“Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for the new Mr and Mrs James!”
With Take That’s “Greatest Day” blasting through the Corinthia Hotel London sound system and every guest on their feet, this couple win the prize for the best entrance so far. Arms in the air, spinning around, cheering and dancing… all topped off with the biggest smiles on their faces. Throughout the whole of London, it would have been impossible to find a happier pair that night than Lauren and Andrew.
One of the first things that I picked up on when I initially met this Corinthia couple was the importance of each guest invited to attend their special day. As far as weddings go, eighty guests can be considered quite a small affair. In this case it was definitely quality over quantity – Lauren and Andrew selected all the details they wanted and shared them with the people who mattered most. An important family occasion, it was lovely to see the inclusion of both sides of the family beforehand and on the day itself.
On the big day, what an absolute delight to visit the girls getting ready in Lauren’s room. A gorgeous surprise bouquet sent from the groom, the dresses hanging up and hair in rollers… pre-wedding preparations were in full flow. It was so lovely to see a beautiful group having the best time, giggling and bopping away to their sing-a-long playlist as they got ready.
Meanwhile the groom and ushers had attacked the breakfast buffet, showered, dressed, and were ready with a nerve-calming tipple in hand. A bit of assistance was needed with the buttonholes but, as always, I am happy to help and my stash of spare pins came in handy! Now all prepped and preened, the only place smart and sophisticated enough to match the boys was our Bassoon Bar, which formed the perfect backdrop for their photos.
Fast forward to the guests in place and the groom in position – all that was needed was the bride. Looking absolutely breathtaking in her unique Catherine Deane dress, intricate hair accessory and a stunning smile… this beautiful boho-chic bride was ready to get married.
Lauren’s father, Keith, was the comforting figure she needed to support her in walking down the aisle. Under strict instructions to reserve his signature karate high kick for the evening and not for the ceremony walk, he escorted his teary daughter down the aisle to meet her equally emotional groom. Half an hour later, our gorgeous Corinthia couple came bounding out of The Courtroom happy and, more importantly, married!
After the group photos came to a close and the Champagne was being served, the couple had a moment of calm away from the crowds and visited our stunning Penthouses.
Where else but The Hamilton Penthouse staircase could we have taken a photo of this bride to do her justice?
The groom watching in awe of his new wife, we then moved down the corridor to the ever-popular Musician’s Penthouse. Many dread the rain on their wedding day but not this pair! What could be considered better than umbrella shots on the roof?!
Downstairs the guests were getting merrier with the flowing Champagne while final touches were made to The Ballroom.
One thing I admired in this couple when planning their wedding was that they really prioritised the details and ideas that mattered to them, then stuck to them. Simplicity in the florals combined with twinkling candles on classic candelabras worked perfectly with the purple up-lighting delicately dotted around the room.
There is definitely another thing that Lauren and Andrew have won a prize for – the ultimate personal touch. There were no simple average-Joe name cards at this wedding instead personalised Polaroid photos marked each place setting. Every single Polaroid photo was unique with each guests pictured with either the bride or the groom. I can only image how long it must have taken sifting through family albums, scrolling through Facebook, but they did it! Each one sitting on an adorable mini-easel, the photos were in place and definitely well-received.
With the whooping and cheering taking a short break, the Wedding Breakfast could get underway. Beautiful food complemented by a fabulous crooner, Harry, the atmosphere was utterly fantastic with spontaneous dancing at every possible opportunity. Once the food and speeches were put to bed, all that was left to do was to cut the cake then leave Lauren and Andrew to have the first dance in front of the wonderfully fun light-up letters. At that point I knew my work here was done.
A beautiful wedding, a perfect pair and, if their big day is anything to go by, they have a lifetime of happiness ahead.
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The Venue: Corinthia Hotel London
The Penthouses: The Hamilton & The Musicians
Hair & Make Up: Shima Hossini
Florist: Shrinking Violet
Cake: Maggie Bellefontaine
Letters: Mighty Fine Entertainment
Bar Hire: Great Hire
Wedding Dress: Catherine Deane
Photographer: Stuart Beesley
With love from Corinthia London,