I think I fall a little bit in love with every single wedding I write up for our beloved blog- from small and sweet to large and opulent, each has something very special and today’s wedding really has the wow factor. Set in a central London location, these beautiful nuptials are certain to take your breath away. Allow me to introduce James and Jane, the new Mr and Mrs Bradshaw, who married on the 13th of February 2016 at St. Mary’s Cadogan St., London, followed by a reception at the sumptuous Corinthia Hotel. And with that surname in mind, how very ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ does Jane look in her beautiful, chic gown? Jane wore an incredibly chic Jesús Peiró gown, purchased at Morgan Davies Bridal, London. I love the clean lines and the fact it has pockets – every bride needs somewhere to put her stuff, right? Jesús Peiró are one of our lovely Little Book for Brides® members.
The day was planned and styled to perfection by Alex from The Bijou Bride.
“As we were getting married in February I wanted to use rich colours to stand out against what was likely to be a grey weather day, so the bridesmaids were in navy and the flowers were purple, blush pink and green. We didn’t want anything too formal, given a hotel venue is quite formal itself, so felt something classic and casually elegant was the way to go.”
“James and I met online in March 2014. We had our first date at the Orange Pub in Pimlico, which is also where we held our rehearsal dinner on the Friday night before our wedding and we got engaged in Paris in April 2015. Our wedding was in February 2016, so nearly two years after the first date.”
For fragrance, she wore a mix of Jo Malone Orange Blossom and Nectarine Blossom & Honey, while James wore Wood Sage and Sea Salt. The couple also dotted fragranced candles of the same scents around the venue, so the whole space must have smelt incredible.
“I had tried on a number of more form-fitting dresses but when browsing through magazines and photos online I was also drawn to more structural dresses and the thought of not having to wear Spanx for 12+ hours sounded pretty good. On the hanger I wasn’t sure I liked the larger skirt and longer train of the dress as it seemed very traditionally bridal which I didn’t think I wanted, but when I tried it on it fit beautifully and was incredibly flattering, elegant and simple. It was also really comfortable and I knew I could move and dance in it quite easily. The pockets were also a huge selling point.”
Jane walked down the aisle on the arm of her father to the Prince of Denmark March (the Trumpet Voluntary) by Jeremiah Clarke and the couple said the traditional Catholic vows.
“David Law custom-made my engagement ring. I had wanted a sapphire which is my birth stone, and he found a beautiful cushion-cut stone that James was really excited about. David put James at ease in what is a daunting process- he is extremely friendly, chatty and helpful.”
“James’ favourite part of the day was the walk back up the aisle after we’d been married as our families clapped and cheered us on. My favourite is a tie between the late-night dance party fuelled by ‘Team Bride’ and ‘Team Groom’ shots (tequila and jaeger bombs) and the ride from the ceremony to the reception with my new husband – it felt like that was the only time we were alone nearly all night and we were both so happy.”
Photographer Anneli Marinovich was the talent behind these wonderfully sharp and clean images.
“We chose Anneli because we absolutely loved the look of the photos in her portfolio – the colours just popped and she seemed to capture real moments incredibly well. On the day she was great fun to have in the room as I was getting ready with the bridesmaids as she got us all really excited and into the photo process. She made sure we got all the family and friend shots we wanted but focused most of her time on the un-posed moments which we loved. When we shared the online photo album with our parents and friends everyone remarked that there wasn’t a bad photo in the bunch – she perfectly captured our day.”
In what is a visually stunning wedding, the flowers (by florist extraordinaire and Little Book for Brides® Member Paula Rooney) particularly stand out for me here – aren’t they just incredible? I particularly adore the decorative flowering tree at the entrance to the hotel.
“I wanted the flowers in rich colours and as the ballroom at the Corinthia is large with very high ceilings I also wanted a mixture of high and low arrangements, but nothing overly formal. Tulips and roses were probably the most dominant flowers but Paula also used white and purple anemones which looked amazing.
Paula did a gorgeous job decorating the venue with flowers and also used fruit and gold votives to decorate the tables. She also created a fantastic flowering tree for the table with our seating cards which was a real centrepiece when guests entered the hotel for cocktails and canapes.”
“The Corinthia is stunning on its own, so there wasn’t too much decor to worry about beyond flowers, which was a big focus of mine. Alex (our planner from The Bijou Bride) did suggest changing to soft grey tablecloths and napkins in the ballroom, which I wasn’t entirely sure would make a noticeable difference, but they looked beautiful. Alex also suggested a silver mirrored dancefloor and bar which looked great and worked well to transition the wedding breakfast to dance party.”
The fabulous cake was the work of SK Cakes and covered with floral decorations to match the flower arrangements, as well as gold detailing. SK Cakes also provided an incredible dessert table, which included cake pops by Cake Pop Princess. The rest of the catering was the work of the in house team at the Corinthia Hotel.
The entertainment was provided by Beat Club, who created a fabulous party atmosphere for the evening reception.
“We wanted a band to get our guests dancing their asses off and they didn’t disappoint. One of my favourite photos from the night is me singing back to one of Beat Club’s lead singers after she had come down onto the dance floor with us. They were amazing.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Don’t get bogged down in the minutiae – of course the design details are important, but the most important thing is that the day flows well and you and your guests have fun. Don’t lose your mind pinning 10,000 pictures from Pinterest. Also, if you are busy and are stressed about having the time to plan, hire a planner – it’s worth every penny.”
Thank you so much to Jane and James for sharing their beautiful day with us and of course to Anneli Marinovich for the gorgeous images. Lucky, lucky Annabel was a guest of Jesús Peiró for their new collection launch in Barcelona earlier this year- see here for her report and here for more of their gorgeous gowns being worn by our brides.
Have a great week lovelies,
Credits & Thanks
- Photographer - Anneli Marinovich
- Wedding planner - The Bijou Bride
- Reception venue - Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London
- Bride's Dress - Jesús Peiró, purchased from Morgan Davies Bridal, London
- Veil - Purchased from Morgan Davies Bridal
- Jewellery - Borrowed from a friend
- Shoes - Jimmy Choo
- Scent - Jo Malone
- Bridesmaids dresses - Alfred Sung
- Hair Stylist - Paul Pruchnik
- Make up artist - Laura Hunt
- Groom's Outfit - Suit, Austin Reed; Shoes, Crockett & Jones; Tie and cuff links, Thomas Pink
- Rings – David Law
- Florist - Paula Rooney
- Caterer - In house at the Corinthia Hotel
- Cake - SK Cakes
- Cakepops - Cake Pop Princess
- London Stationery - Sincerely May
- Wedding invitations - William Arthur
- Transport - EnsignBus (double-decker bus); Gold Chauffeur Services (vintage Jaguar)
- Entertainment - Beat Club
- Linen - Just 4 Linen
- Chair hire - YaHire