Crispy sunny spring skies for this elegant wedding at Sunbeam Studios in West London. The female guests all sported fascinators and with a ‘chic and glamorous’ dress code chosen by the couple Victoria and William, this is one stylish and sophisticated wedding day.
We met at work (Surrey County Council) five years ago. I was PA to the Director who brought Will into the team as a consultant for a short contract. Will was a friend of the Director before taking the position and as we met through him we asked to do a reading as part of our ceremony.
Will took me away for the weekend in early February 2014 to Barnsley House a spa in the Cotswolds and proposed in the evening after a day of massages and pampering – I was extremely spoiled! Will had chosen the ring himself a month earlier and had been to see my parents for their approval all without my knowledge.
We decided we didn’t want a long engagement and that we would like a Spring wedding so we set our date for 7th March 2015.
Victoria and William chose the fabulous unique and elegant Sunbeam Studios for their venue, which fitted their ‘classy and cool’ wedding style.
We had recently moved into a new flat in Battersea and having been to lots of friends weddings in the country over the last year, we decided we wanted to have a city wedding in London. Will had also spent his university years living in Ladbroke Grove with his friends so it was a favourite place for him.
We found Sunbeam Studios and fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it. We actually didn’t look anywhere else as it was perfect for us. We wanted a space that was both classic and modern and Sunbeam was a blank canvas that allowed us to create the perfect ceremony and reception exactly as we envisaged it.
Overall we wanted our wedding to be “classy and cool” – we didn’t have a colour theme but did put a dress code on our invitations of “chic and glamorous” and asked all ladies attending to wear a hat or fascinator – any excuse to get dressed up! I’m pleased to say all our guests outdid themselves.
We wanted our reception to be a real party – it was so much fun even the bar staff and servers were dancing with our guests by the end of the night.
Chic & Glamorous
For my dress I wanted quite an elegant feel – I visited two shops with my mum and and mother-in-law, my dress was the second one I tried on. I wanted a high neck line and quite a slim fit overall. I brought my dress in Harrington and Cleur in Epsom, they were amazing and made the whole experience for me.
The dress was from a Spanish designer and featured a high neck line and a low back. I had a short starched veil which came to my chin in a 60’s style so that it didn’t distract from the dress. For jewellery I wore a bracelet made of sliver leaves and sliver leaf earrings – both had been presents from Will over the years. The neckline and decoration at my waist on my dress were appliqué leaves so it all worked out perfectly.
I didn’t want anything too ‘bridesmaidy’ for my friends and we opted for navy skater style dress from Reiss. Due to the time of year I wanted long sleeves so that they didn’t get cold (it ended up being a lovely sunny, warm day).
Myself, bridesmaids and mum had our hair done on the morning of the wedding at Thrive Hair in Stoneleigh, Surrey. I wanted my hair up to show of the neckline and back of my dress. Mine, my bridesmaids, my sister in law and mum had our make up done by Gemma, a friend of my sister-in-laws, all at my parents house where I was getting ready.
SPANISH MUSIC Ceremony
The ceremony was held in the Talbot Hall of Sunbeam Studios. The flowers by Boom Blooms were were arranged on the chairs and at the top of the aisle. We didn’t have a colour theme as such and just had green and white flowers. Music while the guests arrived was provide by “Los Amigos” Spanish and Latin band who played a latin acoustic set as we wanted to ensure a party atmosphere. They played one of our favourite songs by the Gypsy Kings as I walked up the aisle: Amour d’un dia. Readings were given by our friend, Garath, who was the Director who I was PA to and who had employed Will, as he was the one who introduced us! We also had reading from my brother, Richard and Will’s cousin Uma.
We didn’t really have a particular style as the naturalness of the venue made everything look good. We didn’t want a lot of colour and we wanted long rectangular tables with low level flowers so that everyone could speak to each other easily. Boom Blooms created amazing flower runners for all the tables. The venue also allowed us to have a large photo projected up onto the wall which we changed throughout the day to create different atmospheres; Leadenhall market for the reception and London by night for the party!
We asked the venue to create a tasting menu for us, four small courses consisting of vodka cured salmon, a pickled vegetable dish, Venison from Richmond Park and a rich chocolate torte.
We were keen to supply our own drinks which were served throughout the meal and at the free bar in the evening. Wines were matched to the specific courses of dinner with the help of one of guests who is a vintner and we managed to get beer brought in from the Portobello Brewery which was brewed just around the corner from the venue.
Our wedding cake was made by my mother-in-law and consisted of three layers of fruit cake which a simple white icing in 20s style to compliment Sunbeam.
We were really lucky with the weather and had blue skies and sun all day. Guests were able to filter out onto the patio for drinks and canapés and with the music and sun it was like summer!
Our photographs were taken by Katharine at Peachey Photography who was so lovely. She really put us at ease and made us feel comfortable. She was with us from the moment I arrived at the venue until just after the first dance. Katherine really understood what we wanted – casual, un-posed and real. Her use of actual film and medium format cameras gave a very unique look and feel. We had photo’s taken both at the venue and outside, walking around the side-roads. I was quite surprised when I first saw our photos as I hadn’t even realised she had been there for quite a lot of them!
We both agreed it really was the best day of our lives – all of our favourite people in one place just for us. The only advice I would give is to enjoy the whole process, I loved being engaged, it’s a really special time. The wedding itself takes a lot of planning and the actual day flies by so make sure you take a moment together to take it all in!
Congratulations to the lovely Victoria and Will on their beautiful day! Thanks to Katharine at Peachey Photography also for her beautiful film work.