“Stylish & relaxed photos is what we wanted and Jonny delivered 200%. We both felt quite anxious about having a camera on us all day but Jonny was discreet and the nicest person we could of asked for. Everyone commented on how great he was.”
Polly & Jon | A Love story
We met at a festival (ironically called Lovebox) through mutual friends from back home. We both worked in London and started dating that summer. Four years later Jon proposed on holiday in Cannes, disguising the trip as a belated birthday present for me. He got down (on both knees!) and asked me in our hotel after missing the opportunity to do it where he had planned because of nerves. Possibly down to me for previously telling him I’d be mortified if other people were watching!
What was your Ivy Chelsea Garden wedding inspiration?
Boho chic! Relaxed and intimate was the style we were aiming for, for both the look and feel of the day. My favourite details were my jewellery pieces which I made from the additional beads and crystals left over from my dress being altered; Jon’s was his outfit! But we both loved seeing all the detail of each aspect come together on the day. When we were at the venue and had everyone in one room it all tied in better than we had imagined it would.
Why choose The Ivy Chelsea Garden wedding venue?
We love The Ivy restaurants anyway and the fact the Chelsea Garden one was only a two minute walk from the Town Hall made sense for us. It was fitting to the style we wanted and had a private dining room that suited the size of our party perfectly.
Tell us about the Jenny Packham wedding dress.
My dress was called Asteria by Jenny Packham. I had wanted a slinky dress and a friend had suggested Jenny Packham for that style so I went to the store with my sister-in-law, just to browse initially but I knew it was special as soon as I picked it up so I got it there and then. As the saying goes, when you know, you know! And the groom’s attire? Jon wore a Suit Supply suit, shoes from the Italian brand Santoni and his tie was from Hackett. The Bridesmaid’s shoes and dresses were both from Asos.
Any advice for those planning their wedding now?
Save anything that you can as keepsakes to look back on. We made a wedding memory box and it’s such a lovely thing to have. We have a favour, dried out flowers from the bouquet, the menu from the dinner and even a napkin as it has the restaurant name on it! Enjoy the planning and don’t let it stress you out! As a Personal Assistant I enjoy organising and being creative so it came a little easier to me than someone that might not enjoy that sort of thing.
This is (hopefully) the only time you’ll get married so don’t waste it! We spread the celebrations over a few days holding the ceremony and dinner on the Friday in London and then the reception party on the Bank Holiday Sunday back in our home town in Kent and this took the pressure of off the Friday hugely so we could relax more. We would recommend that if you’re happy to break the two up as we essentially had two amazing days instead of one.
What song did you walk down the aisle to and what was your first dance?
Dana Williams cover of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World and for our first dance UB40’s Can’t Help Falling in Love
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
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Shout outs where shout outs due
Florists: Early Hours London www.earlyhours.co.uk
Rings: Diamond Heaven, Hatton Garden www.diamond-heaven.co.uk
Cake: French Made, London www.frenchmade.co.uk
Catering Company:: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
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