Your London Wedding - January/February 2022 (Issue 81)

£3.55 JAN/FEB 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, FREEBIES, FASHION AND MUCH MORE... WIN! KEEP IT LOCAL £1,500 worth of diamonds Set the scene Style every inch of your venue Tie the knot in East London Real weddings in the capital Wedding planning top tips Love stories A HELPING HAND STAY THE NIGHT Hotel hotspots

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Sarah Gallivan highlights this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the city 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 84 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on key trends for 2022 86 COMPETITION Win £1,500 worth of diamonds CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 VENUES 19 KEEP IT LOCAL Tie the knot in East London 27 STAY THE NIGHT Hotel hotspots FEATURES 51 CULTURAL FUSION Earthy tones and bright prints come together to create this Africa-inspired backdrop 55 STRIKE A POSE Inspired by the archives of Vogue, this shoot oozes style and sophistication 59 SET THE SCENE Style every inch of your venue with this top advice 79 A HELPING HAND Local pros share their wedding planning top tips 90 BEAUTIFULLY BOHO Here at CWM HQ we predict hen dos are going to be bigger and better than ever in 2022. Feast your eyes on this beauty for some true, party planning inspiration... 92 LET ME EAT CAKE! County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey O th cover This issue’s cover has been taken from a stunning Africa-inspired shoot over on page 51 and was captured by London-based Charlene Webb Photography ( 55 27 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 A DECENT PROPOSAL Mel and Abs’ intimate day was simply stunning with its neutral colour palette and floral tones 36 LOVE ON THE SLOPES Rosie and Ollie shared their stunning ski-themed nuptials with loved ones at Kew Gardens 45 A HELPING HAND Florals, creativity and a whole lot of fun was at the heart of Raabia and Alex’s celebrations HONEYMOONS 95 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials GROOMS 87 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 88 GOING FOR GOLD After James Bond, AKA Daniel Craig, rocked a velvet jacket at the latest 007 premier we knew this look would be here to stay! 64 45 31 95 FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 63 SOPHISTICATED AND CHIC Choose sumptuous satin gowns for your best girls in shades of sage and emerald green or blush and baby pink 64 ALL IN THE DETAIL The 2022 wedding dress collections feature figure-hugging styles, timeless trumpet silhouettes, chic tailored jackets and wrap dresses 69 TAKE THE PLUNGE These opulent gowns feature corset-inspired looks, off-the-shoulder styles, timeless square shapes and cut-out illusion necklines 72 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 73 HEAVEN SCENT Team CWM try out the latest bridal fragrance recommendations 74 TIME OUT Wedding planning can be stressful, so be sure to make time for self-care and focus on your wellbeing 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 4

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I just love the feeling of a fresh new year. Setting those goals for the year ahead and looking forward with excitement and positivity rather than back over what a year it’s been. That feeling very much reminds me of the day after our wedding. Starting afresh as Mr and Mrs, embarking on our new life as a married couple and wondering what adventures it’d bring. I often set new year resolutions that I vow to stick to (and I do keep to them… for at least a few weeks anyway!). Promising to stick to something also reflects your wedding vows – although the difference is, you do keep to those because that bond’s slightly more meaningful than keeping away from chocolate right? That one lasts a long and happy lifetime. So, what will 2022 bring? Hopefully weddings galore, an awful lot of love, laughter and heaps of fun! You might be tying the knot soon or just starting on your planning journey. Either way, this issue is sure to help you bring your dreams to life! We have our pick of gorgeous venues from page 19, local pros share their top planning tips on page 79 and enhance every inch of your venue with the styling feature on page 59. For the fashionistas out there, our Vogue-inspired shoot on page 55 will be right up your street and if you love bold and bright head to page 51 for an abundance of cultural fusion in our Africa-inspired shoot. If all of that isn’t enough, check out our gorgeous real weddings on pages 31, 36 and 45. Happy planning Sarah x Sarah Gallivan, Editor WIN £1,500 worth of diamonds. New year, new start, new adventures! Incorporate your culture into your day with style. Fun, fun, fun – what it’s all about. These ceiling arrangements are to die for! Rosie and Ollie’s ski-themed cake was a real centrepiece. 51 86 59 45 36 ISSN 1757-7810 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Sarah Gallivan | Editor Kelly Andrews | Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 Account Managers Nicola Phillips | 01376 535 612 Loretta Smith | 020 8054 8120 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your London Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your London Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your London Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from the city SIGNATURE WEDDING SHOW AT WEMBLEY STADIUM County Wedding Events is delighted to announce its Signature Event at the iconic Wembley Stadium on Sun, 20 Feb 2022 from 11am to 4pm - one of the largest and best wedding shows to be held in London. There’ll be a huge number of wedding specialists on hand including bridal boutiques, venues, florists, photographers and many others - all under one roof. In addition there’ll be fashion shows, demonstration areas and entertainment. Entry to the show is FREE (please bring photo-id with you on the day). All couples attending on the day will be given a goody bag, including a show guide and there’ll be competitions and luxury giveaways for attendees. At all our Signature Events we have a further competition to win a £250 SpaBreak, courtesy of – all you need to do is pre-register and attend on the day – one lucky couple will win each day! Register your place now by visiting UNITED IN LOVE KATYA KATYA has teamed up with a range of amazing brands to offer all things bridal under one roof in their Chelsea boutique. The boutique has been providing forward-thinking boho wedding dresses for 10 years and are now excited to offer more in their new United in Love collection. Apart from finding your dress, now you can find wedding shoes by Charlotte Mills. Their signature sixpence in the shoes are just one of the many amazing and stylish features. For bridesmaids the stunning TH&TH provides timeless dresses in a range of gorgeous colours. Two lovely brands offer bridal accessories and headpieces in a wide range of styles. Honey & Ember, known for their halo crowns and star and moon pieces for a modern bride and LUA Studios with their soft floral aesthetic, both fitting so well with KATYA KATYA’s romantic designs. To finish the look and maybe take home some gifts for your wedding party, Floetica create the dreamiest flower arrangements, gift baskets or plants for your garden. Get their pieces as treats or book them for your big-day florals. To view the range and find out more about this new colection visit MOYSES STEVENS LAUNCH NEW FLOWER SCHOOL Moyses Stevens is one of London’s oldest and most prestigious florists that’s been creating luxury wedding designs for well over a century. From large scale events to intimate celebrations, the team of international designers provide all the necessary inspiration, guidance and creative flair for truly exquisite wedding arrangements. Located at their Battersea branch within the newly regenerated Battersea Power Station, the Flower School is their most recent venture. Whether you’re a complete beginner or wanting to pursue a career in floristry there’s a variety of courses to choose from for all abilities. You get to decide if you want to create one of Moyses Stevens’ famous hand-tied bouquets, learn to arrange some exquisite seasonal flowers in a vase or even create your very own bridal bouquet, the choice is yours. Check out for all the floral inspiration. YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

UK’S BEST AT PAINT NAILS LONDON Paint Nails London is the go-to spot in Oxford Circus for nails and cocktails and now, the nail bar is also home to an award-winning nail technician. Resident Creative Director, Angel, picked up not one, but two gongs at the Professional Beauty Awards 2021. The event held at London’s ExCel saw Angel walk away with first place for the UK’s best Gel Polish Technician and second place for Nail Professional of the Year 2021. Each category is judged by a combination of three judges and Angel’s grade was one of the highest scores throughout all the categories in the competition. To find out more and book your treatments, visit BRINGING THE COUNTRYSIDE TO LONDON Nestled on the outskirts of London within acres of nature reserve, pools and reed beds, WWT London provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Those planning to tie the knot before May, 2022 can take advantage of a 25 per cent discount, with prices starting from £1,525 for a mid-week ceremony for 43 guests. Intimate nuptials take place in the Wetland Living, a thatched fisherman’s hut nestled within the reserve. For larger celebrations, book the Observatory. With stunning views over the lakes and pools this glass walled room can bring the outside in creating a magical wonderland. The Water’s Edge room is the ideal location for your reception and wedding breakfast. With dual aspect windows and a private balcony, this wooden beamed room offers the perfect space to dance the night away. For more information about what’s on offer, head to DIAMOND BRILLIANCE Do you want to feel extra special on your big day by designing and wearing your very own personalised jewellery? At London’s Rarever, you now can! Although they have a breathtaking selection of chic, pre-designed accessories, they’re now offering a bespoke service and have a skilled team to assist you in designing your own diamond jewellery for special occasions. They’ll meet with you to absorb your thoughts, journeys, vision and ideas. Their designers then get to the drawing board, to sketch a first draft of the design you’ve envisioned. After the design’s approved, a digital 3D model is presented to you. Only once you love what you see, do they get their most trained and gifted craftsmen to come in and create the statement piece of precious diamond brilliance. Their bespoke pieces have ranged from delicate and demure, to distinctive and dramatic, using rose cut, old cut or step cut diamonds and rare gems like Rubellite, Opals, Tanzanites and Emeralds. They’ve also created some eclectic designs using rare-shaped diamonds like Hexagons, Kites, Trillions, Carres and many more of such unheard and unseen cuts. Whether you opt for something timeless or more versatile and whimsical, the designers will make sure it’s stunning nonetheless. Visit to start creating your very own diamond masterpiece. AWARD WIN FOR LONDON’S JENNIFER PATRICE If you’re planning on a celebrant-lead wedding, we have an award winner in our midst. London-based celebrant, Jennifer Patrice has recently been awarded the Rising Star Award at the Bridelux Industry Awards. “The awards are solely voted for by the wedding industry so it’s a huge achievement for me,” Jennifer says. Whether you’re getting married; would like to make a public declaration of your love for each-other with a commitment ceremony or renewing your vows after many years of marriage, with 20 years’ experience, Jennifer is the fully qualified award-winning celebrant to bring your plans to fruition. Find out more by visiting 10

CAPTURING THE UNEXPECTED ON YOUR BIG DAY Documentary Wedding Photographer WWW.PAULGAPPER.COM We are Chelsea’s hidden secret. Buckleigh suits,morning coats, evening tails and dinner suits are renowned for their top quality fabric. Formal Wear Hire | Bespoke Tailoring | Ladies and Gentlemens Alterations T: 020 7730 0770 | | 83 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, London SW1W 8DA WH I T E W E D D I N G T A X I H I R E At White Wedding Taxi Hire, we offer an exceptional wedding transportation service in London and the surrounding areas. We are specialists in White Wedding Taxis, with custom made London Taxis to add that extra touch to your special day. So book your White Wedding Taxi today! All of our drivers are licensed cab drivers and are properly vetted and with the knowledge of London and surrounding areas. They are well presented and dressed very smartly accordingly to which car or Taxi you hire, unless otherwise requested. You know you are in safe hands. We can also supply you with a number of Classic Cars, for example a VW Camper Van, The Sweeney Car Replica Ford Consul GT, a 1970 Vanishing Point Dodge Challenger RT, a Ford Capri 3.0s and even a Delboy Trotter Van and a Mr. Bean Mini!! w w w . w h i t e w e d d i n g t a x i h i r e . c o m C A L L 0 7 9 5 6 4 2 2 6 5 8 E M A I L : z l t o m @ s k y . c o m

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURLONDON.WEDDING Closing date 8th April 2022. Terms and conditions apply. PARTY AND PAMPER Beauty Club London is the new go-to pampering and party place for you and your best girls! With art sprawling around the salon, it’s brought the Miami Design district to London, creating a space you’ll want to stay and relax in, meet friends for drinks, and be pampered. Renowned for its laid back approach, feelgood atmosphere and upbeat vibe – the salon’s ethos is all about pre-drinks and pampering. London’s Beauty Club houses a range of pros. From Harrod’s leading colour educator Moe Harb and L’Oreal award-winning stylist, Adem London, to hair extensions specialist Louise Bailey and eyelash extraordinaire Edy London. The nail bar boasts experts in the art of nail design and cocktail-making, delivering everything from mojito manicures and fizzy French acrylic tips to pornstar pedicures. Beauty Club London is offering our readers a range of offers through the months of January and February 2022: • Book any nail service and get a complimentary cocktail • Book any two nail services with your bestie and get a complimentary bottle of prosecco • Complimentary hair extensions consultation and cocktail • Book in for hair extensions application and receive a free gel manicure or pedicure Mention Your London Wedding when booking to take advantage of these great giveaways! Check out for all the beauty inspo. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS BRIDAL BEAUTY Located in the heart of Richmond, Tala Daniel Bridal Couture is a luxury bridal boutique. Not only do they stock a gorgeous array of designer gowns, they also offer accessories and a range of skincare tools so that each of their brides has everything they need to complete their once in a lifetime bridal look. We’ve teamed up with Tala Daniel Bridal Couture to offer every bride a free ruby red, 10-piece make-up brush set and bag when purchasing any wedding dress at full price before the end of February, 2022. This is the perfect gift to treat yourself with or surprise a loved one! Check out to find out more and simply mention Your London Wedding when ordering to receive this offer. Coppa Club’s Sonning-On-Thames location plays host to The Great House at Sonning – a boutique hotel featuring 49 bedrooms and nestled in the Berkshire countryside. Roughly an hour from London, the property is situated along the River Thames and boasts a large terrace, sweeping lawns and ample riverside space. An ideal location for couples that need a break from the wedding planning, a family getaway or trip with friends, the beautifully designed hotel is dog friendly and provides meeting, event and party spaces (you can also tie the knot here!). You can book a cosy Double Room from £85 per night, or a Deluxe Double from £115 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club, The Great House at Sonning to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at WEMBLEY STADIUM, 20TH FEBRUARY, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 20TH MARCH, 2022 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

SPRING 2022 WEDDING SHOWS ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated Pre-register at BERKS, BUCKS & OXON LONDON ESSEX At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 13 MARCH MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 3 APRIL BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 16 JANUARY MARKSHALL ESTATE Cogeshall, CO6 1TG SUN 10 APRIL

/CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA KENT GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford, GU4 8SE SUN 15 MAY SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SUN 13 MARCH BRESSINGHAM HALL & HIGH BARN, Norfolk, IP22 2AA SUN 6 MARCH WEST HEATH Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1SR SUN 13 MARCH CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 10 APRIL CAMBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB Toft Road, Bourn, CB23 2TT SUN 3 APRIL HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 6 MARCH

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CORE CLAPTON 020 3011 4161 | Set in a quiet street in Clapton, Hackney, Core Clapton is the perfect setting if you want a large blank canvas with the freedom to add your own personality to your surroundings. The main event space benefits from high, barrelled ceilings and its numerous windows provide an abundance of natural light. The white décor means this space is perfect for any theme and can be brought to life with your your choice of décor and lighting. The ground floor reception room hosts ceremonies with 50 loved ones and the main event space can accommodate 200 guests. The reception room is also perfect for your arrival drinks, a children’s area, photobooths or a chill out zone. It’s also a useful area for guests to mix if the main space needs a room change between your ceremony and evening party. The venue benefits from a private terrace for the warmer months and a large onsite kitchen for all your catering needs. QUEEN MARY VENUES 020 7882 5432 | Nestled in the heart of East London, Queen Mary Venues is a beautiful setting for your nuptials and boasts as well as an array of beautiful flower beds, lawns, courtyard gardens and the ability to escape it all whilst strolling along Regents Canal. The Octagon is where all ceremonies and wedding receptions take place. With weddings from 80 – 240 people, this venue can hold up to 500 people at a standing reception. The Octagon is located within the historic Queens Building. The building stands majestically with a manicured lawn to the front, perfect for drinks receptions and pictures by the clocktower and a tranquil courtyard garden perfect to take shade from the summer heat to the rear. Inside the Octagon, there are two balconies that allow the bride and groom to have some truly special pictures amongst the colours of the original books displayed around the room. LOCAL Keep it Tie the knot in East London 19 LOCAL VENUES

CROWNE PLAZA LONDON DOCKLANDS 020 8055 2000 | Boasting views of Canary Wharf, the O2 and the docks, this Docklands hotel features a host of memorable photo opportunities on its doorstep, including the Emirates Air Line cable cars and Dockers Statue. The modern design and outside terrace makes the building a striking feature in London’s historic docks. The spacious, modern hotel has 210 bedrooms, a restaurant and a vibrant bar. Ceremonies are held in either The Victoria Suite or Docklands East that accommodate 50 and 120 guests respectively. There are a number of reception spaces to choose from for up to 220 people, but the most popular choice is the Docklands Suite, which caters for 160 guests but can also e divided for more intimate gatherings. All packages include a menu tasting and overnight stay for the newlyweds. MUSEUM OF LONDON 020 7814 5789 | Bordered by the River Thames and West India Quay, the Museum of London Docklands offers beautiful views over the water. Couples can make the most of the location with a drinks reception on the terrace. Located over five floors, this Grade I listed Georgian warehouse seamlessly blends contemporary decor with historic charm. Tracing the 2,000-year history of London’s river, port and people, it offers a selection of beautiful settings with features such as exposed brickwork, Caribbean pine columns, galleries and blank-canvas spaces. Vows take place in four characterful spaces, from the intimate No. 1 Warehouse Gallery that seats 30 guests, to the large and flexible Wilberforce Room for 200 guests. Post vows, couples can combine the ceremony rooms with some of the incredible galleries to host their drinks reception and after party of up to 400 guests, all of which offer a truly memorable big day. Couples will love having access to the galleries. The immersive Sailortown is a crowd-pleasing recreation of a London district, complete with its own pub. Adding actors to mingle with guests will boost the experience. 20

OUR PASSION IS TO CREATE AMAZING EVENTS, with our bespoke designs, or bringing your own vision to life and executing it above your expectations, to produce a timeless and elegant event. We are based in Dulwich South London and provide clients, in London, Central London, and surrounding outside areas, with our bespoke service tailored in each case to your event. 07889017278 | | West Lodge Park Hotel, located in Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire, is an elegant hotel that combines classic and contemporary styles. This getaway has been welcoming soon-to-be newlyweds for decades. Home to 35 picturesque acres of greenery and a range of ornate event spaces, it can provide the backdrop for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. Refinement, romance, and heartfelt moments await you at this suburban gem. C O C K F O S T E R S R OA D , H A D L E Y WOO D , H E R T F O R D S H I R E , E N 4 0 P Y 020282163900 | WWT London Wetland Centre is a unique and beautiful location for weddings and receptions. We are licensed for wedding and civil ceremonies and have wonderful facilities for receptions. By holding your event with us, you will be directly contributing to the global conservation of wildlife and wetland habitats. T 0208 409 4400 / 4429 Email: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT Weddings at WWT London Overlooking the Thames, on the outskirts of London within acres of nature reserve, pools and reed beds, WWT London provides the perfect backdrop to your wedding. Late availability mid-week and winter weddings packages available Ceremony Packages from £1,500 Full Wedding Packages from £5,500 We offer everything in one location. A magical ceremony in Wetland Living, our thatched fisherman’s hut, nestled within the reserve is perfect for those looking for a small, intimate wedding. For larger celebrations book our Observatory, with stunning views over the lakes and pools. This glass walled room can bring the outside in creating a stunning romantic wonderland.

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PAN PACIFIC LONDON 020 7118 6888 | Nestled in the heart of the city in Bishopsgate and moments away from Liverpool Street station, Pan Pacific London is surrounded by 800-year old history and numerous iconic landmarks that are perfect for those all-important photo opportunities. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, it stylish interiors boast a fusion of south-east Asian vibrancy and the r efined elegance of the area’s local history. From the sophisticated garden-themed rooms to tropical rainforest and green woodland public areas, the tranquil surroundings are accompanied by contemporary pop of colour finishes. With exclusive access from Bishopsgate Plaza via an impressive glass escalator and lift, the majestic double-height Pacific Ballroom features a neutral colour palette, Swarovski crystal chandeliers and state of the art technology. Ideal for larger gatherings, this room accommodates 250 for your ceremony and 400 guests for the evening reception. Located on the fifth floor and offering magnificent views over Bishopsgate Plaza through floor to ceiling windows, Green Dragon, which represents good fortune, is perfect for more intimate nuptials of up to 50 guests. Located next to the Pacific Ballroom, the VIP Bridal Suite comes complimentary with any Pacific Ballroom booking. Equipped with a private washroom, vanity station and relaxing lounge this suite provides a sanctuary for pre-wedding jitters, or a place to take a breath as newlyweds. RICH MIX 020 7613 7495 | Located in London’s East End, Rich Mix is a former garment factory now transformed into a multi-arts venue, which offers a quirky alternative to more traditional settings. The surrounding streets of Shoreditch make for a fabulous East London backdrop, and couples will love the venue’s two large-scale murals for a memorable photo opportunity. This vibrant venue is host to a year-round programme of diverse cultural events and has a number of versatile wedding options from theatre spaces to boutique cinema screens, all of which can be customised or themed. Ceremonies take place in one of three boutique cinema screens that can seat up to 181 guests and which were named by Vogue as one of the 10 most attractive cinemas in London. Post-vow celebrations for up to 375 loved ones can be held in any of the venue’s event spaces, from the modern blank-canvas feel of The Mix to the informal, creative Mezzanine Gallery. Couples can make the most of the setting with a range of cinemathemed extras from personalised ticket invitations and popcorn favours to having their names on the cinema’s light box. 23 LOCAL VENUES


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Located in the heart of central London, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill offers the perfect blend of classic elegance and unrivalled hospitality, from intimate ceremonies to grand receptions. With a wedding license and access to the picturesque gardens of Portman Square, enjoy a quintessential city wedding setting to say ‘I Do’. GET IN TOUCH Phone on +44 (0)20 7299 2022 or email ‹ Œ P O R T M A N S Q U A R E , L O N D O N , W – H — B H WWW.HYATTREGENCYLONDON.COM A Grade 2* listed wedding venue in the heart of Bloomsbury Mecklenburgh Square, LondonWC1N 2AB +44 (0)20 7753 0578 Our established event professionals will guide you through every step of the planning process, helping you bring your vision to life and ensuring you have a relaxing and memory filled day. • 4 characterful rooms licensed for civil ceremonies and receptions. • Manicured lawn, cloistered walkways and picturesque archways – the perfect photogenic back-drop • Delicious food & drink options • 4-star accommodation at The Goodenough including 4 beautiful suites with garden views Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies: Tie the knot on our lawns now the rules on outdoor weddings have changed! Book your outdoor wedding ceremony with us Spring/Summer 2022 and receive a 15% discount on the outside space. @goodenoughevents @goodenoughvenue Goodenough College Events & Hire rade 2* listed eddi g ve e i t e eart of loo sb ry Mecklenburgh Square, LondonWC1N 2AB +44 (0)20 7753 0578 Our established event professionals will guide you through every step of the planning process, helping you bring your vision to life and ensuring you have a relaxing and memory filled day. • 4 characterful rooms licensed for civil ceremonies and receptions. • Manicured lawn, cloistered walkways and picturesque archways – the perfect photogenic back-drop • Delicious food & drink options • 4-star accommodation at The Goodenough including 4 beautiful suites with garden views Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies: Tie the knot on our lawns now the rules on outdoor weddings have changed! Book your outdoor wedding ceremony with us Spring/Summer 2022 and receive a 15% discount on the outside space. @goodenoughevents @goodenoughvenue Goodenough College Events & Hire

Stay the night Hotel hotspots THE LANSDOWNE CLUB 020 7629 7200 | The Lansdowne Club is ideally located in the heart of Mayfair. Built in 1763, by renowned 18th-century architect Robert Adam, over the centuries Lansdowne House has played host to many key historical moments. With its impressive neo-classical architecture and elegant interiors, this exclusive and traditional private members club in London is an architectural gem and enchanting backdrop to the big day. Offering the potential for an al fresco element to your celebrations, the wonderful Winter Garden and Courtyard provide picturesque surroundings for champagne receptions and photographs. With its cleverly designed retractable roof, this beautifully landscaped outdoor space can be enjoyed all-year-round. Couples can host their nuptials and receptions in the club’s legendary Grade II listed Ballroom with up to 150 guests. The epitome of grandeur, its 18th-century gilded, vaulted ceilings and minstrel galleries are magnificent. The Adam Room accommodates 70 guests and boasts stunning décor giving this elegant drawing room an unreserved air of richness and splendour, with soft colours, fine details and a beautiful ornate ceiling, magnificently adorned with a shimmering chandelier. Post-vows, additional to The Ballroom, the timeless elegance of the Crush Hall is the perfect space for your cake-cutting ceremony with its luxurious wall coverings, original antique furniture, elegant chandelier and ornate gallery. Or head outside, weather permitting with 150 guests to celebrate in the The Courtyard & Winter Garden. Couples who are getting married here will become honorary Club Members throughout their stay, meaning they will be able to enjoy the club’s exclusive facilities including the magnificent indoor 25-yard, Art Deco swimming pool, relaxing steam room, and light and airy stateof-the-art gym. What’s more, there’s the wonderful Bridal Suite and 20 perfectly appointed guest rooms and suites, for exclusive use. LOCAL VENUES 27

THE LANDMARK LONDON 020 7631 8000 | Experience quintessential London charm in the sumptuous surroundings of this magnificent hotel situated in the heart of the city. From its glamorous banqueting suites and world-class cuisine to the sensuous spa and wellness centre and luxurious accommodation for your guests, The Landmark London has the perfect ingredients to make your day simply sensational. Whether you have a large guest list of up to 600 or are planning an intimate family gathering of 20, there’s an array of options on offer and the events team will help you plan every aspect of your wedding. Be sure to take time out in the hotel’s sensual spa for that pre-wedding pamper. THE DILLY 020 7734 8000 | The impressive façade of this Grade II listed hotel dates back to 1908 and is a perfect introduction to The Dilly’s Edwardian heritage. Set in the heart of Piccadilly, the surrounding landmarks of Green Park, Buckingham Palace and the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus provide the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. Couples can choose to get married in a variety of spaces each with breathtaking interiors. The Georgian Suite is the largest option with capacity for 180 guests. This space boasts high ceilings, chandeliers and opulent décor and is renowned for its mirrored interior and charming arched alcove. Get married under the stars in the original glass arched canopy of Terrace at The Dilly. Filled with natural light and views over the central London skyline, this room can accommodate 160. The light and botanical nature of this space gives you the feeling of an alfresco wedding, with connecting outdoor space that’s perfect for drinks with a view. The smallest space is the Adams Suite with room for 50 loved ones. HYATT REGENCY LONDON – THE CHURCHILL 020 7486 5800 | Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill boasts an extensive set of recently refurbished event spaces. Each area has its own personality with nods to Sir Winston Churchill’s life, the man to whom the hotel pays homage. Through artwork, photographs and books, the spaces tell the story of Churchill’s leisure and work life, as well as his travels, passions and achievements as a statesman, while the interior design lends a touch of glamour and individuality to any event. The Library serves as a smaller space for intimate events, holding 40 people in a banquet format, and up to 75 as a reception. The Library seamlessly leads through to the hotel’s largest space, the Chartwell Ballroom. The Library enjoys a deep green colour, evoking a luxurious and sophisticated atmosphere, with a handmade, spherical chandelier lighting up from the centre of the room. The Gallery is a new space and can accommodate up to 120 guests in a reception capacity, and 110 theatre style. Additionally, The Gallery can be opened up seamlessly onto the studios, bringing the total potential capacity to 200. As the name suggests, The Gallery is adorned with inspiring artwork, and enjoys an abundance of natural daylight along with outside access to the front of the hotel. The neutral and calming colour scheme has been based on the natural landscape and Churchill’s own, stunning gardens at Chartwell House. The pale green walls are lit up by a Preciosa chandelier, which has been designed with treetops in mind. Handmade with Bohemian hand-blown glass, the golden branches are each lit up, to give the impression of sunlight dappling onto the floor below. The impressionist charm for which Churchill’s artwork is known personifies the Gallery Studio, adding a touch of glamour to any event. 28

THE NED 020 3828 2000 | Sitting in the heart of the City, surrounded by 17th-century spires and modern glass towers, this Grade I listed hotel has nine restaurants, 250 bedrooms, a range of grooming services and a member’s club. Set in the former Midland Bank building, The Ned was designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924, whose style blended classical and modern elements. The faded glamour of a 1930s transatlantic ocean liner was the starting point for the interiors, with designers also trawling through the bank’s archives to find out what the building looked like in its heyday. Weddings at The Ned take place on the historic sixth floor. Its six rooms and two outdoor terraces with incredible city vistas can host parties of up to 200 people. Couples can hire the whole floor exclusively for groups of 80 guests and more. Most ceremonies take place in The Saloon, which is dominated by an 18thcentury chandelier, an ornate chalk frieze and a restored parquet floor. Receptions are held in The Tapestry Room for large parties of up to 140 loved ones, while more intimate celebrations are suited to the RWB Room. For weddings upwards of 50 guests, the venue offers free menu tastings and an overnight stay for the newlyweds. Some packages include free use of the Princes Dome on the roof for a delicious breakfast with guests the next day. ROSEWOOD LONDON 020 7781 8888 | With the feel of a stylish London residence, this hotel houses 262 rooms and 44 suites. Following an £85 million renovation to the 1914 Edwardian Belle Époque building, the original features were restored by an expert team of craftsmen, including the magnificent Grade II listed frontage and dome. Guests enter via a grand carriageway leading into a distinctive courtyard. Outside, The Terrace evokes an intimate English country garden. The Grand Ballroom is an expansive space offering refined style under glittering chandeliers. Two dramatic staircases lead to a balcony overlooking the Grand Ballroom’s spectacular Foyer – an extraordinary setting in itself. The Living Room is a more intimate option and features an exclusive lounge area and large windows flooding the space with light. With an elegant, residential style, it’s perfect for an intimate gathering and post-wedding brunch. The dedicated team of wedding specialists are passionate about creating the most memorable experiences. They’re wellversed in both contemporary styles and classic British traditions. HAM YARD HOTEL 020 7287 4434 | In the midst of Soho and moments from Mayfair, Ham Yard Hotel has an urban village feel. Revolving around a tree-filled garden with a bronze sculpture by Tony Cragg, the central location has plenty of world-class attractions on its doorstep. The fourth floor of the hotel boasts a large, leafy rooftop garden with sweeping views of London’s skyline. Scattered with Whitman benches, and boasting a bar and barbecue, it’s overlooked by trees and a garden that blooms year round with seasonal flowers. The interiors are beautifully designed by Kit Kemp in her award-winning luxurious modern-British style. Guests will love the sumptuous drawing room, library and orangery. Couples have a choice of seven ceremony spaces in all sizes for up to 250 loved ones. After the formalities, there are two reception spaces. The Roof Terrace seats 100 guests and is a wonderful spot to enjoy canapés and a barbecue. The Croc Bowling Alley accommodates 250 guests and is an original 1950s bowling alley imported from Texas, complete with bowling-style menus, private bar, karaoke and a dancefloor for a party to remember. The hotel is home to the luxurious Soholistic Spa, the perfect space to enjoy a range of treatments and pre-wedding pampering and guests can stay in a choice of 91 bedrooms and suites, each individually designed, generously sized and featuring floor-to ceiling-length windows overlooking the leafy courtyard or across the London skyline. LOCAL VENUES 29

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A PROPOSAL decent Mel and Abs’ intimate day was simply stunning with its neutral colour palette and floral tones Images courtesy of Lynn Shapiro Photography When it came to Mel spotting Abs, never was a profile picture more important! “We matched on the dating app Bumble while I was in my penultimate year at Birmingham University and Abs was working in London. I clearly recall thinking he looked like marriage material from his profile pictures,” Mel tells us. “We met after a couple of weeks of chatting and our conversations flowed so easily as though we’d known each other for years.” Abs’ parents lived near Mel so he visited regularly and they worked through a long-distance relationship for two years until Mel finished medical school and they moved in together. The proposal was months in the making and it was something special as Abs tells us. “I sent Mel out to brunch with her friends. Whilst she was there, I sent her a video of our first conversations on Bumble with an invitation to return home,” he shares. “I’d decorated our flat with the help of a friend with candles, rose petals and tulips and gave her a speech about how wonderful she is before asking her to marry me in Hindi, Farsi and English,” he adds. Abs took Mel to her favourite Italian for dinner and then on to a bar he’d rented out for the evening for a surprise party with 60 of their friends. “The party was planned for months before the proposal to make sure everyone could attend so whatever happened we were getting engaged that day!” he says. The duo dreamed of a large Indian wedding but due to the pandemic they planned something much smaller on their original wedding date to avoid postponing it completely. “We wanted an intimate, relaxed ceremony and found the perfect setting for it. Everything came together so elegantly on the day,” Mel recalls. Here, she shares all the details… REAL WEDDINGS 31