What comes to mind when you hear the word tradition? Boring? Uncreative? Obligatory? It doesn’t have to be any of that. When planning a wedding, […]
We all know that if you step into the hallowed halls of prestigious Harrods, you’re likely to find something delightful, but in the case of today’s sweet couple, that something was true love!
Georgina and Mitul, who both grew up in East Africa, bonded while working together at the department store, and the rest is history!
I’m thrilled to be sharing their gorgeous multicultural wedding with you today, which took place in an iconic London location, Trinity Buoy Wharf.
The tropical flowers, the smiles and laughter, the location, the elegance, the fashion, the African fabrics… this wedding will steal your heart, as it has mine!
The wonderful MIKI Studios captured this colour and joy-filled day, and it’s my pleasure to share their beautiful pictures with you.
Over to Georgina, to tell us more!
A warm evening under the stars… oh, and it just happened to be in the mountains of Oman! (Nu Bride: Well that’s not a bad backdrop!)
Our theme was East Africa, where we both spent most of our younger years.
We wanted a single location for the whole day, from the ceremony to the party, and chose Trinity Buoy Wharf in east London. It was special as it is on the river, which we both love, and allowed us to celebrate London. I also loved the fact that it was almost an island surrounded by water, just like my hometown Mombasa. It also has a lighthouse, which is really unique, and the lighthouse in Mombasa was a meeting place where we often went as kids.
Once we had decided on the venue, I think the rest flowed pretty nicely, as the venue itself is pretty inspirational. We knew we wanted to create a party wedding, which is what we achieved!
We had Indian catering, Kenyan beer, African fabrics, exotic flowers (again, more commonly found in East Africa). All of it was all a nod to our fondness for East Africa and both of our upbringings there.
Our photographer was Ash from MIKI Studios. MIKI Studios also did the video, and we would definitely recommend them! We would also highly recommend Payal, our caterer, who was fantastic throughout.
The dress was a family collaboration. My gran made her own dress with lace silk in 1950. Nearly 40 years ago, she then re-used this lace when making my mum’s wedding dress. Since I wished to wear the same dress, my mum and I designed some changes and then had alterations completed by a specialist boutique. The result was a modern dress but with three generations of history.
Initially it was hard work to find the right suit. Mitul wears a suit every day for his job and so he had to search for something a bit different, which was a challenge! After several visits to various shops and tailors, he found the perfect three-piece suit by Hugo Boss at the shop he works at, Harrods. It was an exclusive piece only available at Harrods and had a modern design and fabric finish which appealed to him, so that was the suit!
We had a registry ceremony with a couple of readings from friends. Neither of us are religious as such, so we kept the ceremony short and ensured we did the ‘legal’ bit as quickly as possible so we could get to the party and sunshine! The main doors opening during the ceremony to reveal the O2 arena opposite was pretty cool.
Our theme was East Africa, where we both spent our younger years. We wanted to bring tropical flowers and palm trees into the décor, combined with traditional fabric and colours.
I love being creative, so designed various fabric décor. The tables were named after the Big Five wild animals that Africa is famous for, but also paid homage to the UK with the red letterbox. The style was a fun, relaxed party, which is what we wanted!
It was a sunny day and everyone was having a great time. We had taken everyone to a new venue on the river and a building with history that was captivating our guests. We could tell people were enjoying themselves: the food, beer, prosecco, outdoor music, the theatre of the venue, and the sunshine. Planes flying overhead during the day added extra drama, as London City airport was just a mile away. Finally, the evening lights of Canary Wharf looked spectacular.
For our first dance, we chose the song ‘Symphony’, as it resonated with us strongly and we felt it was a good modern choice.
Challenges and Triumphs
Essentially we booked a venue we totally loved and we knew was a destination in itself, but this was a DIY wedding. We got walls and a roof. Everything else we had to source, hire, plan, and execute, and therefore this became a huge logistics challenge piecing it all together. It was tough at times and there were many nervy moments, but in the end we pulled it off and I would say it was totally worth it.
Top Tip For Other Couples
Just simply work out what you want to achieve, agree on it, and then stick to it – but work together, as in the end only the two of you can make it happen!
Photographer: MIKI Studios
Cinematographer: MIKI Studios
Bride’s Hair: Blow LTD
Bridesmaids’ Outfits: ASOS
Groomsmen’s Suits: Reiss
Groomsmen’s Shoes: Magnanni
Groom’s Party’s Socks: Paul Smith
Cake: Caked Patisserie
Flowers: Wildfire Flowers
Furniture: Anthology Vintage Hire
Stationery: Becca Griffin
Entertainment: The Hares