Your London Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 87)

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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 82 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on creating a big day on a budget 85 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2023 VENUES 19 KEEP IT LOCAL Where to tie the knot in East London 23 HOTEL HOTSPOTS Venues with overnight options On the cover This issue’s gorge us cover has been sponsored by Kensington & Chelsea Venues ( It was captured by Lara Arnott Photography ( at the wedding of Danielle and Adam on Sunday 4th September 2022, in The Orangery, Holland Park. 59 23 FEATURES 47 PLANNING SOS Your wedmin top tips 53 DECOR INSPIRATION Create the ultimate backdrop with these gorgeous ideas 56 CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS We’ve put together the ultimate guide to pets at weddings to help you create the perfect day 59 CHANGING LANDSCAPES From the Old Town Hall to the Albert Bridge, the bustling backdrop of Chelsea sets the scene for this local shoot 3

REAL WEDDINGS 29 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Emma and Dan shared their fun-filled day with loved ones at The Bedford 34 MEET ME IN THE TREEHOUSE Bhavina and Priyam loved every minute of their nature-inspired four-day extravaganza 41 SECOND TIME LUCKY Iona and Chris’ day oozed City chic HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete 94 THE PERFECT GETAWAY We’ve rounded up some of the best mini-moon destinations in Europe 96 DOWN BY THE RIVER Discover The Great House in Sonning, part of the Coppa Club collection of hotels and restaurants GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 88 MIDNIGHT MAGIC With celestial-themed weddings becoming all the rage, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite out-of-this-world products FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 STRIKING SILHOUETTES Make your entrance in style in a fabulous fishtail dress, a fairytale-inspired ballgown or a slinky little number 71 SUSTAINABLE STYLES These designers offer something green as they promote their latest collections created using eco-friendly fabrics 75 BRIGHT AND BOLD Bridesmaids will love the colourful dresses and accessories in store this season 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 78 THE HAIR NECESSITIES Achieve wedding-ready locks with multi-awardwinning celebrity hair stylist and TV hair expert Vicki Lord 79 THE TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR Find your way to wedding wellness by managing that sweet tooth with help from expert nutritionists 80 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 65 29 90 86 76 4

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It’s new year and that means either you’re another year closer or it’s finally the year of your big day… exciting! I just love the feeling that January brings. There are no January blues for me – I always feel excited at what’s to come in the year ahead. It’s a fresh start, a time to reflect and reset and kick the year off with the best will in the world to achieve everything I set out to achieve (usually carried over from the year before, and always involves winning the lottery – I can but dream!). Then comes February and Valentine’s Day! You can’t miss it can you? As John Paul Young sang, Love is in the air, everywhere I look around, Love is in the air, every sight and every sound… So true! What better time to enjoy your date nights and take inspiration from the romantic feeling that’s all around you – from the gorgeous flowers to the themed menus and lush hues of reds and pinks. Whether you’re in the throes of wedding planning or just starting out, this issue is sure to get you in the mood for creating the day of your dreams! Check out where to tie the knot in East London on page 19 and our pick of hotel venues on page 23, local pros share their planning top tips on page 47 and get your Pintrest board at the ready with our venue styling feature on page 53. Our gorgeous real weddings are on pages 29, 34 and 41 and check out our local shoot on page 59 for even more big-day inspiration. Happy Valentine’s and of course – happy planning! Sarah x arah Gallivan, Editor Love is in the air Dan and Emma’s ‘first look’ outside the church was a precious moment captured on camera A protest and lack of transport didn’t stop Iona from getting to her ceremony! Take away the travel stress by hosting your day in a venue with overnight options 29 23 41 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 Cullen | Senior Editor, Grooms and Honeymoons Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Artwork & Content Coordinator Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 556 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. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS

How cool were Bhavina and Priyam’s wedding wheels! Iona accessorised with a Jesus Pedro cape for that added wow – love this! 34 41 Not sure when to send your invites out, how many you’ll need or what design to opt for? Fear not, our Planning SOS has it covered – Page 51 47 I adore the intricate detailing of Bhavina’s saree and lehenga – she looked amazing in each and every piece 41 The perfect example of a classical white cake, transformed into a showstopper with blooms 34 Create your dreamy backdrop with these venue styling top tips 59 The perfect inspiration for a Valentine bouquet 53 59 Bustling Chelsea sets the scene for this stunning shoot EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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All the latest from the city TEA PARTY WITH YOUR HENS If you’re in the throes of planning your hen party and love a good brew you’re in luck because Bird & Blend Tea Co has just launched two new classes for 2023, that’d be perfect for your celebration – the Magic Potions Brewing Workshop and Cocktail Tea Mixology Masterclass. The Magic Potions Brewing Workshop invites guests to take an immersive step into conjuring up shimmering, colour changing and whimsical tea-infused potions – all whilst the smoke swirls, the smells take over and the senses awaken. The Cocktail Tea Mixology Masterclass will teach you and your guests how to have fun whilst making cocktail syrups, concentrates and garnishes, and offer the knowledge and skills to elevate your favourite drinks. All of this whilst enjoying tea and cocktail tasting! Both events are taking place at the Islington and Portobello Road Bird & Blend Tea Co. locations and cost £45 per head. For more information and to book, visit SUSTAINABLE BRIDE Indiebride London, one of the first sustainable bridalwear brands in London to offer handmade bohemian and romantic gowns has launched its new collection for 2023. As with each collection at Indiebride London, the dresses are inspired by the materials that are available to source at that moment in time, offering an authentic, alternative and honest approach to bridalwear. The gowns are designed to be worn with confidence at natural, rustic and bohemian-style celebrations. The collection introduces three new vegan materials, which are made of Tencel Lyocell, with the aim to replace the ivory silk and crinkled silk chiffon originally used to welcome vegan brides into the Indiebride world. While the wedding industry anticipates an increase of brides seeking vegan-friendly gowns, the collection is designed for everyone who seeks a wedding dress that offers a level of comfort that’s hard to find elsewhere, as well as a non-formal gown that remains stylish and fashion focused. Located within an atmospheric church on Brixton Road, the Indiebride London studio awaits. Born in 2008, Indiebride London has developed over the years, transforming from a ready-to-wear brand before establishing itself as the go-to bridal studio for heirloom quality gowns with a sustainable edge. To book an appointment and view the new collection, check out TRINITY HOUSE AND BOX CLEVER Situated on Tower Hill with direct views of the Tower of London, Trinity House has teamed up with one of its preferred caterers, Box Clever Events, to offer a new two-hour ceremony package. The package is perfect for those looking for an intimate, pareddown ceremony without compromising on luxury and includes exclusive use of Trinity House for two hours for up to 130 guests, choice of four Box Clever canapes per person, two serving staff plus tables, leather crested chairs, glasses and serving trays and no corkage or other charges applied to alcohol and other beverages supplied by you. Trinity House is an elegant and romantic venue with spacious interiors that create the ambience of a grand private residence. Behind the building’s imposing neo-classical façade, are five graceful banqueting rooms – The Library, The Court Room, The Pepys Room, Luncheon Room and Reading Room. The venue’s beautiful Reception Hall, with its sweeping, twin-curved staircase, houses remarkable maritime artefacts that bear testament to the prominent role played by Trinity House in the nation’s maritime history and as the home of the General Lighthouse Authority. Visit and to find out more. NEWS @benmellishheadshots Nearlywed @benmellishheadshots 9 NEWS

HEART TO HEART With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Pierre Marcolini has launched a new ‘Cœur à Cœur’ chocolate collection, which would be a delightful gift or favour for your guests. The collection makes opposing flavours confront each other and includes some surprising fruits and spices such as yuzu, tangerine and Madagascan vanilla with Timut pepper. Hearts Unite would make a tasty favour. These chewy bites combine two halves of a heart. On the red side, the crunchy Piedmont hazelnut and Japanese charred sesame are accompanied by a Quimper lace topped with a hazelnut Gianotti. On the pink side, a tender hazelnut praline is sprinkled with hazelnut chips. The Heart Box would be a beautiful bridal party gift. This metal box includes vanilla-pepper, hazelnut or Yuzu mandarin hearts, nougats, caramel palettes, or milk twists. Both products and the rest of the new collect are available to buy in the Marylebone boutique, Harrods and Selfridges and via the online store IMMUNE-BOOSTING TREATMENTS K Spa at K West Hotel & Spa in West London, has the perfect treatment on offer this winter… hot-cold therapy! K Spa’s snow room is filled with the finest natural snow and the cabin is chilled to the icy temperature of -15ºC. This experience mimics the Finnish tradition of hot-cold therapy, allowing guests to alternate between freezing and steamy environments. The benefits of hot-cold therapy include boosting the immune system, fighting off any cold or flu bugs, sleeping better, cleansing the body of toxins and generally feeling great. As well as this, guests can book one-hour slots to enjoy the spa’s hydrotherapy pool with submerged power jet seats, aromatic herbal steam room, Scandinavian-style sauna, sanarium, six beautifully designed treatment rooms and the spa’s dry flotation room. To complete the experience, fill your personal foot bath with hot, bubbly water and soak away the stresses in your feet. After all treatments guests are encouraged to unwind in their own individual relaxation pod in the Relax Room. Find out more and book by visiting the website AWARD WINNING BEAUTY Local make-up artist Nawar Raichura has been on a winning streak over the past few months with two awardwins to her name. Nawar won the coveted title Make-up Artist of the Year by the British Association in Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology and won the International Wedding Global Makeup Artist 2022 by the International Wedding Awards. She was also a Wedding Makeup Artist of the Year Finalist 2022, by The Wedding Industry Awards and Makeup Artist of the Year Finalist 2023, by the UK Hair and Beauty Awards. Nawar’s a professional make-up artist with more than 10 years of experience, who strives to create elegant looks that make her clients stand out from the crowd. She offers a complete make-up service for the bridal party. This typically starts with a trial where Nawar will work with her bride-to-be to understand what the perfect look means to her; no two brides are the same. On the big day, Nawar will make sure you look breathtakingly flawless and camera-ready for the most memorable day of your life. To follow and find out more about Nawar Raichura head to HALFPENNY LONDON LAUNCHES ‘COURAGE’ Halfpenny London launches its new collection for 2023, Courage. “Designing for 2023 made me think back to being 23 years old, so full of exuberance and bravery, at the very beginning of my career,” says Founder and Designer Kate Halfpenny. “Back then, I always had the courage to turn right when all signs pointed left. Thinking back, I may have been more naive than brave, but what a wonderful thing to be able to look back at my younger self. What message would I give her? There’s a lot that I could say, but mostly I’d encourage her to believe in herself. To be brave. To have courage.” With this collection, Kate wishes to inspire courage in every woman. It’s a celebration of courageous acts, of rebellions against the status quo, and the conviction to forge one’s own path. “We’ve created a diverse, playful edit of bold silhouettes and thoughtfully constructed pieces and continued to push the boundaries of our fabrics in new and unexpected ways. The clever construction offers new styling opportunities for the big day and beyond,” says Kate. Visit to view the new collection and to find out more. 10

Situated in Greenwich World Heritage Site, The Fan Museum is the only museum dedicated entirely to the history, culture and craft of the fan. Our Grade II* listed buildings are the perfect site for our internationally significant collections, and our Orangery is the perfect venue for your special day. To arrange a viewing, please get in touch. The Fan Museum 12 Crooms Hill London SElO 8ER 020 8305 1441

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURLONDON.WEDDING TIERS OF JOY On the search for a delicious, showstopper of a cake? You’re in luck because we’re offering our readers a fabulous discount with Den Bake Shop. Owner, Maxine Monu produces everything on her menu from her kitchen in Harlesden, so you’ll get that homemade taste with a quality finish! She loves what she does and that shines through in her amazing bakes. The process to book with Den Bake Shop is simple. First be sure to taste a selection of flavours by grabbing yourself one of Maxine’s postal cake boxes. If she’s available on your chosen date, she’ll offer you a free initial 30-minute consultation. Based on that, she’ll create two designs for you to review before you make your final choice. You secure your booking by paying a 50 per cent deposit, put Maxine in touch with your planner or venue, and leave the rest to her – simple! All couples booking with Den Bake Shop by 28th February, 2023, will receive 10 per cent off the total price of your wedding package. Just mention YourLondonWedding23 when you get in touch. Visit for more information and to see Maxine’s portfolio of delicious bakes. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs DISCO DIVAS London’s Sleeke Chix provide a variety of live music entertainment options for weddings and events. They offer a selection of shows so you can choose the style of music that you prefer and their repertoire spans from the 1960s to now including Motown soul, disco, jazz, RnB and pop. Collectively Sleeke Chix have worked with global recording artists such as Soul II Soul, Sister Sledge, James Arthur, Paloma Faith, Leona Lewis and Jools Holland to name a few, been seen on mainstream television, performed in musical theatre, film, and more! With this level experience between them, there’s no doubt that they’ll deliver a world-class performance for your special day. We’ve teamed up with Sleeke Chix to offer all couples booking a silver package (two 45-minute sets accompanied by a live band), a free upgrade to the gold package, which includes two 60-minute sets with the live band. To receive this fabulous offer, bookings must be made by 28th February 2023, and you need to quote Your London Wedding when booking. Check out to find out more and to hear the live performances for yourself. WIN A TEAM HEN BUNDLE Fresh to Team Hen’s digital shelves are these new bride-to-be must-haves. The new Bride Make Up Bag (£14), complete with gold and chenille sewn-on patches, is ideal for stashing all those daily make up essentials in – and will look pictureperfect in the getting ready snaps on the big day! The matching Bride Weekend Bag (£38) is your new go-to holdall for both the hen do and honeymoon and can be paired with the coordinating Bride Travel Pouch (£16). All of the items are available to order in the brand’s blue Wifey design too! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a Team Hen Bride bag bundle including a make up bag, weekend bag and travel bag worth £68! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 16TH APRIL, 2023 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the festive period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. 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. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, 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... GREATEXPECTATIONS

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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 ESSEX LONDON SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA KENT SUN 5 FEB HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB Home Park, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4AD SUN 26 MAR HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA TO BE CONFIRMED PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 16 APR SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM SUN 19 FEB MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 14 MAY BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SAT 1 APR HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM SUN 15 JAN BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 12 MAR LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023

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Scan to view video local Where to tie the knot in East London 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 refined 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. KEEP IT 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 to create a stunning winter wonderland. 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 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. 19 LOCAL VENUES

HACKNEY TOWN HALL 020 8356 5505 | The striking architecture of Hackney Town Hall makes quite an impression, it is a Grade II Listed building in the heart of Mare Street E8. With its symmetrical main frontage built with Portland stone, the borough’s coat of arms is centred proudly above the front balcony. Not forgetting the iconic Town Hall Steps, it’s everyone’s favourite confetti photo spot. The Town Hall Square surrounding the front of the town hall boasts palm trees and well tended gardens. It is a perfect spot to meet for some picturesque photos before you enter the town hall and a welcomed resting spot for many. Hackney Town Hall offers stunning Art Deco Glamour from the moment you step through the door. You’re welcomed by the grand entrance hall and staircase boasting original 1930’s features. With magnificent sash windows in the assembly hall and the incredible glass roof in the Atria, light floods in abundance creating the perfect backdrop. Ceremonies of 200 guests take place in the North Atrium. There’s also the Council Chamber with Regal fixed seating for 120 – a grand town hall ceremonial space – and also the Committee Rooms seat 100 guests and boast a classic Art Deco 1930s-vibe. Receptions of up to 250 guests are hosted in the Assembly Rooms, which offers a separate entrance with grand staircase, original 1930s dancefloor and sash windows throughout as well as LED lighting and it includes the lavish Bridgetown bar. The North Atrium accommodates 100 loved ones and boasts a state-of the-art glass roof to create the ambience of dining alfresco whatever the weather. SHOREDITCH STUDIOS 07824 643 133 | Located in the heart of Shoreditch and nestled under Victorian railway arches, Shoreditch Studios is a beautifully converted and historic space that’s perfect for your East London nuptials. The warehouse-style venue consists of two interlinked studio spaces as well as a spacious outdoor area, and as one of London’s leading photographic studios for fashion shoots; benefits from crisp white infinity coves which provide a stunning and picture-perfect backdrop for your ceremony and reception. The interconnected studios offer seamless changeovers throughout your day from your ceremony and cocktail hour to your wedding breakfast and reception party. Outdoors your guests can make the most of the huge courtyard during the afternoon and early evening and you have the option of dry-hire DIY or bespoke wedding planning and catering packages so there’s something for everyone here. The largest space here can host 170 guests for your ceremony and up to 200 for your evening celebration with ample space for a dancefloor. 20

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 18th-century 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. MUSEUM OF THE HOME | Housed in almshouses built in 1714, the Museum of the Home hosts a collection of items dedicated to life in the home. Built of dark red brick, the Grade-1 listed buildings boast a rustic aesthetic and surround the expansive Kingsland Lawns on three sides. Vine canopied doorsteps and a wooden 20th-century balcony create some romantic spaces next to the gardens. As well as the gallery the museum has a variety of spaces that are adaptable for weddings. With panoramic views over the Gardens Through Time, the Atrium is bright and open, with a distinctive glass ceiling and red-brick walls. This is the largest indoor space, suited to groups of 100 guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast and 150 for the evening celebrations. The Studio seats up to 80 for your nuptials, followed by post-ceremony drinks on the private terrace opening into the gardens and The Georgian Suite is well suited to an intimate celebration of 40 guests with its doors open directly onto the Museum’s expansive lawns. The Pavilion is a light, flexible and modern space that’s fully accessible from the Museum or the Gardens Through Time. The room includes built-in AV such as speakers and portable microphones, and there’s space for up to 60 guests. At the heart of the Museum, you’ll find the original almshouse chapel that seats 40 for your ceremony. This is a beautiful, high-ceilinged space complete with wooden pews and pulpit. Choose from the Reading Lounge with a stunning wooden staircase and warm, lounge-like atmosphere, or exit the chapel directly onto the Kingsland Lawns for a post-ceremony drinks reception. Private access for your guests to the Museum’s galleries can be included in the hire of these spaces. Outdoors, The Gardens Through Time, which display the evolution of private gardens throughout the centuries, offer stunning opportunities for your photos. 21 LOCAL VENUES

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Hotel Venues with overnight options 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. 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. Overnight options here include 440 sophisticated guest rooms and suites, all inspired by Sir Winston Churchill’s classic British style, so your loved ones can relax knowing they don’t need to arrange transport at the end of the evening. HOTSPOTS 23 HOTEL VENUES

ST PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL 020 7841 3540 | lonpr-st-pancras-renaissance-hotel-london Experience the grandeur of the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London on your special day. Originally opened in 1873, guests are welcomed with five-star amenities, spacious rooms and superb service. Once being the location where Hansom Carriages drew up to drop off wealthy passengers, the Hansom Hall oozes historic charm. Combining Victorian splendor with modern style, this magnificent space can accommodate up to 280 guests. From here, guests can also access the Hansom Hall Terrace, which is available for exclusive hire. Overlooking the British Library this rooftop is perfect for any social occasion. The Gallery or Ladies’ Smoking Room are ideal options for more intimate celebrations and each boast stunning décor. Located at the heart of this venue is the breath-taking grand staircase. You can host a drinks reception here and what’s more, couples can now propose on the staircase with the hotel’s proposal package. The hotel rooms and suites combine a sense of elegant history with modern comfort including plush bedding, soaring ceilings and inviting decor. Choose to upgrade to a suite to enjoy expanded living rooms and access to exclusive amenities at the hotel’s Chambers Club. Guests can take advantage of the spa, gym and stunning indoor pool and dine in the atmospheric Booking Office. Housed in St Pancras Station’s original ticket hall, the restaurant serves the finest cuisine. WEST LODGE PARK HOTEL 020 8216 3900 | West Lodge Park is a stunning hotel with a rich history. Situated in 35 acres of rolling countryside, this venue’s a romantic, luxury setting within easy reach of London. All accessed by an impressive drive, the landscaped Beale Arboretum, Garden Pavilion and historic 16th-century lodge offer the perfect backdrop for your day. The interiors at West lodge Park are elegant and relaxed, paying homage to their historic past while delivering beautifully designed, modern bedrooms. With space for 100 guests, The Garden Pavilion situated on the croquet lawn under the stunning giant redwoods is the latest addition here and the premier place to host your ceremony. More intimate gatherings can be accommodated in a variety of rooms that cater for 10 to 80 loved ones. For your reception, the largest space is the marquee. Located on the lawn beside the national collection of hornbeam trees, this state-of-the-art setting can host up to 200 guests. When booking, couples receive a complimentary menu tasting, a bridal suite for the wedding night and a full English breakfast the next morning. 24

JW MARRIOTT GROSVENOR HOUSE LONDON 020 7399 8075| Situated in one of London’s most exclusive locations in the heart of Mayfair, JW Grosvenor House London is a magnificent 5-star setting for your special day. There’s a choice of 23 banqueting suites, featuring floor to ceiling windows, abundant daylight, decadent chandeliers and views overlooking Hyde Park. The Great Room has welcomed royalty, presidents, actors and musicians for the most exclusive and lavish events since 1929 and with a capacity of 2,000 guests to dine banquet style, this has always been the jewel in Grosvenor House’s crown. The Art Deco-inspired Ballroom boasts original features and accommodates 1,000 guests for receptions and 450 for a dinner dance. The exclusive Park Lane entrance offers a glamorous red carpet arrival, coupled with a spacious interconnected foyer for lavish welcome receptions and all-night dancing. The elegant Court Suite provides a distinctive setting with high ceilings and natural daylight, for up to 180 guests and 86 Park Lane at Grosvenor House offers a selection of 20 intimate event spaces that can be tailored to meet your requirements. The individually furnished rooms are complemented by the venue’s team of chefs offering sensational food and beverages and a dedicated team of experts whose inspired service and attention to detail seamlessly craft your day. Friends and family can stay the night in a choice of 423 guest rooms and 73 suites and enjoy the numerous restaurants and lounges, onsite fitness suite, executive lounge and hair salon. 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. 25 HOTEL VENUES


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Love at Emma and Dan shared their fun-filled day with loved ones at The Bedford Images courtesy of David Christopher Photography FIRST SIGHT Emma and Dan met at a music festival in Clapham during one of the sets. “Dan saw me in the crowd and came over to talk to me – the attraction was immediate,” Emma recalls. “Not many people get to experience love at first sight, but we certainly did!” Three happy years later during the November 2020 lockdown, Dan proposed. “It was very sweet because we’d planned on getting engaged but then when the country went into another lockdown, I thought it’d never happen,” says Emma. But Dan had other ideas. “He totally surprised me by meeting with the jewellers on Zoom and ended up securing an engagement ring and proposing just weeks later!” she says. Dan popped the question at Clapham Common where they’d met three years earlier. “We’d gone for a morning stroll and all the bystanders starting clapping it was the sweetest thing ever. We then spent the day walking around London going back to all of our favourite city spots and reliving memories of our three years of dating,” she adds. Their stunning day took place two years later and here, Emma shares all the details… 29 REAL WEDDINGS

Dan and I did a ‘first look’ outside the church before walking down the aisle. It was a precious moment for just the two of us to see each other, tell each other how beautiful we looked, cry a little, and then go get married in front of all of our friends and family. Dan wore a custom three-piece navy suit by Moss Bros. His groomsmen wore similar suits but Dan’s tie was a darker shade to make him stand out. During the day I wore a Mori Lee A-line dress that was full lace, just like my mother’s wedding dress. We’re very active in our church community on C lapham Common, so it was a no brainer we’d get married at Holy Trini ty Clapham. The Grade II listed building is gorgeous. We wanted a reception venue within a few miles of church and one that was a blank canvas to create our dream and The Bedford in Balham achieved both. I accessorised with a cathedral-length veil that I borrowed from my unofficial second mum! My shoes were clear jewelled Louboutins. I felt absolutely amazing in them. Our bridesmaids wore grey dresses with whatever jewellery they wanted to complement the look in their own individual styles. 30

I went big with the flowers at the reception venue. We had huge centrepieces to glam the space up. We decorated the pew ends with foliage to tie in with our theme. We had a beautiful floral arch at the entrace to the church. I loved the tarnished wood floors paired with our elegant white flowers – the whole vibe just worked so well and I was so pleased with how my vision came to life. Our day was a no-color color scheme. I wanted all white flowers with hints of green, grey and navy. It looked very romantic and whimsical. Since our vicar married us, the church ceremony was my favourite part of the day. It was perfect. I walked down the aisle to Lover by Taylor Swift being played by my good friends. I loved our scripture readings and the message delivered by our vicar – it definitely set the scene to just how much effort and planning went into creating our day. Our confetti shot as we left the church was an amazing moment. We ordered a lot of confetti, but it totally paid off because the photos and videography are some of our favourites! We transferred the floral pedestals from the church and they completely transformed the pub’s ballroom. Our stationery, order of the day and table plan were all designed to complement our white and green theme and they all came together perfectly. 31 REAL WEDDINGS

Our first dance was a slow rendition of Summer by Calvin Harris. It means a lot because we met in the summer at a DJ set. It was the highlight of the reception and we loved sharing that special moment. Dan and I also love taking photos, so it seemed only right to have a selfie station with a flower wall backdrop and custom Mr & Mrs Young sign! We also had a photobooth! The guests loved it. Our friend from church is a professional musician and we hired his group, The Killer Groove. We wanted a party, so we went with the six-piece band and DJ combo to have more than four hours of entertainment. Our wedding planner, Ella, recommended a coloured water glass to add a pop of colour. They added so much to the entire room without taking away from our classic white theme. EMMA AND DAN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venues, Holy Trinity Clapham,; The Bedford, | Photographer, David Christopher Photography, | Dress, London Bride UK, | Hair stylist, The Chelsea Hairdresser, | Make-up artist, Rebecca Brown Makeup, | Suits, Moss Bros, | Cake, Little House of Baking, | Flowers, Monstera Floral Design, | Transport, Rent a Routemaster, | Stationery, Minted, | Rings, Madisons, | Décor - flower wall, flower arch, chair sashes, Forever and a Day Events, | Photobooth, The Photobooth Guys, | Place card cookies, Take the Biscuit, | Videographer, I Will Video, | Wedding planner, Ella Hartig Events, Our place cards doubled as guest favours. A local baker created name tag cookies. I’m a huge baker myself and this was a way to include one of my favourite hobbies. They were delicious and got all the guests talking the second they sat down and saw the delicious treats. Our friends and family signed a wooden guest b ook board for us to display as a memento of our day. We ordered 500 glow sticks for our guests to light up the dancefloor. Everyone had such a fun time with them. We even had a glow stick limbo! We opted for a three-tiered buttercream cake decorated with eucalyptus. The flavours were vanilla, white chocolate and raspberry, and lemon elderflower. We travelled to our reception in a London Routemaster bus. Everyone absolutely loved it – especially the photo opp at the back hanging off the pole! It was such a treat seeing everyone’s faces light up when they saw it. Our must-have songs were Levitating and Shake it Off! We coordinated that Shake it Off would come on when I switched out of my wedding gown into my party fringe mini dress to literally shake it off in! 32