Cora and Michael had chose to combine the traditions of the East and West for a Landmark London wedding followed by an amazing Chinese Banquet reception, which customary to tradition, the bride wore a number of wedding dresses too!
I absolutely love the contrast of a grand and elegant traditional London ceremony at a luxury hotel with portraits of the couple nearby, with the relaxed reception at the couple’s favourite Chinese restaurant. I’m not surprised Cora couldn’t decide between her two wedding dresses, she looks just stunning in both and have to say, why not wear two?! In fact she did much more and went on to have 5 further outfit changes, including the incredible red traditional Chinese suit which I have to say might be my favourite. The hand embroidery and detail is just incredible and they really do ‘pop’ in the beautiful photography by Sarah Gawler (do check out her beautiful new website!).
Cora and Michael met on the wonderful world wide web, and held their wedding 9 months after getting engaged. The proposal was as romantic as it gets, a birthday trip to Paris with a proposal over a romantic dinner on their last night there.
EAST MEETS WEST
They were keen to have a wedding that reflected both the Eastern and Western traditions so chose to have a civil ceremony at the beautiful Landmark London Hotel then celebrating with their guests for their reception at their favourite Chinese restaurant enjoying a wonderful 12 course (!) banquet which was the perfect setting for the relaxed day that they wished for their guests.
You may wonder if this was all on the same day from the photos, as the bride, Cora looks stunning in a number of wedding dresses! She actually decided to wear two wedding dresses, because she loved both and couldn’t decide between them! She chose a Katya Katya Shehurina dress for the ceremony which was beautiful and romantic and then a perfect sophisticated city gown for the portrait photos that they had with their photographer Sarah Gawler around London.
Then, as is customary – for the Chinese Banquet, Cora actually got changed five times as it’s tradition for the bride to have many outfits (I think we’d all love to incorporate this tradition into our wedding!). The first was the stunning red hand embroidered Chinese wedding suit which was accessorised with gold jewellery which were gifts from family, including a ‘pig necklace’ which is symbolic for fertility.
Cora had her childhood friend perform a reading during the ceremony, with beautiful flowers in pinks, plums and purples. They kept the Chinese Banquet traditional with elements of red and gold, both traditional lucky colours.
To anyone planning their wedding I would suggest to have fun and put together a day which reflects theirs personality. Enjoy the day as much as possible because for many years to come you will walk down memory lane filled with love and laughter.
Such lovely words and what beautiful photos by photographer Sarah Gawler to have to remember the day by. Thanks to Cora and Michael for sharing their day and congratulations on the birth of their little boy who’s arrived since the wedding!