This week our wedding expert, Sarah Southern spoke to Briony who married Paddy in the summer of 2012. They had been dating for 8 years when they became engaged. This was at Christmas 2011 when their son was almost 9 months old. Sadly, this immensely happy expereince was tinged with sadness as Briony’s father had passed away suddenly a few months earlier.
In the podcast Briony shares her experience of planning her wedding whilst dealing with grief and how she didn’t sweat of the small stuff as she knew it would just get sorted. Briony and I really hope that his podcast is not only helpful for those planning a wedding in London, or looking to plan a humanist ceremony but that those who are having a challenging time can see that joy and happiness can prevail.
Briony had two ceremonies for her wedding. The first was a civil ceremony at Hackney Town Hall for close family followed by a fish and chips lunch at the Britannia pub (now called the People’s Tavern). This was the first formal family occasion they had had since Briony’s dad passed so it was a high emotion day and having a smaller event just with close family made that easier.
Briony bought her wedding dress for the civil ceremony from Maids to Measure, her shoes from Marks and Spencers and did her hair and make up herself. She opted for a short 50s style dress and looked very chic.
Later in the year there was a larger celebration for the marriage with friends and family at The Roost in Hackney. This was a humanist ceremony followed by a reception and dancing. The Roost was a great venue to use on multiple floors and a bar which could be stocked with whatever you chose to buy. Briony and Paddy opted for French Martinis which the guests (ok, me!) very much enjoyed!