Sara and Simon tied the know on 20th August 2022, at the beautiful RSA House in central London.
The couple very much wanted to embrace London on their wedding day so chose the classy and elegant city wedding venue, RSA House, which they filled with beautiful modern wedding flowers by BUD Flora. Sara chose the super sensuous Roxy gown by Suzanne Neville, a discovery at Suzanne Neville’s store itself.
These beautiful photographs were captured by The Shannons. Enjoy!
Roxy, by Suzanne Neville
My dress was by Suzanne Neville and called the Roxy. The team at Suzanne Neville were brilliant to deal with – I’m a real perfectionist so finding a wedding dress wasn’t an easy process
Karen was particularly lovely and helped me try on 9 dresses at each appointment because there were so many I liked – we had to be really efficient and quite ruthless.
Suzanne herself even did one of my fittings, which was amazing, especially when she said that the Roxy was so my dress – I think there’s quite a lot of pressure on brides to find the perfect dress for them so it was great to have that validation from the legendary Suzanne.
I wanted a dress that was elegant, sexy and timeless and it felt like it ticked all those boxes with the off-the-shoulder sleeves, the slit and the beautiful corsetry. Also, I wanted a dress that was easy to dance in and the skirt was perfect for that.
As soon as I tried it on, my mum and grandmother agreed that it was so me. For me, I wanted my wedding dress to reflect my style generally, rather than being a big departure from the things I would usually wear.
I wore a simple, Chapel length veil with cut edge from Lace & Favour. Whilst I love embellished and lacy veils, I felt like they would detract too much from my dress.
My shoes were Aquazzura – I wanted open toe shoes to lengthen my legs and also because they’re more comfortable to dance in.
I loved the long, crystal Jennifer Behr earrings that my grandparents bought me – they gave me film-star vibes.
Our ceremony was at the church I went to growing up, St. Monica’s Church in Palmers Green, close to where my family live in Winchmore Hill. It was important to us to have a proper London wedding – we live in East London and though we met at Bristol University, we didn’t get together until many years later through that uni friendship group in London.
My dad walked me down the aisle to the sound of Zadok the Priest by Handel. He kept telling me to slow down because he thought I was walking too fast!
My family are of Italian descent so I’ve grown up as a Catholic, and so Catholic priest, Father Mehall Lowry, officiated our wedding.
Our rings are from Queensmith in Hatton Garden, which was where Simon got my engagement ring.
Our readings included an extract from The Book of Ruth 1:16-17 (https://www.lovemydress.net/blog/wedding-readings/book-of-ruth-1-16-17).
Photography by The Shannons
The Shannons were absolutely incredible, not only in terms of their photography on the day but also to deal with during the planning process – Vicki was so on it and responsive, it was such a pleasure to work with them! We also loved that they were a husband-and-wife team.
We loved Vicki and Pete’s informal but chic style – neither of us are used to having our picture taken so we weren’t a big fan of loads of super-posed shots.
How They Met
We met at Bristol University but didn’t get together until many years later through our uni friendship group in London. Funnily enough, Simon’s parents and grandparents also met at Bristol University, so it’s become something of a family tradition.
Simon proposed two years into our relationship in April 2020 in the spot where he first realised he loved me, in Berkeley Square in central London, during lockdown.
We were engaged for a year and four months before we got married.
As I said before, we wanted to have a London wedding so picked RSA House in the heart of London, had routemaster buses taking people from the church to the reception and named our tables after London date spots we’d been to, mostly restaurants like Naughty Piglets in Brixton, Allegra, near where we live in Stratford and Con Gusto in Woolwich where we went when we first started dating. Our wedding car was a white London cab too!
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Bridesmaids & Bridesman
It was great to be able to have different styles of dress in the same fabric to tie everything together. I was obsessed with how the bright bouquets popped against the grey lilac of their dresses (from Wed2B).
My bridesman wore a grey M&S suit so that he was in keeping with the girls and a coral tie and pocket square from Moss Bros to tie in with the flowers.
A City Reception
We had our reception at RSA House, a beautiful Georgian townhouse just off The Strand, which was exactly what we were looking for; a venue that was elegant and had a sense of occasion, without being stuffy.
The real clincher for us was being able to make use of the amazing different rooms at RSA; particularly the underground Vaults, which had the exposed brickwork and party vibe we were looking for in the evening – we wanted everyone to properly let their hair down!
BUD Flora was our florist and is a genius!! Our flowers were honestly one of our favourite things about the wedding, we had so many comments from guests on how gorgeous they were. I found Lucie on Instagram (bud_flora) and fell in love with her work – it’s modern, fresh and she’s so bold with colour. Lucie was also so lovely to work with.
We had seen how at other weddings, cakes don’t often get eaten after a three course meal so we decided to go for a macaron tower. Chai Time Lydia is a friend of a friend and made an ombre look tower with lemon and raspberry macarons. We bought little boxes so that people could take them away but they all got eaten on the night!
Evening, Dancing & Favourite Moments
Our first dance was to ‘Tiny Dancer’ – the Florence & the Machine version. Simon’s musical and his parents are music teachers so we loved the line ‘You’ll marry a music man’. Plus I’ve always danced as a hobby, so I guess I’m ‘The Tiny Dancer’.
We had neon lighting by Marvellous Neon, in the words ‘Til Death Do Us Party’. The neon light looked amazing against the exposed brickwork in the Vaults.
It’s too hard to pick my favourite part of the day but when I go to friends’ weddings my favourite bit is the speeches and they were brilliant at our wedding – my dad, Simon and Simon’s best man Tom all did such a great job. Simon managed to make me cry and my dad did a full-on slideshow of pictures and played a recording of mine and my Maid of Honour’s teenage band! The look on our faces when our song started playing was priceless!
Words of Wedded Wisdom
Don’t be too influenced by other people’s weddings or what you’ve seen on Instagram – a wedding is deeply personal and should be a reflection of you as a couple! Throughout the planning process, that was what Simon and I kept coming back to – ‘is this us?’, ‘does it reflect what we like and what’s important to us?’
For example, as well as having a London venue, we really wanted the food to be great as eating out is the thing we love to do most together. RSA really delivered on that front, the food was so good!