Home Is Where The Heart, Is A Back Garden Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal

Photography by Corrado Chiozzi

Is there anything quite as romantic as a groom carrying his bride over the threshold? Groom Adam did just that for his bride Laura, but they weren’t alone. After a local church ceremony followed by fine French dining they decided to continue the celebrations at home with a garden party. As after all, that is where the heart is. 

Back Garden Wedding London by Corrado Chiozzi

Couple Laura and Adam balanced an elegant day with the comforts of home. Literally. After a meaningful Church ceremony, a lavish fine dining meal and a walk through the park, they decided to continue the celebrations at their London home, in their garden. How utterly romantic, and so lovely to know that when they sit out in their garden that it was there, surrounded by their loved ones that they danced their first steps as husband and wife.

 FIREWORKS

We met 6 years ago when Adam interviewed me for a position at the ski company he worked for. I inevitably got the job and after a year of friendship we were the latest office romance. Fast forward 4 years to a London roof terrace on New Years Eve, where Adam proposed with friends and fireworks all around.

HOME FROM HOME

Laura’s family are all in Australia, however as they had a life in London it meant a lot for them to celebrate their marriage in the city. They kept things simple and were able to marry within 7 months of being engaged.

Whilst my family live in Australia, we decided to marry in London where we met, fell in love and have built a life together. With only immediate family making the long journey from Sydney we wanted to keep the day simple, personal and elegant. The guest list was kept small to allow time for family and friends to make the most of the rare opportunity to spend time together. Balancing the traditional with the modern we wanted the day to really reflect us as a couple, enjoying the things we love, in the places we love with the people we love…with a bit of sparkle thrown in to mark the occasion!

FIRST AND FOREMOST

I absolutely adore the allure of the ‘off the shoulder’ style wedding dress chosen by the bride. Elegant but with a touch of sultry, with her beautiful long waves Laura’s style was sophisticated and romantic. 

My dress was the first dress I tried on, picked out masterfully by a friend who worked in the Teokath boutique and who understood my wish for something simple and romantic. Not wanting to distract from the beautiful lines of the dress, accessories were kept to a pair of fabulous earnings designed to stand out from under my mane of curls. With just one maid of honour (coming from Canada!) I chose a statement 1920’s number that brought that touch of sparkle to the neutral colour palate.

ceremonial elegance

The couple chose to hold a significant ceremony at their local Church which was beautifully elegant, yet they added their own touch as the Game of Thrones soundtrack was performed by a string quartet.

We wanted every part of the wedding to reflect us, so the ceremony was held at our local church in Wandsworth where we attend and walk past regularly. As a grade II listed building, St Anne’s brought some traditional grandeur to the occasion with the sweeping driveway helping showcase the gorgeous Rolls-Royce. The Niche London String Quartet greeted guests and played my teary walk down the aisle (Pachabel’s Canon in D) and entertained guests during the signing of the registry with contemporary songs personal to us – the Game of Thrones theme tune was a big hit! Hymns included Bread of Heaven for the Welsh contingency and Adam’s school song Jerusalem.

FRENCH FANCY

We both adore good food and wanted to share our enthusiasm for French cuisine with our guests. With our faviourite Michelin star restaurant just around the corner on Wandsworth Common, Chez Bruce was an easy choice for the wedding to centre around. We worked with head Chef, Matt Christmas and sommelier Sara to form a delicious three course menu. The cheese course was our 4 tiered cheese wedding cake that was enjoyed after lunch back at our house where we continued celebrations with a garden party.

ROMANCE AND ROSES

After a cycling holiday across the Loire valley in June we fell in love with the wild romance of the garden roses that blossomed over every stone wall and country garden. The blush pinks worked beautifully with the eucalyptus (a nod to my Australian heritage) and the white hydrangeas which echoed the flowers in our garden. The accompanying colour palette was kept classic, to champagne neutrals.

Garden Party

Laura and Adam struck a great balance by treating their guests to exceptional fine dining and then for a more relaxed ‘after party’ decided to play host and throw a back garden wedding at their London home. Drinks dispensers of Pimms, G&T and lemonade kept guests refreshed along with magnums of champagne and French rosé. Guests were refuelled later in the evening with wood fired pizzas delivered from our local!

After lunch at Chez Bruce a Routmaster bus drove us the short journey back to our house where we carried on the celebrations in our garden. Adam took me by surprise, scooping me up and carrying me over our doorstep, much to my delight! It meant so much to us to open our home to those we loved. Under festoon lighting we danced to live music provided by The Devilles. It was so special enjoying our first dance in our garden on the decking that Adam and his father had built surrounded by everyone we loved.

They also introduced personal and casual touches to the garden including strings of Polaroid pictures, bunting and lanterns.

A walk in the park

We wanted a casual, un-intrusive photography style and our photographer Corrado Chorizzi captured the joy of the day perfectly. Despite video recording restrictions in the church our Reverend Gordon allowed us to set up a stationary video camera so we could capture the ceremony for family in Australia too. After the ceremony we took some time to walk through Wandsworth Common for some photos alone. With vast open spaces, lakes and trees it looked like we had been married in the country, not the middle of suburban London. A bee and a lady beetle even landed on me to wish me luck!

REFLECTIONS

I am just so happy with the way our wedding turned out. We really wanted to strip away any unnecessary wedding formalities and keep it unique and personal to us. Having a shorter engagement forced clarity on decisions and helped us focus our time on the elements that really mattered to us. Guests had such a great time and the balance of formal elegance and causal intimacy allowed us all to relax and spend quality time with each other. Keeping the guest list to 60 helped this as well as giving us more options for venues. It was hugely important that my Australian family had the opportunity to get a taste and understanding of my life here in London and I think this was achieved.

The whole day was filled with laughter from mishaps and mischief. I was initially concerned about having the day split over three different venues but the bus made it all really manageable and the change of venues actually helped carry the momentum and excitement throughout the day. Each location told the story of a different part of our relationship and celebrating that with our families and friends was so special.

A great example of how you can mix up the day with different venues, and so lovely that it was all local. Congratulations to the lovely couple Laura and Adam and thank you to Corrado for sharing such beautiful moments.