Having met during their first year of university, Holly and Jack's first date needed to go well, as Holly explains, “We'd already committed to a house share for the second year with a group of friends.”
Luckily, the pair's unusual choice for their first date – the Ladyboys of Bangkok show in Brighton – didn't hamper their chances and some 10 years later, on a holiday in Florence, Jack proposed to Holly. “After a day spent sightseeing around the beautiful city, Jack decided to propose in our hotel room while I was peeling a satsuma,” laughs Holly. “It was a complete surprise, I thought he was joking.”
The couple spent six months planning their London-based big day, with Holly taking on the lion's share of the organisation. Luckily, the couple settled on a reception venue straight away, quickly selecting The Peasant for its abundant character, great food and friendly service.
Here, Holly tells us more about their wedding…
We filled the ceremony room with paper pompoms, prettied up the registrar's table with a sequin tablecloth and created a photo wall topped with our initials as a backdrop. We also jazzed up the rather plain chairs with white lace ribbon ties and paper fans.
I tried on about eight dresses before finding the one. I wanted something suitable for a city wedding and am naturally drawn to vintage styles. Suzanne at Vintage Trousseau was so helpful
I knew I wanted peonies and hydrangeas in my bouquet and arrangements as they're my favourite flowers, but took advice from our florist on which blooms to team them with – alchemilla mollis, parvi foliage and scabiosa.
The reception venue is so gorgeous that it required very little extra decoration. We transported the ceremony flowers over to the venue so we could enjoy them all evening but otherwise kept it minimal, adding just a few, light-hearted personal touches and table numbers from Lucy Says I Do to match our invites.
My friends and I painstakingly painted lots of small plastic zoo animals to act as placeholders.
The food was exceptional – people couldn't stop talking about it – it made the day really stand out
Our cake wasn't exactly traditional – we just wanted something that tasted amazing and opted for a fresh passion fruit and raspberry sponge covered in Italian meringue. It was all gone by the next day, with Mabel the dog eating the last slice while no one was looking!
Hair by Jaydean
Aura Rose Cakes and Patisserie
Roots Creative Floristry
Julie Kim Photography
Hearts of London
Lucy Says I Do