Your London Wedding - July/August 2022 (Issue 84)

£3.55 JUL/AUG 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, FREEBIES, FASHION AND MUCH MORE... WIN! HANDMADE IN LONDON a two-night stay in the Lake District Al-fresco vibes Say ‘I do’ in these open-air settings Gorgeous products from the city’s top creatives Tie the knot in West London Real weddings in the capital LOCAL LOVE STORIES THE GREAT LONDON BAKE OFF Local pros share their showstopper bakes Keep it

D R A P E R S ’ HA L L At Drapers’ Hall you are marrying into 500 years of history. Thomas Cromwell chose to build his mansion in this very spot. Centuries and several reincarnations later, our Livery Hall is one of the grandest buildings in London, a palace in the heart of the City, surrounded by churches, a place where fellowship, generosity, heritage, and hospitality all come together. And for a day it will be yours. Sweep through the oak-panelled entrance hall and up the grand staircase to rooms decked with flowers where champagne flows, tables lit by silver candelabra glitter under painted ceilings and balconies give onto secret gardens. Our experienced in-house team and gold medal-winning chef will be at your service. Every wedding is unique and Drapers’ Hall offers complete flexibility and exclusively for wedding couples, with bespoke catering options and inclusive wedding packages that can be tailored to your taste. Couples that choose Drapers’ Hall for their wedding reception will benefit from an incredibly simple planning process, with all of the essentials included, plus elegant candelabra table centres, dance floor and a Steinway classic grand piano. Our Events team will help you at every stage to plan your day and ensure that every detail is perfect for you. Whether Drapers’ Hall is chosen to host a small intimate wedding breakfast or the grandest of celebrations, the venue is available for your exclusive use, including our two outdoor spaces, meaning your special day does not have to be shared with anyone else but your guests. Call the events team now on 0207 448 1324 or email us at for more information.

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 answer your wedding woes 90 COMPETITION Win a two-night sty in the Lake District CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2022 VENUES 19 KEEP IT LOCAL Tie the knot in West London 25 AL-FRESCO VIBES Say ‘I do’ in these open-air settings On the cover This issue’s gorge us cover, shot by Jeff Oliver Photography, sees Neda and Pedram marrying at Kimpton Fitzroy London. Read more on page 36 63 19 FEATURES 51 HANDMADE IN LONDON Gorgeous products from the city’s top creatives 55 THE GREAT LONDON BAKE OFF Local pros share their showstopper bakes 63 FRENCH CHIC Luxury high-end vibes were at the heart of this shoot 51 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 TOGETHER FOREVER Emily and Jonny had the day they’d always dreamed of in Wimbledon 36 LOVE AT FIRST SWIPE For Neda and Pedram, fairytales really do come true 43 SUMMER RAIN Speeches, toasts, cocktails and love is what made Clare and Jess’s day so special HONEYMOONS 94 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance 96 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand GROOMS 87 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 88 FUN IN THE SUN Honeymoon must-haves for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 66 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 68 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE These boho-inspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting 75 PARTY PIECES These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 80 YOU CAUGHT MY EYE! We put together some gorgeous wedding-day eye make-up looks using the newest launches to hit the counters 82 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 75 31 96 89 78 4

P R I NT E R S OF EXQU I S I T E STAT I ONE RY WEDD I NG I NV I TAT I ONS ¾ SAVE THE DAT E S ¾ ORDE R S OF S E RV I CE ¾ I NFORMAT I ON SHE E T S R E P LY CARDS ¾ MENU S ¾ TAB L E STAT I ONE RY ¾ THANK YOU CARDS ¾ R ECE PT I ON I NV I TAT I ONS WWW.GE E BROTHE R S .CO. UK 020 72 2 8 408 1 SA L E S @ GE E BROTHE R S .CO. UK 2 2 1 ST JOHN ’ S H I L L , LONDON SW1 1 1 TH Based in Clapham for 45 years, Gee Brothers uses traditional and modern processes to create beautiful stationery of the highest quality. Choose between engraving, letter pressing, thermography, blind embossing, foiling and digital printing. For those requiring a bespoke service, book an appointment with our experienced consultants to design your perfect wedding suite. Visit our website and find a wealth of inspiration and over 40 designs available to order online. Start by ordering your sample pack today!

Summer’s finally here after what feels like a long time and isn’t it great! The sun’s shining, evenings are drawn out allowing us to get the very most out of each and every day and you just can’t beat what this season has to offer for weddings – outdoor ceremonies, endless backdrops for your all-important photos, flowers a plenty, lightweight attire keeping you cool and calm and bright, bold and uplifting colours. What’s not to love? If like me, you’re a lover of summer you might want to choose a venue that has outdoor options. We’ve got the lowdown on a select few over on page 25. If you’re keen to support local businesses, check out the range of gorgeous products on page 51 – all made right here in London and sure to add the extra wow to your day. Those with a sweet tooth will love our cake feature on page 55 and our sweet treat giveaway on page 13. Once again we’ve got all the big-day inspiration in our French chic shoot on page 63 and stunning real weddings on pages 31, 36 and 43. Everything you need to help you to plan your day is right here, so pour the sangria, dive in and get those creative juices flowing! Sarah x arah Gallivan, Editor Summer loving Silk dressing gowns for you and your best girls are a must! It’s worth taking time out for photos. Emily and Jonny have so many cool memories to look back on. This shoot oozed romance. 51 63 31 ISSN 1757-7810 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Sarah Gallivan | Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor, Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Honeymoons Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers 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 Richard Chesterton | 01376 538 493 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 @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS

I love the idea of meeting up before the ceremony. Clare and Jess shared a special moment before theirs. What a showstopper fiesta of a cake – I love this! Take your celebration outdoors or bring the outdoors in with these al fresco settings. This time of the year is all about bright blooms and Clare and Jess’s tropical centrepieces added colour in abundance. 25 43 43 55 Neda and Pedram’s venue styling was something out of a fairytale. Look after your hair this summer with this top advice. Emily and Jonny’s blossom tree walkway was stunning! 31 36 82 Fun and flirty boho styling is perfect for summer nuptials. 68 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

LONDON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY 07949 041144 Th e Perfect End to the Perfec t Day! Fire your imaginati on Every day we help our clients dreams come true by creating the ULTIMATE party experience for them, their family & friends. There are few opportunities in life when you can have your own firework display, but you can on your special day... Indoor effects, including 1st dance Daytime effects NEW Guard of honour firework flower effect Low Noise displays Pyromusical firework displays Absolutely Fabulous Fireworks 4 Park Parade, Gunnersbury Lane, LONDON, W3 9BD 0208 896 2866 : : Where Wedding Dreams Do Come True! An English Historical Landmark Bickleigh Castle Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RP | 01884 855 363 | BC_Devon_Cornwall_Wedding_mag_July2019.indd 1 20/07/2019 10:16

Nearlywed All the latest from the city RAISE YOUR GLASS London’s award-winning sparkling wine brand Pale Fox Prosecco has announced the launch of their first non-alcoholic sparkling wine. Whether your guests are drinking alcohol or not, you can now treat them all to a fabulous glass of bubbles to join you in celebrating your day. Available to buy online via the Pale Fox website, the new non-alcoholic, single estate sparkling prosecco is produced by vinifying a still white wine, then using reverse osmosis to separate out the alcohol, before finally adding the fizz. The result is complex and celebratory, with an extra dry balance of acidity, fruit and classic yeasty notes. As well as being lower in calories, it also contains polyphenols and antioxidants, which have natural health benefits. Order yours now and see what else is on offer by visiting A LOVE OF HATS Mother and daughter team Yasemin and Merve, owners of Merve Bavindir Milliners are proud to announce the recent opening of their flagship London store. Both lovers of all things vintage, they have a keen eye for detail when it comes to tailoring. They love the creativity that hat making brings and are strong believers of hand stitching and good quality fabrics. The Heirloom Bridal 2022 collection is not to be missed. This meticulously created collection consists of various timeless pieces that take inspiration from the 1920s to today. Every hat is handmade, from the flowers to the embroidery. Heirloom is an infusion of modern materials with old techniques. The detailing is crafted with love and patience and the simplicity of each piece is the result of carefully thought-out intricate detailing. Head to the new store at 28 Crawford Place, W1H 5NJ or visit to view the stunning collections. MICHELIN-STARRED DATE NIGHT Those looking for a special pre- or post-wedding date night should check out the newly launched menu at Adam Handling’s Michelin-starred flagship restaurant, Frog by Adam Handling, situated in Covent Garden. Fresh off the back of winning a Michelin star, chef Adam Handling continues to raise the bar as he announced a brand-new menu concept that launched in April. The menu, that previously consisted of two separate five- and seven-course tasting menus, has been transformed and replaced with one spectacular tencourse tasting menu. Adam has created the new menu to take his sustainability agenda to the next level, providing the team with even more opportunity to use their creative freedom and use the very best seasonal produce from some of the UK’s top suppliers, in line with the restaurant’s philosophy, ‘British food, inspired by London’. Almost every dish on the menu is new – even Adam’s signature ‘Bread, chicken butter’ and ‘All about the sturgeon’ have been elevated, all whilst retaining his signature flair and touch of theatre. Check out to book and find out more. NEWS 9 NEWS

FLOWERS FOR KEEPS Shida Preserved Flowers has recently launched a seasonal collection to last all year. The two-piece collection features a gorgeous handtied bouquet and a Japanese-inspired Midori Ikebana flower arranging kit. The Nova handtied bouquet features deep blue hydrangeas accessorised with lush, preserved greenery. It also includes natural gypsophila, stuartina, fern, blue botao, lepidium, and parvafolia in ultramarine blue and forest greens, chosen for their mood-boosting qualities. The second piece is the Midori Ikebana Kit. This curated collection of stems, foliage and floral decorations features sumptuous greenery and pops of blue, providing a fresh take on Ikebana, the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging. The preserved arrangements will last for months after your big day and are soft and supple to the touch, giving the same enchanting appearance as fresh cut flowers and floral bouquets. Shida’s expert team of florists hand-arrange each of its blooms and lovingly place them in sustainable packaging before they are delivered directly to your door. To view the new collection and wedding offering, visit the website A SLICE OF THE HIGH LIFE The UK’s oldest British caterer is celebrating its 175th anniversary with the recreation of a royal wedding cake created by its founder, John Searcy, 126 years ago. The caterer has taken a trip back through its archives to the1896 royal wedding of Princess Maud, then the future Queen of Norway, to Prince Carl of Denmark. Considered the society wedding of the year, royal attendees included Queen Victoria, grandmother of the bride, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark. A confectioner by trade and a Royal Warrant holder, John Searcy came out of retirement to bake the breathtaking multi-tiered big-day bake. Adorned with sweet treats, the cake included fine sugar work flowers, roses and angels, along with the Royal Arms of England and Denmark. In tribute to its founder, Searcys has recreated the same cake in partnership with baker Elizabeth Solaru of Elisabeth’s Cake Emporium. Working alongside Searcys own pastry chef, Yvonne Graham, the confectioners spent three weeks tirelessly completing the bake to reflect the original design. Five-tiers of Dundee fruit cake are covered with delicate marzipan and white and gold lattice work icing before being topped with carefully crafted sugar work of flowers, fruits and cherubs. The cake will travel across Searcys restaurants throughout the summer, so for your chance to sample a slice head to 116 Pall Mall, Searcys at the Gherkin or St Pancras Brasserie from early July to early August. The Princess Maud wedding cake can also be made to order for any wedding celebrations booked at Searcys iconic venues. To find out more check out LOVE YOUR JEWELLERY Your engagement and wedding rings are designed to stand the test of time, but accidents happen so independent jewellery brand, Loveness Lee has launched an aftercare program. This is the next step in their sustainability journey to encourage everyone to care, repair and love their Loveness Lee jewellery for as long as possible and keep materials out of landfill. The aftercare program, that comes with every purchase will see their team of skilled jewellers bring your pieces back to life should they need it. The program can be utilised at any point and gives you one refresh free of charge with competitive rates after that. Loveness Lee handcrafted designs are inspired by Loveness’ fascination with abstract shapes and textures that derive from nature. These textures create serendipitous wearable sculptures with no two ever looking the same. Sustainability is at the heart with all new designs being made with recycled sterling silver and lab-grown gemstones to reduce the need for future mining. Packaging is made from recycled materials and all production materials are sourced locally at Hatton Garden. Find out more by visiting 10 CONTACT US TODAY TO BOOK OUR SERVICES 07825 653308 | 01458 274325 WWW.FLOWERPRESERVATIONWORKSHOP.CO.UK capturing your wedding flowers forever within a beautiful paperweight or piece of jewellery Flower P R E S E R V A T I O N W O R K S H O P Wedding Flower Paperweights NATIONWIDE SERVICE View our New Special offers online! special offers for ‘your london wedding’ orders free return delivery on all orders

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 Set over two floors with a large outdoor space, the gorgeous venue features stylish interiors, an impressive frontage and remarkable river views. Complimented by a light and airy interior, The Oystercatcher offers an open-concept, all-inclusive space, perfect for your special day. Just a 5 minute stroll from Greenwich’s town centre, where you have easy access to the neighbourhood’s wide array of amenities and attractions, including many photo opportunities such as the famous Cutty Sark! The Oystercatcher has a large downstairs area, which can host up to 120 standing or 70 seated. This space is perfect for a reception, with its own private bar, outdoor space and ample seating & standing room. Images courtesy of Kings Lodge, 7 Victoria Parade, New Capital Quay, SE10 9FR | 0208 161 8225 |

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURLONDON.WEDDING Closing date 30th September, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. SWEET TREATS London’s Sincerely Divine create all things sweet for your special day. Whether it’s additional treats to brighten up your dessert table, tasty favours for your guests or gifts for your bridal party, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Owner, Davina, will meet with you to go through your ideas and take you through what’s available as well as understanding your big-day theme and colour scheme so your sweet treats will complement the look perfectly. We’ve teamed up with Sincerely Divine to offer the following… Three free cookies, cupcakes, choc Oreo’s, popsicles, and cake hearts for every 12 purchased (free items must be the same product as the dozen purchased). PLUS 15% off all ‘will you be my... boxes’ To receive this fabulous offer, orders need to be placed by 31st August, 2022 and you must quote Your London Wedding when booking. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS LIGHT UP YOUR DAY Those wanting to add that extra wow factor to their day will love this offer! The Fireworks Firm, trading as Absolutely Fabulous Fireworks has just launched its latest wedding product – a DIY handheld Pyro firework nestled amongst a floral arrangement to be used either day or night. Your bridesmaids could turn your bouquets into a stunning surprise for your guests or they make a great addition to your bride and groom photo shoot. Use them to create a firework archway as you leave your ceremony, brighten up your photo backdrop or light up the dancefloor during your first dance, the choices are endless with up to eight colours. Pyro flower bouquets are usually priced at £150 per pair, but Absolutely Fabulous Fireworks are offering them to our readers for the reduced priced of £100 per pair when bookings are placed before the end of August, 2022. Just quote Your London Wedding to receive this offer. To find out more, visit the website Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 9TH OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 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

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2022 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents 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. ESSEX SUN 23 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 25 SEPT PONTLANDS PARK West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, CM2 8HR SUN 30 OCT LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN 16 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN 12PM-4PM

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated 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 KENT SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 6 NOV HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 4 SEPT GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford, GU4 8SE SUN 18 SEPT CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 23 OCT SMEETHAM HALL BARN Smeetham Hall, Sudbury, CO10 7EU SUN 25 SEPT RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 6 NOV PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 4 SEPT HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB Home Park, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4AD SUN 11 SEPT WARREN HOUSE Warren Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7HY SUN 30 OCT SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE Sponsored by London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Sponsored by

Weddings at e In & Out Club A magni cent hidden gem tucked away in an exclusive corner of London’s St. James’s Allow our Club to be the perfect backdrop to your Big Day Grade II* listed Georgian townhouse ● licenced civil ceremony rooms ● space for up to 120 guests for a seated dinner ● inclusive & bespoke packages ● on site bedrooms ● health club & spa | | +44(0)207 827 5723 C M Y CM MY CY CMY K We provide traditionally dressed mobile oyster shuckers to your party or event. We source the finest quality Oysters and mingle amongst your guest serving this food of Kings! Oyster Meister brings a unique flavour to your party that will not be forgotten soon !.... 07583 719107 0208 747 8981 We provide traditionally dressed mobile oyster shuckers to your party or event. We source the finest quality Oysters and mingle amongst your guest serving this food of Kings! Oyster Meister brings a unique flavour to your party that will not be forgotten soon !.... 07583 719107 0208 747 8981 OYSTER & CAVIAR MEISTER We provide tra itio e obile oyster sh and caviar girls to your party o event. We source the fin st quality oysters a d caviar and mingle among t your guest serving these foods of Kings! Oyst r Meiste brings a unique fl vour to your party hat will not be f rgotten soon !....

GUNNERSBURY PARK 020 825 6060 | A hidden gem in the heart of West London, Gunnersbury Park’s 72 hectares of parkland and water features will provide a picturesque backdrop for those cherished photos. There are three areas in which to host your day; the Orangery, the Temple and the majestic magnificence of Gunnersbury Park House itself. The elegant house was built in 1802 and the magnificent double-height entrance hall, with grand stone staircase and oak balustrades leads through to the Rothschild Rooms. This sequence of opulent interconnecting rooms comprises the Conservatory, Drawing Room, Long Gallery and Dining Room, all of which can host up to 90 for your ceremony and 190 guests for your reception. Nestled at the foot of the south lawns, the Orangery is an exemplar of stunning glass architecture that previously housed the family’s exotic fruits and plants. The Horseshoe Pond that sits in front of the Orangery offers beautiful reflections of the building, interrupted only by the ornamental fountain. This space accommodate 80 guests. The Temple is one of the older buildings and offers a serene setting for 50 loved ones. Overlooking the Round Pond, guests can enjoy spectacular views over the city. KEEP IT LOCAL Tie the knot in West London NO.11 CAVENDISH SQUARE 020 7307 2474 | No.11 Cavendish Square is fronted by an elegant townhouse dating back to the 1760s. The building suffered from bombing during World War II, evidence of which can still be seen on the exterior stonework. Entering through an impressive hallway, guests find the venue is a fabulous blend of historical and modern, with a pretty courtyard connecting the two periods. Surrounded by a living wall, with its dark green foliage, this secluded courtyard in the heart of the West End is a memorable backdrop for photos. Celebrations are held in three spaces for up to 200 ceremony guests and 300 evening guests. The Garden Room, which was once a library and still features floor-to-ceiling bookcases, offers a charming setting for intimate nuptials. The elegant and versatile Orangery is a light and contemporary glass structure with a courtyard garden – its array of LED lighting sets the mood for the evening. Larger parties will love The Burdett Suite. A sophisticated space offering state-of-the-art facilities. LOCAL VENUES 19

HYATT REGENCY LONDON – THE CHURCHILL 020 7486 5800 | Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is tucked behind Hyde Park and Oxford Street in the heart of London’s West End. The hotel honours Sir Winston Churchill with bespoke design details and refined décor that give a subtle nod to his life and legacy. Indoors, the sophisticated contemporary design, bespoke artworks and finest furnishings are paired with all the comforts and amenities needed for a city-chic wedding. Outside, the impressive façade, elegant marble entrance and flying flags reflect its quintessentially British character. There’s a variety of celebration spaces including the Chartwell Ballroom, which accommodates 180 guests, under twinkling chandeliers and silk-panelled walls. Whether hitting the dancefloor or sipping on craft cocktails made by the venue’s mixologists, it’s the ideal reception setting. The hotel has private access to Portman Square Garden, a romantic spot for the allimportant photos and a dedicated wedding specialist will take care of every detail of your day. THE LANSDOWNE CLUB 020 7629 7200 | The Lansdowne Club is ideally located in the heart of Mayfair. Built in 1763, over the centuries Lansdowne House has played host to many key historical moments. With its impressive neo-classical architecture and elegant interiors, this exclusive private member’s club is an enchanting backdrop for your day. The Winter Garden and Courtyard provide picturesque surroundings for champagne receptions and photographs and with its retractable roof, this beautifully landscaped outdoor space can be enjoyed all-year-round. Couples can host their nuptials and reception in the club’s Grade II listed Ballroom with up to 150 guests. The epitome of grandeur, its 18thcentury gilded, vaulted ceilings and minstrel galleries are magnificent. The Adam Room accommodates 80 guests and boasts stunning decor with soft colours, fine details and a beautiful ornate ceiling, adorned with a shimmering chandelier and outdoors, ceremonies can also take place in the picturesque Courtyard. The Crush Hall is the perfect space for your cake-cutting ceremony with its luxurious wall coverings, original antique furniture and ornate gallery. Couples who are getting married here 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 state-of-the-art gym. What’s more, the Bridal Suite and 20 perfectly appointed guest rooms and suites are available for exclusive use. 20

Lambeth Town Hall is an impressive, newly refurbished Grade II listed Edwardian building in the heart of Brixton, South London. The venue boasts a range of historic and picturesque spaces for wedding ceremonies for 2 to 170 guests which can be booked individually or in conjunction with our 1930s art-deco Assembly Hall, where you can dance the night away with up to 220 of your friends and family. Contact VenueLambeth today to speak to our friendly and experienced team of coordinators. Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW 0207 926 6940 |

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. The CarlTon Club luxury in The hearT of ST JameS’S Please contact Emily Bell on ~ 0207 399 0903 or visit for more information.

WWT LONDON WETLAND CENTRE 020 8409 4400 | Nestled on the outskirts of London within acres of nature reserve, pools and reed beds, WWT London provides the perfect backdrop for your day. Intimate nuptials of 42 guests take place in the Wetland Living, a thatched fisherman’s hut within the reserve. The Observatory is a beautiful split-level room that hosts 80 seated guests for your ceremony and boasts panoramic views across the reserve. This space can also accommodate your drinks reception with room for 165 standing. The Water’s Edge Room is the ideal space to dance the night away with capacity for 110 seated and 165 standing. This room benefits from dual aspect windows and its private balcony boasts views across the lakes and pools to the London skyline. All profit goes into national and global conservation so by booking your big day here you’ll be supporting the conservation of wetlands and wildlife and are offered a free one-year membership to WWT. THE AMADEUS 020 7286 1686 | A former Welsh Presbyterian chapel, The Amadeus is located in the heart of London’s Maida Vale, a short distance from Little Venice, the Grand Union canal and just 15 minutes from Marble Arch. Tastefully decorated in pale grey and blue with pale pink door arches and original colouredglass windows, the venue has a striking presence in its London setting, especially at night when tastefully lit with fairylights or uplighters. An exterior courtyard together with its rear garden provide valuable outside spaces for a drinks reception. Inside, guests find the venue is brimming with original features. The Upper Hall and Lower Hall are both exclusively available for celebrations for up to 200 guests. The entrance retains its original black and white mosaic marble floor and leads to the Lower Hall, with its vaulted ceiling. Wedding breakfasts can be held in the double-height Upper Hall, which houses a splendid horseshoe-shaped gallery and original pipe organ. LOCAL VENUES 23

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 3 0 P O R T M A N S Q U A R E , L O N D O N , W 1 H 7 B H HYATTREGENCYLONDON.COM

Al fresco Say ‘I do’ in these open-air settings THE MAINE MAYFAIR 020 3432 2192 | The MAINE Mayfair blends old-world British Elegance, New England extravagance and a touch of subterranean decadence, making it the perfect setting for a relaxed post-wedding celebration. There’s a choice of rooms over three floors including The Brasserie, The Tavern, The Drawing Room and a year-round hidden terrace. Directly off Bond Street and overlooking Medici Courtyard, in a tranquil sun-filled spot just off Hanover Square, the newly opened terrace is a hidden gem. Here, striped awnings, elegant wicker furniture and plenty of greenery provide the perfect backdrop for long, sunshine filled lunches and early evening dinners throughout the summer months. The entire venue can be privately hired for your big day and can host up to 350 guests with The Terrace alone accommodating 100. For the party animals out there, The Brasserie has a stage in the centre of the room where live bands can play to take you into the evening. VIBES 25 LOCAL VENUES

TREEHOUSE LONDON 020 7580 0111 | Although this venue isn’t truly outdoors, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you are! Perfectly placed high above London’s Regent Street, Treehouse Hotel provides the ideal location and backdrop for your reception. Celebrate and entertain in one of the hotel’s two thoughtfully designed and tech-ready private rooms or for larger parties of up to 350 guests, make a statement and take over the hotel’s restaurant, Madera at Treehouse London. Alternatively, hire Pizzeria Mozza restaurant for 120 seated guests or 200 reception style. This space is designed to feel as though you are transported to a wild Mediterranean garden with lush interior planting and trees. Take your gathering to new heights and fly up to The Nest, the 16th floor rooftop bar and lounge boasting a wrap-around terrace and breath-taking views of London. This area can be hired exclusively for up to 100 guests in a reception style inside, or when the weather’s nice up to 200 with the wrap-around terraces. The west facing terrace can also be booked privately for up to 100 people in the spring and summer months and its heaters and awnings offer protection from the testing London weather. LE GOTHIQUE 020 8870 6567 | The Grade II* listed Victorian Gothic-revival facade of Le Gothique is one of the best original exteriors of its kind in Britain. The spectacular towering spires, gargoyles and large statue of St. George give it a dreamy castle-like feel. An enchanting award-winning Secret Garden is found tucked within the venue. The perfect al fresco space for celebrations, it can be covered, heated and lit. A hard-standing patio with a barbecue is surrounded by neatly striped lawns and hanging floral baskets. Inside, the space is split into two levels, with formal dining on the mezzanine floor and a Gothic bar occupying the ground floor. A bronze statue of Bacchus, the god of wine, adorns the west wall. Outdoor weddings with 250 loved ones are accommodated in the Secret Garden and celebrations can also be held inside the venue in the Gothic Room for a maximum of 90 guests. The venue can also help couples arrive in style with its vintage Rolls Royce to hire. 26

£99 Get married on Wandsworth Common in a fairytale castle, all reception drinks, 3 courses, wine with meal and Champagne toast. NO HIRE FEE Le Gothique Wandsworth Common SW18 Le Gothique

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MORDEN HALL 020 8102 0553 | Morden Hall’s a romantic country house steeped in history and surrounded by 125 acres of National Trust parkland. Built in 1770s and lovingly restored in 2015, this venue’s been brought into the present day without losing the heart of its elegant history. This 18thcentury house exudes elegance, charm and sophistication with high ceilings and a real sense of character. There’s a collection of stunning spaces to use in the morning whilst you’re preparing for your big day and The Willow and Mulberry Suites are both options for your ceremony and reception seating 120 guests and 150 guests respectively for your nuptials and up to 200 for your evening party. Outdoors a tranquil oasis awaits you. Situated beside the River Wandle, the private lawn offers stunning photo opportunities with its beautiful old footbridge leading over the river and what’s more, Morden Hall’s exclusive use, which means you’ll have the place all to yourselves on your big day. THE GORING 020 7396 9000 | Built in 1910 on a quiet, leafy street in Belgravia and designed by the fashionable Edwardian architect, John Evelyn Trollope, The Goring is an elegant example of Edwardian Baroque. The neatly lined windows framed by light red brick, set against the large flowing union jack flags have become a well-recognised address. Interiors have been theatrically designed by Russell Sage. The glamorous Front Hall which is decked in hand-painted wallpaper depicting an English parkland – into which wild animals have escaped sets the subtle theme that continues throughout and outdoors the Goring’s Goring Garden is a delightful secret haven. You can choose from four rooms for your celebrations here. Accommodating 100 guests, the Garden Room is the largest and features its own conservatory area with a sliding wall of glass leading out to the gardens. Holder of a Michelin star and three AA Rosettes, The Dining Room offers an impeccable dining experience for 80 guests. Overlooking the garden, The Veranda caters for 40 guests and sits in a beautiful pavilion, linking the outdoor and indoor spaces and the Drawing Room has the relaxed sophistication of a grand English country house or a chic private city residence seating 12 loved ones. In January 2013, The Goring was granted a Royal Warrant of appointment to HM the Queen for Hospitality Services, and in 2016 The Dining Room was awarded its first Michelin star. 29 LOCAL VENUES

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forever Emily and Jonny had the day they’d always dreamed of in Wimbledon Images courtesy of Brett Harkness Photography Emily and Jonny met on Tinder around eight years ago. “We were both in the same year at university in Durham, so we had a lot of mutual friends, but we never actually met,” says Emily. At the time Emily was doing her master’s degree at Imperial College London and Jonny just so happened to be working in the city. “We arranged to meet up, but never did I think on our first date that we’d be together forever,” she adds. Their relationship started as a summer fling. “He invited himself to my family holiday that summer in Spain, and the rest is history – here we are now!” she adds. Jonny proposed at The Pig near Bath, on a bench in the gardens. “His grandparents used to own the property, so it’s a special place for the family,” Emily says. “It was a total surprise, although he was sweating a lot that day!”. After waiting an extra year due to Covid, their special day finally arrived – and it was well worth the wait. Here, Emily tells us more about it… TOGETHER 31 REAL WEDDINGS

Our table plan followed the floral theme of the day and was simple and elegant. We opted for long trestle tables and sat guests close to people they knew and were comfortable with. Our ceremony was at St Mary’s where I was confirmed, and my parents are regulars. This was an easy decision as Nils, the vicar who conducted the service, is close to our family. Our flower girls wore white dresses with big white bows and flower crowns. For our favours, Jonny’s mother made her own gin from the damsons in her garden. They were brewing that extra year longer due to Covid. We hosted our day in a sail tent marquee at my parent’s house in Wimbledon. The personal touch and excitement of doing it at home trumped the grandness of a big venue for us. I wore a Galia Lahav dress from Browns Brides. I’ve had my eye on that designer for years, as I love the detail in her gowns. I’ve been looking at her dresses ever since Beyonce got married in one. I finished my look with Jimmy Choo heels, Tiffan y diamond earrings that I borrowed from my mother, my something blue was an aquamarine that my da d bought for my 18th, I wore my grandmother’s diamond bracelet (something old) and my something new was my dress and veil. My bridesmaids wore pink maxi dresses from Coast and my sister, maid of honour, wore an ivory long silk dress – she did a Pippa Middleton! Jonny and his groomsmen wore morning suits and waistcoats from Favourbrook. Apart from being th e best looking of course, he stood out by wearing a b aby pink waistcoat and tie and houndstooth trousers. 32

Each layer of our cake was a different flavour and it was covered in buttercream and finished with white roses from our florist. Our florist Denise created huge arrangements along the bottom of the marquee, and at the entrance to my parent’s garden. We created a walkway down the driveway with blossom trees surrounded by candles. It looked stunning. For our centrepieces we placed floral displays down the centre of the tables that included greenery, roses an d a variety of white flowers, with long tapered candles . We also placed bottles filled with single stems around the marquee. Delphiniums are my absolute favourite, so we had them going down the aisle at the church and at the entrance to the marquee. We had lots of green and white in our bouquets a nd décor. 33 REAL WEDDINGS

Our day was incredible. We were completely overwhelmed, excited and amazed that we had the day we’d always dreamed about. Jonny and his groomsmen did a surprise dance for everyone after the first dance to It’s Raining Men. It was pretty epic, even though a few ushers looked like they were dying inside! A memorable moment was having our bridesmaids and groomsmen on Wimbledon Common taking the most incredible photos whilst swigging from bottles of champagne. We couldn’t have done the day without my mother and sister. My mother spent so much time and threw everything into our wedding and my sister held me together for the last few weeks. My brother drove Jonny and I in his old Land Rover Defender. It looked great with the just married sign and flowers. Music’s so important to us so we had lots of entertainment! In the church we had a string quartet, trumpet and a classical singer for my entrance and a choir. From the reception onwards we were looked after by Function Fever. We had a jazz trio in reception, a pianist over dinner, and a live band. We had a London bus to take people from the church to reception. The key piece that made the marquee stand out was a large tree that was put on a podium in the middle of the circular bar with up lighting, it was fantastic, a real wow piece. EMILY AND JONNY’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, St Marys Church, | Marquee, Sail Tent Company, | Photographer, Brett Harness Photography, | Dresses, Browns Brides, | Coast, Hair stylist, Lulu Blonde, | Make-up artist, Philippa Louise Makeup, | Suits, Favourbrook, | Cake, Cutter & Squidge, | Flowers, The B & D Flower Company, | Transport, Gold Chauffer Services, | Stationery, Coombe Stationers & Printers Ltd, | Catering, Caper & Berry, | Wedding rings, Michael Platt, | Engagement ring, Michael Rose, | Entertainment, Function Fever, | Sleek Chix, Our tables were named after the venues of mine and Jonny’s youth. Klute and Loveshack in Durham, Lang Kwai Fong in Hong Kong where I was born, Mahiki in London, Rose & Crown in Wimbledon and Infernos, Jonny’s favourite place in Clapham. I surprised Jonny with a performance by The Sleeke Chix. They did three songs, Love on Top, Say a Little Prayer and Proud Mary and they were fabulous. 34