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From a trip on the London Eye, to a bright and beautiful pub reception, this couple took their guests on an urban adventure
On a chilly December morning between Christmas and New Year, Sarah and Megan set off together on a rather important, and nerve-racking, journey. “Last-minute elopement may have been discussed during the car ride to our ceremony venue!” says Sarah. Luckily, all nerves dissolved when the couple took to the aisle, lined with ÁRZHUV DQG FDQGOHV IRU DQ ´, GRΜ WKDW included a lovely personalised touch. “We asked guests who couldn’t attend to provide marriage advice. They returned a mix of funny, heartfelt and poignant messages, which we edited LQWR D UHDGLQJ μ :LWK D ÀYH DQG D KDOI hour gap between the ceremony and reception, Sarah and Megan decided they’d need to provide some food before the wedding breakfast later, so everyone tucked into a traditional pie-and-mash lunch. This was washed down with champagne, plus seasonal mulled wine and hot chocolate.
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As everyone climbed aboard a vintage Routemaster bus to go to the reception venue, Sarah and Megan went on ahead. “Recently married friends told us to be sure to make time for ourselves during the day,” explains Sarah. “So we took about 20 minutes at St Bart’s Brewery to have a coffee and put our feet up before the evening festivities began.”
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