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This London Wedding is So Glam, Even Jay Gatsby Would Be Jealous

One beautiful vintage-inspired Gemy Maalouf wedding dress. Lush winter white flowers from Emma Walker Flowers. The glamorous Rosewood London with its art deco architecture and copper corridor. This London wedding is as fabulous as any one of Jay Gatsby’s fictional fêtes. Get inspired by all the gorgeous details, captured through the lens of Weddings By Nicola And Glen, in The Vault!

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From The Bride…We knew from the offset that we wanted a London wedding, having met working in the City. We had our ceremony at the beautiful St Bride’s church on Fleet Street (alarmingly close to the office…) and the reception at the glamorous Rosewood hotel. Having just returned from living in Singapore, we wanted something which reflected both the history and the modernity of London. After going to see the Rosewood, we loved the art deco features and the copper corridor and wanted to use that as a recurring theme across the wedding.

We were incredibly lucky with all of our suppliers who helped us bring our vision to life and give us a day we will look back on with joy for the rest of our lives. Our advice to other couples planning their wedding would be to remember that everyone wants you to have a lovely day, so don’t worry too much about the small stuff and remind yourself occasionally why you’re getting married! Our most memorable moment was when all of our guests had left St Bride’s and we had a moment together realizing we were married and Anna was stuck with me forever.

From Isobel WeddingsWith Rhys and Anna living overseas for the vast majority of the planning, plus having very busy jobs, their beautiful wedding was brought together by Skype calls, emails and meeting whenever they were back in the UK. The decision to choose the Rosewood, London, for the reception was made on a call while Rhys ran through an airport!

We worked with Gee Brothers to create invitations and stationery that echoed the rose bronze of the Rosewood. Overall, Anna and Rhys wanted the day to feel relaxed, elegant and romantic. The sun was setting as they left St Bride’s, on what was a crisp November day, and they arrived at the reception to find it filled with warm lighting, candles and white flowers. Working with Emma Walker Flowers, the stairs in the drinks reception were covered with foliage and flowers, as if it was growing down the bannisters. The reception tables’ arrangements were a mixture of white flowers, succulents, frosted branches and candles, giving the natural, elegant feel that Anna wanted. Copper touches continued in the calligraphy by Claire at Calligraphy for Weddings.

After a delicious meal by the chefs at the Rosewood, the Art Deco inspired cake by Princess Patisserie was cut and the party got started to the music of Bellissima, one of our favorite party bands. The dancefloor was packed the entire night, with signature cocktails enjoyed at the mirrored bar.

We were delighted to help create an amazing day for Anna and Rhys and have loved reliving it through Nicola and Glen’s photographs, as they really capture the romance of the day.

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Photography: Weddings by Nicola & Glen | Event Planning: Isobel Weddings | Floral Design: Emma Walker Flowers | Wedding Dress: Gemy Maalouf | Cake: Princess Patisserie | Invitations: Gee Brothers | Ceremony Venue: St Bride's Church, Fleet Street | Reception Venue: Rosewood Mayakoba | Bride's Shoes: Lucy Choi | Hair + Makeup: Claire Nicole | Calligraphy: Calligraphy For Weddings | Band: Bellissima | Bridal Boutique: Morgan Davies | Lighting, Stage + Dancefloor: Effect Event

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Culturally Rich Elegant Wedding Filled with Whimsy

Anyone that knows me, KNOWS how I feel about Hello Kitty. Translation: I LOVE HELLO KITTY. So clearly, this wedding is my new absolute favorite, kawaii to the core. With Natasha Hurley Photography behind the lens capturing every culturally significant detail paired with elegant whimsy to the max, we’ve got it all waiting for you to favorite via The Vault!

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From Natasha Hurley Photography… I am thrilled to share this beautiful and heartfelt wedding set in The Queen’s House in Greenwich, London. The day maintained Chinese traditions whilst also incorporating an elegant, classical English wedding feel. The couple opted for a Tea Ceremony in the morning (prior to which there were ‘games’ which had been dreamed up by the bridesmaids and which the groom and his groomsmen had to pass before being allowed to see the bride). After the Tea Ceremony the bride and groom tied the knot in the opulent Queen’s House with its black and white tiled floor and classical columns. The couple included summer English garden games for guests during the drinks reception and a gumball machine with lucky dip toys which also doubled up as favors. The bride decorated the gardens of the Queen’s House with giant tea-cups and saucers as seating. The bride wore a beautiful full length gown and cathedral veil for the ceremony changing into traditional Chinese dress for the Tea ceremonies and toasts in the evening.

From The Bride…We envisaged a very classic, traditional and elegant wedding with subtle hints expressing our playful personalities set our home of London.

One of the reasons we chose The Queens House as our venue was because we fell for the beautiful architecture from the black and white marble flooring to columns outside to the history of the building it definitely was a classical setting. We are really lucky to have such a beautiful, charming venue local to us, it was the perfect location in Greenwich Park with a view of the River Thames. In terms of color I particularly love the blush pinks and wanted to keep it quite neutral but also adding touches of gold and black to give it a slight hint of a luxury feel and sophistication.

Origami Heart Wishes – My brother is very creative, I gave him a sample of an origami heart I really liked and wanted to incorporate into the wedding as as wish for our guests to write on so we could keep forever. After a few days he changed the design to suit what we wanted, made a batch and taught all my aunties, uncles and cousin’s how to make them. It was a fun session with all my family and 6 hours later 250 gold and pink origami hearts were made, thank you to all my family!

I have a big love for flowers and have always had an idea of what I wanted my bouquet to look like – blush color tones with my favorite flowers and natural looking. My wedding planner (Mark Tilley from Palette) and I had our initial meet and he understood exactly what my thoughts were, we looked through my pinterest boards and it was confirmed that my bouquet would consist of blush peonies, blush and sand colored roses and white turning green hydrangeas that I would use as my substitute for foliage. The first time I saw my bouquet, it was a feeling of love for the most perfect union of flowers and admiration for Mark. The bouquet was much bigger than I anticipated but I secretly loved that it was.

The 1st time I ever tried on a wedding gown, it was the Alcanar by Pronovias. Lace, simple, strapless with a small sweetheart neckline, princess cut that was light, fluffy and had a big train. It was everything I wanted & when I put it on it made my maid of honor Leekim cry. I spent another 6 months trying on lots of other dresses in all designs, shapes and materials which were all stunning but nothing compared to that vey 1st dress. So it was decided with a matching veil and pearl covered peep toe Gina’s, a pair of simple rose gold diamond drop earrings I would walk down the aisle in the Alcanar gown.

We wanted something different, something unique and we spent a long time brainstorming lots of ideas. We wanted something for our guests to associate with us, with the wedding, with happily ever after as after all that is what a wedding is all about. We hired a giant gumball machine and put this outside the orangery in the garden where the string quartet was playing classic Disney songs with everyone singing the words off by heart. We had made personalized tokens for each guest with their name on and put it on their seats. After the ceremony they could then use the token to redeem a giant gumball. Once you received one and popped it open, out came a Disney Tsum Tsum with a little personalized thank you card from us. Along with the Disney music in the background and with the Disney Tsum Tsum it was a little bit of magical surprise and happily ever after for everyone.

I was initially unsure with how I wanted the cake to look as there are sooo many amazing cakes out there especially after visiting all the wedding exhibitions and seeing all the displays, the cakes were simply out of this world. I did lots of research and of course put together a pinterest board with designs, colors, and details I liked about each cake. I met with Maria-Antonia from Villa Dolce who advised me from her experience what would work best. I then took what I liked out of each cake on my pinterest and sketched them onto a bit of paper, it was an all white 5 layer cake. Our logo on the middle layer with beading, lace detailing, and ribbon on all other layers. On the day the cake was decorated with flowers matching my bouquet and cutting into the cake revealed a yummy bright red velvet flavored sponge.

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Photography: Natasha Hurley | Cinematography: I Wedding Visuals | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Villa Dolce | Bride's Shoes: Gina | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bespoke (made In Hong Kong) | Catering: Palette Events | Hair + Makeup: Julie Cooper | Groom's Attire: Dress 2 Kill | Groomsmen Attire: Burberry | Venue: The Queen's House, Greenwich | Event Planning + Floral Design: Palette Events | Tea Ceremony Venue: Ardoe House Hotel

Romantic English Garden Wedding

Considering a longer engagement? What if I told you that this wedding right here is what 19 months of planning gets you? Amazing, right?! It’s the ultimate Pinterest worthy celebration complete with a homemade cake, garden romance, and of course endless love. As far as we’re concerned Andy & Emma had the BEST wedding day. See it all captured by the majorly talented Sarah-Jane Ethan in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Andy proposed on my 21st birthday. He left me hanging all morning and just before my birthday party that afternoon he approached me with our little girl, got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful ring, I was so shocked! Having Poppy there with us made it all the more special for me, together we shared another new chapter in our lives. Four days later Andy continued his romantic streak and we travelled first class to Paris, which was my birthday surprise. We had 4 magical days finishing of my 21st and celebrating our engagement. It was perfect.

Once we had discussed a wedding date there was no question about the venue. Before I had even met Andy I attended a small wedding at Newton Hall and just fell in love with the place. I remember saying to my dad that day ‘This is my dream venue if I get married’ Andy was so easy going he agreed to make an appointment with Newton. We didn’t want anything too formal and Like me Andy loved the unique vibe and felt it was perfect for us. SOLD, this was the beginning of planning my dream wedding.

I used Pinterest a lot when planning the wedding, you can find so many different ideas and styles on there. I created boards to collect things I liked and it helped me vision the look I wanted. The great thing about Newton Hall was that it already had so much character, we didn’t want to take away the unique interior. I made a few bits myself to add a little personal touch. Instead of wedding favours we made mini thank you bags for those who helped us throughout the planning and had personalised activity bags for the kids. Andy’s job was to create the cake, it was a complete surprise to me on the day and he done really well, I loved it and it fitted our theme perfect.

My dress was actually my second bought, oops! I finally found ‘The one’ 6 months before the wedding after doubting my original choice. I chose it from the very first shop I visited back in the early stage of planning. I loved the lace detail on my dress and the tiny buttons that ran right up the back. I also tied a small sequin belt to add a little extra sparkle.

After 19 months of planning our special day finally arrived. Andy was so nervous for the ceremony, it really meant a lot to him. The whole day was just magical, a highlight was our cocktail reception; the nervous part was over, everyone was now relaxed and we were introduced as Mr & Mrs for the first time to all our family and friends and that was a great feeling.

Sarah-Jane Ethan was our photographer. When I first browsed her website I loved the way she captured people’s weddings. Her images were bright and seemed to have that natural feel, which is what we were looking for. Talking to Sarah-Jane Ethan was always a pleasure, she was always so happy and friendly and on the day she made us feel so relaxed. We didn’t want a lot of formal pictures, we wanted our day to be captured naturally with life and laughter. I love the close up shots from around our venue and the finishing touches which make memories of our long planning. I love looking back at our photos they tell the story of our day and how everything fell into place so perfectly.

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Photography: Sarah-Jane Ethan Photography | Floral Design: The Finishing Touch Company | Wedding Dress: AJ Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Irregular Choice | Makeup: Tara Makeup Artist | Hair: Luxe Mobile | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Wedding Venue: Newton Hall | Decorations: The Finishing Touch Company | Photobooth: Snaparazzi