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Sarah + David – Elegant Kensington Wedding at The Orangery Holland Park

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Modern

London Wedding at The Orangery, Kensington - Photography by Victoria Phipps

Sarah and David chose the beautiful backdrop of Kensington, West London for their wedding, which managed to be both sophisticated, yet relaxed. The leafy setting amongst Holland Park suddenly transports you to the beauty spots in London that can often get forgotten. What was so special about this day is that the couple chose all their elements ensuring that they and all their guests could simply relax and enjoy the celebrations. The day was beautifully captured by fine art photographer Victoria Phipps

From bride, Sarah “Whilst we wanted a London wedding, as we consider the city our home, it was important for us to make sure the day was relaxed and was a real representation of ourselves rather than the more typically formal London weddings. Holland Park, where The Orangery is,  is close to where we live and somewhere we have shared many happy times together. We felt at ease there and had familiarity with the venue.”

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Sarah’s sophisticated Amanda Wakeley dress [style AW155 from the Morocco collection] is simply stunning on her – modern and sophisticated, and I have to say it’s one of my favourite bridal looks of the year so far! The neckline is gorgeous and the subtle ruffles on the skirt are stylish without being overly fussy. I love how she took her everyday style and turned it ‘bridal’ to keep her look true to herself as much as possible. “It was important for us to represent who we actually are to each other and our guests.  I chose a beautiful Amanda Wakeley dress that reflected my day to day style of clothing so I felt really comfortable.  I wore my hair up so it felt special, but kept it loose at the front so I didn’t look like a different person and really felt myself.” 

Sarah accessorised her minimalistic chic dress with earrings from Butler and Wilson, her rings from Boodles and her shoes were from Dune.

David the groom wore a dashing Ralph Lauren suit whilst the ushers wore their own suits to ensure they felt relaxed and comfortable, but each wore a Ralph Lauren tie too as a nod to being groomsmen. “David and his ushers wore suits they might wear for work so they also felt relaxed.”

“We weren’t worried about matching colours and in fact the palette was dictated by what would fit a very pregnant bridesmaid!” Her lovely ladies wore outfits from the maternity specialist boutique Seraphine and Coast and I think they look just gorgeous.

I do love it when a London Bride hitches a black cab on her big day! Why not I say, perhaps a touch risky if the traffic is bad but that just goes to show how relaxed this couple were. “The ability to have our ceremony in The Orangery and reception next door in The Belvedere made it wonderfully easy for us and our guests, as well as taking away the need to worry about transport between venues.  In fact we didn’t hire any cars and I hailed a black cab to get to the ceremony with my Dad!”. 

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The couple chose to have Pachabel’s Canon in D Major as their processional song which Sarah walked down the aisle with her Father to, which was actually played by an Irish fiddler, Matt, who they amazingly found busking on the street! It linked to a piece my father used to play at home on the piano with an Irish groom!”

As a wedding planner I hear this so often from my own couples after their wedding, that despite it being the most meaningful part of the day, couples do find themselves surprised at how emotional or overwhelmed with love they feel during their ceremony. “Whilst exchanging vows was the most importance moment of the day, we both underestimated how special it would feel to do it with all of our close family & friends.  I will never forget the feeling of sharing the happiest moment of my life with them.  I think that aspect often gets forgotten when your head is in the detail of planning the day.”

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On the day the couple allowed plenty of time to wonder through the beautiful setting of the Kyoto and Walled Gardens in Holland Park with their photographer Victoria Phipps, these portraits are just so incredibly romantic, they could almost be in the great British countryside or even under the late Tuscan sun with that ‘golden hour’ light!

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The couple chose The Belvedere restaurant which was next door to the ceremony venue as they wanted the day to be as stress free as possible, and by choosing a restaurant they didn’t have to worry about any of the catering, hire or equipment! “A restaurant for the wedding reception is fantastic!  Staff, kitchens, tables, chairs etc. are all in place already and are set up to provide expert service.  It took away a lot of the organisation and stress from ourselves and we could be very confident in the team on the day which left us to enjoy ourselves with guests which is exactly what you want!”

As we planned the wedding in just three months we only started to build in personal touches once everything else was organised, but this can be done easily in the last couple of weeks.  We included a personal message to the guests in the menus and a guest helped print a personalised table plan on a panoramic view of London from Primrose Hill, where my husband proposed.

The couple planned the wedding in such a short amount of time, that Sarah’s advice is definitely worth taking on board if you are looking to have a wedding so soon “You need to be focused on the big things and make decisions quickly.  I think this is an efficient approach as you don’t have much time to worry about the detail, but don’t expect to do it as cheaply! You don’t have much time to shop around and may not be able to work with suppliers who need long lead times.” 

Congratulations to the very happy couple Sarah and David on their beautiful wedding, and thanks to Victoria for sharing her wonderful photography.

Photography: Victoria Phipps / Ceremony Venue: The Orangery, Holland Park / Reception Venue: The Belvedere / Bride’s Dress: Amanda Wakeley Groom Suit: Ralph Lauren / Hair + Make Up: Diego at 77 Hair Salon / Flowers: Mary Jane Vaughan / Catering: Cooks + Partners / Cake: Hummingbird Bakery / Evening Band: The Funk City band

Mark + Joanna – Meaningful Elegance in The Orangery at Holland Park

WEDDINGS, Elegant

London Wedding Holland Park

This beautiful elegant wedding took place in the picturesque setting at the The Orangery in Holland Park. Joanna and Mark were married on a warm September day, amongst their much loved family and friends. It was a day full of colour and thoughtful touches – all captured by their very talented photographer, Dasha Caffrey but most of all it was a day about the people.

However, whilst a lot of brides revel in the planning of their special day, fussing over tiny details and enjoying their moment in the spotlight, for some it can be an overwhelming thought. You can easily find yourself stressing over the table plan, rehearsing a stumbling first dance and worrying about your lipstick… all eyes are to be on YOU. Well Joanna was one of those brides…

When Mark asked me to marry him, one of first things that I asked him was “can we run-away and elope”? I was thinking of cost saving and all of the pending stress that planning a wedding was going to be.

When he said No, I remember saying “well you walk down the Aisle in a white dress then, and I will be at the altar waiting for you!” In one sense I was really the reluctant bride, not because I was going to become Mrs. O. but because I really just didn’t want to be stared at, I didn’t want to be the centre of attention, I didn’t want things that weren’t important to become important.”

As a bride to be, your thoughts can be consumed by you as a couple; what you want out of the day, after all it’s your marriage and future, but also a wedding is an important day for friends and family and sometimes we lose sight of that.

Joanna says “As the wedding planning progressed I really began to understand the importance of having such a celebration and what it means to your family and friends. It is such a privilege to have all of the people you love and care about with you on your wedding day. Mark shared the moment with his ninety (this year) old Father and my Dad travelled (from his home in Brazil) got off the runway straight down the aisle (all with a bad knee to give me away)! 

It just goes to show, that all the details and touches can be so fun, Joanna credits her mum, Linda for her creativity and artistic flair, but it’s so lovely to hear how much sharing the day with her family and friends was the most important part for Joanna and Mark.

Joanna got ready at the Royal Garden Kensington Hotel and the night before the wedding she was lucky enough to receive an upgrade to the best suite in the hotel! “I felt like Pretty Woman. I was so overwhelmed with gratitude and emotionally exhausted from all of the wedding preparations I almost burst into tears on the concierge! The view was astounding.

“My hair and make up was by Jeni Dodson who was recommended to me by our photographer Dasha – I was very lucky to secure Jeni when I did, she was very sought after and I now I know why!” To compliment her Jenny Packham Bonnie gown, Joanna wore two very stylish hair accessories together to create such a unique and glamorous style.

Joanna’s dress is just stunning, so glamorous and feminine so it’s no wonder it was ‘the one’ “You just know when you have hunted high and low for that special dress…when you try it on and see yourself in the mirror and what you notice more is the biggest smile on your face… You just know that is the dress,..That this is the dress you will wear on your wedding day, that this is the dress that you will wear walking down the aisle.”

“Inside, the Orangery, as we knew we would face the mirrored frontispiece, as we would take our vows, we knew our friends and family would not miss us giggling and smiling at each other; they wouldn’t just get to see our backs, as most guests tend to do at weddings. They would see our happy faces reflecting back at them.

Like most things throughout the Wedding planning process, you just know. You really do, when a decision is made and its right.”

Joanna’s bridesmaids wore navy Lela Rose dresses by Dessy . They were teamed with hair accessories which they cleverly adapted and made with using a beautiful blue Acacia bracelet from Jenny Packham attached with velcro to a plain headband! These stunning cuffs were then given to the girls as gifts. Lucky things!

Their musician Sarah-Jayne from Mellisma happened to visit them at their own home where she sang a rendition of a very meaningful song which bought a tear to their eyes, from then on Joanna was insistent to have such an emotive voice sing at their wedding. “Mark tried to talk me into walking down the aisle to an iPod (to save money)…there was just no way, I would never have compromised on this and I would recommend her to any bride”.

After the ceremony the guests showered the couple with real lavender confetti which left a heavenly scent throughout the venue, especially combined with the citrus fruits too!

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I love the huge burst of colour from the flowers by Mary Jane Vaughan, a great focal point for the ceremony.

Their wedding cake was made by the same person who has baked cakes for Joanna’s birthday’s since she was very young. “We were fortunate enough to coax Beryl out of retirement to create our Traditional Royal Icing Wedding cake (she has baked cakes for royalty in her 40-year career). She has made my birthday cakes from a very young age so it was poignant that she was to make me the most important cake of all…my beautiful Wedding cake.” Joanna then added edible rice paper butterflies from Incredible Toppers on Etsy

The very cute little placecard holders were little Champagne wire chairs which were made by the bride and available from My Little Bottom Drawer on Etsy.

Antique plant birdcage terrariums were sourced from India Jane which revealed mini Orange trees as an echo to the venue from Plants for Presents.

The table plan was made by the bride and groom themselves with butterflies in relief on a mirror, with Specimen Magnifier which the guest look like they had fun with!

The incredible (and quite affordable!) venue was such a lovely choice and so full of natural light which photographer Dasha has captured so well. “We chose the Orangery in Holland Park for so many reasons; it is a Grade 1 listed building and is set in the Park amidst greenery, a rose garden, beehives and wandering peacocks. It is a microcosm of nature in the heart and part of the city Mark and live in and love. It was the natural choice for us.

“The things on the day that meant the most to me more than anything, were having the people I love around me, being there to share the occasion. 

It wasn’t about the dress, the location, the colour of the flowers… for me (although these things with the money committed, became important…more than I wanted them to really), it was about being there in the moment standing before Mark and making promises to him for the rest of my life. It was about promising to do all I can do to make him happy and bring happiness into our lives for the future. I could not have wished or asked for more.” 

Absolutely beautiful, huge congratulations Joanna and Mark, it looked like a wonderful and special day and thanks to their photographer Dasha for sharing this with us too.

Photography: Dasha Caffrey / Bride’s Dress: Bonnie by Jenny Packham / Hair Accessories: Onda headress by Jenny Packham and Aphrodite from Adorn Til Dusk / Bridesmaids: Lela Rose by Dessy / Groom + Ushers: Moss Bros Hire/ Hair + Make Up: Jeni Dodson / Flowers: Mary Jane Vaughan / Catering: Bovingdons/Wedding Cake: Beryl Ellar / Singing/Soprano: Sarah-Jayne at Mellisma