This Old Royal Naval College Chapel wedding in Greenwich with Alicia and Adam was elegant, fun and super cool. From the incredible Chapel to The Trafalgar Tavern, you can’t get better than this. Having a wedding overlooking the River Thames and surrounded by the London landscape, is there a better way to be married? I honestly don’t think so. Check out their amazing wedding below.
How did you guys meet, tell me all?
Embarrassingly enough, it was my mother and sister who, rather forcefully, introduced me to Adam back in 2014. I was doing my own thing that morning and in the early afternoon but had said that I would meet my family for a drink in one of my Dad’s favourite pubs, The Buckingham Arms in London a bit later in the day.
I had just arrived and before I could even get myself a drink, my mum told me “There’s a man over there that you need to marry” and as I rolled my eyes, my sister whisked me away and quite literally pushed me in Adam’s direction.
It turns out that Adam was there with a few friends on a long weekend and had earlier met and chatted to my mum and sister at the bar. Apparently my mum had joked that she was too old for him, to which he replied “I’ve done worse”… At which point, she laughed hysterically and told him that she had to meet her other daughter.
We do laugh about this now we’re actually getting married, but I suppose it turns out that Mother does indeed know best.
How did you get engaged, is there a cool story?
Although we’d already spoken about marriage and our plans, I knew that Adam wanted to propose properly, and all I requested was that it wasn’t in a public place.
Other than that, I’m pretty easy to please and would have been more than happy if I’d had a ring thrown at me whilst watching TV together or something.
I was visiting his family in Tennessee at the time and I knew the proposal was coming, I just didn’t know when or how. Adam asked me if I wanted to go on a sunset cruise with his parents on their pontoon boat one evening.
It really was a beautiful mild evening filled with colours and was in every way perfect, but about five minutes before he proposed, I put my drink down and told Adam that I’d had enough (we had been day drinking, too), so when he proposed and I said yes, his parents whipped out the champagne and limoncello (an amazing combination!) and it would definitely be rude not to have one… or four…
I have vague memories of singing rather loudly that night, then stumbling off the boat, and in the morning, although elated and still buzzing from a perfect evening, I did have a bit of a sore head!
What made you choose your wedding venue, did you look at many?
We looked at a few venues, yes, and what we really wanted was something with quite a relaxed environment for us and our guests to enjoy. Since we met at one, what better choice than a pub wedding venue!
Additionally, Greenwich itself has always been rather special to me, and Adam found the the historic Naval theme running through the town really cool, which the Trafalgar reflects really well.
What was the inspiration/theme of your wedding?
I suppose if we had to pick a theme it would be Transatlantic with a hint of vintage. We had some Union Jack/Stars and Stripes bunting running through little bits like our seating chart and invitations, which reflects our relationship across the pond with both our families.
Most of all, we wanted to be relaxed and for the guests to enjoy themselves.
What is your first song and why?
Adam first heard The Kooks “She Moves in Her Own Way” on one of my playlists. Part way through he said “This should be our first dance song, you move in your own way!”
Which if taken literally, is hilarious because I’m a terrible dancer. But we both thought it would be nice to have a more upbeat song that eventually everyone can join in and enjoy.
What would be your number one tip to other couples planning their wedding?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. It sounds bad, but there are so many little things your guests won’t care about. All they really care about is seeing you get married, and having a good time with friends and family.
Also, we did a lot of DIY to save on some money, and you would be so surprised at the number of people who would be willing to help you – let them!!
Check out Alicia and Adam’s Old Royal Naval College Chapel wedding below.
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The photography: All images captured with two Fujifilm X-T3 cameras.
Lenses: Fujinon XF 16mm f1.4 R WR, Fujinon XF 23mm f1.4 R, Fujinon XF 56mm f1.
Other awesome suppliers who helped during Alicia and Adam’s Old Royal Naval College Chapel wedding.
Hair stylist: Andrea Lewis
Make up artist: Andrea Lewis
Brides dress: Andrea Kerry Textile Artist
Bridesmaids dresses: Coast
Cake: Cake Street
Band/DJ: Silas/DJ Deano
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