Hello lovely readers! I’m sure many of you will be breathing a sigh of relief that the working week is nearly over, and giving yourselves a pat on the back for making it through to Friday – well done to you. For any weekend-workers out there (my other half included), try to ignore the irritating cries of ‘TGIF!’, and get stuck into this beautiful feature instead!
I’m just a little bit excited today to be sharing a wedding that took place in the resplendent surroundings of iconic London hotel, Claridge’s. This is a venue that exudes timeless elegance and art deco glamour, which our couple enhanced with understated, modern touches. G & L**, who both work in finance, were wed on 19th April 2014 and stylist, planner and blogger, Charley Beard of London Bride was enlisted to help the couple plan and style the day.
“To be honest, we decided on the venue first and the style followed. We were lucky that we had Charley Beard – she reined in our mish mash of ideas to bring some consistency to the end result that we had. We would like to think that in the end, we had a wedding that was classic with some quirky elements.”
Photography Copyright (c) 2015, David Jenkins Photography
“We found Charley from her blog and we were certain from the beginning that we wanted her as our planner. She recommended great suppliers, was always very professional, all our suppliers liked her and she did a great job steering us in the right direction. We had lots of fun with her as our planner.”
Did any of you catch the BBC 2 documentary ‘Inside Claridge’s’? It took viewers behind the scenes of the famous hotel and inspired G & L to get married there. And who could blame them? With its splendid art deco rooms and consummate reputation for luxury, this is a spectacular place to get married.
“We had watched the bbc documentary on Claridge’s and loved how amazing the place was.”
Fairynuff Flowers created pretty pastel arrangements using peonies, roses and my favourite, anemones.
Oscar De La Renta is the designer behind these gorgeous burnished gold heels with flower detail.
G & L chose David Jenkins as their wedding photographer, whose beautiful images have graced the pages of Love My Dress several times. His artistic style perfectly captures the opulence and happiness of the day.
“David is amazing. He is very easy going which also comes through into the photographs that he takes and there is an artistic quality to his photographs. We like how he incorporates you into the scenery also.”
The bride opted for a simple yet striking strapless Monique Lhuillier dress. The lace pleating in the skirt is so elegant, and has a touch of art-deco to it which fits perfectly with the venue.
The bridesmaids dresses are by Ted Baker. They also incorporate delicate pleating, subtly complementing the bride’s gown.
The groom wore a charcoal suit and classic black shoes by Prada.
The classic buttonholes were mixed up with cute lego figurines – such a fun touch. The couple also provided lego figurines as wedding favours. To see another wedding with featuring this Danish childhood favourite, click here.
Aren’t these floral chair-backs with lace ribbons to die for?
The service included a tea ceremony, which is a tradition in Chinese weddings. Apparently the tea is believed to bring happiness to the couple and the ceremony symbolises good relations between the couple and their in-laws. Lovely!
The bride and groom stepped out onto the streets of London for these exquisite portrait shots. The bride rocked it, wearing a leather biker jacket over her wedding gown.
Stationery was printed on fresh magnolia paper with embossed gold lettering, by Artcadia.
I love the elegant simplicity of this three-tier white cake, made by Charlotte White at Restoration Cake. The front page of Charlotte’s website just made me smile – it says, ‘We believe in beauty, love and delicious cake’. I can’t think of a better tagline!
The couple’s favourite part of the day was the after-party, when their friends and family danced the night away to tunes performed by Jump, a Brighton-based 80s tribute band.
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Getting a planner was a great idea. Charley was fantastic. She did an amazing job and our wedding was fantastic.”
Thank you to our bride and groom for sharing their elegant wedding with us. I think it’s quite an achievement to have pulled off a wedding that is so glamorous and yet so classically understated. Thank you too to David Jenkins for allowing us to use your exquisite images in this feature. Happy Friday everyone – I’m off to book afternoon tea at Claridge’s.
Love Louisa xx
Photographer – David Jenkins Photography
Venue – Claridge’s
Wedding Planner – Charley Beard
Wedding dress – Monique Lhuillier
Shoes – Oscar De La Renta
Bridesmaid dresses – Ted Baker
Groom – Prada
Florist –Fairynuff Flowers
Cake – Restoration Cake
Entertainment – Jump
Stationery – Artcadia
Hair Stylist – Severin Hubert of Hepburn Collection
Makeup Artist – Makeup by Katy
** Full names not used for the purposes of anonymity