Our Wedding – 23 May 2016

Alex Harris

1 (14)So, a wedding website. This is what happens when you marry a geek! And what a geek, one who knows me well enough to propose with a Mickey Mouse ring and will undoubtedly make a fantastic husband – that makes me a pretty lucky girl.

Mike has made me laugh pretty much every day since we met. He is one of the most lovely, caring, Christian men I’ve met. A man who always wants to see the good in the world and is truly curious, wanting to find out how just about everything works.

The proposal was fantastic. Mike had planned a romantic evening watching the sunset in a beautiful restaurant on the Portuguese coast. Following the infamous powerpoint presentation, to the soundtrack of Backstreet Boys, he popped the question. The answer was, without a doubt “Of course”.

We are very much looking forward to starting married life, so welcome to Alex and Mikey’s adventure. If nothing else, its sure to be a blast.

 

Mike Potts

1 (6)Words can’t express how happy I am that Alex agreed to marry me, but as words are all I have, here goes…

I met Alex through an internet dating site near the end of 2013. Our first date was in a Moroccan restaurant in central London and really since that point we have been inseparable. I have grown to love Alex a great deal, benefitting from her quick wit, her obvious charm and boundless compassion.

Our engagement evening was spent at the sole table on the first floor of my favourite Algarve restaurant. After a slideshow (well it is me!) I got down on one knee and asked her the only question that has ever truly mattered to me. Thank God the answer was yes!

We really look forward to welcoming you to our wedding and hope you like the site

 

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St Michael’s & All Angels, Blackheath

churchThe church where we will be getting married was designed by local architect George Smith and completed in 1830. Dubbed the Needle of Kent in honour of its tall, thin spire, it is situated on Blackheath’s historic Cator Estate.

We first attended the church in June 2014 and it was love at first sight. The people are very friendly, the services engaging and Mikey was even invited on the cricket team. For more information about the place check out this link.

 

Getting to our wedding

The nearest train station to the church is Blackheath, which is in zone 3. Trains leave from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge at regular intervals.

The church is also accessible by bus – numbers 54, 89, 108 and 202 stop at Blackheath station.

There is free on-street parking in Pond Road and Blackheath Park. These are private roads, subject to clamping, and you must display a notice saying you are at our wedding. Notices can be downloaded here if one was missing from your invitation card.

We will provide transport from the church to the reception venue, however there is also a mini cab rank next to Blackheath station.

 

Accommodation

There are plenty of hotels in Greenwich and Blackheath. A selection of ones we’ve had recommended are:

  • Novotel Greenwich, 173-185 Greenwich High Road, SE108JA.
  • De Vere Venues Devonport House, King William Walk , Greenwich , London , SE10 9JW.
  • Holiday Inn Express, Greenwich, Bugsby Way, Greenwich, London – Greenwich, SE10 0GD.
  • The Clarendon Hotel, Montpelier Row, Blackheath Village, London SE3 ORW.

We’ve found the best rates tend to be on Booking.com, so click here to start your search.#

 

Invitations

“It was on the fridge, then somehow slipped down the back!”

Below are PDF copies of the invites, if you have misplaced yours and need key details ahead of the day-

To understand the difference between the two please read this blog entry 

 

The Running Order

While we would love to invite all guests to the whole day, we are limited by reception size and cost. As such, we are excited to invite as many people as possible to the church and nibbles afterwards, with a smaller number from 4.30pm onwards.

All guests 

  • 1pm: Guests start to arrive at church
  • 1.30pm: Wedding begins (well … frankly it begins when Alex arrives!)
  • 2.30pm: Refreshments available in the church hall.
  • 4.30pm: Alex and Mike say goodbye and thank you very much to those who joined us during the day, before heading to have coupley pictures taken.

Evening guests

  • 4.30pm: Evening guests head to the reception in a Routemaster bus.
  • 5.30pm: Alex and Mike arrive at the reception venue
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 8pm: Speeches
  • 8.30pm: Cutting the cake, then first dance
  • Midnight: Show’s over folks

 

The Honeymoon

15877344-edinburgh-castle-on-castle-rock-in-edinburgh-scotland-uk-against-dark-raincloudsWe’re planning a romantic two week break in Scotland – travelling first class by train to Edinburgh before heading to Glasgow, the Cairngorms, Loch Ness and Skye. We’ll be staying in a variety of hotels, B&Bs and cottages along the way and can’t wait!

 

 

 

 

Our Gift Registry

We are registered for wedding gifts with John Lewis – ID 607777 and phone 0345 604 7384 for offline or click here for online.

To read about our shopping trip click here.

 

Lunch ideas

As our ceremony will be starting at 1.30pm we invite you to get lunch somewhere local beforehand. There are plenty of choices in Blackheath village. Some of our favourites are:

 

Refreshments after the ceremony

Refreshments will be available in the church hall after the wedding ceremony until 4.30pm – nibbles, soft drinks, iced cream and frapuccinos.

Mike is excited 🙂

 

Thank you

We would like to extend a massive thank you first to Ray and Mary Harris, without whom we would not be looking forward so much to this big day. Thanks also to Steve and Maryse Potts for their generosity.

Thanks to Chief Bridesmaid Caz Harris and Best Man Seb Potts, assisted by bridesmaids and groomsmen. These are Beth, Jo, Carolyn, Lizzie, Ciaran and Sam. Thank you so much to the parish of St Michael’s in Blackheath for welcoming us into their fold and to Sandy Christie for marrying us. Thanks also to the parishes of Bishopdown in Wiltshire, St Helens in Bishopsgate and Our Lady of Grace in Wycombe for the guidance and support on which we base our new life.

A big thank you is also due to the officers who have agreed to perform a Guard of Honour. These are Mat Hearth, Chris Storr, Charlie Madge, Tony Grogan, James Norman and Rich Holland. It is a great privilege. Thanks finally to everyone who is planning to share this day with us. We can’t wait!

Queries ahead of the big day

Thanks so much for all your RSVPs! We have now sent the final list to the various suppliers. If you have any questions ahead of the big day, please do email us at mikey@alexmikey.co.uk. We cannot wait to see you !

67 thoughts on “Our Wedding – 23 May 2016

  1. Sarah Watson says:

    Course I’ll be coming!!!

  2. Diane and Peter north says:

    Wow this is fab and thankyou both so much, we will all be there xxxxx

  3. Cindy West says:

    What a lovely website, it’s a great idea – so excited for you both luv xxxx

  4. Natalie Salunke says:

    Absolutely loving the website babe – what an awesome idea! So much thought, I was the wedding was sooner! Really looking forward to it. Much love x

  5. Niki Ihnatowicz says:

    So happy for you both and of course I will be there! So excited for the big day. Lots of love Niki xx

  6. Cindy West says:

    We’ll be delighted to attend your wedding I’m SO thrilled you have been so kind to invite us…. We don’t have a clue as to where any of these lovely sounding venues are so would you be kind enough to include myself and Pete on the charabanc bus. Really looking forward to seeing you again lots of love Cindy Xxxxxxx

  7. Jess & Simon Yeldon says:

    we are both coming xxxx

  8. Great website and congrats to you both. We are both attending.

    Tania and Jacques xxx

  9. Rachael Harrison says:

    Will of course be there on the big day! Can’t wait to celebrate with you both on your special day xx

  10. essteeyou says:

    Thank you so much for the invitation, however Cheryl and I will be unable to attend due to a conflicting wedding (our own). 🙂

  11. Maryse & Steve Potts says:

    We wouldn’t miss this for all the tea in China, wild horses couldn’t keep us away. We could find some more ‘clichés’ but I think you get the idea! Of course we’ll both be there. Maman and Dad xxxx

  12. Sylvie Naylor says:

    Sylvie et Ray Naylor

    Great website! Thank you so much Alex and Mike for the invitation, we will be delighted to attend your wedding. Bises xx

    PS What’s more we’ve just got to try out this Blackheath boulangerie!

  13. Helen-Frances Pilkington says:

    Konnichiwa! I’m in and thanks for the invite

  14. Ros and Tom Burrett says:

    Thank you for the invite. We can’t wait to see you get hitched! Wishing you both every happiness!! xxx

  15. Alison Taber says:

    Thought I’d better officially say,
    “yes please I’d love to come!” 🙂 xxx

  16. Mr and Mrs T Martin! says:

    Trevor and I will be there!

  17. Robin Mackay says:

    Great website, Robin and Pippa will be attending, must get down to booking hotels now. xxxx

  18. Darryll, Abi & Demaris says:

    RSVP

  19. Katie & Gareth Hayward says:

    We’ll be there, can’t wait! x

  20. Martin Smith says:

    Dear Michael and Alex. Both Kirsty and I will be coming to your wedding. Looking forward to it! Good luck with the preparations.

  21. Hey, Peter and I will be there.

    Looking forward to the big day

    Sarah and Peter xx

  22. Joey says:

    See you there xx

  23. Andrew James (Pie) says:

    Hi guys, really sorry but I won’t be able to make it- already booked onto another wedding event that weekend.

    Thanks for the invite, all the best

  24. Elizabeth King says:

    Thank you so much for the invite. I will be coming! Looking forward to it. Elizabeth xx

  25. Krista Nelson says:

    So looking forward to celebrating with you! Many thanks and blessings!

  26. stephanie lau says:

    Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your very special day! Looking forward to being there! Stephanie xx

  27. chris lavis says:

    Thank you for the lovely invitation. Four out of seven will be coming! Chris, Colin, Andrew and Sophie. Unfortunately James is still in Madrid at that point and Jonny is signed up for a revision day mid-GCSE’s!!
    Thanks again
    Chris xx

  28. Nicola & Pete says:

    Thank you so much for inviting us to the ceremony! We wouldn’t miss it for the world. See you on the 23rd! Nic & Pete…. ps Do you both consider Lego to be an acceptable wedding gift?

  29. chris says:

    Replying on behalf of Nan. Thank you for the lovely invitation. I will be there and am looking forward to it. Love Nan x

  30. Jo & Ted Hill says:

    Thank you for inviting us, we would have loved to see you tie the knot but will have our hands very full with our two new additions. We’ll be sending you very happy vibes on the day. Jo X

  31. Kate says:

    We’ll be there! Looking forward to it 🙂

  32. Gavin Walker says:

    RSVP-ing, good to see you yesterday and looking forward to May!

  33. Anne and Emmanuel says:

    Thank you so much for inviting us . We are looking to be with you on this wonderful occasion ! Anne and Emmanuel xx

  34. Paul & Ruth Bryans says:

    We’ll be there!

  35. Joe+Lauren Crisp-Hihn says:

    This website has been the most interesting thing I have looked at all day and to think I was just going to be sending an RSVP to an E-mail address, but then I remembered this is the guy who used a PowerPoint presentation to propose 😉 of course there was going to be a wedding website!!! Lauren and I will both love to attend your wedding, we can’t wait, thrilled for you both 🙂

  36. Cat Wilkinson says:

    Looking forward to it!!!!!!xxx

  37. Sophie Ana Moita-Dias says:

    Yes of course I’m coming!!! would not miss it for the world 🙂

  38. Pauline says:

    Thanks for the invitation – am delighted to accept! Good to see you both last weekend. Every blessing

  39. Caroline Thurtle says:

    Thanks for the invite, looking forward to it!

  40. Jon hall says:

    Jon Hall and Kim Addison will be attending!

  41. Lucy says:

    Thanks so much for the invite – would love to come. See you there! xx

  42. Milan, Bini and Roma says:

    Thanks for the invitation.
    We will be coming.

  43. Richard Halward says:

    I am sorry I can’t make it Alex, have a great day!

  44. Caryn barnes says:

    Thank you for inviting us, I’ll definitely be there for your big day x

  45. Anonymous says:

    Pottsy – I am so sad to be saying this but I am away that week (its halfterm) – I am so disappointed that we cannot make it. We will be thinking of you. Thanks so much for the invite
    Georgie and Phil Casas

  46. Pete says:

    This is my “RSVP”

  47. Rory Dwyer says:

    Thanks for the invite guys, I’ll be sure to come!

  48. Sian Lamberth says:

    Thanks very much for the invite 🙂 I will be there x

  49. Rachel Eyre says:

    Alex and Mike,
    Thank you so much for the invite. However, I am unfortunately unable to attend. I know you will have a super day – enjoy!
    Rachel E xx

  50. Tim & Helen O'Brien says:

    Helen & Tim should be delighted to accept the kind invitation to your wedding.

  51. Autumn & Rokey says:

    We will be there! Greenwich rules!

    With love

    Autumn & Rokey

  52. Lucy Leaper says:

    Dear Alex and Mikey, thank you for the invite, I can’t wait!! I shall be attending with Joe xxx

  53. James Norman & Harriet McKenzie says:

    We’re both really looking forward to it and will be with you to share the big day.

  54. Eleanor Scudder says:

    In. With bells on. Ellie

  55. Sian Hogan says:

    Thanks for the invite- I’d love to come.

  56. Julian Sheppard says:

    I am very happy that I am able to join you in witnessing and celebrating this most special event. Love from all in CSBC Pewley group.

  57. Iain Fairclough says:

    I will definitely be there!

  58. James Smith says:

    I will be there!!

  59. Thanks so much for the invite. I know you’re going to have a blast. We’d love to come, but we’re expecting and won’t be able to make a transatlantic journey that late in the game. 🙂

    Good luck and best wishes,
    Patrick & Ginna

  60. Bob Potts says:

    Thank you so much for the lovely invitation. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend but will be thinking of you both and wish you a very happy day and many happy years together. Bob/Grandad

  61. Robin and Pippa and Jo Mackay says:

    Jo is coming as well

  62. Hayley says:

    Cannot wait! Hayley (Geth) and Pete xxxxxx

  63. Sam Hellyer says:

    Sam and Emma RSVPing!

  64. Sam Hellyer says:

    In the affirmative obviously

  65. Joseph says:

    Cuuu – Baaaa – Nistooooo. Mr Jaybles Thursday Legay will be there for the whole shebang

  66. Matt Kirk says:

    I apologise for the late reply – I communicated via Caroline and your folks that I would be coming and completely forgot to actually tell you. I look forward to celebrating the day with you. Matt

  67. Nikki Causey says:

    Looking forward to my first trip across the pond. I will be bringing one guest with me.. Cory DeBose We can’t wait!!