Your London Wedding - September/October 2023 (Issue 91)

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the city 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 71 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice 89 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 VENUES 19 LOST IN A DREAM These showstopping venues leave a lasting impression 25 ROMANTIC REFLECTIONS Discover these waterside properties around London On the cover This issue’s stunning cover has been sponsored by London-based Mia La Vida Bridal ( Founded by bespoke dress and bridalwear designer, Tanya Dimitrova, the model is wearing a gorgeous gown called Storm. The image was captured by John Lekan, of London-based Camera Boss ( 75 19 FEATURES 48 WISHING HUE A WONDERFUL WEDDING DAY Check out our wedspirational guide to palette perfection whatever the season 51 BON APPÉTITE Keeping your guests from going hungry with these local catering companies 75 FINDING THE ONE Local bridal boutiques share trending gowns for all types of wedding themes 3

REAL WEDDINGS 32 THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER Kate and Justin’s wedding day saw their dreams come true 39 SUNSET VIBES AND HAPPY TIMES Surrounded by loved ones, Emma and Seb’s day was perfect 44 LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH Lex and Andy’s wedding was injected with plent of fun at Myatts Field Park HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 86 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave 88 TOTAL BODY BLISS Experience a weekend of wellness and total body bliss at Warwickshire’s Ardencote Spa GROOMS 78 SOMETHING BLUE Be inspired by this on-trend hue 80 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 81 SKIN DEEP WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 STYLE ALERT Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season 56 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 61 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance in style wearing statement sleeves to take you from day to dancefloor 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 66 LADY OF THE DANCE Strictly’s Luba Mushtuk talks health, wellbeing and the all-important first dance 69 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 56 32 84 64 80 4

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Kate and Justin’s four-legged friends made an appearance on their special day! Yorkies Tybalt and Rupert are the first dogs to be approved inside St. Paul’s Cathedral for a wedding and wore cute monogram tuxedos with matching bespoke top hats. Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your London Wedding! As the warmer weather starts to fade and the darker evenings creep in, it’s time to welcome autumn with open arms. There’s nothing better than an autumnal stroll hand-in-hand; plus, I’m a jumper girl at heart and love wrapping up warm. I’m in heaven when getting cosy on the sofa with a blanket and hot chocolate while watching my favourite Halloween film. I’m a big kid, so I couldn’t be more excited to go pumpkin picking and bringing out my cottage-core decorations around my home. I’ve also challenged myself to do homemade baking – I’ve made butter, jam and chutneys. My next goal is to create the perfect homemade bread and rolls! The scenery has embraced shares of orange, red and yellow this time of year, which creates the ultimate backdrop for weddings. Embrace the rich tones and seasonal foliage in your venue styling for autumnal nuptials – I’m talking berries, acorns, dahlias and hydrangeas. This can also be transpired throughout your stationery, florals and cake. Add incense around your venue with scents like pumpkin spice or cinnamon for that extra wow factor. Fill your venue with candles to enhance the romantic atmosphere; we suggest LED candles as a safe, child-friendly alternative. There are many ways to add special seasonal touches to your day. Have you considered a hot chocolate station with marshmallows, syrups and chocolate flakes? Add a box of blankets to keep loved ones from getting chilly when the temperature drops in the evening, and why not offer spice-scented candles for wedding favours? We love seeing couples take guests outside to enjoy sparklers and fireworks to light up the dark sky while ending the night with a bang. For those just starting their wedding journey, autumn is the perfect time to visit a few wedding shows to discover plenty of companies and look around venues. Meeting suppliers in person will allow you to gauge what the team are like and if they’re a good fit for your day. You can view their work, keep up-to-date with the latest trends, find inspiration and ask plenty of questions. Some suppliers even offer special discounts or offers at events, so grab your loved ones for a fun day of wedding planning. This issue is bursting full of inspiration thanks to the wonderful suppliers around London! We have autumnal must-haves, drawdropping weddings, showstopping venues, expert advice, gowns galore and top honeymoon destinations. Flick to our beauty pages to discover the latest product launches and wellness advice, or discover all the latest happenings from around the city across our news pages. We also have whole features dedicated to wedding catering and boutiques to help the planning process. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia Olivia Gibson, Editor Autumnal vibes We cannot get enough of this striking gown from Angelica Bridal with a V-neckline, chiffon material, skirt split and embroidered tulle. 75 32 51 How delicious do these pizzas look from wedding caters Born & Raised ‒ yum! ISSN 1757-7810 Your London Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS EDITORIAL Editor Olivia Gibson | 01376 535 611 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 ADVERTISING Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 495

Psst, one lucky couple will win a romantic break in Yorkshire! For those searching for a dreamworthy venue, look no further than Dartmouth House in Mayfair. Emma and Seb both looked incredible on their special day! The pair tied the knot at Islington Town Hall before celebrating with loved ones at Shoreditch Studios. Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season – it’s not hard to see why! Groom Andy looked dapper in a laid-back yet stylish linen suit and his pièce de résistance was his signature shoe ‒ the Boston Birkenstock. Find the perfect bridal jewellery with help from expert Katy Ostro at Something Blue by Ostro. 89 19 39 55 44 71 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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LET THE PLANNING COMMENCE! Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life and what better way to celebrate than a day out with your partner or wedding party. County Wedding Magazines have teamed up with The National Wedding Show as media partners, the show returns to London (ExCeL) 14th and 15th October for a full weekend of unbridled wedding inspiration. Chat to hundreds of local and national suppliers, try on dreamy dresses, get the scoop at insider talks and make the most of some unique discounts too. After all, when it comes to planning the biggest day of your lives, every little helps. Treat yourself to VIP tickets and receive special benefits on the day including access to the relaxing VIP lounge, a complimentary drink and a goody bag filled with beauty treats. Plus, reserved seating at the catwalk, because who doesn’t want the be on the FROW for once? What’s more, you can enjoy 10% off website prices (and up to 35% off door prices) on both VIP and standard tickets. Simply use the ticket code ‘CountyWedding10’ at checkout and you’ll get standard tickets for £16.50 or VIP tickets for just £32. Check out Buy tickets here: EDITOR, OLIVIA GIBSON, REVIEWS A LONDON ICON! After a few months, with life generally getting in the way, I needed a relaxing trip away to spend quality time with my partner – what better location than the iconic Town Hall Hotel? Located in the vibrant East End of London, just a leisurely five-minute walk to Bethnal Green Station, the imposing building makes a lasting impression and was previously the old Bethnal Green Town Hall. The Grade-II listed site has been lovingly transformed into the luxurious Hotel today, boasting 97 bedrooms and intact Edwardian features. From the moment we walked through the door, we were captivated by the grand marble entranceway, striking focal staircase and Art Deco interior that surrounded us. After being welcomed by the friendly staff, we headed to our suite; immaculately clean, spacious and with all the amenities needed for a memorable stay. I loved the style: modern furniture, light hardwood floors, neutral walls, pops of colour with the plush sofa, armchair, artwork and light fixtures ‒ I was in décor heaven! The contemporary bathroom featured a large bath, Holm toiletries, robes and slippers, perfect for a relaxing soak. I love that guests can enjoy beauty and spa treatments from the comfort of their own room with a range of massages, facials and hair and make-up services, making it ideal for a spot of pre- or post-wedding pampering! The kitchen area provided all the equipment needed for a cosy night in with a microwave, oven, hob, washing facilities, fridge freezer and stone-top work surface. We whisked up delicious brownies before relaxing in the living room in front of the flat-screen TV for a movie night. Our room provided an escape from the outside world, and when our night drew to a close, the comfortable bed was the perfect spot to rest our aching bodies from exploring London earlier that day. I was out like a light from the moment my head hit the pillow! The floor-to-ceiling windows provided the perfect wake-up call, with natural light flooding in as the sun rose over the iconic city. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast, the fluffy pancakes were a must-have dish! The Hotel is home to a two-Michelin star restaurant, which provides flavourful dishes thanks to chef Rafael Cagali, who serves up South American-inspired dishes with an Italian heart. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks with tasty cocktails in the Silk Weaver, the Hotel’s main bar area. For the perfect start to the morning, take a dip in the 14-metre pool with loungers and plenty of natural lighting thanks to the skylights. The property provides the perfect wedding backdrop for those looking to tie the knot. The Bethnal Hall, Council Chamber and The De Montfort Suite can all be hired for private events. We had a wonderful stay at Town Hall Hotel from start to finish! A special thank you to the fantastic team who ensured we had a lovely experience from the moment we arrived. The Hotel offers the ultimate setting for pre-wedding date nights and is the perfect hub to explore London – we will definitely be coming back! Book now: NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the region 9 YOUR ESSENTIALS

GRAB YOUR GIRL SQUAD Looking for a unique hen do experience? Offering a series of floralinspired activities that give a nod to Strand Palace’s Covent Garden location – an iconic destination formerly home to the capital’s first flower market – the hotel’s new package allows guests to enjoy the very best of the British summertime whilst staying in the heart of the city. As part of the ‘Summer in Bloom’ package, guests can enjoy a vibrant floral-themed city walking tour expertly curated with renowned Blue Badge Tour Guide Mark Conroy. This bespoke tour will take guests through Central London’s beautiful green spaces. Additionally, hen parties can also partake in an interactive floristry workshop with local Covent Garden florists, Bloomsbury Flowers, as an optional exclusive experience held in Strand Palace’s refined Private Dining Room. Indulge in an exquisite afternoon tea in collaboration with premium British chocolate brand Love Cocoa with a glass of bubbles each and a complimentary floral craft cocktail , Strand Palace Bouquet. What’s more, you’ll be treated to an in-room gift (per room) of British fragrance brand Floral Street’s London Poppy perfume worth £68! The package is priced at £599 for a two-night stay for two guests and includes a buffet breakfast. There are also optional extras such as the two-hour floral-inspired walking tour (£62.50pp, based on a group of four) and one-hour floral workshop led by Bloomsbury Flowers (£125pp, based on a group of four). Book here BRIDAL HAIR PREP SORTED The new Metal Detox treatment by Limoz Logli, available at his exclusive salon in South Kensington, was introduced after receiving feedback from several clients who experienced dry, dull and brassy toned hair due to the effects of the hard water in London! The quality of water in London has the highest levels of magnesium and copper in the UK. Constant exposure to this water leaves hair dry, dull and prone to breakage. If your hair is coloured or lightened, it becomes porous and attracts the chemicals in the water even more than normal hair. The copper builds up and creates brassy tones. Metal Detox is a three-step 90-minute programme that protects, detoxifies and prevents metal build-up on your hair. The treatments include a cleanse with Limoz’s detoxifying and purifying shampoo, followed by a pressure point scalp massage to help the product penetrate and stimulate hair follicles to encourage hair growth. Gentle heat is then applied to the hair to activate the treatment. Next is a nourishing treatment with steam. It is finalising the experience with a delicious coffee with added JSHealth Pure Marine Collagen to support beauty from within and Limoz’s signature blow dry for the ultimate revitalised look! Priced £200, visit to book. MORE CAKE PLEASE! The team at Birley Bakery is proud to present the first in its line of celebration cakes, which will be available from the bakery cafe in the heart of Chelsea Green. Also known as ‘La Tarte de Saint-Tropez’, the recipe developed by Birley Bakery’s executive head chef Vincent Zanardi remains faithful to the original conceived by the Polish confectioner and patisserie-owner Alexandre Micka in the mid-1950s. Reminiscent of the idyllic coastal town on the Côte d’Azur, the Tarte Tropézienne uses light brioche soaked with orange blossom and filled with elegant crème madame – a base of vanilla pastry cream (crème patissière) mixed with light whipped cream (Chantilly) and topped with pearled sugar. Staying true to the ethos of the bakery, the offering echoes that of the classic boulangerie-pâ tisseries Vincent used to visit with his mother growing up in France. This new five-tier creation marks the start of Birley Bakery’s celebration cake offering, available to order for events of all kinds. Visit BOTTOM’S UP! British restaurateur and event caterer Searcys unveils its second Champagne Coupé, a fully working mobile champagne bar in a 1930s vintage car available for private hire for events. An exceptional car by perfectionist Henry Royce, Searcys has intricately converted this British classic into a drivable champagne bar. Complete with a built-in fridge, able to hold up to 60 bottles, and beautifully finished in the striking Searcys blue with mirror-sharp chrome finishes; it’s the perfect touch to mark any event. Available to hire for weddings, start events with the Searcys Champagne Coupé package that includes a fully serviced drinks reception, with options to tailor the drink and nibble selection to meet any requirements. The drinks menu consists of the full range of Searcys own Champagnes and its award-winning English sparkling wine, alongside a rotating selection of specials spotlighting partner Champagne houses, accompanied by a concise selection of nibbles. The ideal addition to celebrations in London and beyond, the Searcys Champagne Coupé is on offer to hire as an add-on for events across Searcys venues, including 116 Pall Mall, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, The HAC, The Inner Temple and Searcys at the Gherkin. Packages start from £50 per person. For details on packages and how to book, drop the team an email at Check out: 10


Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents HOSTED AT One of the largest wedding shows to be held in the South of England. A huge number of wedding specialists on hand to inspire and advise on how to bring your wedding dreams to life. PLUS! Special offers on the day • The chance to win a luxury honeymoon • Bridal fashion shows • Entertainment • Refreshments • and more... For your FREE tickets and the chance to win a £250 voucher courtesy of pre-register at: Sunday 8th October 2023 11am to 4pm FREE ENTRY WSehddoiwng Wembley, London HA9 0WS IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life and what better way to celebrate than a day out with your partner or wedding party. The National Wedding Show returns to Birmingham (NEC) between 22nd and 24th September, and to London (ExCeL) 14th and 15th October, for two full weekends of unbridled wedding inspiration. Chat to hundreds of local and national suppliers, try on dreamy dresses, get the scoop at insider talks and make the most of some unique discounts too. After all, when it comes to planning the biggest day of your lives, every little helps. Treat yourself to VIP tickets (£45) and receive special benefits on the day including access to the relaxing VIP lounge, a complimentary drink and a goody bag filled with beauty treats. Plus, reserved seating at the catwalk, because who doesn’t want the be on the FROW for once? Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with The National Wedding Show to give away 10 pairs of VIP tickets to our readers. For your chance to win enter via our website: Freebies& OFFERS WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a threepiece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2023 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. 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 our website WORK WITH US KENT SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 12 NOV | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 15 OCT | BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Road, East Malling, ME19 6DZ BERKS, BUCKS & OXON LONDON

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Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 29TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer 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... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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Lost in a These showstopping venues leave a lasting impression FOUNDLING MUSEUM 02078 413 616 | The Foundling Museum is a Grade II-listed, Georgian-style building in the heart of leafy Bloomsbury overlooking Brunswick Square; it can be hired exclusively for memorable events. With beautiful interiors, the museum houses a wealth of treasures including Handel’s will and part of his famous oratorio Messiah. It also boasts magnificent paintings from some of the most celebrated 18thcentury artists, sculptures, ceramics, furniture and decorative art. Exchange vows in the enchanting Court Room with 50 guests, the ideal space for intimate ceremonies or wedding breakfasts (40), with sumptuous olive-green walls, Persian carpet and a striking hand-moulded ceiling. Couples will find an array of notable pieces within this room, including a magnificent large-scale painting by William Hogarth and a small roundel of the Charterhouse by Thomas Gainsborough. For grand celebrations of up to 100 guests, the Georgian-style Picture Gallery awaits. Nestled under masterpieces, it’s adorned with antique furnishings, a marble fireplace and large-scale portraits. DREAM 19 LONDON DREAM VENUES

DARTMOUTH HOUSE, MAYFAIR 02075 291 554 | Mayfair is one of London’s most luxurious neighbourhoods, making it a desirable wedding location. Dartmouth House is tucked away on a tranquil street just a stone’s throw from Berkeley Square. Standing proud with its traditional London townhouse façade, the grand entrance sets the scene for its variety of magnificent indoor event spaces and quaint courtyard with an atmosphere of a château terrace. Private and secluded, it’s perfect for al fresco canapés and drinks receptions after wedding ceremonies for 120 guests. Inside, step into a world of timeless elegance and grandeur as guests embrace the allure of the Grade II listed mansion, thoughtfully infused with modern touches. Available for exclusive use, Dartmouth House holds a licence for ceremonies and offers a variety of rooms, catering to every style and size of gathering; from intimate affairs to grand ceremonies for up to 100 guests, seated receptions for 150 or standing parties for up to 350. Ceremonies take place in The Churchill Room with up to 100 loved ones; it takes its name from the long-standing connection to Churchill College Cambridge and Winston Churchill. Once the ballroom of the house, the room features floor-to-ceiling antique Louis XIV walnut panelling and a beautifully ornate fire place that enhances the intimate feel of this space. Post-vows, receptions take place in the Long Drawing Room with up to 100 loved ones. Overlooking Charles Street and decorated in the late 18th-century style, it features a Robert Adam’s fire place, beautifully draped full-length sash windows, French-style rococo ornate coving and tall ceilings ‒ a truly atmospheric space for wedding meals. The Small Drawing Room is the perfect space if numbers are slightly over 100, as an additional 50 guests can be accommodated in this space, increasing the overall capacity to 150 for dinners. DRAPERS’ HALL 02074 481 324 | Drapers’ Hall is a hidden oasis in the city of London that offers an idyllic and picturesque setting. Whether the venue is chosen to host intimate wedding breakfasts or the grandest of celebrations, the venue’s available for exclusive use including its two outdoor spaces. The venue’s garden is perfect for entertaining up to 180 guests on warm evenings, and the courtyard provides another space for evening receptions. Although this venue’s not licensed for ceremonies, pairs can host a blessing before enjoying the exquisite setting for receptions, which take place in the Drawing Room. Peaceful and elegant, this space can host a champagne drinks receptions followed by wedding breakfasts with up to 276 loved ones When tying the knot here, couples are offered a complimentary menu tasting. They will also benefit from a straightforward planning process with all the essentials: elegant candelabra centrepieces, a dancefloor, and a Steinway classic grand piano. 20

SAY ‘I DO’ IN STYLE AT SOUTH LONDON’S ICONIC VENUE WEDDINGS AT Fall in love with four stylish event spaces plus 15 luxury bedrooms to host a wedding with serious wow factor. Available for wedding ceremonies, breakfasts, receptions and your first night as a married couple. Suitable for parties from 40–200 people. Late licence until 2am. The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9HD | | @thebedfordpub CANDID STYLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY Capture the essence of your special day with The Kensington Photographer’s candid style wedding photography and videography services. Trust our keen attention to detail and commitment to clear communication, ensuring that your wedding memories reflect your unique love story. From iconic venues in London to captivating locations beyond, we are here to preserve your cherished moments in the most exquisite and authentic way. As seen in Your London Wedding Magazine Real Weddings feature. WWW.THEKENSINGTONPHOTOGRAPHER.CO.UK | 0207 459 4419 | Whatsapp: 07867 523013 @thekensingtonphotographer | The Kensington Photographer | @kensingtonphotographer

YOUR DREAM WEDDING AWAITS at Hyatt Regency London – �e Churchill Elevate your love story amidst the timeless charm of Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill. Nestled in central London’s upmarket neighbourhood of Marylebone, our iconic hotel invites you to create cherished memories in an idyllic city setting. With our license for civil marriages, you can exchange vows in the presence of up to 160 guests, followed by a grand celebration or an intimate reception in our elegant ballroom or one of our charming smaller venues. Our dedicated wedding specialist will ensure every detail is tailored to your vision, from exquisite floral arrangements to gourmet dining experiences. A complimentary wedding night stay in one of our guestrooms ensures your special day begins and ends in style. Your love story deserves the utmost attention and care; contact us today to weave your dreams into reality. 30 Portman Square, Marylebone, London. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7486 5800 Email:

THE LANSDOWNE CLUB 02076 297 200 | The Lansdowne Club is ideally located in the heart of Mayfair. Built-in 1763, Lansdowne House has hosted many key historical moments over the centuries. This exclusive private member’s club is an enchanting wedding backdrop with its impressive neo-classical architecture and elegant interiors. The Winter Garden and courtyard provide picturesque surroundings for champagne receptions and photographs. With its retractable roof, this beautifully landscaped outdoor space can be enjoyed by guests all year round. Couples can host their nuptials and receptions 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 for smaller occasions and boasts stunning décor with soft colours, fine details and a beautiful ornate ceiling adorned with a shimmering chandelier. Couples also have the option to wed al fresco in the courtyard. The Crush Hall is the perfect space for cake-cutting ceremonies with its luxurious wall coverings, original antique furniture and ornate gallery. Lovebirds getting married here can enjoy the club’s exclusive facilities, including the magnificent indoor 25-yard, Art Deco swimming pool, relaxing steam room, and state-of-the-art gym. What’s more, the Bridal Suite and 20 perfectly appointed guest rooms and suites are available for exclusive use. 30 EUSTON SQUARE 02084 534 600 | Located in the heart of London, the Grade II listed 30 Euston Square boasts stunning Edwardian features, Greek Revival architecture and is an award-winning event venue with a range of flexible spaces. Couples can capture forever photos on the adjoining Rooftop Terrace with beautifuk views over London! Dating back to 1906, 30 Euston Square blends the old with the new through its historic architecture and state-of-the-art facilities. With a licence for ceremonies for up to 230 guests for grand affairs, wow guests in the penthouse State Rooms and a rooftop terrace with the Fairytale Wedding Package. Available for ceremonies, receptions and afterparties, the flexible space also transforms into a dancefloor. Those keeping things intimate can exchange vows in the Princes Gate Room, with oak-panelled walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and a statement fire place. Offering its own Legacy wedding package, couples can choose canapé receptions or three-course wedding breakfasts. Plus, 30 Euston Square is home to 41 boutique bedrooms, furnished to the highest standard with every package including an overnight stay and a bottle of English sparkling wine for the newlyweds. LONDON DREAM VENUES 23

As the most followed Saxophonist & DJ in the UK and the USA, Dan Goode combines masterful Saxophone performance with stunning live DJing to create truly unique and unforgettable moments for you and your guests. With over 20 years of experience playing Saxophone and over a decade performing at private events full time, Dan is regularly hired by celebrities, fortune 50 CEOs and prominent political figures. He has amassed an astounding online following, and over 5 million streams on his original music on Spotify alone. Dan has also been awarded Top 10 UK DJ multiple times by the UK’s largest entertainment agency. As an international artist, Dan is frequently seen performing in Spain, Italy, France, Greece and further abroad in exotic destinations, such as Dubai, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and the Maldives. Contact +44 (0)7495 499368 WWW.DANGOODEOFFICIAL.COM

reflections Tie the knot in one of these London venues with a waterside setting GLAZIERS HALL 020 7403 3300 | Glaziers Hall is situated on the Southbank, less than a minute walk from London Bridge station. The building can be seen in all its glory from London Bridge. Set against a London skyline, with the Shard in the background, the historic architecture and history makes this unique building so captivating. With access from the ‘Nancy steps’, made famous by featuring in the film Oliver, Glaziers Hall has large glass doors that lead to a modern entrance with a large open-plan foyer. Couples are spoilt for choice with seven exquisite spaces, all steeped in history and unique charm. Whether planning intimate gatherings or large celebrations to include loved ones – there’s something for everyone. Ceremonies take place with up to 70 loved ones in River View. Boasting floor-to-ceiling glazed arches, it’s a light and bright space with panoramic views of the River Thames and the city. For larger nuptials of up to 300, the Banqueting Hall is full of splendour and charm, with floor-to-ceiling drapes. The team can open the walls to showcase the workmanship of the Glaziers or close to creating a blank canvas space. While chandeliers adorn the ceilings, the Banqueting Hall also benefits from the latest technology and equipment to help support increasingly complex events. Alternatively, couples can opt for the Court Room (180), a historic space set out in a theatre-style, or London Bridge Arches is perfect for up to 100 guests. The latter, opened in 2018 following a major multi-million-pound refurbishment framed by the most incredible stonework. The collective of interconnecting stone vaults creates a single wonderous space, often favoured by those who want to make a showstopping impact. Post-vows, receptions occur in London Bridge Arches for 110 guests, Banqueting Hall (300) and River View (70). When tying the knot here, preferred catering partner Life’s Kitchen will meet any expectations. From the delicious food, complimentary drinks and superb waiting staff, they’ll ensure everything runs smoothly. Once a date has been agreed upon, couples benefit from a menu tasting with up to four guests to discuss menu choices and try the wines for the day. ROMANTIC 25 WATERSIDE VENUES

GOLDEN HINDE SHIP 020 7403 0123 | Located on Borough Market near London Bridge and the surrounding Bankside, the Golden Hinde Ship is a full-sized wooden reconstruction of the first ship to circumnavigate the globe. Boasting five decks to explore, the venue will create the perfect backdrop to unforgettable weddings. Couples looking to tie the knot can do so in The Hold with up to 60 loved ones. The wooden belly of the ship below deck traditionally would have held cargo during the period of circumnavigation. Shipwrights recently tailored the area to open the space comfortably and provide seating as well as a bar hidden at the back. Alternatively, the Great Cabin (30) has wooden beams, leaded windows and bespoke hand-carved oak furnishings in period design. It creates the perfect intimate framing for couples to say their vows and sign the register. Up to 30 guests standing in the ‘Armoury’ can look upon the ceremony through the open design of the bulkhead. The Armoury hosts the top of the capstan, which was turned to haul the anchor and a collection of Tudor design chests offer seating. Post-vows, The Hold and The Becks hosts receptions of up to 60; the open-air decks of the ship have a view of the River Thames. THE ROYAL HORSEGUARDS HOTEL 020 7523 5062 | Victorian grandeur is combined with elegantly British hospitality to set the Grade II-listed Royal Horseguards Hotel apart as one of the finest hotels in the city. With a rich history, the French château-style Hotel’s apartments were used as the home and office of the first MI6 chief, Sir Mansfield Cumming! It’s also a popular filming location for TV and Film, adding a touch of star quality to the occasion and an exciting talking point! With ornate sculptured ceilings, a grand marble staircase and glittering chandeliers, the venue is ideally located on Victoria Embankment with stunning views over the River Thames and London Eye. Catering for 72 to 400 guests, the event spaces licensed for couples to choose from comprise of The Meston Suite, The Gladstone Library, Reading & Writing Room, The Whitehall Suite and The River Room. The Hotel’s highly trained and attentive team of professionals are incredibly passionate about ensuring that couples and their guests enjoy memorable experiences with a real sense of occasion. 26

Celebrate your wedding in style with a private boat party on the Thames Scan To Enquire London’s Wedding Florist WWW.BLOOMSBURYFLOWERS.CO.UK 29 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5BB | +44 (0) 207 242 2840 |

Colette is a dynamic and versatile violinist and electric violinist, who’s playing has taken her all around the World. From Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, to Switzerland and Serbia, Colette has wowed audiences globally. She has performed to crowds of up to 50,000 and played with the cast of Lord of The Dance on the Britain’s Got Talent final to an audience of over 13 million. Playing on a striking wireless, LED light-up violin, Colette’s electric style spans from Cafe del Mar Ibiza chill out to house and pop club music, solo or improvising alongside a DJ. Contact Colette on 07917 135546 WWW.COLETTEHAZEN.COM Colette has brought her unique offering to corporate functions, private parties, weddings and club nights, and has held residencies with DJs across the UK’s marquee venues, including brunch parties and evening showcases. Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents One of the largest wedding shows to be held in the South of England. A huge number of wedding specialists on hand to inspire and advise on how to bring your wedding dreams to life. PLUS! Special o�fers on the day • �e chance to win a luxury honeymoon • Bridal fashion shows • Entertainment • Refreshments • and more... For your FREE tickets and the chance to win a £250 voucher courtesy of pre-register at: Sunday 1st October 2023 | 11am to 3:30pm FREE ENTRY WSehddoiwng HOSTED AT High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX IN ASSOCIATION WITH

THE OYSTER SHED Located on the banks of the River Thames and in the heart of the City of London, The Oyster Shed is a modern venue with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide mesmerising views. The bright and airy venue is set over two floors, including the mezzanine level and The Rockefeller Lounge, which hosts the main dining area and has its garden, providing the perfect location for arrival drinks and nibbles. Additional seating is available outside to admire the views. Check out: CANARY RIVERSIDE PLAZA HOTEL Set within the historical wharves and quays of East London, Canary Riverside Plaza boasts incredible views of the river and the city beyond. The stunning two-storey ballroom is bathed in sunlight and offers seating for up to 200 guests for sit-down meals and up to 300 for evening receptions. Complete with a pre-function area with space for 100, this is the perfect option to host weddings. Check out: BATEAUX LONDON For those looking for intimate ceremonies at the waterfront wedding venue The Pier, or a larger reception venue aboard the River Room or Glass Room boats, weddings will be set against the iconic backdrop of the River Thames. With its beautiful city views, The Pier is licensed for ceremonies with guest lists of up to 50 people. This riverside bar and lounge situated at Embankment Pier boasts a Tom Dixon Studio interior design, delicious food and exceptional service. Check out: THE MITRE This Grade II-listed property dates back to 1665 and is steeped in history, having originally been used as ancillary accommodation for guests of King Charles II at Hampton Court Palace. Set on the banks of the River Thames, The Mitre has its own jetty equipped with a boat available for hire if couples want to arrive in style. The beautiful riverside terrace is decorated with lights and Parisian-style furniture. Check out: Also check out.... WATERSIDE VENUES 29

I’m always looking for unique experiences and London never disappoints in this quest! As an avid Harry Potter fan ‒ I’m a true Hufflepuff! ‒ so my stay at the family-run property, Georgian House Hotel, was right up my Diagon Alley; its array of wizard experiences are a must for any fan! SETTING THE SCENE Located in picturesque Pimlico, the 172-year-old Hotel offers a dreamworthy setting, townhouse-chic combined with Victorian character. With individually designed bedrooms that transport guests into a world of magic, we reached our Wizard Chamber via a candlelit passageway lined with portraits (sadly not moving) on the walls. Each step left the contemporary décor behind as we welcomed the mysterious and Gothic interior. With a turn of a key, we entered our chambers to find an abundance of delightful artefacts with cauldrons, trunks, a dragon’s egg, tapestries and archways. Our room could sleep up to six guests with two double beds and a single, perfect for families or hen dos. Our chamber was complete with a large shower and White Company toiletries, which was a lovely touch, as were the robes and slippers that provided extra comfort. The room’s cosy atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowed us to disconnect from the outside world and its muggles fully. For the perfect night in, the complimentary Harry Potter DVDs enlightened the experience; cosy in our four-poster bed, we fully immersed ourselves in the wizarding world with The Goblet of Fire. The provided wizarding currency enables you to spend it on goodies at reception; our chocolate frog, crisps and chocolate went down a treat for movie night! FOOD FOR THOUGHT We revelled in the Potion-Making Experience and Enchanted Afternoon Tea the following day! Just writing this review makes me hungry, thinking back to the fluffy chocolate, cherry, lemon and peanut cakes on offer. The lightning bolt scone with cheddar and pesto was divine, as was the vanilla scone served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. We enjoyed a choux bun filled with sliced smoked salmon with cream cheese and fresh dill, followed by a cucumber and cream cheese sandwich and egg mayonnaise on rye bread with micro herbs. I loved the addition of dry ice for added effect! After enjoying our afternoon tea, it was time to brew some potions with help from the team. With the choice of cocktails or mocktails, we mixed some delicious beverages with candyfloss, goblin goo, syrups and more. Following instructions, we created Beastly Bubble and Pea Flower potions ‒ both tasted amazing! After a peaceful night’s sleep later that evening, we headed to breakfast to enjoy a special menu with wizard dishes. I, of course, opted for the curious apple compote and crushed caramel biscuit pancakes, which I highly recommend! Each mouthful was delicious, with the soft and fluffy pancakes paired with the sour apple and crunchy biscuit. We also tucked into the continental buffet with granola pots, overnight oats, cheeses, yoghurts, cereals, bread and pastries. It’s safe to say we were stuffed! FINAL VERDICT After such a magical stay (pun-intended), we had created fabulous memories at Georgian House Hotel; thanks to the unique experience and attentive staff, who ensured a memorable stay from start to finish, nothing was too much trouble! Perfect for one-of-a-kind hen dos or pre-wedding date nights, there are packages available for bespoke events – you won’t regret it! We can’t wait to come back and revisit the property soon, especially as the location provides the perfect base for the city. WITCHES AND WIZARDS Calling all Olivia Gibson experiences the Georgian House Hotel for the ultimate hen do location BOOK IT! 35 - 39 St George’s Dr, Pimlico, London SW1V 4DG 020 7834 1438 30