Real weddings and wedding ideas

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from Your London Wedding Real Weddings features.

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Isn't she lovely

Both working in the insurance industry in London, Abi and Andy's paths were destined to cross. "We were introduced by a mutual friend one evening in a bar after work when Andy asked for my number. I took his business card and sent him an email after a few days," Abi shares. Their first date was at Mews of Mayfair and then Hakkasan where they soon realised they had a lot in common – they shared a taste for great food and wine, both love cooking and going to Ibiza. "I knew he was the one when he never complained about all of my partying. He's an only child and I come from a very big family, so it took a while for him to adjust to the mayhem that brings!" she adds.... read more

A wild romance

Devon McDaniel and Rob Newman met while they both worked at the same company for many years. "When I relocated from the U.S. to London in 2014, we started working closely together and had an immediate connection," recalls Devon. "Our friendship developed easily over team lunches and after-work pub trips, and we began dating in 2015." Fast-forward three years later and Rob proposed while the couple were on holiday in Oslo, Norway in December, 2018.... read more

Making history

Before the days of Tinder there was Plenty of Fish, and this is where Jonathan and Jay first met. "It took months for us to have a first date as we had so many holidays booked," Jonathan laughs. "We finally locked in a date for 4th June, 2013, and we agreed to meet in Soho Square." Thank goodness they did get a date in the diary, because after a successful bar crawl across Soho the pair were inseparable. Fast forward to March 2018, and the pair are on a trip to an incredible safari hotel in Rathambore National Park, India, where Jonathan popped the all-important question. Of course, Jay said "yes," and on returning home the couple started planning their dream wedding.... read more

Love blossoms

Hana and Brendan first met while they were playing hockey at the same club – although their relationship didn't get off to the best of starts. "I didn't like him at first, after he poured prosecco on me while we were on tour," Hana laughs. "However, in classic cliché form, we got to know each other and a romance kindled." The couple had discussed getting married, and with a trip to New York coming up, Brendan knew the time was right. "He proposed in our hotel room after we checked in," Hana tells us. "There was a sign on the wall saying "Marry me" and some flowers. It was a surprise at the time as I missed the sign – I was too busy deciding which side of the bed I wanted to sleep on!"... read more

Our love rocks

Stephanie and Toby met at work in Houston, Texas, where their friendship soon turned into a relationship – despite the fact that they knew it would soon become long-distance. "He was an offshore geophysicist, whereas I was onshore in Texas," Stephanie explains. "He would be at sea for five to eight weeks at a time, during which we would talk on the phone every night. The distance strengthened our relationship."... read more

A London love story

Fabienne and Tony both work in the classical music business – Fabienne as a marketing professional and Tony as a percussionist. It was while they were both working for the world-famous London Symphony Orchestra that they met. And yes, it was at the work Christmas party! Fabienne tells us, "I remember looking across the room and thinking, 'Who is that?' I was so drawn to his good looks and magnetism. Tony says he was taken by my big smile, flirtatious nature and intelligence."... read more

A love for all time

Dr Naeem Meghjee and Dr Rahima Meghjee first started chatting at the tender age of 13 on MSN Messenger (remember that?), but they grew apart during their teenage years. It was when they both went to university in London that they reconnected. "I was initially reluctant about him," Rahima laughs. "But his charm, wit and good looks were hard to resist!" Naeem was attracted to her beauty and innate "goodness", eventually winning her over with a first date to the Natural History Museum.... read more

Understated elegance

Despite going to school together and growing up in the same town, it wasn't until Lucia and Kilian finished university that they became friends. "I was on a gap year and Kilian was on a placement year," Lucia explains. "We spent a lot of time together and we ended up going out. I don't think anyone would have put us together in our school days!"... read more

Party on

Musicians Lauren and Tim met in the most romantic setting – a wedding – where a mutual friend did some skilful matchmaking. "We ended up talking late into the night," Lauren says. And the rest is history. "I went on a four-week U.S. tour with Rick Astley," Lauren says. "While I was away, Tim worked on fixing up our house." His plan was to propose to Lauren in their wonderful new home when she got back, but it didn't quite pan out that way. Tim got booked for a gig in Egypt, with the flight departing an hour after Lauren arrived back in London. Not wanting to wait any longer, Tim met Lauren in Costa Coffee at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.... read more

London in summer

Jhuliana and Jonathan celebrated their intimate nuptials in a London restaurant resplendent in pastel tones. Jhuliana describes her relationship with Jonathan as a 'true modern-day romance': "We met online through a dating app. I'm Ecuadorian and my husband is from Bradford but we both live in London; in what world could these two people get together if not through the power of the internet?"... read more

All things bright and beautiful

Kyriaki and Arran chose an Art Nouveau psychedelia theme for their non-traditional Greek big day. Having met through OKCupid, Kyriaki and Arran chose a gig in Camden Town for their first date. "After the gig, we worked our way down the other pubs and music venues on the high street," remembers Kyriaki. "The conversation flowed really easily; we had Vietnamese food. Suddenly it was gone midnight and we were the last ones left in the Lock Tavern. It was a Tuesday – so a school night and we had to run to catch the last tube. Arran was determined not to be 'friend-zoned' and kissed me in the underground."... read more

We did it our way

Carl and Jack surprised their guests with a nontraditional wedding that broke all convention. We have to confess to stifling a giggle as Carl tells us how he and Jack met for the first time. "It was a night like no other… actually it was just like every other," he laughs. "We met in the student union during Jack's first week of university; I was a second year and helping to run an LGBTQ+ evening with my best friend. Needless to say, I didn't take the stewarding role very seriously. Tom introduced me to an old school friend and her new quiet flatmate. I think I fell in love instantly… but to tell the truth, I can't remember."... read more

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