Our Wedding – 23 May 2016
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.
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
The Art of the Wedding
Our ‘song sheet’
The Best Man’s speech
The Groom’s speech
Father of the Bride’s speech
Order of service
Some cool animations from the day
Ray Harris’ photos
The photographer’s top pictures
Pictures from wed pics
Ideas which were not included in the groom’s speech
Suppliers who helped make our day rock
Parking near the reception venue
How to tie a cravat
Mike’s ‘Doe Do’
Alex’s Hen Do
Mike’s stag do
Are you getting on the Routemaster?
Meet Lego Alex and Mikey
The lads get kitted out
John Lewis extravaganza
Banns of marriage
Its ring time!
Reception food – done!
How to make an engagement ring frame
Tony Law welcomes us to married life
The Thor 2 connection
Guess what Alex will be walking down the aisle to …
Songs for Alex to walk down the aisle to
We got a mention from the Army Legal Services
Wedding Planning Advice From YouTube
Meet the groomsmen!
Meet the bridesmaids!
Seb Potts agrees to be best man
Our Guard of Honour
The Rules of Engagement
How Mike told his friends on Facebook
Engagement week photos
The 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.
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.#
“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.
- 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.
- 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
We’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!
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.
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 🙂
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot wait to see you !