Trendy West End restaurant Pollen Street Social was the spot Rob Ward, 33, chose to propose to his girlfriend Helen James, 32. “I'd had a stressful week at work and Rob knew I was desperate to try out Jason Atherton's famous eatery, so booked us in for a lovely dinner,” Helen divulges. “Just after we finished our main course, Rob got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Afterwards he admitted how stressed he'd been about the close proximity of the tables, so as soon as the couple next to us left, he seized his chance!”
Just a year later, the couple tied the knot at St Ethelreda's Church in The City followed by a contemporary celebration at The Wapping Project. Here, Helen tells us all about it
As soon as we set eyes on the church and met the priest, we knew it felt right. St Ethelreda's is beautiful and is in an unexpected location in the heart of London.
We'd been to The Wapping Project for dinner a number of times and absolutely loved the look and feel of the place so it was an easy choice to make. The building used to be a hydraulic power station but has been restored into an amazing restaurant and art gallery.
I must have tried on around 50 dresses before finding the one! But as soon as I put Starlight by Monique Lhuillier on, it just felt right and I didn't want to take it off.
For the flowers, we didn't want traditional wedding blooms and asked our florist for an edgy, wild design in pink, grey and purple hues to complement the colour scheme.
Rob wore a dark blue slim-fitting suit with a silver-grey tie and pocket scarf.
My make-up artist Zuki Mayley was fantastic; she applied my heavy eye make-up and natural lips perfectly. The equally talented hair stylist Cassandra Rizzuto gave my up do lots of texture and volume – it looked great.
Rather than a traditional cake, we asked the venue to create a sticky toffee wedding pudding and instead of cutting it, we poured hot toffee sauce over it. It was delicious!
Our guests travelled to the reception in a classic red Routemaster bus. They even enjoyed a little tour of the city en route!
A string quartet entertained everyone during our al fresco drinks reception in the courtyard, playing a selection of indie and rock tunes, rather than classical music.
Because the venue is full of candles, we kept the décor to a minimum. Our centrepieces were aluminium buckets filled with blooms.
Instead of a first dance, we did a first song! To kick off the karaoke session, we sang a duet of Happy Together by The Turtles.
As we both love karaoke, we hired Rockaoke, a live rock 'n' roll karaoke band. It was a surprise for our guests and went down a storm.
Monique Lhuillier at Browns Bride
The Fresh Flower Company
Tiger of Sweden
David McNeil Photography
The Wapping Project
DG Jewellery Design
Manor House Music
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