I hope you are all having fantastic festive seasons and are enjoying all the post Christmas relaxing as much as the pre-Christmas partying. There’s still lots of turkey to eat, movies to watch and mulled wine is definitely appropriate until March! (promise). So while you are enjoying this extended nap time, we have another incredible real life wedding to share with you. Brendan and Victoria got married in November 2012 and they did it in style. The whole seamless elegance of the day is so apparent, a beautiful occasion captured by the talented Matt Bishop(www.mbishopphotography.co.uk) so curl up on your Christmas couch and have a read.
Names: Brendan and Victoria
Wedding Date: 24th November 2012
The vision for the day: Elegant and English Rustic with a hint of vintage glamour
The Proposal: Brenden proposed to Victoria in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris on an Easter Break in 2012. We have been to Paris every year since we met so it is a place which holds many happy memories for us both.
The Venue: Ceremony at The Lanesborough and food at The Bull and Last. We specifically wanted two different styles of venue – somewhere elegant for the ceremony and somewhere relaxing for the evening. Both venues had to meet our high standards of quality for food and drink.
The Dress and Accessories: Firenze wedding dress from Phase Eight, I wanted a cream coloured vintage-style dress with embroidery over the dress I accessorised it with Vintage-style earrings and bracelet from Fur Coat No Knickers, Shoes from Manolo Blahnik (bought on my hen weekend in New York), diamond necklace was borrowed from my sister, a silver-jewelled hairpin to wear in the evening when I removed my veil.
Grooms Attire: GiorgioArmani navy blue suit. Tie by Penrose
Music: Brenden chose the songs that the pianist played at The Lanesborough. At the Bull and Last we played Horace Silver (jazz) from an ipod.
The flowers: At the Lanesborough in the ceremony room, on every other pew end, there was a small posy of roses tied with cream ribbon. In the reception area there were small silver goblets arranged with roses. These flowers were then carried by friends to the Bull and Last where they were placed in silver tankards to put on the tables at the pub.
The Cake: Cupcakes from Primrose Hill Bakery to take away
Your Photographer:Matt Bishop, www.mbishopphotography.co.uk
The Details and Décor: Tea lights on the mantelpiece in the ceremony room and around the statue at The Lanesborough during the drinks/canapé reception. We had a table outside the ceremony room with photos in vintage frames of family weddings and Brenden and Victoria when they were young. Other than that we did not feel that any additional decoration was required as the venues carried themselves perfectly.
The Honeymoon: We went on a road trip to California working our way down Highway 1 from San Francisco to LA for a month over Christmas and New Year.
Memorable Moments: Brenden’s speech. Standing back from our guests and seeing them all having a good time.Victoria’s father ordering a brandy to calm her nerves before the ceremony and then proceeding to drink most of it himself.What made our day truly special was all the people closest to us in our lives being in one place at the same time helping us to celebrate our wedding.
Advice for other couples: Focus on what is important to you when planning your wedding. Do not conform to preconceived notions of what a wedding should or should not entail.
Venues:Ceremony and drinks/canapé reception, www.lanesborough.com, Charlie Williams at The Lanesborough email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Evening Reception, www.thebullandlast.co.uk, Sarah at The Bull and Last email: email@example.com. Wedding Night for Bride and Groom,www.deanstreettownhouse.com
Brides outfit: Wedding dress: www.phase-eight.co.uk. Wedding dress alterations:www.deisgneralterations.com.
Accessories: Short sleeve marabou cream fur (fake) jacket: Biba at House of Fraser. Earrings, bracelet and vintage compact: www.furcoatnoknickers.co.uk.
Shoes: Silver Sedaraby pumps purchased at the Manolo Blahnik store in New York. These can be bought at Liberty in London. Necklace: borrowed from my sister Catherine.
Veil: modelled on Kate Moss’s wedding veil and made by Arin Hopkins email: firstname.lastname@example.org who is a US-based supplier that I found on Etsy. Bag: www.vintagebridalaccessories.co.uk. Hair pin:www.libertyinlove.co.uk
Hair and make-up: Hair: Grace at Charles Worthington in Percy Street www.charlesworthington.com. Makeup: www.sadafmakeup.com, Sadaf Ahmad email: email@example.com
Groom’s outfit: www.selfridges.co.uk, Armani at Selfridges.
Wedding cake: Wedding cupcakes and boxes, www.primrosebakery.org.uk
Flowers: www.chivers.co.uk, Robyn at Chivers in Charlotte Street email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Flowers the The Lanesborough which were taken to The Bull and Last were prepared by the in-house florist
Transport: London Bus, www.timebus.co.uk, Timebus Travel email: email@example.com
Stationery: Wedding Invitations: www.piccolopress.co.uk.
Wedding Map + Information: www.cutemaps.co.uk. Sheree Willis email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calligraphy for addressing invitations: www.calligraphycompany.com, Angelo Meola email, email@example.com
Entertainment: Pianist at The Lanesborough – John Pickup, www.johnpickup.org
Catering: The Lanesborough and The Bull and Last