Today’s wedding is nothing short of stunning. It features a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier dress, breathtaking florals from By Appointment Only Design , and entertainment from The Vaccines. The Bride and Groom were rather special too!
When we first started working with Peta and Mark we knew that, more than ever, we had to bring our A-game. Due to their backgrounds, they are used to attending spectacular events and our brief was to help them plan a luxury London wedding that was better than anything they had ever been to before.
Dress shopping with the bride and her maids was a really fun experience – not least because Peta looked amazing in everything that she tried on. The challenge though was to find a dress that felt extra special – something that she wouldn’t ordinarily wear to an event. After trying on an array of dresses in varying colours, styles, and fabrics, she eventually chose the gorgeous Belle gown by Monique Lhuillier at Browns Bride, along with a matching cathedral veil and bespoke converse hi-tops using the exact lace from the dress. The maids wore complimenting Coast dresses and Christian Louboutin heels.
Mark and his groomsmen all wore bespoke suits made personally by designer Paul Smith – a close friend of the Groom.
The chosen venue was One Mayfair as it was unique, unexpected and it offered a good mix of traditional and original features. However, it also offered plenty of scope for personalisation through the styling.
With the help of lighting and production from Fisher Productions , and flowers from By Appointment Only Design, the empty space was transformed into a beautiful and classic wonderland, all captured by Mark Bothwell.
As guests arrived they were directed into the venue to take their seats. The ceremony set-up included a huge floral arch in tones of green and white at the end of the aisle, as well as towering pedestals punctuated along the walkway, and heavy floral swagging. The grey and white chandelle chairs matched the overall colour scheme and created a sophisticated and stylish set-up.
As Peta walked down the aisle, on the arm of her grandfather, The Urban Voices Collective surprised guests by performing from above on the balcony area. The ceremony was romantic and heartfelt and despite the 200 plus guests in attendance, it felt very intimate and personal.
Following the ceremony, guests were led upstairs onto the mezzanine level which was decked out with comfy chesterfield sofa seating. The feature pieces were the mirrored bars which stood against a beautifully lit back bar shelving unit complete with varying vessels of cut glass and crystal, and hundreds of candles.
Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés by Last Supper whilst being entertained by magician David Redfearn and silhouette artist, The Roving Artist, whilst listening to The Urban Voices Collective perform. Down below, we were working alongside Last Supper, turning the room around to create a stylish dining setting.
The wedding breakfast set-up was classic but stunning. Tables were covered in crisp white linens with a light grey edging and each setting was kept very simple with a classic white charger plate, calligraphy place settings and menus, and a miniature bottle of Limoncello as a nod to the couple’s love of Italy. With twenty tables in total, a mixture of tall and short centerpieces were used on the tables, interspersed with cut glass votive holders and large hurricane vases containing candles to add to the atmosphere.
Following dinner, guests enjoyed a series of speeches before the cutting of the cake took place. Olofson Design created a modern honeycomb-style tiered cake which looked amazing sat on top of the heavy floral covered cake stand.
Once the cake was cut it was time to start the evening party with DJ Sam Totolee from MMEM getting guests up and onto the dance floor.
Mark is a huge fan of rock band The Vaccines and so as a surprise for guests, half way through the evening the band took to the stage to perform a private gig for Mark, Peta and their wedding guests. It was a really special moment and was certainly the icing on the cake for the bride and groom.
As the clock struck 2am nobody wanted the party to end – always the sign of a great wedding!
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