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Real Wedding | Kristina + Jonathan

Tell us a little about yourselves!

We met on New Year’s Day in central London. We somehow got absolutely lost despite being certain we knew which way we’re going. Some years later we got engaged in LA and then married in spring in London.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

London is a special place to us as this is where we met. After looking at several venues, it became clear that we wanted something that was modern and relaxed, but not necessarily a conventional wedding venue. For the ceremony and dinner we chose Trivet Restaurant because of how elegant, warm, and welcoming it is. We had been to Trivet before and the food, wine, décor, service are all incredible, and it has such a relaxed vibe. It was a dream come true to have our dinner there, with the meal and wine led by Jonny Lake and Isa Bal. We then wanted the party to be quite informal and not taking itself too seriously – The Standard Hotel with the 70s décor and slushie cocktails was such a fun choice and despite not having a DJ or a band we had a great party there.

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Tell us about your outfits.

Everyone was saying how long wedding dress lead times are, so I had purchased a beautiful dress by Alon Livne before really starting the actual wedding planning. However, by January when we had a much better idea of what the day will look like, the original dress didn’t feel right and eventually, I ended up booking an appointment at The Own Studio. I tried one dress and that was the one. I got to wear the Alon Livne dress on Sunday, when we had our legal ceremony, however, The Own Studio dress really was amazing and felt perfect on the main day along with my AM Faulkner veil. Jonathan tried quite a few different places for his tux, however, we only managed to find what he wanted two weeks before the wedding. He wore an Edward Sexton suit which he absolutely loves and the tailors there were amazing.

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

Having Anne from HILDE Stories plan our wedding allowed us not to worry about how it will look – we had absolute trust in her and knew it would look beautiful. We also had stunning florals from Hattie Fox. A big priority was the food and wine. We did not want to use professional catering companies or go with a regular wedding venue’s in-house catering, so started looking into restaurants in London. We decided to go with Trivet as the food and wine there is the best we’ve had. It’s also such a special place - really elevated but still so relaxed and welcoming and I cannot give enough compliments to the team there, it was all incredible. Capturing the day was also very important and we are so lucky to have found Louise from Taylor + Porter. She was wonderful and so much fun – she made us feel comfortable and really enjoy the entire process. Her work is gorgeous, but the fact that she can make people who aren’t models feel so at ease is really a testament to her skill.

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

We have a cat and we kept asking if we could add her to our stationery from Oh Fe Studio. It’s a bit silly perhaps, but it made us so happy! We also took a few polaroid pictures of her which Anne put up at The Standard, which was a lovely small touch.

Any tips for couples getting married, particularly during the pandemic?

Main advice would be to ask for help and we are so grateful to our friends and family for everything that they did. We were also really fortunate to have a wedding planner - having a trusted go-to person who you know will give honest and thoughtful advice was invaluable. After the ceremony we also took five to ten minutes to have some champagne and canapés just the two of us – we’d highly recommend this, especially if the ceremony is the first time you are seeing each other that day.

Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

We were really lucky with our vendors and would recommend each and every one of them – they blended in so well and it felt like we just had more friends around. Anne (HILDE Stories) made it come together. We did not have a clear idea how we wanted the day to look like, but rather had a ‘vibe’ we were going for. I don’t know how, but she managed to translate that into the most beautiful day that was beyond what we could have ever asked for. The day flowed so well and she balanced the whole thing. I know that I could not have had so much fun if anyone else had organised it. Louise from Taylor + Porter was also incredible – the attention to detail and the quality of her work are just on another level. She was incredibly patient with us and brought out the best in us and captured the day perfectly. Our videographers Zach + Grace were a joy to work with – not only is their work beautiful but they are also tons of fun. Lastly, we want to mention Trivet Restaurant. Although not normally a wedding venue, Jonny, Isa, Melissa, Phillip, and rest of the wonderful staff made our day so special – if you ever have any opportunity to go there, please go. The food and wine are out of this world.

Photographer : Taylor + Porter @taylorandporter | Videographer : Zach + Grace | Ceremony Location : Trivet Restaurant @trivetrestaurant | Reception Location : The Standard Hotel @thestandardlondon | Celebrant : Personal Friend | Styling + Planning : HILDE Stories @hilde.stories | Flora : Hattie Fox @hattieflower | HMUA : Quelle Bester @bridaledit | Cake : Cakena @cakena_ldn | Stationery : Oh Fe Studio @ohfestudio | Dress : The Own Studio @theownstudio | Suit : Edward Sexton @edwardsexton | Veil : AM Faulkner @am_faulkener | Engagement Ring : Custom made | Wedding Rings : Completed Works @completedworks | Shoes : Christian Louboutin @louboutinworld | Earrings : Completed Works @completedworks | Bag : Cult Gaia @cultgaia rented from By Rotation


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