Real Weddings: Niki and Lee
Have you always imagined saying "I do" in a beautiful environment, like a true princess? Read more about guest Niki and Lee's beautiful wedding at Corinthia Budapest, and get inspired.
How did you meet, and how did Lee propose?
In the beginning of 2012 I moved to England. I planned to stay there for a year. During that period,I was working in a café. The year was about to end and I wanted to spend Christmas at home, then to go back for a couple of months, but when I asked for holiday at my workplace the answer was no. I decided to quit and buy a one-way ticket to Budapest. A few days after I bought the ticket I met Lee. Actually, I had met him before as he was a regular guest, but we never spoke a word to each other. That day he wrote his name and number on a napkin, he also wrote: “I think you’re amazing”, and he gave it to me when he left. That evening I answered him, and we met the next day. I told him I was going to move back to Hungary within three weeks but he was quite insistent and kept asking me for more dates. After three weeks I returned to Budapest, and he kept calling and writing, and for five months we spent every second weekend together, either in London or in Budapest. By the end of the fifth month I got my driving license, moved back to London and we moved in together.
Where did the wedding take place, and how many people were there?
The wedding itself was held in Budapest, at the Fisherman’s Bastion and the wedding dinner was in the beautiful Corinthia Hotel Budapest, in the Grand Ballroom. They are both truly the perfect locations for a fairy-tale wedding. The Grand Ballroom with its high ceilings, stunning cornicing and sense of living history all add to the opulence and magic of this stunning room. There were 75 people at the ceremony but dinner was much smaller.
What inspired the wedding decoration and the atmosphere of the photos?
Our own personalities. We don’t really like a violent calamity of colours, we prefer shades of pastel. We sought to get the decoration classy and modest. Nevertheless, we trusted ourselves entirely on the film team of András Studinger and his lovely wife Orsolya Pánczél, and the excellent photographer Gábor Erdélyi. These talented artists really understood our characters, how to get the most out of us and the locations, so hats off to them!
During the whole organisation what did you spend the most time on?
Choosing the cameraman and the photographer was the most important for us. We wanted to be sure that this special day would be eternalised by the best experts. Concerning the flowers and vases my husband had quite a clear concept, so choosing the right ones was not an easy run.
What was the most memorable moment of the wedding?
I will never forget the moment, when I was walking between the pews and Lee was standing at the altar. I was so moved that I couldn’t swallow my tears and cried through that 10 meters. It is an indescribable feeling to see all your loved ones standing around, and admiring you with tear-blurred eyes.
What's your top tip for brides-to-be?
First of all, always make your shoes comfortable as you spend your whole day in them. Secondly, choose your dress wisely because after a couple of hours it is unbearable to wear a heavy, tight and uncomfortable dress. I know, no pain, no gain but you should enjoy the most beautiful day of your life. At last but not least, on the way to the altar, don’t let your attention be captured by the crowd of guests. Don’t forget to look at your future husband’s face and remember the way he looked at you forever.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest