Today we have the pleasure of sharing the stunning London wedding of real WPC couple, Lauren and Ed. Like so many of our couples they had to drastically adjust their original wedding plans, adapting from a 200 guest wedding to a 27 guest wedding to be in line with the restrictions imposed by Covid-19. With Bride, Lauren, being from Texas they had added complications when it came to planning as her American family had to quarantine in the UK for almost a month before the wedding. All their effort was well and truly worth it though. They went ahead with their ceremony in the spectacular Brompton Oratory (as originally planned) and then travelled on a vintage London Bus to their intimate reception and dinner at The Connaught Hotel. Read on as Lauren shares her brilliant wedding suppliers, and her top tips for adapting and planning an intimate wedding that is in line with Covid-19 guidelines.
We loved the showroom experience! Browsing presents with Champagne was so special.
Everyone was so helpful throughout. They held our wedding list until we figured out how our wedding was going to evolve, they helped us narrow down our list for to accommodate a smaller wedding and offered advise at every step of the way.
We love Georgie Evans - the MD, and we've consistently heard great things from friends and family that have used them!
I came home from work and Ed was acting overly excited for a Friday at 6pm. I asked where my class ring was that went missing earlier that day and he thought it was the perfect opportunity to swap out the engagement ring for the class ring. As I reached in to grab my class ring, I noticed that it felt a little different (in a very good way...) I then had to remind him that he needed to get down on one knee!
A big celebration at the Royal Hospital Chelsea with 180 guests, dinner in the Great Hall and dancing into the early hours!
We got married on the 12th of September. We went from 180 to 27 guests (just family). We still held our wedding ceremony at the Brompton Oratory (as planned) but moved our reception and dinner to The Connaught Hotel. My family from Texas managed to make it over and my grandparents quarantined in a flat across the street from us for 18 days! We had our nearest and dearest zooming in from the States and the UK to join us.
We had warm pink and white roses. The Connaught is a beautiful space that didn't require much additional decoration.
They all looked divine! The girls' dresses were from Next (shh....)
The Connaught Hotel did all of our catering. For dinner we had Langoustine Dumplings for starter followed by Beef Fillet with Potatoes. We had an excellent Cheese course and then enjoyed our Wedding Cake for something sweet.
We had Champagne to start and delicious Red and White wine for the main meal. Espresso Martinis somehow crept in before dinner ended...!
We are yet to decide. We may do a couple of Barbecues next year to celebrate.
Yes, we live zoomed it. Ahead of the wedding we sent all our Zoom wedding guests the order of service so that they could follow along. We also included a link to our wedding list with this email as a lot of guests had still been asking us for details of our gift list, even though they weren't able to attend in person. We were so touched.
Seeing a big gold band go onto Ed's finger at the altar was a definite highlight! Walking through a shower of confetti thrown by our nearest and dearest as we left the ceremony. Hopping on the double decker to The Connaught. My dad's speech which made me cry and Ed's speech which made me smile. We eventually headed back to the Goring at 3am, and it was so amazing to see our friend had decorated our room with petals and Champagne for us!
Do what makes you happy and don't worry about anything else! The day flies by (as everyone says) so remember it's just a day and that you get to spend the rest of your life with this person. We would have loved to have all our friends and family there but we had to adapt and couldn't have been happier.