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An Unconventional Wedding in Two Cities. London by Day, Paris by Night
22.04.2013

london & paris wedding

 

Janine and Dale didn’t stick to tradition for their December wedding. They wanted a wedding of two cities, holding their wedding ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London, followed by a champagne reception at The Booking Office Bar at St Pancras Renaissance. They then hopped onto the Eurostar for an evening reception a mini break in Paris. Incredible.

Janine wore a stunning Suzanne Neville wedding dress with her hair loose and natural while Dale opted for a grey wool Paul Smith and they looked gorgeous!!

Thanks so much to the fantastic Olliver Photography for sharing their photographs today, here is what they had to say about the day;

“Janine and Dale’s wedding was so unique I’m disappointed I didn’t think of it myself! They had a gorgeous and emotional ceremony at Marylebone Town Hall followed by drinks and yummy picky food at The booking Office Bar at St. Pancras. Then, they swanned off with their dinner guests to none other than Gay Paris on the Eurostar! So special, luxurious and well deserved for such a lovely couple.”

 

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The Proposal…. At Calcot Manor in Tetbury, Cotswolds. Walking around the open fields. Wide open space, no audience except some cows maybe. I turned around to my man proposing to me. A lovely and private moment and a wonderful few days of peace to ourselves. We didn’t announce the engagement all weekend until we got home. It’s good to not share sometimes ;-)

The Vision for the day… We didn’t have a vision initially but we did agree on a city wedding. We were a bit stuck. We didn’t want the wedding to cost toooo much and we didn’t want to pay for room hires and we didn’t want many of the traditional touches. Eventually I stumbled across the Booking Office bar at St Pancras very late one night. From the pictures I loved it. Then from the pictures I saw a glimpse of the Eurostar through one of the windows… and then… I thought, “oh it would be easier to elope…” and from there I wondered if a wedding of two cities could be done. Well,  I knew it could but Dale said NO straight away thinking it would be too difficult.  So I revisited this with the logistics some days later. From then on the vision was born. A wedding of two cities it was. London by day Paris by night.

The Planning process… The planning process was really quite simple. There was not that much to do in all honesty. It’s the gazing at pinterest and websites that takes the time. I struggled most with choosing flowers. All suppliers and vendors were quite easy going, as flexible as possible and trusting but professional and I enjoyed working with them ALL.  Most of planning went into how much food and drink to order.

Budget… to NOT get too close to £10,000.

The Venue… Old Marylebone Town hall for the ceremony, The Booking Office Bar at St Pancras Renaissance for champagne reception and snacks and the Michelin star  Le Baudelaire Restaurant in Paris at the Burgundy hotel on Rue Duphot. The bar there is so dark and funky.

The Dress + Accessories… Suzanne Neville ‘Hepburn’ dress with beautiful corded lace. Classic LK Bennett shoes and minimal accessories. I wore Swarovski crystal earrings, Dolce and Gabbana ‘Rose The One’ perfume and that was it. My nails were painted in Shellac ‘Rubble’ which was different for a wedding but looked really lovely.

Finding the dress… It was, classically, the first dress I tried on and the most expensive dress I saw. I bought the dress from ‘The Dress’ in Teddington which is co-owned by a friend of mine. It was great that they have a good relationship with the designer and I was pleased with the time the dress was made for me. It was only a 6-month engagement! I had to go without a few things to justify the cost of that dress and I still probably can’t but it was so beautiful and I felt fortunate to wear it.

Groom’s attire… Paul Smith 3 piece suit in grey wool. It suited him a treat and he also bust the budget on his outfit.

The Readings + Music… We had ‘Always Marry an April Girl’ by Ogden Nash, read by a Ruth, a fun friend of Janine’s. It raised a few giggles from those who know that my birthday is in April.

We also had ‘The Colour of My Love’ by David Foster and Arthur Janov read by Liz and old friend of Dale’s.

Janine walked in to a classical version of Sigur Ros’s Hoppipolla and we walked out to Sigur Ros ‘Festival’.

The signing of the registers was accompanied by a fantastic guitar and harmonica performance of Bob Dylan’s ‘If Not For You’ by Andy, a very talented and very good friend of Dale’s. 

Beautiful bridesmaids… I didn’t have any bridesmaids. I simply had my 7 year old son Simon to walk with me on the day. He’s all I needed on the day to walk in with.

The Flowers… An unusual woody looking bouquet of Amnesia roses, Black Baccara roses and Brunia from Jamie Aston. It was very heavy!  The Groom had a matching Amnesia rose and Brunia.

The Cake… We didn’t want a traditional cake even before we decided on the style of the day. When the wedding was planned out there was no space or time for a cake anyway, and we simply had desserts selection from Booking Office Bar.

Your Photographer… The wonderful Annie and Christian Olliver from Olliver Photography who were just like guests, mingled with people and never made us feel like we were on the spot. We enjoyed their company very much.

The Details + Decor… We left the décor to the buildings themselves. Old Marylebone Town Hall is iconic and classic. St Pancras Renaissance hotel is one of the most wonderful, atmospheric and beautiful places I have been in a long time. The Booking Office bar is nicely lit and buzzing. And it was in the lead up to Christmas…who needs more décor? Twinkly lights, shiny baubles, huge trees, cakes, bottles of fizz, natural excitement… perfect!

I did at the last minute decide to create some little bags for people. I did one bag to share per couple, which included a note to each person, some chocolates in a mini cracker, some ‘Just Married’ rock sweets, and Christmas tree decoration. Many guests welled up at the handwritten notes inside which explained a special memory to either the bride or groom be it a funny one, a sentimental one or a cryptic one.  This is the one we wrote to our son Simon …

SIMON – Our love for you is bigger than the Burj Khalifer!! There are so many funny moments with you and we love being with you every single day. We treasure it! You are the friendliest, happiest, kindest and funniest boy I know.   Now do me a solid – DON’T CHANGE!

We love you! Mum and Dale xxx

The Honeymoon… We spent the next 4 days in Paris before we went back home to our little boy, though we are heading to Mauritius for friends wedding in April so we will treat that like a honeymoon too.

Memorable moments… I could go on and on but just everybody laughing! Everybody seemed to be laughing most of the time and the fact that we used Sigur Ros for our ceremony music is quite memorable. I walked in to a classical version of Hoppipolla and we walked out to the very upbeat Festival which brings back wonderful memories of us in Iceland but also now our wedding ceremony. Standing around and chatting to our friends in Old Marylebone Town Hall and hugging, hugging and more hugging with that playing in the background is just a fantastic memory. But of course, travelling on the Eurostar to Paris worth 14 friends in our wedding gear is a memory we will treasure and arriving in Paris in a corded lace wedding dress…well…

Advice for other couples… Create your own timetable and your own style. You truly don’t have to follow tradition and when you don’t, your own personality really can shine through every aspect of the day.  When someone says “that’s not how it’s usually done” then it’s probably a GREAT idea!

Credit where credit is due…

Wedding Dress – The Dress, Teddington. http://www.thedress.co.uk

Nails – Joanna at FlashLash, Hampton http/::www.flashlash.co.uk

Flowers – Jamie Aston Flowers, http://www.jamieaston.com

Grooms suit – Paul Smith Covent Garden http://www.paulsmith.co.uk

Champagne Reception and brides hotel – St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/lonpr-st-pancras-renaissance-london-hotel/

Paris Wedding evening meal and honeymoon – Le Baudelaire at The Burgundy Hotel http://www.leburgundy.com

Photographer – Olliver Photography http://www.olliverphotography.com

Confetti and favour bags – www.notonthehighstreet.com

Christmas decorations for favours – Garson’s Farm Esher http://www.garsons.co.uk/esher/

 

Don’t you just wish you were a guest at this wedding? Amazing.

Thanks so much to Janine and Dale for sharing their beautiful day with us XOXO Lou

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