Dave first contacted me in 2020…I THINK! It was THAT long ago I think we probably both lost track but I always remember they had booked a drag queen for their reception so naturally I was hyped from day one and knew this would be a party to remember.
As the years ticked past their plans faded to almost legendary status in my mind until one sunny day in June when we finally met face-to-face and embarked upon a tour (nay, a traipse!) around East London for their pre-wedding shoot. Unsurprisingly Nathan’s bright blue mohawk made me fall even more in love with these two and I was so excited they were back on track with their plans.
Three months later – on the second hottest day of the year – I nervously texted Dave to check if their venue, The Soho Hotel, had air-con and received the reply ‘Yes! We were concerned ourselves especially as Nathan in wearing velvet!’ Inspired by Christian Siriano’s gown for Billy Porter, Orhan Tailoring created this sensational velvet Tuxedo Dress for Nathan as well as David’s Made-To-Measure silk damask jacket.
Guests were (almost!) equally as fabulous serving sequined jackets, denim hot-pants, feathers and….French Renaissance Drag! Both sharing a love of Lego Dave and Nathan chose to hand build their lego flowers as well as one of the best little couple dioramas I’ve ever seen.
I can’t write this full blog without giving credit to Dave’s Dad who gave one of the most moving speeches I’ve ever heard as he talked about his son’s journey and how it inspired him to do better, be better and ultimately stand as an active LGBTQIA+ ally today. Dave was kind enough to share the video with me and if you scroll to the bottom of this page there is a link to see if you wish.
Unsurprisingly the day ended with drinking and dancing all round, I was so grateful to stay a little longer than usual as this dancefloor was kicking off! An hour or so in, the happy couple reappeared in matching hot pants and sequined bum-bags ready to dance until the early hours.
Make up @gilmourqueen
Wedding Attire @orhanlondontailoring
Drag Queen @scarletdiamonte