This day could give Will and Kate’s wedding a major run for its money. It’s that incredibly special. But once you get to know this London affair a wee bit little better, it really comes at no surprise. Because when a Brides UK editor ties the knot with Polly Alexandre on board, mass amounts of pretty are naturally bound to follow. Mark my words, SMPers, we’ll be obsessing over this one for a good, loooooong while.
From Polly Alexandre… I was hugely flattered when Polly, who was Lifestyle Editor at Conde Nast’s Brides Magazine, asked me to photograph her wedding to Rhys. Polly & Rhys met through a mutual friend 6 years ago and they managed to create a successful long term relationship whilst Rhys was working abroad. Born and brought up in London, it was a city wedding Polly decided upon, with the magnificent Royal Hospital Chapel in Chelsea as the location for the ceremony – particularly apt as it is a military chapel and Rhys used to be in the army himself. Polly combined blush pink with white and grey accents for a feminine but grown up look. She wanted the overall look to be polished and elegant & appropriate for a city wedding. Working with some of her favourite suppliers, she created a wedding that was stylish and classic, polished, so very English, and well, just overall incredibly elegant.
The ceremony was held at the Royal Hospital Chapel, chosen because Rhys used to be in the army and liked the idea of getting married in a military chapel. Afterwards champagne was served in vintage style saucer glasses, before red London buses whisked away the wedding guests to the super elegant Hempel Hotel. The hotel exudes a minimalist zen like calm with a lovely garden. In this garden the couple had a beautiful marquee with oversized florals. David Austin roses and stocks were used to make an impact in this big space. Then after some heartwarming speeches it was off down into the ‘nightclub’ area downstairs in the hotel for dancing late into the night.
Upon marrying, this globe trotting couple emigrated to Dubai to start a new life together. Polly & Rhys are a perfect match, an absolute pleasure to work with, and I wish them many years of happiness and love together….
Photographer: Polly Alexandre | Cake: Peggy Porschen | Ceremony Venue: Royal Hospital Chelsea | Reception Venue: The Hempel Hotel | Brides Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ghost | Calligraphy: Paul Antonio | DJ: Matt Maurice | Bridal Bouquets: Jamie Aston | Bride's Evening Dress: Bespoke from Luella’s Boudoir | Brides' Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Brides' Veil: Amanda Wakeley | Flowergirl's Dress: Marie Chantal | Groom's Bespoke Suit: Hackett | Hair & Make Up: Sarah Brock | Pageboys Outfits: Stella McCartney at Alex & Alexa | Photo Booth: Booth Nation | Reception Flowers: By Appointment Only Design | Super 8 Filming: Amabel Adcock