Epidamn and Caroline
On 9th October 2015 Epidamn and Caroline said 'I do' in the beautiful surroundings of the Tibetan Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum.
We really wanted our wedding to reflect us, and be a relaxed evening that our family and friends would remember with fondness. We've lived in the Southwark area for the last few years, and we've shared so many great moments here together. Since we're both foreign, in a way Southwark has become become our place, a kind of home away from homes. The Swan was a natural choice for us, and it was the only venue we saw - when we walked in we just knew it had to be there.
For our blessing in the afternoon, we chose the Tibetan Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum. It's across the street from our house and we often walk in the surrounding park. We had a plan in our mind for what the ceremony would look like, but we didn't actually prepare much in terms of rehearsals or permissions. In the end it was so natural - we were lucky with a warm October afternoon and the garden was full of flowers and light.
We then had a celebratory drink at a nearby house, before heading to the Swan. We were the last ones to arrive and when we did our guests greeted us with clapping and cheers, it was a really magical moment. We loved the Swan for it's food, and it was great on the night. Throughout dinner, our family and friends gave amazing speeches - one even prepared a slide show.
We went back and forth whether to have favours, and in the end we decided on a few items that reflected us; personalised match boxes, Albanian bon bons, and Albanian honey in customised pots with 'Meant to bee' stickers.
We wanted the dinner to feel really relaxed and fun, so we kept the centrepieces simple; we had wood slices with white rose and thistle flowers. The thistle were a symbol of where we met, at university in Scotland. After dinner, we asked our guest to write us a note on the wood centre pieces, and we had so much fun reading all the messages the next day - some heartfelt, some wise, some silly, some drunken - but all amazing!
After the meal we had all our guests come outside for a group picture on the river. When we went back upstairs, it was in full party mode with a Photo Booth and dancing!
Our advice to couples planning their wedding would be keep it simple! It's a cliche, but what made us happiest on the day was being with our family and friends, we were't that bothered about the small details in the end. We spent a lot of time considering traditional wedding details - printed invites, expensive wedding cakes, DJs, thank you notes. In the end, we sent out an e-invite, my mom decorated three beautiful cakes with flowers, we skipped the DJ and made our own playlist, and we bought postcards on our honeymoon in Lisbon as thank you's - the perfect wedding for us.
With thanks to:
Photography - Joanna Nicole Photography
Ceremony - The Tibetan Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum
Venue - The Swan at The Globe
Make up - Danielle Guiden
Hair - Freddie at Blow Ltd
Photo Booth - The Photo Booth Guys
Flowers - Chez Michele at Borough Market