There’s something thrilling about today’s wedding venue – it’s like being allowed a peek into another world of grandeur, and tradition, and of centuries of English history… and I love how Hannah and Seb styled their wedding with classic touches (top hat & tails included!) to suit the magnificent location for their day: the Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament).
Images are by our lovely friend and sponsor of the English Wedding Blog, Neil Walker Photography.
Contact & Bookings: Neil Walker Photography
“Neil was fantastic from start to finish. He took the time to get to know us and find out what we wanted; a mixture of formal and informal photographs… When we saw our professional shots, we were absolutely blown away! Neil captured so much more than just an image; it was as though each picture told a story and took us through the journey of our special day. His artistic style, photographic skill and experience shone through, encompassing magical moments that we will cherish forever.” ~ Hannah & Seb
“Shooting at the Palace of Westminster is always a memorable occasion (& not just because of the security!). There is a certain feeling to shooting a wedding in the corridors of power, though this one was particularly special as the ceremony was held in the Chapel of Saint Mary Undercroft, which is under the Houses of Parliament & is an incredibly beautiful chapel.
Wedding venues don’t get much better than this. The Palace of Westminster is steeped in history & it comes out in the photos. It really is a unique venue with light coming from quite small windows which creates very directional light giving it a particular feel. Always a pleasure to shoot a wedding at the Houses of Parliament!” ~ Neil Walker Photography
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Hannah and Seb
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We went to Wedding Fairs but nobody really stood out until we found Neil’s website following a recommendation from a colleague in the Wedding business and then arranged to meet at our home.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Neil was fantastic from start to finish. He took the time to get to know us and find out what we wanted; a mixture of formal and informal photographs. On the day, he was like one of our guests, making everyone feel at ease and relaxed in his company. This enabled him to captured special natural shots across the day. After the Wedding day, he kept in regular contact, updating us on progress he was making on completing our album. This was received within the agreed time frame and to the high specification which we expected, given his performance on the day and glowing reputation.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
In a digital age, we had already seen a plethora of photos from friends and family on social networking sites, however when we saw our professional shots, we were absolutely blown away! Neil captured so much more than just an image; it was as though each picture told a story and took us through the journey of our special day. His artistic style, photographic skill and experience shone through, encompassing magical moments that we will cherish forever.
The Palace of Westminster
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
“The best day of our lives; wonderful people, spectacular venue!”
Traditional, fun, historical surroundings, romantic, classical, unique, exciting!
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Colleagues in the business making recommendations and magazines.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Know what you want, prioritise and stick to your plan, don’t waste money on favours!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We went to a local printers for most of our Wedding Stationery.
A family friend wrote our place names using her calligraphy skills.
We used vista print online for our ‘save the date’ fridge magnets which we were extremely happy with.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes absolutely! It was a romantic mix of lace and intricate layered detail with a beautiful train and structured boning that made me feel great. It truly was my dream dress.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Justin Alexander –Xquisite Bridal (North Street, Leighton Buzzard)
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Ivory satin heels by Rainbow (John Lewis sale)
Earrings, necklace and bracelet-Jewels (small shop in Milton Keynes, great designs on a budget)
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Ascot top and tails
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Sage green taffeta ball gown; cinched in at the waist and flared out down to the floor.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Yes we hired a professional from the hotel salon.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Large cascading romantic bridal bouquet, inspired by an episode of Mr Selfridge where his daughter gets married. This was made up of cream Roses, very pale pink roses, avalanche large headed white rose, white peonies, gypsophila and the leaves in small leaf eucalyptus and trailing jasmine. Bridesmaids has a smaller posy style bouquet using similar flowers and flower girls had garlands in their hair (made from similar flowers). We had button holes for the ushers. Two pedestals using similar flower arrangements were placed at either side of the alter (then moved and reused for the evening do) and centre pieces at each table during the Wedding Breakfast. These were beautiful and fresh, Window Flowers did a great job.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our venue didn’t require much decoration due to the historical architecture of the building. We used flowers to complement the surroundings.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
A family friend wrote our place names using her calligraphy skills.
We made our table toppers; these reflected the fun theme of the Wedding and went down well.
Mother of the Groom made our Wedding Cake. This was delicious!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
This was homemade by the Mother of the Groom, Sue. This was a personalised three tier fruit cake with a couple of nuts thrown in for good measure. This matched our colour scheme and featured complementary icing designs associated with our private lives; Parliament, Police and Dramatic Arts.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Jason from Exclusive Discos was brilliant. He met us before the Wedding to get a feel for the location, plan logistical arrangements and set up space and helped us to choice a playlist that suited us. Jason was extremely versatile and not only did he DJ all night long (Yes we are Lionel Ritchie fans!) but also advised us on timings and filmed key moments throughout the evening.
On the day tips and advice:
You spend a long time planning and preparing for your Wedding, on the day, relax and let others take the lead, savour every moment and enjoy yourself!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that for the rest of your life, no matter what happens, you’ve always got each other.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Xquisite www.xquisitebridal.co.uk (Laura and Sabrina were fantastic, they made me feel at ease and were extremely friendly, helpful and reliable)
Jason from Exclusive Discos (can be found on Facebook or www.exclusivediscos.co.uk)
Jewels (Jewellers; weddings, special events, unique designs and everyday wear) www.jewelsplus.co.uk
Window Flowers (Flowers servicing corporations and events based in London) www.windowflowers.co.uk