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 Will, this is one stylish and sophisticated wedding day.
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Fredrika and Tom were married in May with a casual wedding that they described at informal and glamorous like the wedding in the film The Godfather! They had a pretty family oriented Notting Hill wedding and I do love the transition of the day from the getting ready amongst the kids at home, to the couple driving themselves to the ceremony, the beautiful moments as husband and wife in the leafy surroundings of West London and then the party with friends and family celebrating with the couple into the small hours. I’m also seeing a bit of a trend emerging with brides in leather jackets, and I rather like it…
“We have been together for yonks and have two small children. When Tom proposed a couple of years ago we both agreed that the most essential part of what a wedding means to us is to bring people together.”
Film photography by Katharine at Peachey Photography
“As Fredrika grew up in Sweden so many of the guests came from there and stayed in London for the weekend. We both wanted it to feel glamorous yet informal like the wedding in The Godfather movie! The organisation was done by us and we were quite relaxed about it as most of our time is taken up with the children. We had a kids table which was fun and got everyone to join in the Hokey Cokey which was hilarious. The cake was only ordered a week before! However, it was beautifully decorated by the florists, Achillea. Tom did an amazing slideshow featuring images of our family and pretty much everyone we know and he got some mates to DJ. The record decks were hired from Rigs and Gigs. Fredrika made bunting and small doilies for the centre of each table, which gave the whole room a warm and home-made feel. We illustrated the invitations ourselves with the owl and the pussycat, a poem which was read aloud after the speeches by Michael Horovitz, a poet and local celebrity.”
Photography: Peachey Photography / Ceremony Venue: Chelsea Old Town Hall / Reception Venue: The Tabernacle / Brides Dress: Jane Bourvis / Groom’s Suit: Spencer Hart / Brides Hair & Make-Up: Sofia Sjoo / Flowers: Achillea
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.”
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.”
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!”.
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.”
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!
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
I stumbled across this beautiful shoot by photographer Miguel Varona and just wanted to share the beauty of it all with you. Although based in Spain, Miguel wanted to come to the UK to do a bridal shoot with the romance of a forest, dappling light, historical buildings, little bridges and winding rivers. I forget sometimes how lucky us English inhabitants are to have these elements in spades.
The shoot was in collaboration with the beautiful wedding dress designer Otaduy, “Our collections are designed to celebrate a special date or any date that deserves to be celebrated. We take inspiration from moments like these -snapshots that remain- and also from those little things we enjoy doing such as taking an espresso in a glass cup, wearing red lipstick to go to the cinema or riding a bike while listening to music on a mild spring night.”