I had been introduced to the Bride by another Bride and Groom Nicola and Andrew whose wedding I photographed previously at Claridges.
Lauren and Andrew were married in Saint John’s Wood, in London and had their luxurious wedding Reception at Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire. Firstly, however, Lauren had to get ready and for this she chose the five star St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in Central London, with it’s wonderful Gothic metalwork and amazing sweeping staircase - used for the Spice Girls Wannabe video! To be honest, I’m fairly sure that the Spice Girls video was the deciding factor in the location choice. Plus that and the fact that the bride stayed in the Royal Suite at the hotel, large enough for the Bride and some of her Bridesmaids to stay the night before the wedding.
Lauren had Kate Hughes’s team do her hair and make up. I’ve worked with Kate many times and have known her for many years - she is amazing! Lauren was to wear a couture Suzanne Neville dress
Myy favourite part of the morning was when Lauren’s flower girl asked why Brides wear a wedding garter - who knows?!
The veil was put on by Kate, then off to the church, not breaking the speed limit once..
The Groom and his Groomsmen had chosen to wear light blue suits with classic white rose buttonholes.The church had been fully decorated by the leading luxury florist Mary Jane Vaughan, the smell of the white rose clusters was truly wonderful. I have experienced the energy of Mary Jane several times - she is absolutely lovely, and unusually, smaller than me, which makes me very happy.
I love the bride’s walk down the aisle. This is the point that the day has led up to. The Father of the Bride brought Lauren to her Groom who stood nervously at the top of the aisle - would he turn round to catch a first glimpse of his bride - of course he would!
So many smiles, so much love!
To leave the church, the bride and groom chose to boogie down the aisle. It was fantastic!
Then off to Wrotham for the Wedding Reception - after some confetti and kissing of course.
Wrotham Park is a Palladian Mansion, set in the heart of a 2500 acres estate located in Hertfordshire. I took my bride and groom off to take advantage of the captivating grounds of Wrotham. I am always quick and returned Lauren and Andrew back to their wonderful guests enjoying the wedding reception in the grounds.
Just before the guests were called in to enjoy the Wedding Breakfast, the bride and groom made their way into the Banqueting room to see the fabulous set up. Lauren had chosen the luxury London based wedding planner Cranberry Blue, to plan all the elements of her day.
The Speeches commenced after the wedding breakfast. Between the Bride’s father’s hat changes routine and the double act of the Best Men everyone had a great time.
Cake and dancing took the happy couple into the night.