September 25 2013
When Nicky married Ed…
Ed and I got married in October 2009 and our day was everything we hoped for and more. Months later, our wedding would lead to me setting up Silver Sixpence in her Shoe but, at the time, all we thought about was making our day as happy and as personal as we could and I think we succeeded.
We only gave ourselves seven months to plan our wedding, which shows that it’s perfectly possible to have the celebration you want in not very much time. Our day was all about our love of our adopted hometown of London, where we’d lived since graduating from university in 2000, but with a few Scottish touches thrown in, to reflect my Scottish heritage.
We’d desperately wanted to marry at Stoke Newington Town Hall but sadly it was closed for renovation so we had to travel a bit further from home, to the Council Chamber at Islington Town Hall. This was no hardship as the room we married in was beautiful, full of old oak panels and a circular layout, meaning we were married with our friends and family all around us.
You can read all about how I chose my dress and handmade my own headpiece and garter here. I finished my look with ‘something borrowed’ gloves of my grandmother’s and a cute ivory brolly (as it was October in England, there was always a chance I’d need it!). My bouquet and wedding flowers were provided by the fantastic Flowers N16 in Stoke Newington and included cream roses, eucalyptus, African Sunset and thistles, as a nod to Scotland! They were absolutely beautiful and I can’t recommend our florist highly enough.
I had just one bridesmaid, my best friend Helen, who looked beautiful in a wine coloured dress from Coast. I also had two of our young cousins as page boys and my lovely mum gave me away – somehow she did so without crying, which is more than can be said for me!
Ed looked gorgeous in his Ben Sherman suit. Having been together for eleven years, we knew pretty much all there is to know about each other but still nothing prepares you for how you feel as you walk up to meet your husband-to-be on your wedding day.
We had two readings on the day, one by Ed’s mum and one by my friend Ellen. We let them choose the readings themselves so we had no idea what to expect until the day, which made a nice surprise.
Following the ceremony we had a drinks reception at the Town Hall, which was great as it allowed us to say hello to all of our guests straight away. Everyone then climbed aboard our Wedding Special Routemaster bus to go on to our reception venue, the fantastic Empress of India pub in Victoria Park.
Our venue was perfect for the casual day we had in mind and the staff at the Empress were absolutely brilliant. The food was fantastic and everyone loved the informal set up in the room. We named our tables after London landmarks and beat all our guests to it by preparing a sweepstake game for everyone to play regarding how long the speeches would last!
We had our first dance to an Ian Brown song called El Mundo Pequeno , not perhaps a traditional first dance choice but it reminds us of our time travelling South America together and was the closest we would ever get to an ‘our song’.
And after that, the rest of the evening turned into a blur of drunk people and dancing! One of my standout memories of the day was my Aunt, who is in her sixties, dancing to Loaded by Primal Scream – these are the sort of things that only ever happen at weddings, one of the many reasons they are such amazing and joyful events.
Ed and fell into a cab back to our flat at about 3am before we set off on our honeymoon to Iceland the next day. Our day was perfect for us and I’m happy to say that I wouldn’t have changed a single thing.
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