Your Herts and Beds Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 96)

30 married couple! Mikey and Erica have been vegans for seven years and have always loved food. Chloe from White Button Weddings recommended Roger from the Chef’s Table, who was remarkable. The couple didn’t want a traditional sit-down meal and had always loved the food vans and street food at festivals. So they had two hours of open service where guests could come and get food when they were hungry. The katsu curry and chocolate churros were highlights for the pair. The Hogless Roast provided vegan mac and cheese, dirty hash browns and a hogless burger with vegan pork, apple sauce and vegan crackling in the evenings. Erica says, “The team were incredibly professional, to the point that we didn’t even see them setting up. We heard they were a huge hit with our guests, which was just what we wanted.” LOOKING THE PART The bride looked stunning in a Madi Lane dress called Andie, which she purchased from Angelica Bridal. She paired the gown with a singletiered rose veil and a rose gold headpiece. She accessorised with pearly clip-on earrings, her engagement ring, her grandma’s ring, a sunflower bracelet gifted by the groom and white bridal shoes for the daytime before changing into some white pumps in the evening. Erica says, “Although I caught glimpses of myself at several different stages during the morning, it wasn’t until I had the dress and veil on that I had time to look at myself properly. I’ve never had buckets of confidence in my appearance, but I had never felt so beautiful!” Mikey didn’t want to stand out too much from the groomsmen, so they all wore slim-fit herringbone suits with beautiful sage ties and pocket squares. Becky at Flowers at 58 put together buttonholes for everyone, which were small and colourful. The couple decided on sage green dresses for the bridesmaids to complement the ties and flowers. The bride comments, “I wanted to ensure that each of my beautiful friends had a dress they felt happy with on the day. I sent them a link to around 10 styles and told them to pick what they’d feel most happy in!” With the weather reaching 36 degrees in the day, the lovebirds encouraged the wedding party to change out of their dresses or suits if they wanted to get into something more comfortable after the photo session. TIME TO CELEBRATE For entertainment, The Hampstead Ensemble played some of the couple’s favourite pieces before the church service. Think a mixture of football music, Harry Potter, Coldplay and The Beatles! They also played during the drinks reception and were absolutely incredible. The bride’s oldest friend Elliot played England by The National during the first dance, the same song he had recorded for the pair when the couple got engaged. He then performed a set and was utterly incredible – guests were blown away by his talent. Erica says, “Elliot is the lead in a Queen tribute band and captivates the audience in a very Freddy way – he started the night with a bang!" MEMORABLE MOMENTS The couple were both very excited about the day! The bride woke up happy and relaxed in the morning – she loved being pampered and surrounded by her favourite women. She says, “There were several moments throughout the day when we stood together and tried to soak it all in. We both love hosting; this was a chance to have our loved ones in one place.” Walking to the church with her bridesmaids, mum and uncle was a magical moment the bride will always treasure. Quite a lot of neighbours came out to watch and wish her well. Mikey loved having time with their wonderful photographer and videographer just before the first dance. He says, “Other special moments were playing tennis with my groomsmen the morning before we left for the church and, of course, seeing Erica walk down the aisle!”