Louise and Cy first set eyes on each other at the wedding of their mutual friends – although given the mix-up over their first official date, one assumes that the champagne was flowing that night. “Louise thought I'd asked the wrong person out for a drink,” laughs Cy. “So it went pretty well, considering. However, Louise was the right person and we hit it off straight away.”
Almost four years later, Cy asked Louise's dad permission for her hand in marriage during a Christmas carol concert at St Clement Danes. Two weeks later, on Christmas Eve, he dropped to one knee in their living room, and asked Louise to marry him. “I proposed at home because whenever we went anywhere, friends and family would ask Louise whether she thought I was going to pop the question. I wanted it to be a surprise and somewhere important, and nowhere is more important than the home we've made together,” explains Cy. “We'd spent the evening wrapping presents and it was just after midnight. I said that, as it was officially Christmas Day now, I'd like to give her a little present. I played around, pretending to pull imaginary gifts from behind the sofa before finally emerging with a little blue box. Louise has a slight obsession with Tiffany – even our front door is Tiffany blue, so I knew the ring would be a hit.”
The couple spent Christmas celebrating their engagement before starting to plan their big day in earnest in the New Year, applying for a special licence to tie the knot in St Clement Danes and booking their photographer before January was out. Picking the earliest available date at their chosen ceremony venue, the couple had just seven months to organise their nuptials, with help from Louise's sister, Claire.
Here, Cy tells us more about the day…
St Clement Danes is the central church for the RAF and like a local family church for Louise, whose father is a retired officer. We wanted to get married in London as our lives, friends and family revolve around the city we live in.
“Being a curvy girl and the pressure of all the scrutiny struck an utter fear of dress shopping in me. When I first saw my gown, I wasn't sure at all, but my sister urged me to try it on and it felt perfect. I'd never felt so pretty before.” – Louise
“I chose David Austin roses, Snowflake spray roses and Madame Bombastic roses for my bouquet, with sprigs of pink and peach snowberries.” – Louise
I knew The Bloomsbury Ballroom well from my work as a lighting specialist and, when Louise visited, she fell in love with it. We knew it was the venue for us – the Art Deco interiors and location were perfect.
Louise travelled to the church in a 1956 Rolls-Royce – we wanted a wow-factor moment in front of the church. Louise was quite taken aback by the numbers of tourists who took photos when the car stopped at traffic lights.
Our cake was inspired by our invites – a three-tiered square confection iced in ivory white and decorated with an Art Deco rectangular border in silver and peach. It made a great focal point in the room and clearly tasted great too, as we only managed to get a tiny piece ourselves!
“I considered dressing the girls in platinum, to match the groomsmen, but realised the wedding party would look very grey. Luckily, these peach gowns from TwoBirds were a perfect match for the stationery and groomsmen's ties.” – Louise
“I've always dreamt of having a full floral arch, it brought softness to the church's imposing entrance and a touch of the country to the city. Ours included roses, hydrangeas, dahlia, white delphiniums and eucalyptus. The same flowers were used in urns and centrepieces dotted throughout the venue.” – Louise
Our tables were dressed with pale peach tablecloths, white napkins and a mixture of floral decorations and tea lights.
“Many of our guests commented that the theme of our wedding started with invitations and continued through from the church right up until the espresso martinis were served towards the end of the evening.” - Louise
Additional lighting equipment
Bride's dress and accessories
Wedding Atelier London
Bride's hair and make-up
Amy at Kristina Gasperas
St Clement Danes
Amanda Austin Flowers
Groom and ushers' suits
Anthony Formal Wear
Fiona Kelly Photography
The Bloomsbury Ballroom
Reel Love Films
Tiffany & Co