The summit of Cape Town's imperious Signal Hill was the romantic spot Alan Allkins, 31, chose to pop the question to Cheryl Cheah, 28. “We were holidaying in South Africa for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and Alan found a beautiful place to propose – our view stretched across the Atlantic Ocean,” reveals Cheryl.
The couple enjoyed being engaged for a while before embarking on the wedding planning. “We knew we wanted a contemporary celebration and gave ourselves around seven months to plan everything,” she adds. They tied the knot on 1st September, 2012 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in Portland Place. Here, Cheryl tells us all about it
As I'm quite petite, I wanted a sleek gown and, as soon as I spotted this Martina Liana design, I knew it was right for me.
I loved the sparkly hair combs that held my up do in place.
I love lilies so I carried a calla lily bouquet.
Alan wore a grey three-piece suit from Reiss with purple accessories to match our colour scheme.
My only bridesmaid was my best friend Ei Mei Soo – she wore a purple floor-length dress and carried a calla lily bouquet to match mine.
We chose an elegant, floral cake design to fit in with our overall theme. Both Alan and I loved the tasting session – the chocolate cake was divine!
The bb Collective
Bride's hair and make-up
Cristina Rossi Photography
Skara String Quartet
Royal Institute of British Architects
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