Good morning OMG readers! I have the absolute best way to start your weekends off – an incredibly elegant wedding from the fabulous Laura and Henley of Limeleaf Weddings! Today’s bride and groom, Elizabeth and Adam, chose to have their ceremony at the super chic Orangery Gallery in Holland Park followed by a beautiful reception at the Belvedere restaurant just next door.
The two didn’t go with a specific theme for the day other than “simple and elegant” and it turned out just so. Elizabeth jokes “I remember when I went into Jenny Packham on one of my first dress-trying missions the shop assistant asked me what my theme was, and seemed perplexed that I didn’t have one. For me, in my inexperienced naively, ‘wedding day’ had seemed theme enough!” In all honesty – that seems perfect to me.
The day was punctuated with a few subtle nods to the 1950s – the bride’s dress, the bridesmaids’ dresses and the old taxi which took her to the ceremony, but she chose these details for their elegance rather than because she felt she needed to stick to a theme.
Elizabeth continues “…it is a bit on an ongoing joke between Adam and I that we always wear navy blue. He chose me a sapphire engagement ring and, since then, my love of navy has moved to a new level. It wasn’t ever planned, but Adam naturally went for a navy suit, and I naturally chose a rich midnight blue for the girls’ dresses by my very talented friend Orla Le Mahieu.”
Meanwhile Elizabeth looked absolutely demure in her Jesus Peiro lace wedding gown with an added bow at the back for the ceremony which she switched to a diamante belt for the evening, finishing off with killer Jimmy Choos and a selection of vintage jewellry – a comb and a pair of earrings which were a surprise gift from Adam on the morning of the wedding. (well done Adam!)
Adam’s three piece suit and bow tie were designed and made by the lovely and very skilled William Westmancott.
All flowers and centrepieces were by the brilliant Louise Taylor, a florist whose shop is around the corner from the couple’s flat. The bride’s bouquet was a mixture of white peonies, white roses and wired stephanotis heads, tied with organza off cuts from her dress and pinned with one of her late grandma’s brooches. The girls carried posies of white tulips and ranunculus and the boys wore the same
Advice from the Bride:
I have heaps advice that I would love to share, but have whittled it down to the following;
1) Don’t scrimp on a photographer. As with most things in life you get what you pay for. Henley and Laura cost a little more than some of the other photographers we met, but the quality of their work makes every single penny money well spent, and we shall enjoy pouring over their images if our day for years and years to come.
2) Soak up the wedding morning. You will, if all goes to plan, only ever have one wedding morning. Do not waste it by worrying as you will only regret that. Plan your morning so that by the time The ceremony comes you are perfectly relaxed and raring to go.
For me, I achieved maximum enjoyment by checking into a very lovely hotel the day before the wedding, together with my bridesmaids and parents. I could have got ready at our flat in London, but this put me in holiday mode, and made me switch off from all mundane things! We began the wedding morning with breakfast around a huge table then went back to my suite for a long, relaxed session of beautifying, ably assisted by the help of my wonderful hairdresser Chelm, from Hari’s, and make up artist Netia Hibbert. I splurged on a beautiful silk Stella McCartney dressing gown to wear whilst getting ready, which made me feel particularly glamourous. I made a point of inviting friends and family to pop into the hotel for champagne throughout the morning/early afternoon, and it was lovely to welcome everyone and for them to share in the preparations in that way.
3) Go for sentimentality over style. Weddings can be quite stressful, in that there can be a lot of expectation and pressure surrounding the decisions you make about your day. We weren’t sure whom to ask to read for us during the ceremony. In the end, we chose our mums to do a reading each. Neither of our mums is an experienced or particularly confident public speaker, and there were lots of friends who were perhaps more natural choices, but the memory of each of them reading to us during the ceremony is one we will always cherish.
4) Take some time out with your brand new spouse. There will be so much excitement throughout the day, and so many people to greet, speak with and thank, that it really does fly by. We took some time out together after the ceremony, before the meal and before the dancing, to soak up the happiness of being brand new husband and wife, to watch everyone around us enjoying the day and to see all of our planning and hard work in action.
Best decision made:
Our best decision was to do something different from the normal band/DJ for our evening entertainment. We opted to hire a jukebox from Jitterbug Jukebox Hire. On our RSVP postcards we had space for everyone to pick two songs. We then downloaded and burnt all songs, plus some extras, onto CDs, which Jitterbug loaded into the jukebox ready for the dancing. We typed out jukebox menus, which we placed on each table during the meal, so that, whilst eating, people could choose what they wanted to put on later on. We were a bit nervous about whether this would actually turn out to be really naff, but it went down a storm!
Our other best decision was to hire a photo booth from the Mighty Booth. They are a bit different from the norm and we get so much pleasure reading our guest book and looking at everyone’s silly pictures! It was very much a crowd pleaser too.
Thanks so much to Laura and Henley of Limeleaf Wedding Photography for sharing such a beautiful wedding and to Elizabeth and Adam for sharing their big day and so many helpful tips!