Danielle and Tom first met in Birmingham through mutual friends. Students at the time, they chose Wagamama for their first date, which Danielle jokes was 'pretty classy' for them in those days. Either way, the couple were the last to leave the restaurant and bought ice lollies for the walk home, and the rest, as they say, is history.
For just over three years later while the couple were living in Hong Kong, Tom had organised another special date, afternoon tea followed by the ballet, ostensibly for Danielle's Christmas present. But as they walked along the harbour back to their flat, he asked Danielle to be his wife with the Hong Kong skyline as a backdrop.
The couple planned their big day over a two-year period, working as a team with Danielle doing the lion's share of the research, while Tom took charge of tracking the budget and timeline. “Overall, we enjoyed planning the wedding – but there were a few stressful moments where we wanted to elope,” reveals Danielle.
Here, she tells us more about their big day…
Devonshire Terrace is an all-season outdoor venue, which we really loved. Also, being attached to a bar, it felt very relaxed and informal.
I tried on so many dresses; as I'm quite small, most felt too big for my frame. Eventually I found a lightweight gown from Ghost, which fitted perfectly.
I chose Dessy twist dresses in light purple for my bridesmaids as they're all different shapes and heights – the design could be adapted to suit their individual style.
Tom had his suit made in Hong Kong but the tailor has a branch in London too.
We wanted the décor to reflect our travels in Asia – we hung origami hearts from the trees to represent Japan, chose orchid centrepieces in homage to China and lit candles from Bali.
Our tables were laid with a hessian runner and decorated with candles and potted purple and white orchids. We used origami swans in white and gold as place names.
Our cake and cupcakes were covered in a white frosting and sprinkled with edible gold glitter.
We prepared three rounds of a traditional pub quiz to entertain our guests over the wedding breakfast. We read out one round, our fathers called out the next set of questions and the last was a picture round. It was a great way to get everyone talking.
Our band, RockIt from Function Central, performed two sets in the evening. The dancefloor was packed from the first to last dance.
My dad and I took a cab to the venue – we couldn't park at the front so we walked a little way, giving us some quality time together.
We loved our travel themed stationery and table plan. We named our tables after all the countries we'd visited together.
We really like Douglas' photography style – reportage and non-intrusive. He was so helpful on the day when we needed assistance, but the rest of the time we barely noticed him.
Tea & Crafting
Douglas Fry Wedding Photographer
Tiffany & Co
Wedding night hotel
The Grange Hotel Tower Bridge