Abigail Scott and Kurt Haller’s wedding was nothing short of a fairy tale, filled with history, family and friends and love
How did you meet?
Kurt and I attended Providence College in Rhode Island for our undergraduate studies. We had a mutual friend, Alexa Deraney, who knew I had a crush on Kurt. We ended up meeting properly at a school formal, and spent the evening getting to know each other. We instantly felt such a connection and our friendship and love story began to flourish.
We then studied abroad in Europe the following semester. I was in Florence, Italy and Kurt was in Vienna, Austria, and we spent the weekends visiting each other in different European countries because we just couldn’t be apart. Our favourite thing to do is travel so our experiences abroad were special to our love story. Upon graduating, we made the decision to move from the States to London and both got jobs in sales for technology companies.
Tell us about the proposal
Kurt’s proposal was absolutely surreal. I was in Dubai in October 2019 for a work trip. I was anxious to go alone as I had never travelled to Dubai before, but Kurt assured me that I would be fine. I had a work dinner scheduled while I was there, and when I arrived at the hotel for the car to transport me, Kurt walked out of my hotel and into my car.
I was in utter shock. I couldn’t believe he was in Dubai. He had flown overnight from London to Dubai so that I wouldn’t question where he was. He had a whole evening planned that I was unaware of.
We were driven to the Al Maha, a resort and spa in the desert which was utterly beautiful. It was a quiet, romantic place with gazelles and camels walking about. Kurt and the resort had organised a private evening dinner in the desert with a beautiful Middle Eastern dinner display and tiki torches surrounding us. At that point, I had an idea that something must be going on.
Kurt was smiling from ear to ear. He got down on one knee, read me a letter he wrote, and proposed. It was the most special evening as we enjoyed this gorgeous, romantic dinner under the stars as fiancés.
How was your wedding affected by Covid-19?
The date was not affected, but the uncertainty of restrictions definitely caused a lot of stress. Some of our guests also did not feel comfortable travelling from America to London during the uncertain time.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Historic charm and a royal property with a classic, elegant twist. Lots of gold, white and champagne colours.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
Kurt and I originally wanted to get married in the UK countryside or in the Lake District, but when we actually started planning, we realised that having a destination wedding with guests travelling from America, flying into London and heading up North would be a lot to ask.
We decided to stick to London so that our guests could experience our favourite city. Honestly, the wedding venue search was the hardest part. We didn’t want a wedding venue where we had to decorate a lot, but rather, we wanted a venue that spoke for itself and represented the elegant architectural history of London.
After hours and days of googling, we came across the Banqueting House which is part of the Historic Royal Palaces. The venue is beyond spectacular. It has a mix of history, royalty and elegance all wrapped in one. We fell in love with the Banqueting House because it captured our vision exactly; a combination of pure classic British elegance and history with romantic flair.
How did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I wore the ‘Mayfair’ dress by Halfpenny London. I wanted a combination of sexy and elegance, and I felt this dress was just that. I was so comfortable in the dress as well, which was the best part.
The dress has a tight underlayer with a flowing overlay and elegant puffy sleeves. The pairing veil was customised at the top so it had more of an ongoing, flowing look. I felt like a real princess and the women that helped me along the journey at Halfpenny London were so supportive.
For shoes, I wore Balenciaga gold sparkly heels that were so comfortable and stunning. I can wear them for so many other occasions too, which I adore.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
I had a mix of bridesmaids from early childhood, university friends, a cousin, and my mum. The bridesmaids wore the same stunning gold gown from Club L London. It fit perfectly with all different body types, was affordable, comfortable and fit the look of the venue and church so seamlessly.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
My mother was my maid of honour, and to keep her within the colour scheme, she wore an Alberta Ferretti gold gown.
Where did you find your suits?
Kurt wore Cameron Khan Menswear, who is a fabulous tux designer in Birmingham. Kurt’s tux aligned with the gold themes of the wedding, and he wore a custom silk jacket with our initials monogrammed on the inside.
Kurt wore a large evening bow tie, which was organised through Cameron Khan Menswear from Mrs Bow Tie. He also wore black velvet Massimo Matteo dress shoes.
The groomsmen wore the Calvin Klein black shawl lapel tux. They looked so handsome and the suits fit nicely. Because Kurt wore a custom tux that differed from the groomsmen, the groomsmen wore the same bow tie as him to match.
Did you hire a wedding planner? How did they help?
I chose to plan the wedding myself but I did want a wedding manager, someone who could take over for me the last few weeks leading up to the wedding and then manage the day. Kate Thomas from Katrina Otter Weddings was my wedding manager.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day
Our theme for flowers was just simple green and white. Our bridal bouquets were white tulips and the flowers around the venue were long greenery lining the centre of the tables.
We didn’t have specific table names but for a DIY project, we had a mirror where we had sketched our guest list onto, showing where everyone’s seats were.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I was driven by a Rolls-Royce from the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in Park Lane to the church and we had a beautiful bagpiper playing outside the church for the guests' arrival. We then had the church’s stunning choir play for my walk down the aisle and throughout the ceremony. The music sent chills through everyone.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We had a close friend and family member read a church reading at the ceremony, but a lot of the church procedures tend to be very similar, so we couldn’t do anything super specific to us.
What was your most memorable moment?
I remember looking out from the altar at each person in the church, in awe that so many of our friends and family came from the States to celebrate with us.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
At first, finding the venue that perfectly suited us was difficult. Once we fell in love with the Banqueting House, it created a theme that we were able to emulate for the rest of the planning.
Navigating Covid was definitely the most stressful part as we had to follow two different sets of rules for the States and UK in terms of air travel, vaccine passports, testing, and wedding rules.
What was the most important investment for you?
The most important investment for us was definitely the venue. This is because the venue really set the scene and determined what kind of theme we wanted. Also, because we had so many Americans traveling all the way to London, we wanted to ensure the venue was special and encompassed the beautiful history London has to offer.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
We danced to Why I Love You by MAJOR. We both love that song and listened to it almost every day leading up to the wedding.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
We had two amazing sources of entertainment. First, we had singer Leon Garner and his five-piece jazz band perform during the wedding drinks and dinner in the main hall.
During the cocktail hour, we had All The Feels Collective play with a stunning electric violinist roaming around the hall. They kicked off the party with their saxophonist, electric violinist and DJ.
Our guests could not believe the entertainment we had. It was honestly like being at a show and we are so grateful for their talent and professionalism.
Tell us about your wedding cake
Our cake was actually inspired by our invitation and save the date stationery. Our stationery team generated a logo for us with a cursive A&K, which we then utilised for the cake to keep with the same theme. It was a four-tier gold and white cake, emulating the theme of the wedding. The inside was chocolate and lemon.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
Just to not stress up until the day. It’s easy to say now, since it all went so smoothly, but I wish I lived in the moment a bit more.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
We had a couple of errors at the church during the ceremony. The choir sang the wrong song for me to walk down the aisle to, but it honestly was still so beautiful and I didn’t even realise in the moment.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
I think I didn’t realise how important, well received and special the speeches were going to be. They were really emotional because Kurt and my best friend spoke, Kurt’s grandfather spoke, my dad spoke and Kurt spoke. There were so many special emotions throughout the day.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to the Maldives and waited until March to go. Many of our friends and family were still in London after the wedding so we wanted to spend time with them after the big day.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
It is the easier said than done, but just try to be in the moment. Everyone says the wedding day flies by and it does. Make sure you take a second to stand with your partner and watch your guests, watch what is happening and what is going on around you, and take a mental picture of that moment. Be present and enjoy.
Steal their style:
Photographer: Peirra G Photography
Venue: (Ceremony) Farm Street Church, (reception) Banqueting House
Planner: Katrina Otter Weddings
Dress: Halfpenny London
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Club L London
Hair: Hair By Thomas Tatam
Make-up: Rebekah Eller
Suits: Cameron Khan Menswear
Flowers: Wild About
Cake: Little Cake Garden
Videographer: AK Films
Catering: The Recipe
Stationery: Polina Perri
Transport: Surrey Limos, (transport for guests) Rent A Routemaster
Entertainment: (Bagpipes) Gordon Raeburn, Leon Garner (and five-piece jazz band), (Electric violin, saxophone and DJ) All The Feels Collective