Kimberley and Rosston said 'I do' against a backdrop of colourful flowers and twinkling fairylights
Kimberley Bruce, 34, a scientist and university professor, and Rosston Meyer, a web designer, 35, tied the knot at RSA House in London.
Ross and I met when I moved to Florida to start a job as a research scientist. We became engaged while living together in West Palm Beach – we went out for dinner and I thought something was clearly different because Ross was wearing real shoes and proper trousers and not his usual uniform of shorts and trainers!
Initially, I wanted a civil ceremony, but as Ross is Jewish and American and I’m English, we tried to incorporate the different elements of both cultures – and so the wedding ended up being a mash-up of art, science, English and American traditions!
When looking for a venue, I had to pick somewhere without going to see it for myself which was a gamble, but the pictures of the underground vaults with exposed bricks and dramatic up-lighting at the RSA won me over. It had old-school charm, but we used bright pink and purple lights for a modern touch.
My dress was the ‘Isabella’ by Leanne Marshall and I loved it because it was delicate and ethereal, but still felt like a classic wedding dress without being over-structured or too fluffy.
We really wanted fresh, bright and modern flowers, but didn’t mind which type. So, with awesome suggestions from Jodie at Flowerjam, we chose a mix of pink ‘Kate’ David Austin roses, electric blue delphiniums, yellow craspedia, cornflowers, gloriosa,
orange dahlias, clematis and pink stocks.
I had an idea to showcase our blooms in old science glassware, and I was so pleased to see that this worked out even better than I could have imagined thanks to Flowerjam sourcing the perfect glassware to realise my idea!
For our cake we wanted the American and English flags as different tiers, and Dee from Sweet Surprises designed the perfect one. She also made a giant frog ‘groom’s cake’ (which is an American tradition), as a surprise for Ross. Since our first pets together were frogs, I thought it would be cute to include them in some way.
Going with the science theme, our seating plan was a periodic table with each one being a group of elements – our guests had to match their initials with the correct one.
We both loved having all of our families and friends together – as we’re from different countries and continents, we don’t know if that will ever happen again, so we tried to absorb as much of that as possible.
My tip for brides-to-be: Enjoy the process – I know it can be stressful, especially if you’re planning something far away and you have little free time, but try and do a small bit every week and then trust that it will come together in the end – which it will!
Steal their style!