Olivia and Tom had an intimate, elegant London wedding at Burgh House in leafy Hampstead, North London. Their wedding in September was filled with lots of beautiful live music making many special memories.
Tom and I met in Spring 2012 and had a lovely first date at a roof top bar overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by some dancing at a blues bar in Soho. Just over two years later, whilst on holiday in Sardinia, Tom proposed in a meadow full of poppies and wild flowers with a beautiful antique engagement ring.
Burgh House Hampstead
Hampstead is the most perfect location for a wedding, the leafy surroundings, and village feel make for a beautiful backdrop, even more so for bride Olivia who spent her childhood in the area.
Deciding on the location and venue was easy! I was brought up in North London and have loved Hampstead ever since I spent many of my childhood days with my Grandma in her Hampstead home. Our wedding venue, Burgh House, is in the same square as my Grandma’s old flat and was a perfect choice for us. Tom and I agreed that we wanted a smallish wedding and had only sixty guests. The wedding breakfast felt like a large dinner party, which is exactly the atmosphere we were aiming for.
I went dress shopping with my Mum and sister one Sunday and chose a dress by Opulence – it was the third dress that I tried on. I splurged on some silver Oscar de la Renta shoes and, as they are not typical bridal shoes, I will be able to wear them again. One tip for future brides – invest in some gel inserts: whilst my heels were very high, I was able to wear them all day with no problem at all!
LIQUID STRINGS + GYPSY JAZZ
We had the fantastic Liquid Strings Quartet for our ceremony and drinks reception. My Dad walked me down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon and we signed the register whilst the quartet played two pieces by Elgar. We had two readings – I chose an excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières for my sister Claudia and, because my Mum is Chinese/Thai, my best friend Francesca read a short, but very touching, Chinese wedding poem.
Once the ceremony was over, the Liquid Strings Quartet played everything from Clean Bandit to the Game of Thrones theme tune (which went down a treat!). The Riviera, a gypsy jazz band from Manchester, provided the fabulous after dinner music.
The couple chose some very stylish stationery with a romantic London theme.
We didn’t have a specific theme, but I knew that I wanted an elegant and romantic wedding. We kept to subtle pinks, peaches, creams and golds for the bridesmaids’ dresses, flowers and wedding stationery. The wonderful Cinderella Gallery designed our beautiful save the dates, invitations and orders of service. I chose local florist, Brigitte, for my flowers. Brigitte had worked at Burgh House before and did an amazing job.
We also wanted to give a nod to a London theme, so we used Cecily Vessey’s stunning London skyline as a basis for our table plan and table stationery. Each table was named after a place in London that is special to us and we asked Cecily to create a bespoke drawing of Burgh House which we used for the top table, guest book and thank you cards.
If you can’t decide between cake or cheese, do both like this couple!
I couldn’t decide whether to have cheese or cake so we had both! We sourced the cheese from Belsize Village Delicatessen in Belsize Park and my Mum put it all together to make a gorgeous tiered wedding cheese cake. My best friend Nene also made some delicious homemade cupcakes and our butter crunch toffee wedding favours.
Kirsten Mavric Photography
I knew how important a good photographer would be and spent a long time researching! We chose the wonderful Kirsten at Mavric Photography. I loved Kirsten’s style of photography – her work is bold, colourful and full of emotion. Kirsten was a joy to have around on the day and I felt immediately comfortable with her.
Kirsten also has a beautiful brand new website, so do go check it out!
I expected to feel a little blue after the wedding was over – a wedding involves so much planning and it goes by too fast! However, I haven’t felt that way at all. It truly was the best day ever and just thinking back to that day and having all of my loved ones in one place fills me with happiness. The highlight has to be dancing with my new husband to my Dad playing “The Way You Look Tonight” on the venue’s baby grand piano.
A good friend gave me some great advice: make sure you both take a quiet ten minutes out for yourselves to soak it all in. It’s not often that you have all of your nearest and dearest together to celebrate with you, but it is pretty magical.