Amanda and Tim had a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ St Paul’s wedding in the city. Classic and romantic the couple had an enchanting day, at the very special St Paul’s Cathedral followed by Skinner’s Hall with the bride Amanda enthralling the ethereal Titania.
Whilst I know some of you are here to look at the pretty pictures [which they are of course thanks to Dasha Caffrey] however I do encourage you to read the details on their wedding day too – I always find the stories of ‘London Brides’ so very meaningful…
Amanda chose a beautiful wedding dress by Temperley which was in fact a dress she’d had her eye on for over a year before she got engaged! “I first saw my dress while shopping with my mother-in-law for her own wedding dress 18 months before (we got engaged on the same day). When I came to find a dress a year later Temperley still had the dress much to my delight.”
She teamed the dress with a beautiful veil lace edged veil which was the perfect addition for a wedding in the grand St Paul’s Cathedral. She also wore an utterly gorgeous pair of ivory lace peep toe shoe-boots from Harriet Wilde – the Chantilly.
You may also notice the bridesmaids killer heels in that gorgeous peach colour to match their neutral outfits which were by Pied a Terre at Topshop. Amanda had spotted the girls dresses online from the Joy boutique – “I sent the link to my three bridesmaids who luckily also loved the dress. For the jackets we went on a shopping marathon along Oxford St and right at the end of the day found the right one in Coast. Ros Osterman altered each dresses to make them slightly different and to fit the girls perfectly.”
Amanda and Tim were married at St Paul’s Cathedral – a very special place to be able to have a wedding in London but it was also very significant for the couple personally in many ways, “We were lucky enough to get married at the OBE Chapel of St Paul’s Cathedral due to Tim’s father (Sir Richard Francis), who was knighted for his work with the British Council. Sadly, Richard passed away when Tim was just eight, and so this was an important way to remember him. The chapel is a surprisingly intimate setting and includes the tombs of Sir Christopher Wren, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir John Everett Millais, which for an art historian was such an honour. However, for us, the most special part of getting married in the OBE chapel was being married by Mother Sarah. She is such a calm and lovely person, who helped us both in the in the lead-up to and during our wedding day.”
“Tim and I wanted an informal and relaxed look for both the flowers and decoration of each venue. Therefore Skinner’s Hall was decorated with tea lights, ribbons, rustic flowers (in pink and purple), and hand-made stationary. Our flowers were decided upon with the help of Sam at Violets & Velvet who patiently helped us during our initial meeting. Sam suggested including fresh herbs in the bouquets and table arrangements which smelt wonderful. Also as I am half Scottish and we met at Edinburgh University we also included thistles in the table decorations.”
Having a central London wedding can sometimes meaning compromising on location and not having any outdoor space, however they came across the perfect location where they could enjoy the best of both worlds and what a lovely day it was for them to make the most of it “Tim and I fell in love with Skinners Hall instantly, having spent months searching. The venue was perfect with its different interior/exterior spaces that allowed guests to dance, drink, eat, chill out or just watch from the big central staircase (a surprise hit)!” Looks like the guests were all enjoying the fountain roof garden!
It was clearly a very special day for Amanda and Tim, but a few were very poignant “Our exchange of vows and the choir singing Ave Maria during the service. Then in the evening, my dad’s band, “The Magic Pandas”, really upped the tempo – at the end of the night having all our nearest and dearest on the dance floor signing Bohemian Rhapsody, and then Ho Hey (Lumineers) at the top of their lungs.”
Amanda’s planning tip “The scheduling of the day is so important; we tried to make sure there were no periods of time when guests’ were hanging around. We also printed a schedule of the day so everyone knew where they were to be and when. I wish we had realised earlier that you shouldn’t try and do everything yourself, delegation is key to survival!”
Congratulations Amanda and Tim on a beautiful day and with thanks to the talented photographer, Dasha Caffrey for sharing it with us.
Credits: Photography: Dasha Caffrey / Ceremony Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral / Rception Venue: Skinners Hall / Bride’s Dress: Temperley London / Bride’s Veil: Rosalyn Osterman / Bride’s Shoes: Harriet Wilde / Bridesmaids: Dress – Joy Jackets – Coast / Groom’s Suit: Cad and the Dandy / Bride’s Hair: Lucia Farnesi / Flowers: Violets & Velvet / Catering: Party Ingredients / Cheese Cake: Paxton and Whitfield / Photo Booth: The Big Booth