Continuing the Christmas theme of their engagement, Kate Allon and Luke Knightly-Jones celebrated their marriage at an extra special venue with 70 of their friends and family
Photography by Wildly In Love
How did you meet?
Luke and I met on a dating app called Bumble. Originally, he swiped past me but had second thoughts and paid to upgrade the app to go back and match with me. After exchanging messages, we decided that we weren't meant to be as Luke was going off travelling around Asia for a few years and had a job on the Gold Coast of Australia. We said our goodbyes and good lucks and thought no more of it.
Countless messages and FaceTimes later, Luke cut short his trip and flew home to meet me. We also joke our first date was at a Wetherspoons at Heathrow Airport, where I picked him up from. We immediately went and spent the week together in a log cabin and from that moment on we have never been apart.
Tell us about the proposal.
Fast forward two years, and Luke took me to New York at Christmas (a bucket list trip of mine). I knew something was going on as Luke endured a breakfast at the Starlight Café, where they sing musical theatre and Disney songs while you eat.
After we came out of the restaurant, it was snowing so Luke suggested a walk round Central Park. As we walked around in the beautiful snow, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was like out of a story book. We spent the rest of the trip doing really Christmassy things like ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center and shopping at Macy’s.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We went for a Christmas winter feel with it being in December and the venue being so magical.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
Lincoln’s Inn in London. We chose to get married there as Luke is a barrister and is attached to the Inn. It’s very prestigious and we had to get a special marriage licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey in order to marry there.
The venue also provided our catering, and it was spectacular. The chef designed three different dishes and then sat with us to change whatever we wanted. We chose duck to start, beef for main and a sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
How did you know you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I had a satin princess dress, which was nothing like I imagined I would ever wear. I always thought I would be in a mermaid-style dress, but when I tried this one on I knew it was the one. It fitted with the venue, location and Christmas theme, and it just felt right on me.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
My sister, Gina, and my best friends, Sophie and Amie, were bridesmaids and they wore floor-length burgundy dresses. My nieces, Pippa and Ava, were my flower girls.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
My mum looked amazing in a green dress from Hobbs, with fascinator and faux fur shawl.
Where did you find your suits?
The groomsmen wore hired tuxedos from the same place I got my dress, Jodi Bridal, as they provided such a great service.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
I was the most chilled out bride when it came to things like this. My ethos was: 'I have no idea what I’m doing, that’s why I’m hiring you'. The florist wholesaler I worked with was Smith and Green, who is a family friend. They provide the Queen with all her flowers and supplied the flowers for William and Kate's and Meghan and Harry’s weddings.
We then had to find a florist to assemble them, which was Khin from The Flower Factory. He was amazing, and I gave him free rein to create and order what he saw fit. He did an incredible job, and my flowers were more than I could ever have imagined.They have now been sent off to be preserved, so I will have them forever.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
All the worries and stress melted away as soon as I walked down the aisle and saw Luke. It was so magical and something I will never forget.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We had our border collie, Missy, bring our rings down the aisle. We had to get special permission from the church, but I was adamant that I wouldn’t get married without her. She had a special flower collar to match my bouquet and stayed for photos afterwards.
What was your most memorable moment?
For me, I think it was walking into the reception to the sound of our string quartet and seeing the amazing venue.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
It was always second guessing the Covid-19 restrictions and how they may affect the wedding, but we managed to avoid them.
What was the most important investment for you?
Food and drink cost us the most, and it was worth every penny. I have never been to a wedding where I remembered the flowers, but you always remember the food.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Aretha Franklin – You Send Me. We chose this as we loved the lyrics and it is a classic.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
We R DJs provided our entertainment and they kept the party going. They also took some pictures and played some games with us. A lot of our guests were NHS professionals, as I am a midwife, and this was the first opportunity we had to let our hair down since Covid-19 hit. Safe to say, everyone had sore feet and a sore head in the morning. They were incredible.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
A family friend made our cake, which was lemon sponge on one tier and vanilla and raspberry on another, with some beautiful cake pops all around. On top of that, we had a cake of cheese that had a 5kg pork pie as its base tier.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
I would have eaten more of the evening food. I actually only got to eat one slice of my wedding cake; it was so delicious, but it was mostly gone by midnight.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
My original make-up artist called in sick on the morning of the wedding. We were all in panic mode, but my amazing hairdresser, Lucie, came to the rescue and found Selina Bassi. She was just incredible and re-arranged her entire day to come and do my make-up.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
I wish I would have known how quickly the day goes and how tiring the day is. Also, not to worry about the little things as you don’t notice on the day.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We are planning on going next year, when and if the world settles down. We want to do an African safari and beach combination honeymoon.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
The little things don’t matter; let the professionals and vendors do what they do best.
Steal their style:
Photography: Wildly In Love
Videography: Simon Hird
Venue & catering: Lincoln's Inn
Dress and suits: Jodi Bridal
Bridesmaids' dresses: JJ's House
Hair: Hair By Lucie
Make-up: Selina Bassi
Flowers: The Flower Factory (supplied by Smith and Green)
Cake: Sweet Creations
Choir: CK Gospel Choir
DJ: We R DJs