Your London Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 93)

PLANNING SOS Read local weddings East London venues WIN! JAN/FEB 2024 £3.55 A honeymoon stay in Jamaica Discover top expert advice LONDONWEDDING LOCAL TRUE LOVE Dazzling DÉCOR Venue styling inspiration Keep it

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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 69 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 81 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 VENUES 21 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in East London 25 REST YOUR HEAD Discover these showstopping venues with stunning accommodation On the cover This issue’s gorgeous cover has been sponsored by London-based, luxury wedding photographer, SANSHINE Photography, ( @sanshinephoto). It was taken from a styled shoot collaboration involving: Floral Design, Amie Bone | Venue, Four Seasons Park Lane, | Planner, | Technical production, Luminaire Tableware hire, Whitehouse Crockery | Dress, Halfpenny London | Shoes, Sophia Webster Hair and make-up, Botias Bridal accessories, Botias Accessories | Groomswear, Huntsman Chair hire, Options Greathire | Cake, By Yevnig 45 25 FEATURES 45 SOPHISTICATED ELEGANCE This stunning shoot featured a black-tie theme with a beautiful sage green and blush pink colour scheme 49 PLANNING SOS Our experts share helpful advice for dream-worthy weddings 73 STYLED TO PERFECTION Discover venue styling inspiration from rustic set-ups, outdoor celebrations and grand events 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 STYLED TO PERFECTION Linden House provided the perfect backdrop to Laura and Daniel’s wedding 34 TRUE LOVE Rachel and Chris had a stunning wedding surrounded by their nearest and dearest 39 WINTER WINDS Lucy and Rob had a rustic wedding with a burgundy and navy colour scheme HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 86 VIVA ESPAÑA! Experience the finer side of life at Hostal de La Gavina in Spain’s Costa Brava 88 PARISIAN ELEGANCE Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La Ville-Lumière, The City of Light GROOMS 76 RING-A-DING-DING How to choose the perfect wedding ring 77 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 79 RUSTIC CHIC We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 52 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 53 SUPERMODEL STYLE Dare to bare in a plunging, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline 56 LITTLE GEMS Wedding guests will love the bright jewel colours that are trending this season 57 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 62 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 64 SKINCARE 101 Holistic therapist and SBC Skincare’s head of education, Adele O’Donoghue shares her ultimate guide to wedding-prep skincare 66 WEDDING WELLNESS Wedding planning can be a stressful business, so we’ve gathered together our top wellness picks to help you start 2024 on the right foot 67 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 56 34 82 76 62 4

A talented team of suppliers took the colours and styles from Piazza Italiana and created a modern Italian-styled shoot. Hello lovely readers and welcome to another issue of Your London Wedding! I hope you’ve all started 2024 with a bang, just like the fabulous fireworks displays that lit the sky when Big Ben struck midnight. I think January is a wonderful time of year. Some may disagree with me, but the first month of the year signifies new beginnings, which I find rather quite exciting. It’s so freeing to set new goals and ambitions. Remember to be kind to yourself; don’t add too much pressure this time of year, and conquer your goals one step at a time. Focus one foot in front of the other, and you’ll get closer to your destination before you know it – we’ve got this! For many, January will be full of celebrations after many pop the question over the Christmas and New Year period – congratulations if that’s you! Welcome to the world of weddings; we’re so happy you’re here and can’t wait to help you plan the big day with showstopping venues, expert suppliers and plenty of advice. We aim to support you from receiving your fabulous engagement ring until you walk down the aisle and dance the night away while keeping it local. It doesn’t stop there, as we share popular honeymoon destinations for unforgettable trips worldwide. For those creeping closer to your special day, we have plenty of last-minute tips and tricks to ensure a stress-free wedding, as well as the perfect finishing touches for that extra wow factor. No matter where you’re at with planning, there’s something for everyone. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia Olivia Gibson, Editor Happy New Year! Discover the latest best buys and product launches for the grooms-to-be like this dazzling suit. 77 45 13 Psst, Emma Forlettas Wedding & Events Hair is offering an exclusive offer for our readers! 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

Win an all-inclusive honeymoon in Jamaica worth nearly £4,500! Dare to bare in a plunging, off-theshoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline that’s sure to wow guests! Anne-Marie Larbie at Proper Confetti shares top advice to help you capture the perfect shot. Weddings at Town Hall Hotel just feel right! Maybe it’s the grand architecture and elegant spaces, or perhaps it’s the team’s personalities that help make it an unforgettable experience. This bride looked stunning in an Alexandra Grecco gown called Sabine, which she purchased from Lovely Bride London. 81 57 69 25 28 These lovebirds met at a friend’s reeling party in Clapham and had their first date a few weeks later at a cocktail bar in Kings Cross – the rest is history! 34 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

The Orangery, Holland Park A hidden gem, located in one of London’s most beautiful parks Chelsea Old Town Hall An award-winning wedding venue located on the iconic Kings Road Weddings steeped in character, history and charm 020 7361 2220 | | Images courtesy of Lloyd Dobbie Photography, Lara Arnott Photography, Nigel John and Nicole Demetriou John

MIND AND BODY The New Year promises a transformative journey towards holistic wellbeing as leading wellness establishments introduce exclusive programmes to nourish the mind, body and spirit. For those looking for a wellness adventure this winter or to kickstart the New Year by fulfilling new fitness resolutions, Bodyism is a host of exhilarating retreats and activities that are available and promising elevated wellness experiences. The options are endless, from crystal sound baths and restorative Ayurvedic treatments to high-performance fitness retreats, holistic healing experiences and exclusive pop-up spas. The holistic health brand and luxury Notting Hill members club has announced a new partnership with well-being expert and best-selling author Jasmine Hemsley. At 6:30 pm on March 5th and April 2nd 2024, the club will host a monthly event exclusively for Bodyism members. Running once a month for six months, the 60-minute sound bath gently guides members to a deep state of relaxation through soundscapes of harmonised alchemy to release tension and rebalance the mind and body. The classes will teach the benefits of using music as a healing tool as the room is bathed in the beautiful tones of crystal alchemy bowls, leading gently through a blissful movement, breath practice and finishing with sound meditation. Along with Jasmine’s monthly classes, 2024 will see Bodyism continue to offer members a bi-weekly sound healing session with resident expert Juliet Cohen and bi-weekly breathwork with practitioner Paddy Cavendish. Bodyism is the go-to gym in west London for innovative fitness practices with state-of-the-art equipment, including Reformer Pilates, Cardio Barre and Pilates Tone. Discover: THE FINISHING TOUCHES Camilla Kirk-Reynolds unveils her bespoke permanent jewellery service, redefining the Notting Hill space. The chain-based line consists of delicate made-to-measure gold bespoke pieces tailored and fitted to each individual with few limitations. Opuluxe was created after Camilla noticed a gap in the market, with consumers being offered narrow choices and nothing truly bespoke. Her search for delicate yet durable pieces led her to believe she could create something new in the space as the choice was limited and often of poor quality. The company provides an incredible range of options, meaning pieces can be completely individual, from bracelets, anklets and necklaces to hand and foot jewellery as well as body chains. Camilla’s vision was to allow people to create the jewellery they wanted, removing intimidation from the design process and replacing it with a fun, affordable, and achievable service. The jewellery is a great way to celebrate and mark symbolic moments in life, whether creating a fun friendship bracelet or a piece that signifies a special bond between a mother and daughter. At consultations, customers will choose the metal colour and type before picking a chai from various options. The team will measure clients and decide how they want the pieces to sit before they are meticulously welded together while wrapped around the chosen body part. People can then add a unique connector or a charm to personalise the item further. Fitting time will depend on choices; a bracelet fitting can take 5 minutes, whereas a piece of hand jewellery could take up to 60 minutes. Prices start from £90. In addition to Camilla’s Notting Hill studio, Opuluxe has a mobile jewellery service that makes it convenient. Perfect for birthday celebrations, hen parties or intimate events with friends. If some peoples’ lifestyles do not lend themselves to permanent jewellery, it’s possible to add a clasp so it can be removed. Discover: NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the region STYLED TO PERFECTION Spring 2024 sees the launch of a beautiful new tableware collection from the inspirational Designers Guild, featuring one of the brand’s most popular designs – Ikebana! Infused with the refined yet dynamic spirit of the ancient arts of Japan, Ikebana celebrates the beauty of this floral artistry and the flowers within. Reflecting a fusion of age-old techniques and modernity, the original hand-painted design comprises beautifully painted flowers, foliage and butterflies arranged in an artful kaleidoscopic form. This joyful design has been delicately deconstructed and thoughtfully reimagined as a series of vibrant patterns in four contrasting colourways across the beautiful Ikebana tableware collection. The pieces will match different colour schemes, ideal for garden and spring-themed weddings. Designed as stackable place settings to be mixed and matched, Ikebana is offered in boxed sets of dinner plates, side plates, pasta plates, cereal bowls, teacups and mugs, providing customers with versatility, colour and creativity in their tablescapes. Founded by creative director Tricia Guild in 1970, Designers Guild is a luxury interiors brand whose colourful and contemporary designs are internationally renowned for their creativity and innovation. Discover: 9 YOUR ESSENTIALS

BIG-DAY BEAUTIFUL Dermanda Skincare is thrilled to unveil the launch of its latest innovation, the Advanced Hyaluronic Acid, a remarkable product that offers an unparalleled approach to achieving a smoother, more radiant and revitalised complexion. Hyaluronic acid is celebrated for its ability to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, but this product takes it to the next level. With a commitment to providing high-quality, science-backed skincare solutions, Dermanda Skincare has formulated the product to leave skin looking and feeling its best. A perfect complement to every skincare regime, this luxurious serum can be used both morning and evening. Apply a few drops to freshly cleansed and toned skin. Gently pat the serum into the face, neck and décolleté, avoiding the eye area and allowing it to absorb before applying a moisturiser such as the Dermanda BOTO LIFT for powerful anti-ageing benefits. The unique blend of hyaluronic acid molecules penetrates multiple layers of the skin, ensuring deep hydration and plumping effects from within. Advanced Hyaluronic Acid attracts and retains up to 1000 times its weight in water, resulting in visibly smoother, more supple skin and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By promoting collagen synthesis, this product helps improve skin elasticity and firmness, giving a youthful and radiant complexion. Dermanda Skincare is a brand born from a passion for science and nature. Founded by Awatif Mandour, a renowned pharmacist and well-established aesthetics practitioner, the expertly formulated product range harnesses the finest ingredients from nature with resultsdriven, evidence-based formulas to achieve healthy, glowing and more youthful-looking skin. Cruelty-free and vegan, the company is committed to ethical and sustainable practices to reflect its dedication to the planet and its customers. Discover: BON APPÉTIT The famous French restaurant Mimosa is set to open in early 2024 at The Langham in London, with Moma Group bringing the flavours and spirit of the French Riviera to one of the Capital’s finest luxury addresses. Since its launch in Paris in 2021, Mimosa has captivated guests by bringing a sense of the Mediterranean’s nature, pleasure and sun to diners. Mimosa London will be Mimosa’s first international outpost and an ode to the produce and heritage of France, with Mediterranean-inspired menus by chef Jean-François Piège and whimsical interiors. Stefan Soennichsen, the managing director of The Langham, comments, “With Mimosa London, we have the opportunity to work with one of France’s greatest restaurants, to bring the spirit of the Riviera to our central London hotel, and we can’t wait to introduce both hotel guests and diners from across London to the restaurant.” Opened in 1865 as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’, The Langham has an unrivalled location at the top of Regent Street. After an extensive transformation, the hotel offers the most luxurious rooms and suites, classically styled and evoking a warm residential feel with a flawless service. Discover more about the iconic restaurant: REST AND RELAX With its enviable location straddling prestigious Belgravia, Knightsbridge, and Mayfair, The Lanesborough Club & Spa provides members and the local community with an all-encompassing luxury club for life. Adopting a truly 360° approach to wellbeing, the team prides itself on partnering with world-leading brands and experts in health, fitness and beauty. The latest is a new partnership with GROUND Wellbeing, offering a luxurious new signature massage experience available exclusively at The Lanesborough Club & Spa. The Lanesborough Signature Massage with GROUND Wellbeing embraces the art of flowing and firm movements to encourage deep relaxation and effortless calm. Guests will drift between consciousness and achieve inner stillness as they experience the slow, rhythmic movements that help release tension and soothe the soul. One can surrender to the potency of the GROUND Wellbeing aromatherapy oils combined with a therapeutic touch, taking them on a sensory journey to a realm of restoration. As part of the exclusive massage, visitors can choose from a selection of luxury oils during the pre-treatment consultation, including comfort, fleet, uplifting, and balancing scents. The Lanesborough Club & Spa general manager, Sue Morrissey, says, “Being a veteran holistic therapist at heart, elevating and personalising the massage experience has always been central to our approach. Working with GROUND Wellbeing has brought us on a sincere journey, honouring the craft of touch, building our connection with our guests through guided breathwork and meditative strokes, all bedded down with a firm pressure to ground and restore the body and soul.” The Lanesborough Signature Massage with GROUND Wellbeing is a 60-minute, 90-minute or 120-minute ritual with prices starting from £190. Discover: 10

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Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Emma Forlettas Wedding & Events Hair has been an established business since 2004, creating stunning bridal looks to wow guests. Customers can expect one-to-one personal hairstyling advice and tips in the lead-up to their wedding day to help create dream-worthy looks. Owner Emma Forletta prides herself and the business on being an honest, reliable source of information when choosing the best hairstyle for each individual. She says, “I’m an award-winning hairstylist who will continue to give clients the best quality products and promote a haircare routine that optimises their hair journey with me on the wedding day. I’ve recently teamed up with providers to offer that touch of sophistication with hair accessories that add to a style rather than dominate the look. It’s important for me to help a bride choose an accessory that compliments her jewellery choice rather than clashes.” We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers a choice of any hair accessory worth up to £50 free with any booking for 2024/25 weddings. Simply quote Your London Wedding before March 1st 2024, and choose one hair accessory during the bridal trial at Emma’s home in Kings Cross. Get in touch with her for more details! Check out: JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 28th April 2024 | 11am to 3:30pm FREE ENTRY HOSTED AT IN ASSOCIATION WITH Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0SL 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 7th April 2024 FREE ENTRY HOSTED AT High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX IN ASSOCIATION WITH

SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated 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. WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 KENT SUN, 4 FEB 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN, 3 MAR 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL 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 SUN, 28 JAN 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LAYER MARNEY Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN, 11 FEB 2024 CRONDON PARK Stock Road, Stock, CM4 9DP SUN, 24 MAR 2024 VAULTY MANOR Osea Leisure, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, CM9 4SA SUN, 14 APR 2024 THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT SUN, 14 APR 2024 HOUCHINS Houchins Lane, Coggeshall, CO6 1RT SUN, 28 APR 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 12 MAY 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN 12pm-4pm Fashion Show SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY SUN, 18 FEB 2024 DENBIES WINE ESTATE London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA

SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 3 MAR 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP SUN, 4 FEB 2024 THE MILSOMS Hall Road, Ipswich, IP5 2PU SUFFOLK SUN, 25 FEB 2024 FYNN VALLEY Witnesham, Ipswich, IP6 9JA SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA CAMBRIDGESHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 SWYNFORD MANOR London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UE SUN, 14 APR 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LUTON HOO Estate Office, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 18 FEB 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR LEICESTERSHIRE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, LE14 2EF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents

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Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2024 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

GOINGlocal Tie the knot in these stunning venues around East London PAN PACIFIC LONDON 02071 186 888 | Nestled in the heart of the city in Bishopsgate and moments away from Liverpool Street station, Pan Pacific London is surrounded by 800-yearold history and numerous iconic landmarks perfect for those all-important photo opportunities. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, its stylish interiors boast a fusion of Southeast 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 ceremonies and 400 guests for evening receptions. 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 prewedding jitters or a place to take a breath as newlyweds. 21 LOCAL VENUES

SHOREDITCH STUDIOS 07824 643 133 | Located in the heart of Shoreditch and nestled under Victorian railway arches, Shoreditch Studios is a beautifully converted space perfect for East London nuptials. The warehouse-style venue comprises two interlinked studio spaces and a spacious outdoor area. As one of London’s leading photographic studios for fashion shoots, it benefits from crisp white infinity coves, which provide a stunning and pictureperfect backdrop. The interconnected studios offer seamless changeovers throughout weddings, from ceremonies and cocktail hours to wedding breakfasts and reception parties. Outdoors, guests can make the most of the huge courtyard during the afternoons and early evenings. Lovebirds can have the option of dry-hire DIY or bespoke wedding planning and catering packages, so there’s something for everyone. The largest space here can host 170 guests for the vows and up to 200 for evening celebrations, with ample space for dancing. CHRIST CHURCH SPITALFIELDS 02073 776 793 | The iconic Christ Church Spitalfields has remained at the centre of Spitalfields for almost 300 years. The area has swiftly become one of London’s most popular hangouts. Steeped in history and home to Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane with Shoreditch just up the road, the local area is home to many established artists and designers showcasing the latest street art scene. The historic streets next to the Church are lined with immaculately conserved Huguenot houses often used in films and fashion shoots. This cultural tapestry is woven together by the food and drink hotspots of the area. Considered by many to be architect Nicholas Hawksmoor’s magnum opus, the venue is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture that was fully restored to its original splendour in 2004. The site is easily accessed with London Liverpool Street station just an eight-minute walk away, as well as Shoreditch High Street and Aldgate East even closer. The property offers versatile event spaces within this Baroque masterpiece. Each room is steeped in rich history and provides a blank canvas, ready for couples to add unique touches. As the central part of the Church, the magnificent Nave is a versatile space that exudes grandeur with clerestory windows, mezzanine galleries and a main hall accented with Tuscan columns. It can host celebrations with 250 people at round tables or 200 at long tables. A cornerstone of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s architectural gem, the lowerlevel Crypt was built along with the church in 1729. Contrary to what the name might suggest, this surprisingly light and airy space has been recently re-designed to incorporate the historic stone foundations of the original structure with modern oak panelling and heating. These iconic settings host weddings with 250 loved ones. 22

CORE CLAPTON Set on a quiet street in Clapton, Hackney, Core Clapton is the perfect setting for couples after a large blank canvas venue with the freedom to create a stunning winter wonderland. The main event space benefits from high, barrelled ceilings and its numerous windows provide abundant natural lighting. Check out: 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 I 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 romantic spaces next to the gardens. Check out: THE NED 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. Check out: HACKNEY TOWN HALL The striking architecture of Hackney Town Hall makes quite an impression; it’s 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. Check out: Also check out… 23 LOCAL VENUES

Wedding Showcase Sunday, 18th February 11.00 - 15.00 Come and see how West Lodge Park Hotel can be your perfect wedding venue. Nestled in the beauty of Shropshire’s rolling countryside, the Apley Estate proudly presents Stockton House, our stunning 18th century grade II listed venue. STOCKTON HOUSE, NORTON, SHIFNAL, SHROPSHIRE, TF11 9EF With it’s stylish Georgian design, walled garden dining room, elegant bar and spacious terrace, it has been lovingly restored with guest comfort in mind. WHAT’S INCLUDED • Exclusive use of the whole house and grounds including seven luxurious bedrooms • Pretty on-site 11th century Church • Civil ceremony facilities for both indoor and outdoor weddings • Full use of our walled garden dining room • A complimentary menu tasting with your own personal chef • Breakfast the next day for the happy couple • Tables, chairs and linen laid to your chosen wedding breakfast floor plan • Crockery, cutlery, table wear and glasswear • A dedicated wedding planner 01952 730894 @stockton_house 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.

Rest your head Discover these London wedding venues with accommodation THE STANDARD, LONDON 02039 818 888 Now licensed to host wedding ceremonies, The Standard London is joyfully situated in the heart of King’s Cross and the ideal location for city weddings. From the ground floor terraces to the sweeping views up on floor ten, the venue has a setting for every size, mood and aesthetic. Set in the former Camden Town Hall Annex, the property is brimming with mid-century character and striking design details. There’s space for intimate ceremonies for 20 guests and party places for up to 150. The team isn’t short of space for guests to stay the night either; the 266 bedrooms range from Cosy Cores for those who like to party till dawn to the Suite Spot – a bright and spacious setting for getting ready ahead of the big day with views across the city or the historic St Pancras. In-house event planners are on hand to ensure that the lead-up to special occasions is smooth, with plenty of recommended suppliers to help ensure every detail is spot on. Plus, the chefs have carefully curated the perfect wedding menu, from canapés and light bites to sit-down dinners and late-night snacks to keep guests going until the early hours. Situated on the 10th floor, Decimo is uniquely positioned with floorto-ceiling windows and dramatic views across the London skyline and is accessible by the iconic exterior red-pill lift. Decimo has a capacity of up to 90 people for ceremonies, 140 for dinners and 300 for receptions. Sweeties is a cocktail bar and late-night lounge like nothing seen before! Located directly across from Decimo, the space features velvet curtains, plush orange couches, Instagrammable carpets and a marbletopped bar. The space boasts vintage-inspired stacked speakers and a central DJ booth so guests can party into the early hours. Sweeties have a capacity of up to 150 for receptions or parties. Double Standard is a street-level bar that serves draft beers and classic cocktails. This Shawn Hausman-designed space has the UK’s secondlongest bar, cosy booth seating, long-form tables and plenty of space to mingle. The premium sound system and DJ booth are ready to get celebrations going with room for 150 people. The Isla Terrace is a weather-proofed outdoor space with ample seating, romantic fairylights, a retractable awning, heating and cosy blankets. Ideal for cocktail receptions or wedding breakfasts, the space can host up to 30 for vows and dinners or 50 for drinks receptions. Townhouse 8 is a destination designed for play. Inspired by a 1980s New York Townhouse, it features a living space with mid-century cool sofas, a vinyl library, a listening area, a dining space, a working kitchen and a sweeping wrap-around terrace with views of the London skyline. Townhouse 8 has room for up to 20 for the daytime and 80 for evenings. 25 HOTEL VENUES

THE LONDONER 02074 510 188 | Set in the heart of the West End, The Londoner opened in September 2021 and was designed by world-renowned interior designer Yabu Pushelberg. Spread over 16 storeys, the first-of-its-kind hotel is a feat of design, architecture and engineering that celebrates London’s history, aesthetics and people with a West End Story narrative at its core. Located in Leicester Square, the property is moments from prime transport links and iconic London landmarks. From the intimate to the all-out events, the characteristic spaces, experienced wedding planners and exquisite dining options ensure unforgettable weddings. The setting is a spectacular option for couples, from grand multiple-day weekend weddings to elegant ceremonies. Immense yet intimate, The Ballroom marries beauty with spine-tingling surprise reveals for true statement weddings with live band stages and special effects. Inspired by the city’s fine cuisines, The Londoner’s wedding menus feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. The Ballroom has two adjoining kitchens at either end of the room, guaranteeing hot food and simultaneous plate delivery. Always the life and soul of the party, The Green Room has been designed with revelry and celebration in mind. The private bar and dancefloor make this space perfect for intimate weddings, receptions and afterparties for up to 150 guests. The Green Room is ideal for hot and cold canapé receptions and seated wedding dinners for up to 40 guests. All spaces can be hired for out-of-this-world events. Set across three floors, connected by lifts and a central staircase, the venue creates a seamlessly beautiful guest journey for up to 1,560 people. See it to believe it. After celebrations, slip away from the party to the beautiful suites to rest. TOWN HALL HOTEL 02078 710 460 | Weddings at the Town Hall Hotel feel right. Maybe it’s the grand architecture and elegant spaces or the team’s personalities that help make it an unforgettable experience. The 97-room luxury property in the old Bethnal Green Town Hall is at the heart of London’s burgeoning East End. The Grade-II listed building was restored, refurbished and completed in November 2010 with a contemporary extension in the form of a new top floor and wing. Guests are captivated by the marble entranceway, sweeping staircase and art-deco interior as soon as they enter the property. The Hotel’s offering includes one of the largest hotel suites in London, alongside its two Michelin-star restaurant, a 14-metre pool and a gym. Not forgetting the numerous facilities and event spaces such as the Bethnal Hall, Council Chamber and The De Montfort Suite that couples can hire for events. With a Grade-II listed interior, the Council Chamber features distinguished Art Deco furnishings of polished oak, teak and fine leather seating that have been restored with exceptional attention to detail. Aged leather and reclaimed wood give the same soft, attractive patina of age. This space is licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. The Bethnal Hall is a refined space with high ceilings, huge windows and polished wood panelling. It offers a picture-perfect setting for dinners and dancing in the evenings! Here, four interconnected rooms are separated by solid walls that recess into the ceilings using the original, reconditioned 30s mechanism. This allows the walls to move up and down, providing the option to open and close rooms throughout the day. The signature design in the Edwardian Council Chamber is a stunning suite with a triple-height ceiling, exquisite plasterwork and enormous arched windows containing stained glass panels. Here, two original Henry Poole plasterwork statues depict truth and happiness. This iconic space can host weddings with up to 60 people. The Town Hall Hotel has 97 rooms, including 10 double bedrooms and 87 suites with fully-fitted kitchens. Each room contains one-off vintage pieces of furniture and is made deliciously inviting with barista-quality coffee. As of 2023, Town Hall Hotel has expanded its wellness offering thanks to an exciting partnership with luxury health and beauty concierge service, Ruuby. Guests can now enjoy a range of beauty and spa treatments, including massages, facials, hair care and make-up services, all in the comfort of their suite. The Hotel’s main bar, Silk Weaver, is on the ground floor, ideal for relaxed or pre-dinner aperitivos. The mixologists have created a cocktail menu to rival some of the biggest players in the London cocktail scene. 26

INTERCONTINENTAL LONDON PARK LANE 044207 409 313 | Intercontinental London Park Lane is a luxury wedding venue in London’s heart. Tucked among the shop-lined streets of Mayfair and Knightsbridge, this elegant setting is ideal for those planning urban weddings. The hotel’s facilities accommodate up to 600 guests, and couples can choose from various stunning event spaces. Intimate gatherings can occur in a suite or dining area overlooking London rooftops, and the beautiful Ballroom is ideal for larger celebrations. With versatile styling options, it’s a beautiful space for nearlyweds who want to bring extra personality, along with 600 seated guests and 750 for drinks receptions. The spacious interiors boast a contemporary design scheme, glittering lights and a large dancefloor. The team can also cater for more intimate celebrations in one of the Park Lane dining suites. As one of London’s most sought-after locations for events and private dining, Theo Randall at the InterContinental presents various dining options. Choose from the Puglia Dining Room for up to 18 guests or the Amalfi Dining Room for up to 40 guests. Both private rooms can be connected to accommodate up to 58 guests. Alternatively, hire the entire restaurant that can accommodate up to 165 people. When opting for the Ballroom, couples will be treated to a complimentary room on their wedding night for pre- or post-wedding activities, as well as room blocks to make the most of the time with wedding guests. DUKES LONDON 02074 914 840 | DUKES London is nestled in the heart of the historic St. James’s district. Since King Henry VIII built his palace in this prestigious neighbourhood in the 16th-century, St. James’s has been the exclusive retreat of writers, musicians, politicians and royalty. The hotel is surrounded by some of the capital’s most impressive independent businesses and is within walking distance from Buckingham Palace and other famous London landmarks. The venue is located within an elegant setting that celebrates heritage and sophistication. Its iconic frontage, tucked away down a quiet cobblestone cul-de-sac, offers a sense of exclusivity and is the perfect backdrop for special events. The interior décor can be described as ‘quintessentially British’, with its wedding offering looking to draw upon all of this charm. The St. James’s Suite is a large and elegant room licensed for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies for up to 60 people. It’s also ideal for private dining with 48 people and cocktail receptions. Flooded with natural light, the Drawing Room is a beautiful setting exuding an intimate British feel. The room flows into a stunning conservatory, leading to the exclusive Cognac and Cigar Garden. The room features a fire place and fresh flower arrangements throughout. Available for exclusive hire, it’s the perfect space for elegant drinks receptions surrounded by 30 loved ones. As part of DUKES London’s wedding offering, couples will receive complimentary overnight accommodation after wedding receptions, free tasting sessions in the build-up and special room rates for guests. A dedicated events specialist will help bringdream weddings to life, ensuring every detail is flawlessly executed. A refined and personalised menu will be crafted exclusively for each wedding, prepared by award-winning executive chef Nigel Mendham and his culinary team — creating modern traditional British cuisine with a classical twist. HOTEL VENUES 27

Styled to perfection Linden House provided the perfect backdrop to Laura and Daniel’s wedding Images courtesy of Heather Sham Photography 28

Daniel went to a summer camp with Camp America in 2016, which is quite popular while studying at university in the UK. He travelled to San Diego after his summer in Pennsylvania with some mutual friends of Laura, who grew up in California, which led to the pair meeting and hitting it off. They had a longdistance relationship for four years before Laura moved to London – they’ve lived together ever since. Daniel proposed with the stunning Jurassic coast as a backdrop. He planned a weekend away, which started with a breakfast picnic. The couple left their house in London around 4 am to drive down in time to see the sunrise, but the entrance leading down to Durdle Door was closed and ironically, it didn’t open until sunrise. Daniel quickly improvised and drove a little way along the coast to an area called Lulworth Cove instead, with impressive views of the entire coast beyond. As the sun rose, they were drinking coffee from a flask and eating when he got down on one knee! Laura comments, “I had a hunch he might ask me that weekend, and his improvisation ultimately turned fortuitous when we Facetimed my parents to tell them the news later that day! My mom said Lulworth Cove was one of my nana and grandad’s favourite places. We spent the rest of the morning hiking along the coast, before enjoying a lovely dinner in Bournemouth later that night. Daniel’s family had planned a surprise engagement party the following day, which was amazing and so special!” SETTING THE SCENE The lovebirds originally wanted an intimate wedding followed by a bigger celebration in the US a few years later, but that evolved quickly into a more full-on celebration here in the UK. Throughout all the planning, they focused on ensuring everything was true to themselves and chose details that were unique to their love story and personalities without focusing on trends or traditions. After exploring a lot of venues all over the country, none of them felt very personal to them both. So, they started searching for a venue close to their home in London, which meant somewhere in Hammersmith. When they came across Linden House on the council website, Laura was excited and planned to meet the coordinators. They fell even more in love as they felt welcomed and supported from day one. It was the easiest decision they made in the whole process! Laura was in disbelief on the day; she couldn’t believe the wedding was finally here after all the planning! She comments, “I was very calm the entire morning! I started getting nervous but excited as we travelled to the venue where I got changed upstairs in a hidden room with about 30 to 40 minutes before the ceremony. The one person I wanted to see was Danny, which I couldn’t do as he wanted to see me for the first time at the ceremony – it was worth it!” Danny’s morning was a bit different; he got ready with his mum and sister at their flat before his friends came round for a drink on the terrace. He was in full host mode, greeting everyone and being the star of the show downstairs. He cried when he saw his beautiful bride walking down the aisle; they both felt excited and relieved once the ceremony nerves wore off. They snuck away afterwards for a few minutes, one of the only times they were alone together all day. It was so nice to be in their own space, hug each other and feel so in love! They had an amazing day surrounded by so many incredible friends and family. The couple opted for long U-shaped to create a one big family vibe. They use a combination of varied coloured bud vases along the tables as centrepieces to suit the seating arrangement and contribute to the natural, earthy and whimsical style of the florals throughout the day. The catering options included a two-course meal and cake as dessert from Luminary Bakery. Laura says, “I learned about this company years ago through a friend and had tried their cakes before, so I knew they could create a perfect, simple, beautiful and delicious bake for our day. The company is more than just a delicious and talented bakery; it’s a social enterprise that helps to create jobs and community while supporting women who have experienced social and economic disadvantage. They offer courses, work experience and paid employment within the bakery, empowering women to build their careers. By choosing Luminary to 29 REAL WEDDINGS