Lovebirds at Westminister Cathedral

July 13, 2012 at 6:48 am | No comments | Real Weddings

How did you meet?

We went to different universities but we were part of the African and Caribbean Societies of our respective Universities. We were trying to organise a joint University event and so initially contacted each other via email. The event did not happen, however we kept in contact, exchanging numbers and sporadically sending well wishes over a period of 6 years. We had never physically met each other. Then one year Marvin invited me to his birthday event and so I decided to go along with a friend. We got on really well and then 3 months later we started dating.

How was the proposal?

Marvin surprised me at a West London hotel one snowy wintery evening in December. I opened up the hotel room door and was welcomed with balloons, rose petals and chocolate covered strawberries. He played my favourite song and then got down on his knee and proposed. It was beautiful. After that he began to explain how he had planned all of this last minute. He had initially booked flights to Venice, but due to the heavy snow the flights had been cancelled that morning. He had organised everything, even secretly obtaining my passport and packing an overnight bag. He had been running around all morning trying to find another way to propose and I was none the wiser. It was perfect nonetheless.

 What was your wedding vision?

We didn’t really have a vision of what the wedding would be like, we knew that it would be a large wedding due to our huge African and Caribbean families and we wanted it to embrace both cultures. We also both loved the colour blue so we chose Spa Blue, Chocolate and Ivory as the wedding colours.

 What was the first thing you booked?

The first thing we booked was the church

What was the easiest thing to source?

The easiest thing to source was the cake because it was made my Marvin’s mum who is a fantastic baker and cake decorator.

What was the most difficult thing to source?

The most difficult thing to source was the venue. It was hard to find a venue that would cater for 350 plus guests as well as enable external caterers. We wanted somewhere that would be close to the church and easily accessible for guests.

Did you get any bargains? (DIY)

To keep the costs down we decided to make all the wedding stationary ourselves with the help of Marvin’s younger family members. It was hard work but great fun. We made all the invitations, the table names, the seating plans and also the church mass booklets.

What was the most expensive thing that surprised you?

The cost of videography and photography were expensive, initially we were going to use an amateur photographer but we realised that this was going to be one of the most important days of our lives so it was important for us to use a professional photographer and videographer who were used to capturing images from large weddings. Both the videographer and photographer did an excellent Job.

What was your biggest splurge?

Our biggest splurge was the honeymoon. We knew that this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity so we booked an all inclusive trip to Mauritius with a 3 day stop over in Dubai. 

Did you delegate?

Our family and friends helped us a lot, My sisters were in charge of the flowers, my brother in law organised the Stag night and helped transport drinks, suits and stationary to the venue, My mother in law baked and decorated the wedding cake. A friend of mine was our Master of Ceremony.

How did you choose your wedding venues?

I remember walking past Westminister Cathedral thinking ‘I’d love to get married in there’ never really thinking it could happen. Marvin and I are both practising Catholics so a church wedding was really important to us. One day Marvin contacted the cathedral and the next thing I know we’d  booked to have our wedding there.

After searching high and low for a wedding venue our caterers suggest Park Plaza, they had catered there before and it was able to hold the required number of guests, accepted external catering as was within walking distance to the Cathedral. It really ticked all the boxes.  

What did you wear?

I wore a Suzanne Neville dress from the Royal Collection – Honour. It was a strapless gown in ivory silk taffeta with a fitted bodice with ruching detail, pearl and Swarovski crystal beading, and a ruched skirt with a satin insert.

Any practical advice you would give to other brides?

Our friends who were married told us “to enjoy the day as it will fly by” and it did!



Image Credits

Georgina and Mavin Wedding Day Wedding shoes the church Wedding rings Wedding reception wedding flowers Blue sash chair covers the bride