Today’s bride is kind of a friend of a friend. I ran into her a couple of months ago the morning after her hen do, looking WAY too radiant and serene and non-hungover for someone who’d been drinking vodka at the Ice Bar the night before, and she told me she was getting married in a couple of weeks. Once I heard about the details, I was super excited to see how it all turned out, and even more excited when I found out that her photographer was Brenda Wardall from Hearts in a Shutter, whose fantastic photographs I had featured before. But when I finally did see the pics from Nicole and Kon’s big day, it was just above and beyond any expectations. Soft colours, beautiful Winter light, lemon groves… and the biggest, happiest smiles from the bride and groom. Settle in and enjoy!
Kon and I met in London through both of our exes – who were both currents at the time. After becoming single I became very friendly with the girlfriends of all Kon’s friends, so ended up seeing him quite a bit. He told the girls that he liked me, and they all tried to set us up, but it never happened (I was interested in someone else).
In the end called me and asked me out on a date and that was that… the truth is that he actually stalked me – and it paid off! ;) We are both real homebodies and enjoy chill time during the week, and then on the weekend we both enjoy a night out with lots of drinks, yummy food and friends. We enjoy weekends away camping in the summer with cycling off road and then rewarding ourselves with wine and lots of yummy food… Are you seeing the trend? ;)
For our wedding, all I pictured in my head was: romantic, floaty and magical. I also wanted to create a warm and cozy atmosphere as it was winter. I left everything else up to our florist/decorator, Anneke from Leipzig. Being in London I gave her a great deal of responsibility to make choices and recommendations as it was really hard for me to picture a lot of the things. She was incredible, and I think without her I would have been so stressed out by the wedding – but instead I was quite relaxed. I would recommend her to anyone.
My parents actually chose the venue for us. I asked them to look at places that took a maximum of 120 guests and after a few suggestions from my sister and I, they found Klein Genot. Kon and I saw it for the first time when we were at home in April and were so happy with their choice!
I decided to go with very soft pinks, ivory and pale greens with a splash of darker pink in my flowers. I wanted lots of different styles of candles and vases – vintage-style silver and rustic gold – all different sizes and shapes. And then I also wanted different types of containers holding the flowers (bird cages, glass domes, etc.) I didn’t want too much symmetry. Also, Klein Genot had so much decor already in place with the chandeliers, bright velvet couches, different textured walls, etc. which just worked so well with my additional decor.
My advice is not to sweat the small things when organising a wedding. Relax and just enjoy it! We loved having so many of our friends and family all together on such a happy day and all the guests seemed to have so much fun. Everyone was in such good form and in the mood to have a great party! All my service providers were amazing and I loved having them involved – I would really recommend them.
Congrats and thank you so much, Nicole and Kon – hope to catch up again soon! And of course a big thank you to Brenda for sharing her gorgeous pics – you can find more of them on her blog.
Venue & catering: Klein Genot
Photography: Brenda Wardall of Hearts in a Shutter
Videography: Jonty Acton
Flowers & décor: Leipzig
Minister: Anthony Aldum
Dress: Fleur Bridal, London
Make-up: Leisha Jansen
Cake: Hunt House Kitchen – [email protected]
DJ: Capricorn Music Mobile Disco