A room without a roof

On the anniversary of equal marriage rights in the UK, we celebrate the union of Alex and Audrey

Alex and Audrey's mutual friends were plotting to introduce them some five years ago when serendipity intervened. A chance meeting in the street saw the couple click and a first date followed. “We went to see a musical in Soho and it wasn't great so we snuck out half way through and went for a drink. The rest is history,” Audrey declares.

Two years later, both were considering taking things one step further. “We both came up with the same idea to propose at exactly the same time on our second anniversary. We worked on two totally different plans, then at some point I found out what Audrey was up to and we had to come clean to one another. We ended up designing the rings together and going for a romantic trip to Barcelona,” explains Alex. It took the couple a year to plan their summer do. Here, they tell us more about their big day…

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Alex Sarune Kardelis, 34, married Audrey Sanshe, 30, at Perseverance Works, Shoreditch on 12th July, 2014.

 

A room without a roof: Image 2aWe both wore blue suits and white shirts with different accessories – Alex had blue braces and tie, Audrey wore yellow bow tie and yellow braces.

A room without a roof: Image 2 We loved the fact that the venue was all white and there were
no decorations, furniture or other unnecessary distractions. It
was like a blank canvas. It also had a roof terrace with views
over Shoreditch, and we’d always dreamed of getting married
in the open air.

 

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We chose Paola de Paola Photography because she had already covered a few same-sex weddings and the pictures stood out. We loved her style, the moments and emotions captured in the pictures and we also clicked on a personal level straightaway. Paola is very friendly, understanding and professional, so we'd definitely recommend her to anyone.

 

A room without a roof: Image 4aWe decorated the dining area with flowers from New Covent Garden Market, and the ceremony space – which was later converted to a lounge – with festoon lights, flowers, balloons and candles. We wanted to keep the decorations simple.

A room without a roof: Image 4 We didn't translate our theme or colours into the cakes, but instead asked our helpers to make a few cakes in our favourite flavours, such as chocolate and honey.

 

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“It was very simple and intimate, without any pretension. It was the best day of our lives, and our guests felt the love in the air too.” – Audrey

 

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Alex and Audrey's top tip: Have a summer wedding – nothing beats sunshine and blue skies.

 

Alex Sarune Kardelis and Audrey Sanshe's contact book


Bride's suits
Uniqlo
www.uniqlo.com

Brides' braces
Warrior Clothing
www.warriorclothing.com

Brides' suits
Esprit
www.esprit.co.uk

Brides' ties
My Tuxedo
www.mytuxedo.co.uk

Catering
Nancy Vollaro
Tel: 07506 066 419

Flowers
Covent Garden Flower Market
www.newcoventgardenmarket.com

Photographer
Paola de Paola Photography
www.paoladepaolaweddings.com

Venue
Perseverance Works
www.perseveranceworks.co.uk

Wedding night
Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard
www.shangri-la.com

Wedding planner
Loreta's Wedding Services
Tel: 07841 425 211