Real Weddings from Your London Wedding

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with inspirational weddings and bridal stories from Real Weddings features in Your London Wedding.

Real Weddings: Love Always

Love Always

Natarsha had just moved to London on a two-year working holiday visa from Australia and got a job working at the pub down the road from where she had started house-sharing with friends. Marcus was already working there as a bartender, and the pair became friends first before slowly falling in love. She says, "I was new to the City, trying to find my feet, and Marcus worked up the courage to ask me on a date after a few months. I was surprised as I had been so overwhelmed with the move with finding somewhere more permanent to live, finding freelance work, trying to wrap my head around the fact that I was living on the other side of the world, getting used to the everyday small things that make up life in London such as Oyster cards and what a Tesco was that I wasn't even thinking about dating

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Real Weddings: True Love

True Love

These lovebirds met on Bumble, which felt like fate as they had matched before on Tinder – little did they know they'd become engaged in June 2021! When the government issued the roadmap back to normality after the Covid-19 pandemic, Joe told Adesola to save a date in her diary as his friends were coming to visit from Manchester for dinner. She says, "My family had a last-minute barbecue that I agreed to go to as I had completely forgotten! I ended up stopping by and rushing back to prepare for dinner. While I was getting ready, Joe told me to look outside the window. As I leaned in to look closer, I turned around to see him down on one knee and was so surprised – I couldn't stop staring at the ring! It turns out Joe had actually booked The London Edition for the weekend and a surprise dinner at Scott's, as I love seafood. It was even more special because Joe's not usually a planner!"

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Real Weddings: Flying High

Flying High

These lovebirds first met after Trish came into the restaurant Tom managed in the City of London and asked to use the toilet. She was on one of her work trips to London and had been on a run. Her hotel was at the top of the street, but she didn't think she'd be able to make it back in time! Tom comments, "I thought Trish was stunning as soon as I saw her. In a clumsy attempt at flirting, I jokingly told her the toilet was for customers only, so she bought a glass of wine and sat outside. It just so happened that one of the restaurant owners was in that night, and she got talking to Trish outside. Eventually, I managed to join them when the restaurant had slowed down at the end of the night, to see they had joined tables and seemed like old friends. Trish was clever, funny and interesting

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Real Weddings: Winter Winds

Winter Winds

These lovebirds met in December 2019 while playing in a tag rugby Christmas-themed tournament. During the prizegiving and drinks celebrations afterwards, Rob fired a champagne cork at Lucy's head to get her attention. It worked, as he managed to get her number!

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Real Weddings: True Love

True Love

These lovebirds met at a friend's reeling party in Clapham and had their first date a few weeks later at a cocktail bar in Kings Cross – the rest is history! Chris proposed in Venice in October 2021. It was an extremely wellthought-out and planned surprise!

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Real Weddings: Styled To Perfection

Styled To Perfection

Daniel went to a summer camp with Camp America in 2016, which is quite popular while studying at university in the UK. He travelled to San Diego after his summer in Pennsylvania with some mutual friends of Laura, who grew up in California, which led to the pair meeting and hitting it off. They had a longdistance relationship for four years before Laura moved to London – they've lived together ever since.

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Real Weddings: Blooming Beautiful

Blooming Beautiful

These lovebirds have been together since they finished secondary school almost 20 years ago. After many wonderful years together, the pair finally got engaged! Laura says, "Mike always said it was a case of when he would pop the question and not if, while keeping in mind that I wanted the proposal to be very us and involve the children. So on Christmas day, my daughter asked me to open a toy while my son filmed the moment I discovered the ring!"

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Real Weddings: City Vibes

City Vibes

These lovebirds met one another while working at Jack Wills while both at university – the rest is history! Emily says, "We decided to get married while travelling in Iceland and staying at the Blue Lagoon Hotel in October 2021. We realised our 10th anniversary would be in October 2022 and decided it would be fun to get married then. It's slightly unconventional but exactly who we are."

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Real Weddings: Oh-so romantic

Oh-so romantic

Shirin and Steven knew each other from work and became closer over time. Things developed slowly as they got to know each other and realised they shared matching goals and aspirations.

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Real Weddings: Best laid plans

Best laid plans

Yasmin and William met on Twitter in 2014. "We spoke for a year before William finally decided to visit me in London," says Yasmin. "We spent the most amazing weekend together. Following that, we met five more times before William decided to move to London and the rest is history," she says. A few years later William pulled out all the stops for his romantic proposal. "We'd planned an anniversary meal at The Shard and had gone up to the rooftop. There were other people around, so I had no idea what was coming," she says.

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Real Weddings: Love at first sight

Love at first sight

Emma and Dan met at a music festival in Clapham during one of the sets. "Dan saw me in the crowd and came over to talk to me – the attraction was immediate," Emma recalls. "Not many people get to experience love at first sight, but we certainly did!"

Three happy years later during the November 2020 lockdown, Dan proposed. "It was very sweet because we'd planned on getting engaged but then when the country went into another lockdown, I thought it'd never happen," says Emma. But Dan had other ideas. "He totally surprised me by meeting with the jewellers on Zoom and ended up securing an engagement ring and proposing just weeks later!" she says.

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Real Weddings: Like no other

Like no other

Rebecca and David met in a local bar on Christmas Eve, so a seasonal wedding was always on the cards for them. "Linking our day to that time of the year was very special to us," Rebecca says. "David was like no man I'd met before. We took the time to get to know each other and found that we were both attracted to what we wanted from life and how we were going to get there, and we share the same sense of humour, which helps!" she says.

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Real Weddings: From friends to newlyweds

From friends to newlyweds

Mariam and Charlie are both solicitors and have worked at the same firm since 2014. "We were great friends but that turned into something far more fantastic," say Mariam. So fantastic that eventually Charlie proposed. "He asked me to marry him on Tower Bridge on our anniversary," she says. "I wasn't too surprised to be honest. The first proposal attempt was aborted – Charlie thought he covered it well, but he didn't!" she recalls. "It was supposed to be by St Paul's Cathedral where we had our first kiss, but the filming for a DC movie made it impossible."

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Real Weddings: Love at first swipe

Love at first swipe

Both leading busy lives, Neda and Pedram didn't have much spare time to meet anyone – until they were introduced via the dating app Hinge. "Within a matter of days of being on the app, we matched, and the rest was history," says Neda. "What attracted me to Pedram was his charm, intellect, and great looks. He was a breath of fresh air. Not only did he tick every box, he brought the best out of me; a side of myself I never knew existed," she says.

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Real Weddings: Tacos and tequila

Tacos and tequila

Becky and Rob met at university at the age of 18. "We did the same drama course and one day Rob asked me out for lunch. We had a sandwich together on the sports field and have been together ever since," says Becky. Around 13 years later, they decided to tie the knot. "We both travel a lot for work and hadn't seen each other for about six weeks so while we were away in different parts of the world, we arranged to meet up mid-trip in New York," recalls Becky. "One night we were drinking tequila and eating burritos when we decided to get married," she says. "Rob didn't have the ring with him so instead he bought me an I love tacos t-shirt from a shop above the bar we were in, which was quite funny." What Becky didn't know was that Rob was already planning to propose when he got back to the UK. "When we returned we made tacos in our little flat. Rob had already bought a ring and he hid it in one of the shells and then officially asked me to marry him again," she says. "It was a double surprise as I didn't know he'd already been planning it."

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