As great romances go, Ewan and Greg's courtship is surely up there? Having met at a friend's wedding in New York, the pair firmed up their friendship on Facebook before Greg crossed the Atlantic to visit Ewan in London. “I don't think either of us knew whether something more serious would develop from that friendship, but we were happy it did,” says Greg. A long-distance relationship inevitably followed with frequent visits between New York and London before, one Christmas Eve, Ewan surprised Greg by popping the question. “We went for a walk to the viewpoint near Kenwood House and Ewan got down on one knee and proposed,” remembers Greg.
The couple certainly enjoyed a long engagement, tying the knot six years after Ewan put a ring on it but, you'll be relieved to hear, they didn't spend that entire time planning. “Greg moved to London in May, 2016 and we started planning our wedding day after that,” explains Ewan. Some 10 years after they added each other as friends, their relationship status changed to 'married'.
The couple shared the to-do list between them, making decisions together and enjoyed the process immensely. “It wasn't always easy but it was an adventure and all of those hours of planning strengthened our relationship as a couple. We've both said how much we wish we could do it again,” says Greg, a man after my own heart!
Here, he tells us more about the big day…
We looked at a lot of venues. In the end, we decided on Kings Place because of its scenic location on Regents Canal, the floor-to-ceiling windows and air-conditioning.
A bagpiper played outside the venue as guests arrived and then piped us into the ceremony room
I wore a beautiful navy three-piece suit from Hackett.
We were insistent on arranging seating for the ceremony 'in the round' – lots of our friends said the ceremony felt so much more meaningful as a result.
We asked four of our closest friends to carry one supporting branch of the Chuppah (wedding canopy) each.
Ewan is from Glasgow so he wore a custom-made kilt in his family tartan with all the accessories.
We hired 'Mr & Mr' light-up letters, which were placed initially on the terrace and later moved next to the dancefloor. As we tied the knot on the same day as Pride, rainbow uplighters were placed behind them.
We gave our florist free reign to do what he wanted. He kept saying he'd make the flowers 'pop' and he certainly delivered – they were beautiful.
We asked Ewan's niece to be our flowergirl while my nephew was the ring bearer.
Our blue and white colour scheme was inspired by Ewan's kilt. We even had yamulkes (prayer caps) made from the same tartan.
We opted for a cheese tower in lieu of a cake, which we sourced from our local deli and served in the evening.
Our favours were personalised M&Ms in miniature carry-on suitcases – we also had monogrammed sick bags on each table as a nod to the theme.
Because we'd taken over 100 flights back and forth over our seven-year long-distance relationship, we went with an airline theme with invitations designed to look like boarding passes, departure boards displayed on screens in lieu of a tableplan, and paper airplane place cards made from maps of New York City and London. We even put together a 'in-flight safety' video, which we played before the wedding breakfast.
Bespoke Ceremonies for Every Occasion
The English Kilt Company
Miniature carry-on boxes
The Sassenachs Ceilidh Band
Ross Willsher Photography
Crowne Plaza London – Kings Cross
St John's Tavern
Queensmith Master Jewellers
Majestic Wine Calais