Quirky Elegant Spring Claridge’s Wedding And A Bride In Leather + Lace

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Photography by David JenkinsPlanning & Styling London Bride

 Photo Credit: David Jenkins | Claridge's Wedding by London Bride

Part of being a wedding planner is working with some pretty amazing clients, and in some amazing places. Well Gwen and Li-Hur’s wedding was both of these for me. Whilst we had the elegance and luxury backdrop of London’s iconic Claridge’s for their wedding day, this couple loved quirky details, so injected their personalities into the day for their guests to enjoy, with fun touches such as the buttonholes by Fairy Nuff Flowers that were tied with a lego figure, the 80’s evening band that filled the dance floor and the fact that Gwen decided to wear her amazing green leather jacket over her stunning Monique Lhuillier gown for a leather and lace look, all made for a gorgeous spring wedding.

ICONIC LONDON

Gwen and Li-Hur had already decided on their exquisite venue of Claridge’s to celebrate their day before I came on board to plan and design their day for them. With lots of family coming over to London they wanted somewhere central and it’s iconic status, elegant rooms and luxury service was perfect for them. In fact the couple even loved having their photo taken with the lift porter who became known after the “Inside Claridge’s” documentary!

To be honest, we decided on the venue first and the style followed. We had watched the BBC documentary ‘Inside Claridge’s’ and loved how amazing the place was. 
QUIRKY ELEGANCE

We incorporated a lot of themes that were personal to Gwen and Li-Hur, so balanced quirky details but with the elegance of Claridge’s! The flowers by Fairy Nuff Flowers were beautiful in romantic shades of dusky pinks, and my favourite detail was the stunning fresh flower garlands that were created for the chair backs which were used during the ceremony and for the dining. Fluffy cloud like hydrangeas were hung as pew ends and again the chairs were then placed at the top table for added decoration for the dining room.

The ivory and gold letterpress custom designed stationery by Artcadia was echoed from the invitation through to the menus, place cards and we also created an ‘Order of the Day’ timeline print framed in a vintage frame to let guests know the events for the day.

To echo the gold touches and the elegant black and white striking floor in Claridge’s we commissioned a balloon ceiling by Bonbon balloons which looked incredible, over 40 balloons cascaded from the ceiling, with pretty hanging ribbons origami stars and gold confetti filled clear balloons – it was a great talking point and made for an amazing entrance to the rooms. Guests helped themselves to the balloons at the end of the night, although they were so huge I think a few struggled to get them anywhere!

We were lucky that we had Charley who reined in our mish mash ideas to bring some consistency to the end result that we had. Would like to think that in the end, we had a wedding that was classic but had some quirky elements. 

 

I think from the whole planning experience the cake tasting was one of the bride’s favourite moments! We worked with Charlotte at Restoration Cake to design a simple, elegant swiss meringue frosted cake with three tiers of different flavoured sponges to curb Gwen’s sweet tooth as she couldn’t make her mind up! After a fine dining menu, the cake was served as dessert with a coulis and fresh fruit which meant every last bite was devoured! The cake was decorated with fresh flowers by Steph and sat on top of a pretty glitter tablecloth from Pudding Bridge which was a nice touch and complimented the flowers.

CEREMONY GIGGLES
A rather amusing moment was as we introduced Gwen into the room, as she reached the end of the aisle, both she and Li-Hur were stifling giggles because the registrar happened to also have been on another documentary and they both recognised him!
The ceremony was a civil ceremony and then to honour their families and heritage, they had a short Chinese tea ceremony which was a lovely touch.
LEATHER + LACE

Gwen wore a beautifully elegant Monique Lhuillier strapless gown with lace detailing and wore her hair in an elegant up do complete with fresh avalanche roses in her hair. It was a fresh Spring day so as they went with David their film photographer to do the portraits she put on her deep green leather jacket and I have to say I absolutely loved this addition, she rocked it and it worked with the quirky buttonhole that Li-Hur had with the lego figurine.

The couple chose film photographer David Jenkins to capture their day, and I just love the classic (especially the black and white) shots of the couple walking around London’s Mayfair area as husband and wife, so beautiful and charming! David is amazing. We like how he incorporates you into the scenery  and he is very easy going which also comes through into the photographs that he takes. He frames his pictures very well and there is an artistic quality to his photographs.

JUMP AROUND

As you can see from the evening party shots, this couple and their guests let their hair down on the dance floor…and some! The couple have a huge love for 80s music and the Jump tribute band played the perfect post dinner set into the evening.

Thank you to Gwen and Li-Hur for sharing their day and for being such good fun and to photographer David for his beautiful film photography. You can also see more of this wedding featured over on the fabulous Love My Dress. 

  • Love how upmarket this wedding is without being at all stuffy. Also, a green leather jacket..? High fives to you, Gwen & endless Kudos to you, David Jenkins!