amazing!
After choosing my dress I went looking for accessories, shoes & jewellery. I wore a pair of gold glitter heels from New Look on the day. Paul bought me a pearl necklace as my wedding present along with a pair of diamond style earrings. I had a hexagon bracelet on that matched my sisters and a hair comb from Etsy with my veil. I also had a clutch bag from Monsoon to keep my essentials handy on the day!
I also had my own “Wifey” denim jacket that I decorated myself. The jacket was from New Look and I bought the pearl brooches and Wifey letters online. It kept my warm on a very cold day so I was very happy I chose to wear the jacket.
I did my own makeup on the wedding day and had eyelash extensions done a week before. I’ve written a full post on my natural & organic bridal makeup.
Paul decided to go for a bright blue jacket and trouser suit from Next paired with Dune brogues, a green tie, cufflinks and white shirt from T.M Lewin. I bought him an Armani watch for his wedding present.
The Décor & Flowers
The theme we were going for was greenery with hints of gold. I had a clear vision in my head of the sort of flowers I’d like on my wedding day. I loved eucalyptus garlands running through the centre of the tables and this was perfect for the restaurant we’d chosen. I chose ivory verbena roses, ivory garden roses, veronica and eucalyptus for my bouquet and a smaller bouquet for each of my sisters. I asked the florist to add a few roses to the eucalyptus garland for the table too, along with a sprig of eucalyptus on each plate with the gold place names.
I asked my three sisters Mia, Ella and Leila to be my bridesmaids a few weeks after I got engaged. I wanted them all to wear different style dresses as I knew that one dress wasn’t going to suit them all. Leila chose a halterneck, Ella chose a one shoulder and Mia chose a strappy design. They were from Alfred Angelo and Venus Bridal in the colours Sage and Celery and luckily they all arrived just three weeks before Alfred Angelo went bankrupt so we were so lucky. I bought them matching personalised bracelets from Lily Belle as their bridesmaids presents and I bought myself one that was a hexagon shape that I wore on the day.
I’ve followed the photographer we chose on Instagram for a couple of years so it was easy to choose. Sascha Reinking was our photographer and he was absolutely incredible. As we were getting married in Central Park we decided to have some of our photos taken there too but Paul & I headed to the Rockefeller Centre without our guests to have some more photos taken of just the two of us with views of the New York skyline. I’m absolutely in love with our photos and can’t wait to hang them up on our walls at home!
I desperately wanted a wedding video of the day. It took a lot of persuading to get Paul on board as it is pretty expensive however I managed to bring him round to the idea. I did a lot of research online of videographers around New York and some ranged from £1200 to over £5000! In the end we opted for Luke from Mesh Films whose videos were absolutely incredible for the price. I found others that were charging way more and were nowhere near the quality of Mesh Films.
We’re both so happy we decided to get the video now as it is incredible! It’s so amazing to be able to watch the day back! I’ll be keeping the video private for now though, sorry!
We gave our family personalised M&M’s in little “love” canvas bags which looked so cute on the table. The M&M’s had our names, wedding date & just married on.
We also had a fake cake on the day! My family run a bakery so there wasn’t a chance I was going without a cake. We didn’t really need a real one as we were having a three course meal for lunch so we took two blocks of polystyrene & a cake board and then my sister frosted it and added some of the flowers from one of the bridesmaid bouquets when we got to the restaurant.
Mr & Mrs Lucas
10th April 2018