Las Vegas-inspired styling and bold colours set the scene for a vibrant avant garde wedding.
Jessica Tiller and Lucien Mansell met in 2006 while living in a shared house in London. For many people, co-habitation would not spark romance but this couple had such strong chemistry, even domestic drudgery could not dampen their feelings for each other. As a first date, they decided to visit the cinema together, however, one drink before the movie led to another and conversation flowed so well the pair ended up staying in the prepicturehouse bar all night.
Two years later on 22nd November, 2008, Lucien, 33, got down on one knee in front of the Sacre Couer in Paris and asked 34-year-old Jess to be his wife. Bowled over by the romance and beauty of the setting, Jess was quick to accept.
Enjoying life as an engaged couple, the Hackney-based pair didn't start organising their big day until six months before the wedding - not that anyone could tell. Incredible styling and attention to detail resulted in show-stopping nuptials.
On 27th March, 2010, the ceremony took place in Bow Registry Office and the bridal party and guests retired to Conway Hall in Red Lion Square for the reception. Remembering the magical day, Jessica says: "It was great fun organising the best party we've ever thrown, and being able to do it in our own style."
Once we realised that we would not be able to afford a licensed venue where we could get married and have a dinner reception for 140 people, we looked at the local registry offices and Bow had availability when we wanted it. Some friends of ours got married there recently and we liked the venue.
Lucien's best man was his best friend, Jono Kenyon, and his ushers were his brother Jason Hartley, business partner Will Jackson and three old mates Jai Lusser, Neil Pollock and Mark Griffith. The ushers wore matching Western shirts and hats and Lucien wore a Western tuxedo and shirt which was tailored to be a little closer-fitting. He spent hours online and in sundry boot shops.
My sisters, Eileen and Alex, were bridesmaids and Sean - an old friend from way back - was my 'Man of Honour'. I wanted the girls to wear black, which they both wear a lot anyway. They came over from Australia and I had bought their dresses before they arrived, so they didn't have much choice! They both love to dress up, so were happy in their 1950s dresses.
I designed and made my dress myself so didn't spend days trawling wedding boutiques.
My shoes were by Vivienne Westwood.
Conway Hall is owned by the South Place Ethical Society and it had a really good vibe. The hall is in a 1930s art deco building, has wood panelling and great features that matched our theme. It fitted our outlook very well - when we walked into the hall we saw the legend 'To thine own self be true' written above the stage and it felt like the right place for us.
Lucien's mum, Rosa, baked our cake and I decorated it. I had this idea that it was going to be pale blue with blossoms on it as we were honeymooning in Japan but didn't have enough time in the end. After a particularly stressful decorating session at 4am I called Lucien in a complete panic. He knew I had gold dust from a Valentine's Day cake I had made him, and said, "Just paint it gold and tie a ribbon around it, it's just going to be eaten anyway". So that's what I did.
We had Gawkagogo perform a freakedup Las Vegas show wedding, and later they also did cabaret spots.
The wedding and the show is now rather famous with our parents' friends, mostly as they preceeded their act with a kind of bingo no one will ever forget!
We heard about Tracey, our photographer, through a friend and we would absolutely recommend her. The pictures came out great and she was lovely to have around, very friendly and unobtrusive.