Naomi and Jack met on Tinder! Yes, Tinder! She swiped into his life and since then, they’ve not looked back. Naomi is Zambian and a medical student at King’s College London and Jack is English and has just graduated from King’s College London and is now going onto study law. We caught up with the vloggers whose YouTube channel ‘Naomi and Jack‘ shares everything about their journey from student life to wedding planning.
They shared their love story with us and more importantly, why they decided not to compromise on the wedding of their dreams and focusing on what really matters – each other.
“She swiped right into my life”
I had not long moved to London from theHerefordshire countryside and I was on Tinder to try and meet new people. I had been feeling quite underwhelmed not having matched anyone that I really connected with. I was just about to give up and then I saw Naomi’s beautiful face pop up on my screen. As soon as I saw her I felt excited, for the first time since using the app.
I knew I had to meet this girl and I just prayed she would swipe right. Thankfully she did! I was keen to meet her in person rather than try and chat through phone messages. So I did some research, and found the nicest bar I could, to take her for our first date; Madisons Rooftop Bar in St.Paul’s. From that first night, I was struck not only by her beauty but by her sense of humour, her genuine kindness and, of course, her beautiful smile. And the rest, as they say, is history…
Naomi has not only inspired and encouraged me to become the best version of myself, but she has brought me into alignment with my path in life. I would not be half the man I am today without her by my side and I wake up grateful every day that she is now my wife.
I had never been on a Tinder date before, and to be honest I never really thought anything would come from using the app, except to pass time. For some reason, I felt compelled to say yes when Jack asked to meet. Perhaps it was because we both happened to work on Oxford Street! Boy am I glad I did. I had this feeling within the first few minutes of meeting Jack that he was not like other boys I’d known before.
He was honest and gentle, yet still a true man. For the first few dates, I kept thinking ‘what is wrong with him?’ or ‘he must be hiding something…’ It didn’t take me long though to realise that he really was different. Jack has changed my life in so many ways but most importantly, he has given me a sense of self-confidence that I never had. He supports me and believes in me whilst making me feel like a Queen. I can only thank God for bringing us together.”
Our wedding story:
When we began planning our wedding, we were conflicted. We wanted a small intimate wedding where we could really enjoy each others’ company and express our love for one another. Yet there were so many people who had been supportive of our relationship and our marriage that we felt we needed to properly celebrate with them all. We began by trying to plan this impossible wedding; big but intimate, religious but not in a church. It took us a lost deposit or two but we realised that this compromised wedding wasn’t going to work for us. The solution? Two weddings, of course!
We had the most magical legal wedding ceremony at The Green in Cornwall. We decided to elope, just the two of us. We kept everything so simple and just focused on what was really important that day – each other! We got ready together in the morning and put on the outfits that we had chosen together.
Naomi made her own bouquet and Jack made her flower crown.The simplicity just made everything so much more special and we didn’t spend hours agonising over small details. After our ceremony and the exchange of our emotional vows we each had written, we spent the whole day exploring the gorgeous Cornish countryside having our own personal photo shoot. The amazing Tom Frost captured our love so wonderfully, a true artist. From abandoned quarries to moors, and coastal cliffs, we did it all – and the results were worth it!
Our big, religious wedding happened two weeks later. We gathered with our friends and family at Old Down Estate Manor in Alveston with the sun shining down on us. We both love nature and were certainwe had to have our ceremony outside. The lawn in front of the manner overlooking the Severn Bridge really stole our hearts. Accompanied by an award-winning choir and reverend who was a family friend, we had a service filled with singing, sermons, poems and love.
Jack wore a bespoke suit lined with Naomi’s vows and Naomi looked stunning in her Martina Liana dress with custom alterations. The day was captured by the wonderful Caroline Goosey who documented the day so well with her natural photos and artistic style.
We were keen to add our own touches where we could. The flowers were handpicked and assembled by Katie, Jack’s stepmother, with help from Naomi and her Maid of Honour, Sabrina. The name cards were each handmade by us with traditional Zambian chitenge and the table names were written in Bemba. Not content with one day of celebrations, the following day we had a pool party at the venue accompanied by a delicious BBQ. We savoured the moment and reflected on the beauty of the day with our loved ones.
More photos from Naomi & Jack’s elopement
More photos from Naomi & Jack’s religious ceremony & reception
- Groom’s suit: Next
- Bride’s dress: Jarlo London
- Venue: The Green Cornwall
- Photography: Thomas Frost Photography
- Groom’s Suit: Bespoken For
- Bride’s dress: Martina Liana
- Venue: Old Down Manor Estate
- Photography: Caroline Goosey
- Music: Crystal Gospel Choir
- Makeup: Unpeel & Ewatommy Beauty
- Hair: Go Gorgeous