Your London Wedding - May/June 2024 (Issue 95)

ENDLESS ROMANCE WIN! MAY/\JUN 2024 £3.55 A £1,000 jewellery voucher Beautiful local weddings LONDONWEDDING Finishing TOUCHES RUFFLES and LAYERS Must-have gowns Jewellery and accessories

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

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the City 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 72 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 50 COMPETITION Win £1,000 towards big-day jewellery CONTENTSMAY/JUNE 2024 VENUES 19 KEEP IT LOCAL Exchange vows in Central London 23 UNUSUAL SETTINGS Discover stunning venues wuth a twist On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by Lambeth Town Hall ( lambethassemblyhall), an impressive Grade II listed building boasting a variety of unique spaces for weddings and events. The image was captured at the wedding of Alanna and Leo by photographer Marni V Photography ( 60 23 FEATURES 45 MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Add the wow factor to your wedding with these industry professionals 60 DRESSED TO IMPRESS Our experts share top tips for dressing the wedding party 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 LOVE IS ALL AROUND Claire and Dave’s autumnal wedding had a complementing seasonal colour palette 33 BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Jess and Yan’s colourful wedding feature plenty of wildflowers 39 THE PERFECT DAY Gordon and Ayesha’s wedding featured a blue and white colour scheme with gold accents HONEYMOONS 78 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 80 SOME LIKE IT HOT Remember to pack your sunscreen for these tropical honeymoon destinations 82 BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Wrap up warm when visiting these chilly honeymoon destinations 85 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes GROOMS 74 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 75 FIT TO PERFECTION London-based tailors Fielding & Nicholson share their top tips for finding a wedding suit 76 HUE COMPLETE ME Blue is a popular colour for spring and summer nuptials FASHION & BEAUTY 51 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 52 ALL DRESSED UP These strappy styles will take you from day to dancefloor 57 SHORT AND CHIC These sassy styles are always in fashion 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 66 FEELING FABULOUS We caught up with celebrity hair stylist and innovator Gustav Fouche 69 BEACH READY These hero honeymoon buys are suitcase essentials 76 COLOUR ME HAPPY Our beauty editor is a new woman thanks to House of Colour’s expert colour analysis 71 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 51 26 82 39 57 4

Here at Sunflorist and Events we take pride in all aspects of our work. We are a fun loving team and care for all of our clients. We ensure that every individual Bridal bouquet/arrangement is personal to you - custom made to suit your needs. All our flowers are fresh as we store them in our very own fridge keeping them at the correct temperature. We are with our customers all of the way from inception to handover - ensuring that you do not need to worry on your special day. Sunflorist and Events Ltd • 020 8698 8607 @sunfloristandevents

57 23 Dance the night away in these stunning strappy styles! Having close friends and family gathered for their special day was everything for these lovebirds. The Greenhouses promises an unforgettable setting to create cherished memories with tailored upgrades and services to ensure extraordinary experiences. 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 an abundunce of flowers, from bouquets to gorgeous table arrangements and ceiling 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 for your nuptials, I advise seeing if any of your shortlisted 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 Here comes the sun 33 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

One lucky reader can win £1,000 towards big-day jewellery. 50 75 26 RIXO launches sixth instalment of hugely popular bridal and bridesmaids collection. 11 45 8 Liquid Strings is a supplier of live musicians, bands and DJs for weddings in London. Psst, Something Blue by Ostro is offer a 20 per cent discount off stunning accessories! These lovebirds wanted to have a big party for all of their friends and family to enjoy – they achieved just that! 76Check out this dapper suit, perfect for spring and summer! The team at MODE share tips to help grooms personalise a tuxedo! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

MAKING A SPLASH Women-owned Turana Atash, founded in 2023, is a luxury modern swimwear and resort wear brand pioneering modest fashion! From surf to swim, each piece is crafted to be diversely worn around the globe — perfect for those looking for the ideal honeymoon pieces with extra coverage. Taking Western-style swimwear and developing it with the contemporary Middle Eastern worldview in mind, the team focuses on creating appropriate luxury pieces for all. Their mindset when it comes to designing is straightforward; they believe that fashion and modesty can be synonymous with one another and, therefore, combine modesty with intricate design to create garments that make customers feel positive about themselves, leading to something empowering. After a successful first year, the team are excited for the future! Discover: NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the city LOOKING YOUR BEST Studio FIX opens its doors on High Street Kensington, offering three studios with six different class concepts. The spacious studio will be one of the first locations in London to offer Lagree Megaformer classes, a patented exercise machine that offers a high-intensity, total body workout while being low-impact — it’s loved by many celebrities! Other class concepts will include yoga, boxing, HIIT-style conditioning and strength-based lift classes, offering something for all levels and fitness goals, guaranteeing a holistic experience in one place without needing multiple gym memberships. Furthermore, Studio FIX’s boxing classes are adaptable to wheelchair users, ensuring inclusivity. Prioritising upper body strength, the class provides a unique experience where able and disabled individuals can train together. Luxury changing facilities are available and a lounge offering postworkout shakes, smoothies, and coffees. Classes will vary between 45 and 60 minutes depending on the class, with pay-as-you-go pricing from £25 per class, class packs from £120, and membership packages available to buy from £220. Check out: ADDING THE WOW FACTOR The Waterfront at Holiday Inn London Brentford Lock has launched a Your Wedding Scent experience as the ultimate addition to special days. Upon booking weddings at the venue, couples can book and embark on a sensory journey at the Experimental Perfume Club in Covent Garden to create their own wedding scent. The luxe blending experience offers a fully private consultation for two in the perfumer’s alcove, guided by an in-house expert who profiles scents from award-winning collections. The experience includes a glass of prosecco with some treats and a full-size 50ml eau de parfum, created and personalised on the day. It’s a one-to-one experience and is priced at £390 for two. Located next to the Grand Union Canal, in the heart of West London, Holiday Inn London Brentford Lock is a modern and stylish 134-bedroom hotel with its own waterfront events venue that can host weddings for up to 500 guests. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the canal, the property offers a stunning blank canvas to create dream weddings. Discover the venue: 8

FINISHING TOUCHES V V Rouleaux is London’s iconic haberdasher opening a bespoke hat atelier V V Chapeaux within its Marylebone Lane shop ahead of the British summer season. The inspiring destination will spotlight the brand’s bespoke hat design service that offers a modern twist on millinery with all the magic of the company’s customisation for the season and beyond. Bespoke hats can be designed, created and delivered in three to five days. An edit of more than 100 ready-to-wear headpieces is also available, offering a clever option for lastminute events or occasion dressing. Founder and creative director Annabel Lewis leads the service. Her passion and creativity for beautiful hat design are paired with her warm and welcoming approach, ensuring clients feel comfortable and confident with their headwear choice. For more than three decades, the business has been the go-to for fashion and interior insiders’ needs and luxurious finishing touches. From boucle trims to double-sided velvet and pure silk grosgrain ribbons, lace, decorative feathers and flowers, many pieces are handmade or sourced from V V Rouleaux’s incredible archive of vintage embellishments. Offering a way to update wardrobes sustainably, V V Chapeaux can also creatively bring new life to well-loved hats by adding embellishments and trimmings. The team can take family heirlooms and create stunning embellishments or re-purpose them for a unique style. Discover the company: RAISE A GLASS Club Soda launches its latest seasonal cocktail menu, perfect for those looking for popular settings for pre-wedding celebrations! Curated by bar manager Nicolas Medicamento, formerly of The Savoy’s American Bar, the fifth iteration of the cocktail menu consists of fourteen drinks that showcase just what’s possible in the world of low and no-alcohol mixology. From takes on seasoned classics such as the Berry Blush, which emulates a Kir Royal, to a perfect Espresso Martini and beautifully balanced serves such as the aromatic and refreshing Herbal Fizz made with Everleaf Forest and Botivo, the new menu offers a fresh and tasteful selection of drinks that’s guaranteed to delight. Discover: DINE LIKE ROYALTY Taking Britain’s favourite dining tradition to new heights — 38 floors up Canary Wharf in fact — the award-winning bar and restaurant Bōkan 38 has a new sky-high afternoon tea experience. You can indulge in delicacies while admiring breathtaking views of London’s iconic skyline. Running every Saturday and Sunday in the vibrant bar area with floor-to-ceiling windows, Bōkan 38 makes the ultimate pictureperfect spot to enjoy a slice of cake and tea with loved ones, whatever the occasion. Priced at just £35pp inclusive of unlimited tea or coffee, delve into an assortment of traditional savoury and sweet delights meticulously prepared and beautifully presented by the executive chef Robert Manea, with the option of free-flowing prosecco for 90 minutes as an add-on for £25pp. Enjoy a selection of dainty finger sandwiches with classic seasonal fillings, satisfy sweet tooth cravings with a generous range of tempting treats, including mini-banana cake, and enjoy traditional scones with Isigny cream, berries and jam, plus a selection of macaroons too! Discover: YOUR ESSENTIALS 9 DRESSED TO IMPRESS RIXO launches the sixth instalment of its hugely popular bridal and bridesmaids collection that’s sure to impress! Combining effortless style with a vintage flair, the collection includes flattering silhouettes, irresistible hand-painted prints and boho looks, offering timeless pieces for all. Whether it’s a town hall hoorah, traditional with a twist, the ‘dancing option’ or the day-two-showstopper, the company offers pieces brides will love for years to come. The collection is available in sizes ranging from 6 to 20 and provides an array of styles, from sequined pieces to vintage looks and minis for the dancefloor. With gorgeous brides come equally as gorgeous bridesmaids! RIXO has introduced the irresistibly elegant water-blossom print in various flattering silhouettes and colourways. From a sophisticated halter dress to timeless treasures, the styles come in sizes 6 to 26 and range from £235 to £425, there’s a style for all tastes. Discover the collection:

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!

THE FINISHING TOUCHES Something Blue by Ostro is a modern love story that marries bold designs with the vibrant blue topaz the Ostro family spent three generations pursuing. The company’s playful debut Out of the Blue collection surprises and delights by taking traditional bridal concepts and incorporating contemporary twists — it’s out with the old and in with the bold. The brand offers affordable luxury designed for any gender, for yourself or your loved ones. Each item features a hand-selected Ostro signature gem, reflecting the brand’s commitment to quality and legacy, while the topaz symbolises eternal love and friendship. The collection includes classic rings, tie clips and stacking rings created in signature blue and white colours. Certain items feature tradition with a twist, like a garter with a detachable charm to use forever or a ring with a concealed topaz that celebrates life’s hidden gems. Taking inspiration from ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’, the brand’s designs are the perfect accessory for special events and beyond. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer you a 20 per cent discount when you use the code COUNTYBLUE20 before 1st August 2024. Please note, the offer is limited to one use per customer. Check out MADE WITH LOVE Win £150 to spend on handmade and personalised jewellery at Posh Totty Designs! Award-winning UK jewellery brand, Posh Totty Designs is giving away a £150 voucher to spend on beautiful handmade and personalised pieces from its stunning Wedding Collection. Posh Totty Designs is a female-led business with boutique stores in both London and the brand’s hometown Brighton. Every piece is crafted with love by a team of professional jewellers in its coastal workshop, using high-quality recycled sterling silver and gold, and ethically sourced gemstones. The workshop team can personalise your jewellery to create something completely unique and meaningful to you, whether it be bridesmaids’ necklaces inset with their birthstones, or cufflinks for the groomsmen hand-stamped with initials and the wedding date. Blending timeless style with emotion and sentiment, choose the perfect piece for your perfect day. Visit to view the full collection. For your chance to win, enter via the website by 31st July. Terms and conditions apply. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

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 AUTUMN 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 KENT SUN, 8 SEP 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, Kent, ME13 9AJ SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 10 NOV 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8DG SUN, 15 SEP 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUSSEX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SURREY SUN, 10 NOV 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL

HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 6 OCT 2024 MICKLEFIELD HALL Sarratt Road, Sarratt, WD3 6AQ SUN, 29 SEP 2024 LUTON HOO Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 22 SEP 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP SUN, 1 SEP 2024 CHENIES MANOR Rickmansworth, WD3 6ER BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 17 NOV 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 3 NOV 2024 LATIMER ESTATE Chesham, HP5 1UG SUN, 29 SEP 2024 BURNHAM BEECHES Grove Road, Burnham, SL1 8DP SUN, 27 OCT 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR HAMPSHIRE SUN, 22 SEP 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2J NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SUN, 3 NOV 2024 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, LE14 2EF LEICESTERSHIRE 12PM-4PM

SUN, 15 SEP 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 29 SEP 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP SUFFOLK SUN, 6 OCT 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA SUN, 27 OCT 2024 THE MILSOMS Hall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 2PU /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA ESSEX SUN, 22 SEP 2024 PRESTED HALL Feering, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9EE SUN, 1 SEP 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 15 SEP 2024 ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3HS SUN, 27 OCT 2024 LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US

Signature • 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 London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 6TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3PM BLUEWATER Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 13TH OCT | 11AM - 3PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 27TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3PM ASCOT RACECOURSE WEDDING SHOWS

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 HOSTED AT Sunday 27th October 2024 11am to 3:00pm 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

Pre-register for all of our events at BLUEWATER, 6TH OCTOBER 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 13TH OCTOBER 2024 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 27TH OCTOBER 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to our Spring 2024 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples recently engaged. 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

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

GOINGlocal Fall in love with these stunning properties in South London HOME HOUSE 02076 702 000 | Spread across three exquisite Georgian townhouses, Home House hosts a variety of stunning event spaces for weddings in the heart of London. Established in the 19th-century, the venue is named after the notorious Countess of Home and was designed as a sophisticated palace purely for enjoyment and entertainment. The historic building was meticulously restored and retains many original features, including ceiling-to-floor windows to allow for plenty of natural light. The private event spaces range in size to accommodate up to 180 guests for standing receptions. The venue offers the most elegant private spaces with stunning Georgian-style rooms evoking a sense of grandeur and offering truly opulent backdrops to occasions. The Front Parlour, Eating Room, Asylum Room and Octagon Room are all licensed for ceremonies, so couples can host both ceremonies and receptions in one glamorous location. With a dedicated wedding planner assigned to events, lovebirds can afford to relax and enjoy the journey. The Front Parlour and Eating Room are two private rooms joined together by beautiful double doors in an L-shape layout that accommodate 70 seated and 180 standing. These rooms are hired as one space in the day and evening. The smaller Front Parlour makes a fantastic reception room, while the Eating Room is ideal for lunches and dinners. Located on the first floor of House 21, the Octagon Room is a truly eccentric and opulent space. Overlooking the courtyard garden and featuring a stunning 1820s Neo-classical ceiling, this opulent jewel-box of a room is the perfect space for intimate wedding ceremonies with 40 guests. The Asylum Room is a beautiful private room on the ground floor overlooking the courtyard garden. It has a stunning fireplace, large wooden bookcases, and decorative ceilings and walls. It can accommodate 30 people seated or 40 standing. Daring and decadent, The Vaults is a glamorous late-night bar and lounge available to hire until 5am. With a private entrance, this stunning event space consists of a sophisticated lounge featuring a DJ booth and two individual karaoke rooms with state-of-the-art sound systems. With a tortoiseshell feature bar and an architectural aquarium, the lux velvet textures, warm ambient lighting and rich tones provide the perfect backdrop to evening receptions with 50 people. With access to one of London’s premier W1 garden squares, Home House expands its private events offering to include the wonderful Portman Square Garden adjacent to the grand house. It’s ideal for receptions with 300 people. Each of the 23 bedrooms and suites has a special story to tell, with features that include stunning, original, Chinese Chi’en Lung hand-painted silk wallpaper and shimmering gold ceilings. From daily delegate menus and celebratory wedding feasts to healthy breakfasts and elegant dinners, experienced chefs can create bespoke menus to complement events perfectly. 19 LOCAL VENUES

TRINITY HOUSE 02047 816 900 Couples considering a prestigious London City venue for their quintessentially English wedding — perhaps with exceptional views of the Tower of London to wow out-of-town guests — should check out the Georgian gem that is Trinity House. Located on or near several transport hubs on Tower Hill, the venue is behind a set of iron railings and cobbled paving that has been featured in several film and TV productions. Upon entering the spacious Reception Hall, it’s apparent that this is a special location. Maritime paintings and treasures dot the rooms and corridors, including the brass bell from the Royal Yacht Britannia, and excellent views of the tower are seen from four of the five rooms available. Height, light and space are the main features of the rooms, two of which — the Library and the Court — are licensed for wedding ceremonies, allowing for seated capacities of 60 to 130 respectively and 130 to 180 standing. Included in the venue hire, offered exclusively, are impressive goldcrested red leather chairs and polished tables, as is the use of the ceremonial sword to cut the wedding cake. The events team at Trinity House have been supervising weddings for 30 years, and their professional expertise and inspiration are recommended in many of the glowing testimonials found on their website. PAPER MOON 02039 635 949 | The world-famous restaurant Paper Moon has debuted in the UK at The OWO building in Whitehall. Offering a luxurious dining experience, the venue is conveniently situated between London’s vibrant West End and the historic Houses of Parliament. Renowned for its unwavering commitment to quality, the restaurant has quickly become a favourite among the capital’s influential thought leaders, creative minds and political power players. The prestigious OWO Building, situated on the historic grounds of Whitehall Palace, perfectly complements Paper Moon’s dedication to luxury. With its timeless charm and captivating ambience, the building is an ideal setting for the restaurant’s exquisite cuisine. No matter the occasion, the team has various events to cater to the needs of luxurious celebrations. The semi-private rooms are ideal for those looking for more intimate settings. Enjoy the exclusivity of a private gathering while still being a part of the vibrant atmosphere. The main dining room, Salone, is the perfect space to enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. It’s warm and inviting ambiance can comfortably accommodate up to 40 guests. In addition to Salone, the Vino Lounge can accommodate up to 18. This cosy and intimate space is perfect for smaller gatherings. If additional space is required, the Lounge can be combined with Salone and accommodate up to 20 guests. For those seeking the ultimate experience, exclusive venue hire is available. Lovebirds will have the entire setting to create a bespoke event tailored to specific requirements. With a seating capacity of up to 80 guests, host a sit-down events like no other. 20

CONRAD LONDON ST. JAMES 02033 018 080 | Located in the former Queen Anne’s Chambers, Conrad London St. James’s 19th-century building is less than a mile from Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Soft floral arrangements and ornate centrepieces set the scene for romantic weddings in the showstopping century hotel. From timeless artwork to award-winning catering with elevated British fare, the venue offers an unforgettable option for ceremonies and receptions. The Whitehall Suite can accommodate lavish nuptials and post-vow festivities for up to 300 guests. The Orchard Room’s glass roof and floral atmosphere create the perfect setting for more intimate celebrations. The dedicated events team helps coordinate the day, while planning every detail to perfection for flawless events. The award-winning chef Sally Abé crafts exquisite menus, blending British flavours with her contemporary flair for a memorable dining experience. When staying the night of the wedding, guests will find thoughtful amenities and mid-century-inspired décor in 256 rooms and suites — each the ideal launchpad for city exploring. Post-vows, why not spend your minimoon surrounded by legendary landmarks less than a mile from the iconic setting? St. James’s Park Underground Station is across the street, perfect for exploring London as newlyweds. 41 PORTLAND PLACE 02031 413 255 | For those who’ve dreamed of a London Georgian townhouse wedding, 41 Portland Place is perfect! Surrounded by elegant grandeur in the heart of Marylebone, the Grade II listed townhouse is the ideal setting for stylish and romantic weddings. The venue’s versatile spaces, including a stunning outdoor terrace, can accommodate intimate events or larger celebrations with 70 guests for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts, and parties of up to 120 for standing receptions. Lovebirds can relax and savour each moment while the in-house team takes care of everything. In 1773, 41 Portland Place was designed by James Adam and was built as a private home for The Honourable Thomas Gage. During WW2, the house remained standing while surrounding buildings were razed to the ground during the London Blitz. The Ciba/Novartis Foundation moved into 41 Portland Place in 1947 and, for more than 50 years, hosted prestigious scientific events attended by some of the most outstanding medical scientists of the last century. Today, the house is home to the Academy of Medical Sciences. Profits generated through venue hire of 41 Portland Place are used to fund activities run by the Academy of Medical Sciences to ensure research is rapidly translated into benefits for patients. Elegant and memorable, the excellent cusine matches its high standards. Food and service are provided by a specialist catering company with attention to detail, ingenuity, and imagination using sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients, at the forefront of the service offered. The talented head chef is highly flexible when designing and delivering menus. He would be happy to meet with nearlyweds to create bespoke menus. 21 LOCAL VENUES

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

Unusual surroundings Venues with a twist THE CADOGAN ARMS 02031 482 630 | The Cadogan Arms, nestled in the heart of Chelsea’s bustling King’s Road, has secured a full licence to host weddings adding to its reputation as a unique London location to celebrate all occasions. Over the past year, the charming establishment has hosted many pre- and post-wedding receptions, offering flexible wedding packages that can be tailored to accommodate a wide range of preferences and requirements. Whether it’s a cosy private room for intimate gatherings or full venue takeovers, the property provides a quintessentially British experience right in the heart of central London. Just a stone’s throw away from the Chelsea Town Hall, The Cadogan Arms is the ideal wedding venue for couples getting married through the Chelsea Registry Office. For those looking to hold their wedding within the pub, a registrar can easily be booked and arranged, ensuring weddings are planned as smoothly as possible. The Rose Room can be hired exclusively for up to 50 guests (standing) or 35 guests (seated), with a combination of separate tables and bar seats available and table service throughout. The bar area is available for group bookings, with cocktail and canapé receptions available seven days a week from 12pm onwards and flexible packages for smaller groups of between 10 and 17 guests are also available. The Dining Room can be reserved for semi-private or private use and can accommodate up to 40 seated and 70 standing guests. For larger wedding parties, The Cadogan Arms is also available for exclusive hire for up to 150 loved ones across the entire venue. The property offers a ‘best of British’ menu and a carefully curated wine list featuring much-loved classics, an extensive reserve selection, and an innovative tapped wine installation alongside a comprehensive selection of exciting beers and classically inspired cocktails. If couples feel something is missing, the team can work with them directly to create bespoke packages. Following the ambitious renovation that pays homage to two centuries spent serving the local community, the restoration of The Cadogan Arms recreated the lost early Georgian architectural details and ornate timber panelling of the original building, which are softened with warm velvets and floral-patterned fabrics — making for a stunning big-day backdrop. 23 QUIRKY VENUES

THE GREENHOUSES 02071 862 444 | The Greenhouses at One Marylebone offers the perfect space for wedding receptions and celebrations. This captivating floral-inspired venue boasts an idyllic setting for couples to create cherished memories on their special day. Situated in the heart of London, The Greenhouses offers nine private dining spaces, each thoughtfully designed to accommodate various tastes and celebration sizes. From cosy gatherings to more elaborate affairs, this venue promises an unforgettable experience. Within the magic of The Greenhouses, couples can immerse themselves in an intimate atmosphere framed by vibrant foliage and whimsical lights. The venue’s proximity to Old Marylebone Town Hall ensures seamless transitions from ceremonies to receptions, making it an ideal choice for couples seeking convenience and charm. With a range of spaces available, couples can curate dream wedding receptions for eight to 24 guests. Each private room is adaptable to suit individual preferences, creating a personalised experience. Couples can enhance their celebration by hiring an additional greenhouse for arrival drinks and canapés, ensuring a warm and inviting welcome for guests. Loved ones can indulge in a vibrant menu of Mediterranean-style sharing plates thoughtfully crafted to delight the senses with rich flavours. An extensive selection of cocktails and wines complements the culinary journey, promising a feast that leaves a lasting impression. The Greenhouses offers couples the option to elevate their celebration with upgrades such as chairs, table linens, crockery, cutlery and glassware. Furthermore, a range of services including photography, entertainment, bespoke printed menus, place cards, floristry, and cake recommendations, are readily available. The Greenhouses at One Marylebone are available for bookings throughout the year; this versatile venue offers an unparalleled setting to craft cherished memories that will last a lifetime. GATE CINEMA 02077 928 939 A few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station on the main road, Gate Cinema is a 113-year-old Edwardian auditorium with a single screen. The Grade II listed building hosts ceremonies in Screen 1, which can host 185 loved ones. The frontage remains the same, and the screen room looks as though it was perfectly preserved from the pre-1920s era when it was built. The opulent interiors have been painstakingly restored, dripping in red velvet and gold plasterwork. Couples can screen a short personal video before or after ceremonies. The venue is now equipped with state-of-the-art air conditioning, carefully designed to fit the setting. The auditorium has been fully re-seated, with luxury armchair seats, drinks tables and double loveseats at the rear. 24

THE BRUNEL MUSEUM The Brunel Museum allows couples to get married on the site of the first tunnel built underwater anywhere in the world! Exposed concrete, original brick walls, various artworks and cultural exhibitions lend distinctive character to the Grand Entrance Hall and The Engine Room. It’s the ideal venue for ceremonies with 90 seated guests or 120 standing, wedding breakfasts with 85 and receptions with 120. The underwater Tunnel Shaft has been reimagined as The Grand Entrance Hall and is entered via an elegant staircase. The Thames Tunnel once provided a pedestrian crossing of the River Thames nearly two miles downstream of London Bridge. Following the tunnel transformation to construct the East London Line and London Overground, the shaft has now been sealed with a concrete floor. The shaft is approximately 50ft in diameter and 50ft deep, with smoke-blackened brick walls from steam trains, providing a raw but atmospheric backdrop. The breathtaking grand space has beautiful acoustics that will transform celebrations into unforgettable celebrations. The Rooftop Garden sits on top of the Brunel Tunnel Grand Entrance Hall, it’s included for all-day events and is ideal for welcome drinks. Later in the evening, gather around the centralised firepit to keep cosy with s’mores toasting kits. The Midnight Apothecary is the team’s exclusive drinks partner. The beautiful bar serves seasonal cocktails using ingredients from the garden itself. THE RITZY CINEMA & CAFE 02073 262 649 The Ritzy Cinema & Cafe is situated directly opposite Lambeth Town Hall in the heart of Brixton. It’s well connected with Brixton Tube Station, a three-minute walk away, overground links to Victoria Station and numerous bus lines in all directions. The exterior holds a strong early 19th-century design, with grand arching, silhouettes and embossed detailing. The interior documents The Ritzy’s history, combining details reminiscent of the cinema’s opening alongside its more modern elements from when it fused with what was once a theatre before the war. The venue has settings catering to couples’ needs, from the grand 350-seater screen to an intimate setting that can host 52 guests. Screen 1 was once the cinema’s only screen and visually stays true to The Ritzy’s history when it opened more than 100 years ago; it can host up to 250 loved ones. Screen 2 (for 160 people) and Screen 3 (111) allow for a traditional aisle walk with parted seating. For something more intimate but just as special, the wonderful Screen 4 (109) and Screen 5 (51) can showcase couples’ love stories on the big screen, or slideshow of fondest memories together, to add an element of wonder to events. The upstairs bar, a gem within the venue, is thoughtfully divided into two versatile levels, offering layout choices for up to 162 people. Whether newlyweds desire an open space to dance the night away or prefer tables set up for catering, the team can cater to their needs. Additionally, the bar features a charming balcony with a view of Windrush Square. QUIRKY VENUES 25

AROUND Love is all Claire and Dave’s autumnal wedding featured sage, peach and red tones Images courtesy of Isabelle Elliott Photography 26

These lovebirds met on the dancefloor at Fabric nightclub in the summer of 2018. Claire was with some girlfriends who weren’t enjoying the music, unlike her, which is when Dave caught her eye. She comments, “He smiled at me, and we got chatting. We’re both ravers, and we’ve been to many of the same events without meeting before. It was one of those serendipitous moments you never thought would happen to you. Dave gave me some of his best chats: as a teenager, he was a Team GB gymnast, and his bathroom had underfloor heating! He asked me to go for a drink with him later that week. I said ‘yes’ and we’ve been inseparable ever since. “Dave proposed on my birthday weekend at The Tawny, a stunning dog-friendly hotel in Staffordshire. In recent years, Dave’s taken me away for my birthday weekend to somewhere as a surprise, usually to a B&B. When we arrived and I saw the hotel, I thought it was a bit much for a 31st birthday. It turns out, he had a surprise up his sleeve and proposed in our lovely, secluded shepherd’s hut when we got back from dinner.” SETTING THE SCENE When it came to wedding planning, the couple’s goal was to have a Londonbased wedding, as that’s where they’ve spent their entire relationship together and the city means the most to them. Most importantly, they wanted to have a big party for all their loved ones to enjoy. When looking for the perfect setting. the couple only went to see one wedding venue − Clapton Country Club. Thanks to the unique style, they decided then and there that it was the perfect location for their big day. Formerly a Victorian tram depot, which didn’t require much styling, the pair loved the exposed brick walls and the giant disco ball in the reception hall, which was a perfect touch considering they met on the dancefloor. What better way to arrive at a city wedding than a black London cab? Rightly so, and one took the bride and her best girls to the venue! When it came to the florals, the couple was guided by Hackney-based florist Charlotte at My Posy Neighbour. The supplier chose some beautiful British seasonal flowers with lots of autumnal colours. Charlotte created a gorgeous flower arrangement for the ceiling orb in the reception room that looked beautiful. The lovebirds have a local spot for cakes, Mama Mae’s on Roman Road, where Dave got Claire’s 30th birthday cake; everyone had commented that it was terrific so, it was only fitting they stuck to what they knew best! They opted for a three-tier semi-naked cake decorated with eucalyptus, foliage and fresh berries. LOOKING THE PART Claire went to three different bridal stores but fell in love with Australian designer Prea James’ beautiful silk satin gowns at Fall Bride in Dalston. She chose a top and skirt style called Tyler, which she accessorised with a cathedral-length two-tier tulle veil by another Australian designer, Harriette Gordon. The bride says, “The veil was quite extravagant, but my dress design was pretty simple, so I felt they worked well together. Also, when else will you get to wear a cathedral-length veil again? I wore a necklace my aunt bought me for a birthday, which I only wear on special occasions. In the black cab on the way over, my mum asked me if I had something blue or borrowed, which I didn’t. So, she lent me my late grandmother’s blue sapphire engagement ring for the day. It was so lovely to have a part of my nana there with me. “One of the main concerns I had when trying on dresses was whether I’d be comfortable, and I was apprehensive about wearing heels all day. I rarely wear heels since I fell down the steps in Liquid Colchester, in stilettos, back when I was about 18 and couldn’t walk properly for a week! I researched heeled trainers, but none were as high as the heels I’d bought for the big day. I didn’t want to be tripping over my gown on the dancefloor in trainers, but I also knew if I wore my heels all day, it would limit how long I was on the dancefloor. While scrolling through the designer’s Instagram, I came across photographs of a bride who had also chosen the same gown as me but had a shortened version of it for the evening. I messaged her, and it turned out she’d bought a skirt from a high street store in Australia that, to the naked eye, looked like the same material as the designer’s and had it altered. So, I did the same and changed into a skirt paired with some chunky but comfortable trainers for the evening. The plan worked, and I 27 REAL WEDDINGS

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spent almost all night on the dancefloor. “We did most of the getting ready at Tribu Salon near where we live in east London. Glen, who owns the salon, has been my trusted hairdresser for the past four years and opened up early so the bridal party could get ready there. When I arrived, our fabulous make-up artist was finishing my mum as my mother-in-law, Jeanine, had her hair pinned up. We nipped back to my flat to finish my make-up, have a cheeky glass of fizz and get dressed. It was such a whirlwind with everyone arriving, but I remember feeling great when I had my gown and veil on, with full hair and makeup. We had a few minutes before leaving for the venue and took some photos outside with our greyhound, Dolly, who was very confused by everything but loved all the extra attention she got.” Dave wore a charcoal grey two-piece suit with a dusty sage, silvery floral tie and a sage pocket square. He likes simplicity regarding suits, and he looked very sharp! His groomsmen all wore the same to match. Claire let the bridesmaids decide what dresses to wear because she wanted them to feel great on the day too. They opted for pillar-box red gowns, which they both looked stunning in. The bride found a navy-blue suit with a blue and red floral tie for her bridesman and a silk pocket to match the bridesmaids’ dresses. Dave’s niece was the world’s most adorable flowergirl in a cream and sage green dress with a sash bow. The couple’s greyhound, Dolly, joined the pair for a few photos after the ceremony and wore a white floral collar. TIME TO CELEBRATE The post-wedding breakfast music was really important to the couple. So, they had a live band called Festival Heart who they’d seen perform at a friends’ wedding. Claire comments, “At that wedding, we really thought they were the best wedding band we had seen. When we fixed our date and it was an easy decision and we booked them as soon as they said they’re available! Why spend ages searching for something different when you already know a great band already? As it turns out, they were incredible again and had the whole floor moving. They played Fleetwood Mac Everywhere for the first dance. They had a dual male/female singer, both with amazing voices, which gives them quite a unique energy. As any good wedding band should, their set list covered all the bases to keep everyone happy, while making sure all the songs were bangers.” Later in the evening Jimmy Hickmott of Festival Wedding DJs play for around two hours. Since the couple are ravers at heart, they had the supplier play a set of ‘90s and ‘00s classics to keep everyone on the floor. They got to pick a long list of our favourite songs, and everyone was dancing until midnight to Ibiza classics. Claire says, “My mum requesting and dancing to Praise You by Fat Boy Slim was a brilliant memory I will take from the day. Jimmy closed with Belfast by Orbital, which was the song I came down the aisle to and it was nice to go full circle.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS The couple both had that nervous excitement on the days leading up to the wedding. Dave is generally very relaxed and not overly emotional, but when he first saw Claire appear at the end of the aisle, he suddenly felt this big wave of emotion he hadn’t expected. The bride says, “The most surprising thing for both of us was that the ceremony was our favourite part of the day. Previously, we thought it was a formality we had to get through before enjoying the party. But we had an incredible registrar − shout out to Andy Seaman from Hackney Council − who immediately put us at ease and set the tone for the day. Andy gave me the best advice: to walk down the aisle slowly and take it all in because it’s a moment you won’t get again. I was pretty apprehensive about walking down the aisle. I was worried about being the centre of attention and the possibility of tripping in front of all my nearest and dearest. But as it turned out, it was the most wonderful moment as I saw everyone I love, and Dave looking at me at the end of the aisle beaming. My lovely dad stopped me from walking too quickly and was holding onto me so I would never fall. “We had some memorable speeches. My dad and the best men REAL WEDDINGS 29