In the heart of historic London, bride Sophie tells us about her uber-chic urban real wedding with a venue that used to be a bank!
How did Joshua propose?
“On Christmas morning 2016, I was not feeling well and wouldn’t come downstairs, but Josh was awake really early and acting strange. After a lot of pleading, I eventually did go downstairs and saw a tiny little box wrapped up under the tree – when I opened it I just cried!”
What dress did you wear?
“I wore a 1920s-inspired dress called Cathlyn, from Phase Eight.”
And the accessories?
“I wore my sister’s veil, which acted as my something borrowed, along with an Art Deco hair clip I got from Debenhams. I also wore a lovely opal necklace that Josh bought me from a local jewellers for Valentine’s Day to wear on the day. My shoes were from House of Fraser.”
What did the groom wear?
“Josh wore a jacket and waistcoat from Moss Bros. His trousers, shirt and shoes were from Next, and he got his tie and pocket square from Swagger & Swoon.”
Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?
“My bridesmaids were my two sisters Katie and Lily. Their dresses were from Phase Eight and very glamorous. I wanted sparkly champagne gold dresses, and when they tried them on they suited them so well, so we were all happy.”
What was your theme?
“A mix of Autumnal, Art Deco glamour, and fun pub! Our gold sequin tablecloths matched the bridesmaid dresses, with Autumnal flower centrepieces and at least 100 candles to create a nice, warm feel. Our table numbers had an Art Deco design, and our Connie and Colin the Caterpillar cakes from Marks & Spencer were a fun element!“
What was the highlight of your day?
“When all of our guests walked the short distance from the pub after the ceremony, up to the Lincoln’s Inns Field, past the Royal Courts of Justice and all these beautiful London buildings. It was so great to see everyone walking in convoy and also to have that breathing space after the ceremony – I was still quite emotional so it was good to just walk and catch my thoughts (and my breath).”
What was your best buy?
“The venue, by far. It was a beautiful pub right in the historic heart of London. It used to be an old bank, with the toilets being the old vaults! It was so much fun getting married on the balcony overlooking our guests. The dance floor was right next to the bar too, so everyone was there in the same room all the time. It cost £3,700 as a package and that included 100 day-guests with a three-course meal, three bottles of wine per table and the DJ!”
Date: 14th October 2017
Venue: The Knights Templar pub, London jdwetherspoon.com
Photographer: Unwerth Photography yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk
Sophie’s dress: Phase Eight
Joshua’s attire: Moss Bros, Next, Swagger & Swoon
Bridesmaid dresses: Phase Eight
Accessories: Debenhams, House of Fraser