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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

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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.

Then it was on to the Lon­don Eye, with the new­ly­weds and their loved RQHV PDQ\ RI ZKRP KDG ÁRZQ LQ IURP the US) tak­ing in amaz­ing views over WKH FLW\ ´2XU ÁRULVW KDG FUDIWHG beau­ti­ful but­ton­holes for every­one – which turned out to be supremely help­ful for quickly iden­ti­fy­ing our guests through all the throngs of tourists on the South Bank!”

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.”

3ODQQHU $QGUL %HQVRQ DQG ÁRULVW Si­mon Nick­ell trans­formed the high­ceilinged pub into a chic, yet wel­com­ing w-day space. The cou­ple were keen to avoid overly sea­sonal colours, so guests sat down for the evening feast at tables adorned with blooms in strik­ing pur­ples and deep pinks. Cop­per cut­lery from Bo Bou­tique and vi­brant nap­kins from 88 (YHQWV ÀQLVKHG WKH ORRN $V D VPDOO nod to the sea­son, there were Christ­mas crack­ers from The Hand­made Cracker Com­pany at ev­ery place set­ting – which puz­zled some guests. “The Amer­i­cans had to be told not to un­wrap them!”

“WE ASKED GUESTS WHO COULDN’T AT­TEND TO PRO­VIDE MAR­RIAGE AD­VICE, WHICH WE EDITED INTO A READ­ING”

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