Your London Wedding - March/April 2024 (Issue 94)

ENDLESS ROMANCE South London venues WIN! MAR/APR 2024 £3.55 A honeymoon stay Beautiful local weddings LONDONWEDDING GOING LOCAL Finishing TOUCHES RUFFLES and LAYERS Must-have gowns Jewellery and accessories

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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 on wedding dilemmas 89 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2024 VENUES 21 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in South London 27 A STEP BACK IN TIME Discover these historic wedding venues with a story to tell On the cover This issue’s cover is sponsored by renowned London wedding venue Stationers’ Hall ( A Grade I listed building, close to St Paul’s Cathedral, it’s one of the few ancient Livery Halls remaining in the City of London. The beautiful image was captured by Jackson & Co Photography ( at the wedding of Fredrick and Natasha Alden. 75 27 FEATURES 51 CAPTURING MEMORIES We’ve rounded up top photographers from around the city 75 SPEND, SPLUDGE AND SPLASH Discover showstopping jewellery and accessories for all different budges 3

REAL WEDDINGS 32 FLYING HIGH Trish and Tom’s gorgeous wedding featured earthy tones 39 LOVE ALL AROUND Adesola and Joe’s glamorous wedding featured boho touches 45 TRUE LOVE Natarsha and Marcus had a beautiful autumnal wedding surrounded by loved ones HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 THE ITALIAN DREAM CWM deputy managing editor Kelly Andrews spent two nights living la dolce vita at Villa La Massa in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside 86 PICTURESQUE PARGA Editor Claire Ridley jetted to Parga Beach Resort in this popular coastal town located on the north-western coast of Greece 88 A ROOM WITH A VIEW Get away from it all at Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort GROOMS 78 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 79 LUSCIOUS LOCKS TikTok star, Matt Newman reveals his haircare tips for grooms-to-be 80 FEELING PEACHY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year, Peach Fuzz FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 IN LOVE WITH LACE This delicate fabric is always in fashion 60 RUFFLE UP Romantic layers and tiers are decorating bridal dresses this season 63 THE ULTIMATE EDIT Add instant glam to your big-day look with these latest jewellery launches 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 66 WELLNESS INTERVIEW Actor turned meditation facilitator Maude Hirst, tell us how to handle the stresses of wedding planning 68 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 55 32 86 84 39 4

VENUES STEEPED IN CHARACTER, HISTORY AND CHARM 020 7361 2220 Images courtesy of Lloyd Dobbie Photography, Lara Arnott Photography, Taylor-Hughes Photography and Nicole Demetriou John 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

80 13 Calling grooms-to-be, check out this suit inspired by Pantone’s Colour of The Year, Peach Fuzz. Win a honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000! We’ve teamed up with Ribbon & Rose Event Styling to offer you an exclusive 10 per cent discount off a full décor package for weddings or events. With spring approaching, we’re excited to embrace this beautiful season and see what couples have up their sleeves. The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s always essential to devise a wet-weather plan to relax, knowing you’ve covered all your bases in the run-up to your wedding – especially for those opting for al fresco celebrations. The seasonal availability of flowers offers an excellent choice for the time of year; think daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, crocus and Lily of the Valley. It’s an excellent opportunity to embrace a colourful and bold colour scheme using nature’s palette. Who doesn’t like abundant flowers from bouquets, gorgeous arrangements and installations? Remember, you can move your florals throughout the day to ensure a picture-perfect backdrop for the vows, wedding breakfast and reception while staying on budget. Floral arches are my personal favourite! Expect Pantone’s Colour of The Year, Peach Fuzz, to grace the wedding industry. The compassionate and nurturing soft peach shade conveying heartfelt kindness will surely become a huge movement we’re so excited to see. Another popular trend making a statement is champagne towers that add a touch of fun to weddings while serving guests a glass of bubbly. If you’re at the start of your planning journey, you’ve come to the right place because we cover everything from fashion, beauty, cakes, venues and more. When searching for a property, I advise seeing if any of your shortlisted properties are hosting wedding shows, as spring is a popular time for these events. It allows you to look around the spaces, meet local suppliers, discuss your big day and ask plenty of questions. For those creeping closer to your special day, we have plenty of last-minute tips and tricks to ensure a stress-free wedding and the perfect finishing touches for that extra wow factor. So, no matter where you’re at with wedding planning, there’s something for everyone. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia, Editor Happy New Year! 89 ISSN 1757-7810 Your London Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events 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. 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 6

Trish and Tom created a fun wedding surrounded by loved ones! 32 60 Romantic layers and tiers are decorating bridal dresses this season, like this stunning strapless gown with a highlow hemline and romantic textile. 27 We’ve gathered local companies to showcase the very best photographers for all types of weddings. 39 9 51 Inspired by the tradition of baths from ancient Roman, Greek and Ottoman civilizations, the AIRE Experience always takes place in restored historical buildings in the centre of cities. We check out the London site to see what all the fuss is about – spoiler alert, we weren’t disappointed! These lovebirds met on Bumble, which felt like fate as they had matched before on Tinder – little did they know, they’d have a glamorous wedding years later! Stationers’ Hall and Garden is imposing yet intimate and surprisingly flexible setting. With history dating back to the 16th-century, the venue offered a seamless blend of welcoming warmth and striking grandeur. 75Dicover the perfect accessories to complete your big-day look. EDITOR’S LETTER 7


TO DINE FOR The Dining Room at The Goring will relaunch in March 2024, following a major refurbishment of the restaurant and kitchen at the five-star luxury hotel in Belgravia. Russell Sage Studio is leading the multimillion-pound redesign of the venue’s flagship restaurant, which has held one Michelin star since 2016. The new design will have an opulent aesthetic that honours the hotel’s history and grand proportions while creating a fresh feel that reflects the exceptional modern British menus created by the talented executive chef Graham Squire. Alongside the restaurant’s redesign, a new state-of-the-art kitchen will be installed, including a chef’s table that will provide an exclusive guest experience in pride of place on the working pass. The custom-built chef’s table will allow up to six guests to dine immersed in the kitchen’s buzz. Discover: NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the city ALL ABOUT THAT BASE Dermanda Skincare is thrilled to unveil the launch of its latest innovation: Advanced Hyaluronic Acid. This remarkable product 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 – the new product takes it to the next level. With a commitment to providing high-quality, science-backed skincare solutions, the company has formulated a product that will leave skin looking and feeling its best. The unique blend of hyaluronic acid molecules penetrates multiple layers, ensuring deep hydration and plumping effects from within. The ingredient attracts and retains up to 1,000 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, radiant complexion. The non-greasy formula suits all skin types and seamlessly integrates into skincare routines. It can be used mornings and evenings. Dermanda Skincare is committed to ethical and sustainable practices, and the new product is bothcruelty-free and vegan. It’s a perfect complement to an every skincare regime and 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 area while avoiding the eyes before applying a moisturiser such as the Dermanda BOTO LIFT for powerful anti-ageing benefits. Discover: REST YOUR HEAD Mason & Fifth has announced the opening of London’s newest boutique guesthouse, Mason & Fifth Primrose Hill. A refreshing accommodation concept, the venue is perfectly designed for inquisitive guests looking to immerse themselves in London life. Primrose Hill is a leafy green village in the city’s heart, located just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant Camden Town and boasting excellent transport connections across the city. Offering 61 unique studio apartments, a luscious green garden space home to a yoga pavilion and large communal spaces, the property invites guests to explore London as a local this summer to make memories. Providing a taste of quintessential London living, Mason & Fifth Primrose Hill finds home in four 1860s regency townhouses. Designed and refurbished by award-winning architects Red Deer, the Grade II Listed guesthouse now offers private studios equipped with all the home-from-home comforts needed. Comfort is prioritised with highquality beds and mattresses dressed in natural bed linen. Each studio benefits from premium touches, such as an impressive waterfall shower and a smart TV. Bookings for Mason & Fifth Primrose Hill are now live, and the guesthouse will open on 8th April 2024. Room rates start at £180. Discover: 9 YOUR ESSENTIALS

OLIVIA GIBSON REVIEWS AIRE ANCIENT BATHS LONDON I’m always looking for the best spots around London without the large crowds to achieve that five-class service away from the busy streets. So, you can imagine my excitement when the AIRE Ancient Baths London team invited me to the secluded setting on the edge of Covert Garden and Leicester Square. AIRE Ancient Baths began in Seville in 2004 before expanding to Barcelona, New York, London, Chicago, Copenhagen, Vallromanes and Almeria to provide serene settings to escape the outside world. The London site is based in an 18th-century townhouse initially designed by Architect Robert Adam. It offers an exceptional example of Neoclassical construction which, much like AIRE, took great inspiration from the Greek and Roman empires. As I stepped inside the historic building, I was greeted by the scent of orange blossom and the friendly team who welcomed me to this sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the City. After filling out a short medical questionnaire, I headed downstairs to find a modern changing room with all the necessities needed. Inside our lockers were bathrobes, towels, and comfortable slip-on water shoes to be worn throughout the spaces as well as the baths. As we wandered down candle-lit stairs, we emerged into the softly lit main area with a relaxing atmosphere highlighted by the calming music and the sound of water. The rustic space features exposed brickwork, a labyrinth of pools, brown leather Chesterfield sofas and wooden accents. After being given a tour of the different baths, it was time to put the spaces to the test! We started with the Tepidarium, a warm water bath at 36 degrees with hidden knocks and crannies to relax and soak up the tranquil environment. Next was the hot 40-degree Caldarium before building up the courage to enter the Frigidarium’s cold-water bath at 14 degrees and the ice bath at 10 degrees – it’s safe to say I didn’t last very long! My favourite space was the Floatarium, a unique bath with a high salt content, which allowed me to float effortlessly. I’ve never felt so at peace and free, like there wasn’t a worry in the world, and I could have genuinely spent hours staring at the beautiful ceiling. The space was complete with a salt exfoliation area, which left my skin silky smooth for days! Let’s not forget The Vaporium, a steam room infused with mint and eucalyptus that helps promote circulation, loosens stiff joints, reduces stress, clears congestion and more. My partner’s favourite spot was the Bath of a Thousand Jets, a hydrotherapy jet bath that gave our whole body a massage while relieving aches and pains. The friendly team were always around to help guide us through the spaces while blending into the background to ensure we achieved the perfect experience from start to finish – it was really impressive – and they provided dry robes when needed. Halfway through the experience, I enjoyed a 45-minute full-body massage from head to toe. I felt completely at ease with my masseuse, who was highly professional and ensured I was comfortable throughout. Thanks to the combination of music, dimmed lighting and skilful hands, I entered a complete state of relaxation and may or may not have dozed off a few times! I had a fantastic experience at AIRE Ancient Baths London thanks to the knowledgeable team, exceptional facilities and tranquil setting. The site is perfect for romantic pre-wedding pampering, escaping the stress of wedding planning, and enjoying special moments with loved ones before the big day – I will definitely be returning! Discover more about the iconic setting and the array of experiences here: SUITED AND BOOTED Zebel, the distinguished made-to-measure suit maker and retailer, is set to mark the beginning of the new year with the grand opening of its latest store on Berwick Street, Soho, reaffirming its commitment to making tailored elegance accessible to everyone. Known for its ethos of democratizing suiting, the team has chosen the vibrant and fashion-forward area of Soho, specifically Berwick St. The store manager and director Mohammed Hussain says, “It’s the perfect location for our new store; a vibrant and inclusive community at the heart of London’s creative hub. It perfectly encapsulates our ethos while maintaining our traditional high standard of the garment. If you have a particular event and want to look your finest, come in and let’s get started. We can advise you on everything from selecting the right style and fabric to choosing the perfect accessories.” Within Zebel showrooms, clients are guided through an extensive array of seasonal collections featuring over 17,000 British and Italian fabrics to suit every budget and occasion. Discover: A PASSION FOR FASHION The Halfpenny London flagship boutique has been redesigned in collaboration with Mutt Studios. The new environment fuses designer and founder Kate Halfpenny’s love of fashion and art with sculptural details, a bold palette and hand-picked artwork. It’s the perfect backdrop to showcase the bridalwear collection. Kate started her career as a costume designer and celebrity stylist before founding Halfpenny London in 2005. Since then, the company has become one of the UK’s leading luxury bridalwear brands crafted in England. The brand is known for its exquisite and highly distinctive pieces that transcend the bridal world and have become coveted by the fashion elite with red-carpet style. Samples run from six-22, with every piece made-to-order. All fabrics are responsibly sourced, and all off-cuts are recycled into design details and added onto gowns to avoid waste. Kate donates all end-of-line fabrics and samples to schools and universities where this isn’t possible, ensuring no fabrics are landfilled. She was included in 2019’s Walpole Power List - 50 Influential People in British Luxury. Discover: 10

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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 drawcompetitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 As part of Ellis Media and Events 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 SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 14 APR 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUFFOLK SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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• Free entry • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3:00PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

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. Pre-register and attend the how to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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... Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents HOSTED AT Sunday 7th April 2024 11am to 3:30pm FREE ENTRY High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX IN ASSOCIATION WITH Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of

Your Exclusive Use Wedding Venue in the Heart of Cambridgeshire 01353 663275 Ely, Cambridgeshire Step into a world of history, romance & beauty when you tie the knot at The Old Hall Ely. Nestled within an idyllic mile just outside historic Ely in Cambridgeshire, this grand Jacobean manor house promises to be your picture-perfect wedding venue. Take in the romantic lakeside views and awe-inspiring glimpses toward the majestic Ely Cathedral – while you celebrate one of life’s most special occasions! Visit us for a private show round by scanning the QR code!

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 • Entertainment • Refreshments • and more... Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents IN ASSOCIATION WITH HOSTED AT Sunday 28th April 2024 11am to 3.30pm FREE ENTRY Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0SL Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of

GOINGlocal Fall in love with these stunning properties in South London MORDEN HALL 02081 020 553 | With intimate ceremony rooms where loved ones can watch couples exchange vows, a dining room flooded with natural light, break-out rooms and landscaped gardens to take in the idyllic surroundings, Morden Hall offers everything lovebirds could wish for and more. The property is within a freshwater moated enclosure within 125 acres of National Trust parkland. The 18th-century Georgian Country House exudes elegance, charm and sophistication, making this a truly spectacular place for events. Within the grounds, couples will find the calming river Wandle, lots of natural wildlife and a beautiful bridge to complete outdoor photo opportunities. Located conveniently on the London and Surrey border, Morden Hall is close to the Morden underground station, national rail, the A3 and public transport routes. It also has a private gated car park for up to 70 cars. At the very heart of Morden Hall is the light-filled Willow Suite. Nothing can be more romantic than gliding down its magnificent staircase before saying vows surrounded by 120 people. This gorgeous openplan space, located close to The Yew Bar, is transformed into the perfect reception space for 200 guests to party. Alternatively, with its magnificent vaulted ceiling, the Mulberry Suite has an instant wow factor and can accommodate 150 for ceremonies. In conjunction with The Yew Bar, continue the celebrations with 200 people. There’s plenty of space for a stage, dancefloor and seating. For al fresco events with 150, the beautiful tree-lined lawn extends to the river’s edge and surrounds the property in lush greenery – it’s a dream-worthy setting for the “I dos”. Those who book the venue will be allocated a wedding coordinator four months before the wedding to ensure smooth events. Confirmed Couples Evenings are held throughout the year for lovebirds to meet the events team, go wine tasting and meet recommended suppliers. What’s more, accommodation is available from late Summer 2024. 21 LOCAL VENUES

THE HURLINGHAM CLUB 02076 107 526 | Set on 42 acres of landscaped grounds with an elegant Georgian-style Clubhouse and south-facing terraces overlooking the River Thames, this venue is one of the world’s most exclusive private members’ clubs. The venue is a quintessentially British hidden gem in the heart of London with an event space that offers a versatile blank canvas with various options to make occasions extra special. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows running the entire length of the south façade, guests can enjoy unparalleled views of the venue’s beautiful grounds and the River Thames beyond. The doors also open onto terraces, offering guests the chance to enjoy the ambience of the grounds during the summer months. Ceremonies with 100 to 150 guests occur in the Terrace or Palm Court, while the Quadrangle and Broomhouse Rooms can accommodate 120 to 250 loved ones for larger celebrations. After the vows, enjoy receptions in the striking Palm Court or cosy Terrace Room. Couples can have traditional wedding breakfasts or casual barbecues; both will be a big hit with guests. THE BEDFORD 02039 768 007 | Situated in the heart of South London, The Bedford is a fabulous wedding setting. There are several spaces couples have access to when booking. The beautiful Ballroom and Club Room are the largest options, accommodating 180 and 150 guests, respectively. Other rooms include The Cocktail Bar, adjoining private Dining Room and Mezzanine plus a handsome pub, a saloon bar and a yard, so the choices are endless. The Bedford also has 15 luxurious bedrooms, making it the perfect place for pre-wedding prep, for couples to start their married life together or for favourite guests to stay and carry on the party. Food is sourced from some of the country’s finest producers and served alongside awardwinning wines and Champagnes, as well as artisan spirits, craft beers and innovative cocktails. The team will work with lovebirds to create menus to suit all tastes. 22

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

DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY 02082 998 713 | Within easy reach of central London, Dulwich Picture Gallery is a stunning setting for entertaining and hosting various events. The truly remarkable spot is the world’s first purpose-built public gallery, home to one of the finest collections of Old Master paintings in the world. The beautifully landscaped gardens provide endless photographic opportunities and a peaceful retreat with the stunning architecture of the Soane Gallery as the perfect backdrop. Come rain or shine, anything is possible at London’s oldest Gallery. The jewel of the venue is the Soane Gallery. Filled with Rembrandt, Canaletto and Rubens paintings, this beautiful Gallery will provide a spectacular setting for weddings with up to 120 people for the vows and receptions. Or, say the “I dos” in the Linbury Room surrounded by 80 loved ones. The space boasts natural lighting from the glass ceiling and is the perfect blank canvas to personalise. Alternatively, the Portrait Room is a stunning dark blue room off the main Soane Gallery that can host 20 people for intimate celebrations. The Gallery Café is another option for receptions with 50 guests. The setting has a contemporary feel and is perfect for smaller occasions. With floor-to-ceiling windows and fold-back doors opening onto three exquisite terraces, this space offers picturesque views of the gardens for a tranquil setting and panoramic views of this iconic landmark. When couples book their wedding at the property, the team offers complimentary Friends Memberships as wedding presents for their first year of marriage. LAMBETH ASSEMBLY HALL 02079 268 590 | There are so many reasons to celebrate wedding receptions in Lambeth Assembly Hall. With its historical features, stunning photo opportunities, practical layout and excellent facilities, couples have the freedom to tell their stories and create unforgettable events. Whether lovebirds are hoping for traditional celebrations or unique occasions, the team can tailor everything to match requirements and support pairs in creating something special to suit budgets and styles. The venue is an impressive Grade II listed Edwardian building, opened in 1908 by King George V and Queen Mary. It has been newly refurbished and beautifully restored to its original splendour, making it a perfect location to host events in the heart of vibrant Brixton The Hall has a variety of unique spaces suiting diverse styles and capacities. The team has several beautifully presented settings that can be booked individually for two to 170 guests or in conjunction with the 930s Art Deco Assembly Hall to host events of up to 280 guests. Each space contains historic and picturesque features, from the Circular Hall’s stainedglass windows and Sicilian marble to the grand chandelier in the Council Chamber. The welcoming spaces can be adapted and decorated to meet individual requirements. As a dry-hire venue, the team partners with some of the best local suppliers for catering, décor, photography and entertainment. They’re dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and satisfaction. All spaces are accessible from street level using the various Town Hall lifts, and all prices include VAT. Furthermore, the friendly and knowledgeable team of coordinators will support couples every step of the way during the planning process. What’s more, the Outside Courtyard is available for additional hire! The Town Hall has various ceremony rooms managed by the registration services. They can be contacted at 25 LOCAL VENUES

A step back in time Discover these beautiful wedding venues with a story to tell ANDAZ LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET 02076 185 618 | Andaz London Liverpool Street presents a unique, diverse range of event spaces perfect for weddings of all shapes and forms. Located just next to Liverpool Street Station, the property is the ideal setting for guests travelling from all around London or surrounding counties. With fourteen unique spaces to choose from, the hotel has an answer to every kind of dream wedding. The 1901 Ballroom offers a grand visual backdrop for wedding photos and even features an original stained-glass dome preserved through two world wars. It’s the ideal space for tying the knot for anyone who wants that traditional white wedding but with an added wow factor. The Masonic Temple is perhaps one of London’s best-kept secrets housed in the depths of the hotel. Concealed by heavy, studded doors and accessed via a winding staircase and a spacious mahoganypanelled anteroom, this is the city’s only original Freemason’s meeting lodge, built in 1912. The temple features magnificent marble and original masonic chairs, bringing the room’s history to life. Opulently furnished in twelve varieties of Grade II listed Italian marble, with Doric and Ionic columns, gilt fittings and a splendid zodiac ceiling, the temple was rediscovered only by chance during the hotel’s refurbishment. The Andaz Studio A is a modern, self-contained event room with an open-plan kitchen that encourages interaction with the chefs and floor-toceiling windows overlooking Liverpool Street, providing plenty of natural daylight. The feature cellar wall and photographs of the team evoke a local feel, paired with the room’s contemporary loft-style aesthetic. The Great Eastern Room nods to the hotel’s original name; this large, contemporary, multi-functional dining space is ideal for wedding receptions. The space leads to a bright, airy Guggenheim-inspired adjoining atrium, which is flooded with natural light. Customisable neon lighting is available on ceilings and windows, allowing for delightful personal touches to be made. The Bishopsgate & Chancery is a traditional Victorian event space with artfully designed high ceilings and plenty of daylight through sizable windows. With stunning architecture and lighting, the setting creates beautiful, sophisticated wedding photos and a grand atmosphere. Licensed for weddings, the adjoining Chancery room is ideal for ceremonies, catering, or pre-dinner drinks. Fenchurch is open and airy, featuring beautiful architecture, central fireplaces and grand columns. With its refreshment area, it’s ideal for the vows and wedding receptions. With 267 spacious and modern guest rooms, including 15 suites, guests can sink into a night of luxury in uniquely decorated rooms that all embody the welcoming ethos of the Andaz. 27 HISTORIC VENUES

MOTEL STUDIOS VENUE 08000 148 674 | Tucked away in a discreet location but still in the centre of Hackney, Motel Studios Venue combines industrial with urban style, blending 155-yearold brickwork with quintessential East London street art. The setting is conveniently located in Shoreditch, just seconds from Hoxton station, at the heart of East London’s creative centre. Set in two Victorian railway arches, combining exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors, high ceilings and quirky details, the interconnected spaces are as flexible as they are unique. The combination of Victorian London industrial chic and mid-century style creates interesting photographic opportunities. The venue is fully licensed for weddings and civil partnerships. Studio 1 can host up to 250 people standing, 190 in the theatre layout for the vows and 154 seated for wedding breakfasts. It’s a 2,300-squarefoot space with a large cinematic projection wall that can complement speeches and a generous kitchen space for catering. Studio 2 can host 180 people standing, 120 for the vows and 90 seated for meals. It’s the perfect setting for a break-out or lounge space to complement Studio 1, which has corridor access and can be used in its own right for ceremonies and receptions. The two rooms also allow lovebirds to create a seamless experience by hosting the vows in one space and receptions in another. Both benefit from disabled and drive-in access, so they are perfectly positioned for generous load-in of furniture or themed props. STATIONERS’ HALL AND GARDEN 02072 460 999 | Stationers’ Hall is imposing yet intimate, historic yet elegant and surprisingly flexible. With a history dating back to the 16th-century, the venue offers a seamless blend of welcoming warmth and striking grandeur tucked away from the hustle and bustle of St Paul’s. Around every corner is a reminder of London’s rich and fascinating history in a capital city that never sleeps. Guests can make the most of their visit with the classic tourist hotspots or continue the historic theme and find hidden treasures within. The Court Room is a beautiful space ideal for smaller, more intimate weddings of up to 120 guests. The beautiful ceremony room is wonderfully bright, richly carpeted and features Rococo ornamentation in gold adorning the walls. It’s dominated by the 18th-century carved mantelpiece, which is a feature that will impress guests. Particularly popular for summer celebrations, guests can go directly into the Garden for drinks receptions and those all-important photos. Rich in seasonal plants and flowers, it offers welcome shelter come rain or shine. The venue’s centrepiece is the Great Hall, steeped in history and serving as an atmospheric backdrop for grand entrances. Gleaming oak floors, carved oak panelling from the 1600s and stained-glass windows give the room a striking presence. Accommodating up to 200 people for wedding breakfasts and licensed for live music/entertainment in the evenings, it’s the ideal setting for memorable moments. When hiring Stationers’ Hall, couples will exclusively use the spaces! An in-house caterer can manage the food and drink, while a dedicated wedding planner will help with logistics. Once pairs have selected their catering package, a complimentary tasting is offered eight weeks before weddings. Still, there’s also flexibility for pairs to bring their own alcohol with a corkage fee. Also, the team has plenty of suppliers to recommend if needed. Scan to view video 28

Stationers’ Hall Classic City venue Located near St Pauls’ Cathedral offering space for ceremonies and receptions Relaxing urban city garden Weddings from 50 - 200 Catering by Searcys 020 7246 0999

Dreaming of a prestigious venue – perhaps with views of the historic Tower of London - for your quintessentially English London wedding? Introducing Trinity House. Hired on an exclusive use basis and with two rooms licensed for wedding ceremonies (up to 130 seated), we are ready to make your dream come true. WEDDING PACKAGES AVAILABLE Please visit to view a video and other information including testimonials. To view the venue, email: Instagram: @TrinityHouseEevents Flowers by www. esh Trinity House | 020 7448 1324 | Drapers’ Hall, rogmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DQ Steeped in history and grandeur, Drapers’ Hall stands as an iconic venue nestled in the heart of the City of London. Whether Drapers’ Hall is chosen to host a small intimate wedding breakfast or the grandest of celebrations, the venue is available for your exclusive use, including our two outdoor spaces.

LE GOTHIQUE 02088 706 567 | This former purpose-built orphanage, wartime hospital, and MI5 intelligence centre is situated at the northern end of Wandsworth Common. It’ss easily accessible from Clapham Junction and is close to Kings Road, Chelsea. The Great Hall is built in the Scottish Baronial style, and its exterior boasts the best example of Victorian, Gothic and Revival architecture in the UK, hence its Grade II “star” award. The two principal attractions are the Great Hall, which can comfortably seat 250, and the triple award-winning “secret garden” located centrally within the building in a delightful quadrangle surrounded by hanging baskets. The garden space can be covered, heated, and lit if required. A smaller, internal mezzanine-floor restaurant hosts wedding receptions up to 90. The venue also boasts London’s rarity of free, secure off-street parking. Celebrated Sicilian chef Michel Guzzo serves food directly from Le Gothique’s kitchens. Complimentary use of the PA system, a large projector and a screen top the list of free options that other venues usually charge for are available for those who book the venue. The castle-like venue on Wandsworth Common deserves to be seen first-hand; tours of the building are arranged for those who make an appointment to view this piece of history on their doorstep. THE BILTMORE MAYFAIR 02076 299 400 | Begin to plan dream weddings with The Biltmore Mayfair, offering the ultimate canvas to create the perfect gathering in the heart of London Mayfair. Every couple has unique needs and wishes for their big day, from large to intimate weddings. Therefore, the dedicated wedding and events team tailor packages to ensure lovebirds and guests have unforgettable experiences. Located in the prestigious Grosvenor Square, The Biltmore Mayfair offers opulent accommodation and a prime location for exploring the capital. Every detail is thoroughly thought out, and the team knows their guests not just by name but by what makes them feel right at home. Located in an area where some of the most influential people in British history and culture lived, guests get to share these stories while creating their own. The venue offers the ultimate canvas to allow couples to create perfect weddings. From gala dinners for more than 300 people to intimate occasions, the dedicated events team will customise and personalise events from the intimate ballroom to the three elegant banqueting spaces. In addition to the flexible and stylish spaces, the team offers exquisite dining options overseen by executive head chef Luis Campos. The stunning 484-square-metre Ballroom is ideal for accommodating up to 600 people for cocktail receptions and 290 people for dinners. Depending on the size of the wedding, the space can be divided into three separate areas. There’s also a dedicated foyer, which can fit up to 250 people, perfect for refreshments before the main event. The Manhattan Suite can accommodate up to 70 guests for cocktail receptions. It faces out onto the beautiful Grosvenor Square and receives plenty of natural light. The room can be divided into three areas using partitions to accommodate events of all sizes. It pays homage to the strong American influence from the surrounding area. HISTORIC VENUES 31

HIGH Flying Trish and Tom’s gorgeous wedding featured earthy tones and personal touches Images courtesy of Sophie Barloc 32

These lovebirds first met after Trish came into the restaurant Tom managed in the City of London and asked to use the toilet. She was on one of her work trips to London and had been on a run. Her hotel was at the top of the street, but she didn’t think she’d be able to make it back in time! Tom comments, “I thought Trish was stunning as soon as I saw her. In a clumsy attempt at flirting, I jokingly told her the toilet was for customers only, so she bought a glass of wine and sat outside. It just so happened that one of the restaurant owners was in that night, and she got talking to Trish outside. Eventually, I managed to join them when the restaurant had slowed down at the end of the night, to see they had joined tables and seemed like old friends. Trish was clever, funny and interesting! “When she got up to leave, I wanted to ask her for her telephone number, but my courage failed me. I thought that would be the last time I ever saw her, and I was surprised by how disappointed that made me feel. So, when she returned for dinner on her next trip to London, I didn’t make the same mistake! I remembered her name and that she was going on a work trip to Las Vegas once she returned from London. I asked her how that had gone and other things we’d discussed. I think that impressed Trish and we went out a couple of times after that before she went home. From that moment, we’d spend time together whenever she came to London, and I regularly visited her in New York.” Tom surprised Trish by proposing to her on Christmas Eve 2022 at her apartment with his grandmother’s engagement ring. He had initially planned to do it on Christmas morning, but the mixture of nerves and excitement got the better of him. He comments, “I’d asked for her family’s blessing the previous month in a secret meeting when I was over for Thanksgiving, so everyone knew of my plans! Thankfully, Trish said ‘yes’!” SETTING THE SCENE The main goal was for their wedding to be fun, surrounded by loved ones! The lovebirds felt honoured to receive such a big RSVP turnout despite the short notice and the distance for some, so they wanted to ensure it was just a day of celebrating. Trish says, “We always made a point to ensure we were truly present during the wedding day. We even opted not to have any alone time carved out with the photographer for fear of missing time with our guests as the goal was to celebrate with the people we love.” When Tom discovered Brown & Green Life in Crystal Palace Park was licensed to host wedding ceremonies, he immediately booked a viewing of their event space and knew it was the perfect setting. “I could imagine our wedding there, and one of the chain owners, Laura, was so helpful and happy for us to do whatever we wanted with the space,” Tom comments. “When Trish was over for a visit, I showed her the setting in person as she’d only seen it in photos, videos and video calls – she felt the same as I did! Crystal Palace Park is a special place to me, having grown up not too far away in Croydon. It was somewhere my parents had taken my sister and me regularly, so I have many fond memories there.” The newlyweds chose Westow House Pub & Hotel for the reception for a few reasons: its proximity to Brown & Green, the fact that it had accommodation, and mainly because they loved the spaces! The team was excellent from day one; they helped in any way they could and were happy for the couple to make the firstfloor bar their own. The couple hired a vintage car from Shirley Chauffeurs to take Trish, her parents and her sister (the maid-of-honour) to the ceremony. They also rented an old Routemaster double-decker bus to transport everyone from between venues with a detour on the way past Selhurst Park – the home of Crystal Palace FC, as Tom is a huge fan. This was special for the groom and his mum, especially as Tom’s grandfather drove Routemaster buses for 30 years after the end of World War II. The couple enjoyed this ride after the ceremony, hanging out with guests, drinking Champagne and singing the whole way! Since their relationship had been transatlantic and long-distance, with lots of time spent on planes and in airports, they thought luggage tags as favours would be meaningful and useful to guests. Their dear friend Jessica Starks is amazing at crafting, and personalised each luggage tag with guests’ initials to double up as 33 REAL WEDDINGS