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WPC Real Wedding: Will and Lexie's London Wedding with a NYC Twist

Today we are delighted to share the stunning traditional London wedding of WPC couple Will and Lexie. On a sunny September day, before any of use knew the word Covid, Will and Lexie celebrated their wedding with a large Church ceremony at the beautiful Royal Hospital Chelsea in the heart of London. Traditional Route Master Buses transported their guests to the wedding reception, which took place at The Saville Club in Mayfair. The bride's mother surprised Will and Lexie with a yellow NYC cab to take them to the venue as a nod to their years living in New York. Read on as Lexie highlights special moments of their day and all of the amazing suppliers who helped bring their day to life.

What was the highlight of your experience with The Wedding Present Company?

Wandering around the showroom with so much welcome advice and picking out all our amazing presents that we now have dotted around our home. It was such a lovely experience and the advice from our advisors was so helpful. 

What were your favourite brands available within The Wedding Present Company?

Why did you choose The Wedding Present Company for your wedding list?

They came highly recommended through friends and family, and this was really important to us. 

Have you had your presents delivered? How was your delivery day?

Yes! Our presents arrived within a few months of us finalising our list. Our delivery day was the biggest treat! It was lovely to have something to look forward to after the buzz of our wedding had died down. 

Will and Lexie's Favourite Wedding Presents

Round casserole, 24cm - 4.2 litre, Signature Cast Iron, Marseille
Le Creuset
£250.00
Picnic hamper - 4 person, 58 x 38 x 22cm, Deluxe, Willow Wicker
Willow & Wicker
£294.00
Dinner plate large, Dia31cm, Kraak
OKA
£75.00
Racehorse Print Traditional Small Tray, Regal Red
Lady Clare
£68.00
Wall clock, 60 x 81cm, Kensington Station
Luna Home
£96.00
Dinner plate, 27cm, Rainbow Collection, Marine Blue Rim
Alice Peto
£18.00
Elephant Paper Weight
Original Book Works
£67.50
Wedding Invitation Tray by Anthony Steuart, Large, Navy/Gold
Anthony Steuart
£216.00
Jug, H27cm/1.3l, Gluggle, Woodland Dark Green
Gluggle Jugs
£37.00
Hand Towel, Hand Embroidered Dragonfly, Blue
SARAH.K
£10.00
Flora Blackett African Animal Tablemats, Set of 6,
de Winton Designs
£65.00
Square Tissue Box Holder, Elephant, 14.5cm x 12cm
Anthony Steuart
£30.00
Champagne coupe, 15cl, American Bar - Corinne
William Yeoward Crystal
£34.00
Set of 4 espresso mugs, H7cm, Florya
OKA
£40.00
Lamp with shade, Patterned Vase, blue and white
Luna Home
£336.00

Engagement Story

We had been living in New York for three years. Will had returned back to London earlier that year for work but surprised me at the Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue, getting down on one knee, proposing on the 20th floor with incredible views of Manhattan. Needless to say I had to move back to London at that point!

Theme of your Wedding

We had a London wedding so wanted to keep it chic and smart without being stuffy. It was also really important that we incorporated things that we loved. We had a New York taxi to leave the church in, old London routemasters for our guests and table names of where we had both lived up to then. 

Location

Royal Hospital Chelsea for the wedding ceremony and then the Savile Club, Mayfair for the reception and party (where I got ready beforehand and we stayed after the wedding)

Decor

At the Royal Hospital Chelsea the flowers were organised by the venue. Then the flowers and candles at the Savile Club, as well as the bouquets and button holes, were organised by Scarlet & Violet. The details of the tables and lighting at the Savile Club was all handled by the in-house team which was great. 

Transport

We used Capstar Chauffeurs for the wedding cars - a wonderful company employing former servicemen and women. Then we had London Legend Route Master Buses to get the guests from the Royal Hospital to the Savile Club.


As a suprise, my mother organised for a New York Taxi Cab to take us away from the church.

Flowers

Scarlet & Violet did our beautiful wedding flowers.

Bridal Fashion

My wedding dress and veil was from Sassi Holford. My head piece was by Dolecka (via Sassi Holford). My wedding shoes were from Badgley Mischka, then for dancing I changed into pumps from French Sole.

In terms of jewellery, I wore a pair of Kiki McDonough pearl and diamond earrings which were a gift from my parents. I wore my vintage engagement ring that belonged to my husband’s grandmother, a wedding ring from Robinson Pelham and borrowed a diamond bracelet from my mother. 

Hair and Make Up

On the morning of our wedding, I had my hair done by Michaeljohn in Mayfair. Then Anna Gibson did my makeup.

Groom's Fashion

Will's morning suit and waistcoat was from Old Hat in Fulham. His shoes were from Loake. His tie was from Hermes. His cufflinks were a present from me; vintage silver with W L engraved on them from The Silver Vaults.

Bridesmaids Fashion

The Navy Blue Bridesmaids dresses were from Ghost. My Maid of Honour also wore an ivory dress from Ghost.

My flower girls wore white tulle dress with navy blue sash from Just Dresses . They wore white tights from Peter Jones and flower crowns from Monsoon and Ivory shoes from Rainbow Club.  Page boys wore Austrian jackets (their own), a nehru shirt and linen blend navy chino shorts with navy blue socks (Peter Jones), black shoes (their own).

Food and Wine

All of the our catering was done by the Savile Club chef. This was our delicious menu:

Canapés:

Quails eggs

Smoked Salmon Blinis

Goats Cheese Curd and Red Onion Marmalade Filo Parcels

Blow Torched Prawns with Wasabi Mayo

Prawn Cocktail Chorizo Croquettes

Beef and Horseradish Profiteroles

Macaroons Fruit Tartlets Pecan Mini Tarts

First course:

Caramelised Red Mullet with Endive, Fennel and Sauce Verde

Main course:

Fillet of Beef, Sautéed Beans, Potato Rosti, Carrot and White Asparagus Bundle, Red Onion Marmalade and Madeira Jus.

Pudding:

Trio of Soft Lemon Curd Meringue Tartlet, Quenelles of Passion Fruit Creme with Edible Flowers and Ginger Snap Basket with Rose Chantilly Cream and Sticky Date Pudding.

Cheese tower: Hamish Johnston (Northcote Road).

We enjoyed Savile Club champagne and wines. Then after dinner with an open bar with ALL the cocktails!

Photography

Our wedding photographer was John Alexander Photography. We are delighted with our photos.

Videography

Our wedding Videographer was Pure White Films. We were so happy with the film, it is a brilliant way to relive the day.

Music

Guy Preston was our wedding DJ. We did our first dance to Ray LaMontagne “You are the best thing”.

Stationery

Leeming Brothers did our wedding stationery. 

Standout Moments

Some of my highlights of the wedding day were:

- Arriving at the Church

- Seeing the yellow taxi as we walked out of the church

- My godfather piping us away

- Standing on the stairs of the Savile Club watching all our guests chatting away

Advice to Future Couples

Enjoy every minute of planning - it doesn’t have to be stressful! Go with your gut on the dress - don’t try on hundreds. Leave a lot more time than you think for the table plan (one of my most favourite wedmin jobs!) Take a few minutes on the day to watch your guests and take it all in together quietly. So special!

Suppliers

Wedding List: The Wedding Present Company

Church: Royal Hospital Chelsea

Venue and Catering: Savile Club

Cheese: Hamish Johnston

Transport: Capstar Chauffeurs and London Legend

Flowers: Scarlet & Violet

Bridesmaids: Ghost

Flower Girls: Just DressesPeter JonesMonsoon & Rainbow Club

Page boys - Peter Jones

Bridal Fashion: Sassi HolfordDoleckaBadgley MischkaFrench Sole.

Bride's Jewellery: Kiki McDonough and Robinson Pelham 

Grooms Fashion: Old HatLoakeHermes and The Silver Vaults.

Hair & Make Up: Michaeljohn and Anna Gibson 

Photography: John Alexander Photography

Videography: Pure White Films

Music: Guy Preston

Stationery: Leeming Brothers