Nicki and Rob tied the knot in a celebration filled with DIY details and a subtle nod to nature
Nicki, 25, a graphic designer, and Rob, 27, a copywriter, held both their ceremony and reception at Gaynes Park in Epping, London.
Rob's proposal was so romantic: it was my birthday and he booked a taxi to pick me up from work. I thought it was taking me to Heston Blumenthal's restaurant as I'd been asking for months.
Instead, an hour later and still without a clue, I was dropped off in Holland Park and called Rob who gave me directions to a little gate at a place called Kyoto Gardens which I should walk through. When I did, I suddenly saw glowing tealights lining a pathway to a waterfall - and it was then I knew what was coming. I couldn't stop smiling! Afterwards, we went on to celebrate in style – yes, you guessed it! – at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel. It was perfect!
Being a creative couple, we decided to take the DIY approach and created much of the décor ourselves. This meant we could add in quirky little details that reflected us as a couple – plus, we'd have some lovely things to keep as momentos!
We had avalanche roses, delphiniums, nigella, lisianthus, gypsophila, 'Mentha' and garden roses, scabious, astilbe, brunia, dahlias, hydrangeas, carnations, thlaspi and populous foliage in our floral décor. Shrinking Violet did a fantastic job. We weren't too fussed by what flowers were used, we just wanted a natural feel with a subtle, wild look. Our flowers perfectly complemented our palette too, and they really brought the aisle to life.
We created our own sweetie table using vintage jars and old wooden crates, we also made our own bunting sign, which read 'Love is sweet'. It was really fun to make and also a huge money-saver as we didn't have to hire one.
We made a time capsule for our guestbook so guests could either write to us, draw us a doodle or predict the future. We locked it away at the end of the night in a Kilner jar and have decided to open it on our first anniversary, which will be a lovely way to remember our special day.
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