Wedding of the Week: Jane Broomfield and Tom Tuxworth

31 Oct 2016

Taking in the sights of London aboard the Orion Clipper private boat charter, this wedding paid homage to the joys of the capital city 

How did you meet?

After we’d graduated we were introduced by a mutual friend, who we knew between us from university and home. We then were lucky enough to work together in Vauxhall, which gave us the perfect opportunity to really get to know each other before we started dating.

Tell us about the proposal.

Being based in London and knowing the capital’s streets are blissfully quiet on Christmas day, we decided to jump on our bikes in the morning and head into town. While our initial plan was to cycle down Oxford Street and enjoy the Christmas lights, Tom guided me instead to a bench opposite the House of Commons where we used to have lunch when we worked together. It was a lovely trip down memory lane and the perfect spot to get engaged.



What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

Rather than worry too much about a particular theme or special colour scheme, we just wanted to ensure we celebrated with a fantastic party. As we had a spring wedding, we just made sure our outfits and flowers added a burst of spring colour to the day.

When did you known that you'd found 'the dress'?

Having fallen in love with my floor-length, sleeveless lacy floral number, I made sure I had the seal of approval from a few select friends and family members before making my final decision. When everyone saw the photos and said they thought it was gorgeous too, I knew I’d found the perfect dress.

Where did you find the suits?

Tom’s stylish navy suit came from Jaeger.


Tell us about your floral arrangements.

Being a spring wedding, we wanted to be surrounded by seasonal English flowers. We were extremely fortunate that the mother of the friend who had initially introduced us has a great eye for this kind of thing and so she kindly arranged the bride and bridesmaid bouquets as well as the buttonholes for our best men. Our table flower decorations, however, came from Common Farm Flowers, who specialise in sending British-cut flowers by post from their Somerset garden.

Tell us about your wedding cake.

When it came to choosing our cake, we decided we’d rather have a range of options than just one big tower. So some of our talented sisters, aunts and friends all kindly agreed to each bake us something special. In the end we had around 10 different cakes, from cupcakes to bigger chocolate and even a Guinness cake.



Tell us about the details of the day.

One of the things that we know our wedding guests especially loved about the day was the German Oompah band whose rendition of Paul Simon’s You can call me Al accompanied me down the aisle. But the round of applause to remember Tom’s mum at the beginning of the ceremony was especially poignant.

Other than that, we tried to keep our wedding as personal as possible, ensuring all the elements reflected us as a couple. From having cakes made by family and flowers arranged by friends to our glamorous mini-cruise along the Thames, which has always played a central role in our relationship, our focus was on involving those most important to us and spending time with them in a memorable party.

How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I couldn’t stop smiling – I was just so happy. It really was a wonderful day celebrating our relationship and it meant so much to be able to promise I’d always be there for my best friend.


What was your most memorable moment?

Having planned the whole wedding so meticulously, the moment that everyone threw rose petal confetti at us as we walked back down the aisle was wonderfully unexpected.

However, seeing the capital from the luxury of our own VIP boat – the 12 seater Orion Clipper – was pretty special.

After the ceremony we gathered our best men and bridesmaids and jumped onboard for a private Thames tour with MBNA Thames Clippers. The weather was perfect and it was so lovely to sit back and enjoy a glass of champagne together as we cruised past some of London’s best-known sites, from Greenwich and the Tower of London to the centre of town. We even enjoyed a rare glimpse of Tower Bridge’s drawbridge being raised as we sailed past too.

What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Probably agreeing which bridesmaid dresses we’d go for. But I think they all looked amazing in the pale pink dresses we did eventually agree on, so it was definitely worth the deliberations.



What was the most important investment to you?

As a couple, we love eating well so we both wanted the emphasis to be very strongly on the food and drink. To get our guests in the party spirit, we did a booze run to France a few weeks before which meant we had a well-stocked free bar for everyone to enjoy. 

What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

We chose Whitney Houston’s I Want To Dance With Somebody. It’s a song we danced drunkenly together to a few years back and something we play often to each other so it felt right.



If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

Tom had written a beautiful poem about us which would have made a lovely reading. He got shy about using it so we chose a different reading instead, but perhaps I should have pushed a little harder to let it be part of our special day.

Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

Not really – the day went perfectly to plan and everyone had a great time.



Where did you go on honeymoon?

We were lucky enough to head to Mexico for our honeymoon and spent an incredible couple of weeks relaxing after our wedding high. After a few days soaking up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Mexico City, we headed to Puerto Escondido on Oaxaca’s coast for some much-appreciated downtime by the Pacific ocean. It really was idyllic.

Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

I think one of my biggest learnings is not to get too worked up on the details. You’re going to have a great day no matter what so try to relax a little, don’t get too hung up on the little things and concentrate on having a good time.



Get their look:

Venue: Trinity Buoy Wharf,
Boat: MBNA Thames Clippers (Orion Clipper private boat charter),
Photography: Matthew Long Photography,
Flowers: Common Farm Flowers,
Band: Oompah Brass,
Catering: Tasting plates,
Entertainment: Lemon Entertainment,

You could WIN an exclusive boat cruise for you and up to 10 guests aboard the Orion Clipper private boat charter, courtesy of MBNA Thames Clippers. Enter the competition here.

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