One of the moments which will stand out for me was walking out of the church with Mike holding my hand knowing he was now my husband was such a surreal but wonderful moment.
Meet the absolutely gorgeous Brit, Sara and her handsome groom Michael, of Nigerian heritage.
Sara and Michael married on the 6th of August 2016 at St James’ Church, Clerkenwell, London followed by a reception at the historic Brewery, Barbican.
They had a very chic wedding in the heart of the City, taking advantage of their families artisan talents and created and elegant wedding with many DIY personal touches, including the stunning blooms to create a sunny tropical vibe, with impeccable style.
This beautiful wedding is captured wonderfully by Julie Michaelsen and fills me with joy to read.
Hit it Sara!
We were on holiday in Morocco to celebrate our 2nd year anniversary of being together. Mike proposed by a beautiful waterfall with a personalised handwritten book of all our memorable dates so far, it was such a surprise and he had even been to secretly ask my parents for their approval which I know they really appreciated and I thought was a lovely touch!
It was so amazing to get engaged whilst we were away on holiday because it meant we could take the time just to two of us to enjoy the moment and celebrate it ourselves before we went home and could celebrate it with friends and family!
We did all the planning ourselves!
Although we did get a lot of help from my sister and my mum who are both very creative and arranged all our flowers!
We didn’t necessarily have a theme in mind, we loved the Brewery venue because it had the outside space with the colourful exterior as well as the large rustic event rooms which we could decorate and with the lights really brought it to life!
We chose Julie Michaelsen as our photographer. She is so meticulous about every detail. Even if you haven’t thought about it, she has and she has a plan!
We had Michael’s family perform songs at the ceremony which for us was a personal touch and also in a way was a bit of cultural representation but mostly we just wanted a big celebration with all our friends and family.
I wore a Jesus Piro dress from Morgan Davies in North London! I discovered on 1st dress shop appointment I made with my mum and sister. I knew it was the one because it just felt so comfortable. I felt feminine and elegant whilst still feeling like me. I work as a personal trainer so the mixture of the crossed back (a small nod to a modern bride) and the feminine bow was just perfect for me.
Mike wanted something which was a little different because he works in the city and wears a suit quite often but something which was still ultimately smart. It was made by Jennis and Warmann and the wool and tweed actually went so well with our florals and added to the slight autumnal feel and look.
The ceremony was actually more emotional than I thought it would be, seeing and hearing Mike’s family perform the beautiful songs they sang for us was a real highlight and felt myself tearing up on a number of occasions!
The whole day was such a joyful and fun experience but I think one of the moments which will stand out for me was walking out of the church with Mike holding my hand knowing he was now my husband was such a surreal but wonderful moment.
It took a while to sink in but this really was my favourite moment of the day!
My mother most certainly was our inspiration.
she is amazing.
She and my dad run a french antique shop called Rosehip in the country so they had brought pieces from the store to decorate the church and tables at our reception venue with.
The day before the wedding we went to the flower market at 4am to choose flowers for all the bouquets, table flowers and boutonnieres.
My sister (who had made all our invites by hand (she is a true artisan and played a huge role in the aesthetic of our wedding ) and my mother then arranged all the bouquets and floral arrangements themselves with very little experience. I loved everything they did it felt so personal!
Realising we had forgotten the confetti just as Julie our photographer, had arranged all the guests into a confetti tunnel formation was hilarious! So we just walked through our guests with them cheering and clapping sans confetti!
We danced to the acoustic version of Sam Smith’s ‘latch’, this was a song which has huge emotional meaning for Mike and I and it felt so special to take a moment in front of all our friends and family to just be the two of us and enjoy this dance together.
The evening portion of the day was really important to us we loved that we got to spend so much time dancing with our friends, we’re all quite big characters and on the dance floor is where we come alive! The dance offs were pretty epic!
Challenges and Triumphs
Table planning was challenging with so many guests from different walks of life but ultimately worked out well and we realised that all our friends and family were there for us, they all made such an effort and it was such a joy to see friends and family from the different sides interacting and enjoying each others company.
I think it’s easy to over think this portion of the day but honestly people just want to have a good time and everyone makes an effort to get to know new people!
One Tip to other couples
Make sure to take the time to really enjoy the day and take some time out with your new partner, it really does goes so quickly!
Our wedding day was so brilliant and now we have these beautiful pictures that bring our day back to life again whenever we need a lovely reminder. Thank you Julie for capturing our day so uniquely and with such detail! A 100 times recommended!
Photography: Julie Michaelsen Photography
Venue: The Brewery, Barbican
Dress: Jesus Peiro
Bridal Store: Morgan Davies
Accessories / Jewellery: Pieces borrowed from my mother.
Hair: George from ESHK salons | Makeup: Friend and bridesmaid Abigail
Suit & Shoes: Jennis and Warmann
Bridesmaid Outfits: Coast skirts, own tops
Groomsmen Suits: Moss Bross
The Finishing Touches:
Flowers & Décor: