Marrying a former army officer means that much of the organization is taken care of for you; James had the church, the restaurant, the drinks and the hotel sorted. I just had to take care of the flowers, which I managed to deliver to the Monday before the wedding. The amazing Hannah, who runs I Think That You Are Magic, stepped in and made our table decorations, while my bridesmaid, who owns the brilliant Goring Calligraphy, made our lovely menus and business cards. Wild by Tart served oysters followed by slow roasted lamb, mint yogurt and pomegranate, then a pavlova instead of a cake. Everyone said it was the best wedding meal they’ve ever had.
In an old-fashioned gesture, we took a break after service, with guests changing from morning gowns to black ties for dinner. I stayed in my dress, but added a special diamond necklace, on loan from our friends at Humphrey Butler. Reluctantly, James made me dance on the dance floor for a first dance on “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley, then on “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole, which got everyone on foot – where they stayed for hours. , supported by spicy margaritas. At the end of the evening, my husband had booked us at the Ritz, where, when we woke up the next morning, we agreed that we would not have changed anything. It was truly the most special day, a small wedding with a lot of love.