Gorgeous bride Natalie and her husband Raja were married in the Houses of Parliament in June, their reception was in the gardens of the historic and very romantic Chiswick House. This is a very stylish city wedding that had big wows. Natalie walked down the aisle to the chimes of Big Ben turning 12pm, totally magical. They beat the usual bus tours and had all the guests hop on a boat which went down the River Thames past all the big sights of London then on to the reception.
I tried on several dresses and doubted ever experiencing the feeling of finding the ‘one’. Claire Pettibone‘s Viola was a unique and beautiful design which I hadn’t seen anywhere else before. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was perfect and though I had other appointments booked, no other dresses compared.
My flowers were provided by Wild about Flowers. My bouquet was made up of burgundy dendrobiums, burgundy peonies and magnolia spray roses. The bridesmaids all had a beautiful simple bouquet of cream peonies and the two flower girls carried flower wands.
Images are by the fabulous Jas Lehal Photography, who gets a great review from the bride and groom – you can discover more from her here:
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How did you choose your photographer?
Jas was recommended to me by one of my colleagues who used to work with her on a London newspaper. We were keen to have a wedding photography who had previously worked in news photography as we wanted someone with an eye for capturing candid shots and we didn’t want to spend too long posing for photos all day.
The wedding was also recorded in virtual reality so Raja’s mother who was not well, could see it. It was also the first time virtual reality was recorded in the Houses of Parliament.
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We met Jas and bonded straight away. She understand exactly what we wanted and was also good with working with a large number of guests in three different locations. Our wedding involved transporting guests across the Thames in a boat so there was plenty of opportunity to get lots of beautiful shots with iconic London landmarks. We’ll definitely treasure our incredible photos from Jas.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
It was wonderful to relieve the day through the photographs. Jas really captured the happiness of the day and it is clear in all the candid smiles of both of us and our guests.
The ceremony was at the Houses of Parliament. We then took a boat across the Thames to the reception at Chiswick House and Gardens.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A London wedding which made use of all the city has to offer – iconic venues, the Thames and incredible scenery.
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We used wedding blogs to source a lot of our suppliers and also found some recommendations through our venue.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
I don’t have any.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Hiring a boat on the Thames to transport guests to Chiswick House was definitely worth it and gave us a memorable experience.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
My (Natalie’s) cousin Carly made the stationery through her company The Personal Touch by Carley.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The style was Claire Pettibone Viola and I found it in the White Closet in Manchester.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
As the design of the dress was very intricate, I kept the jewellery simple and wore some simple pearl earrings. My shoes were Badgley Mischka low heels. My veil was from the Rainbow Club.
And what did the groom wear?
He wore a tailored handmade morning suit with a silk top hat.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My six bridesmaids wore dark red full length dresses from Gorgeous Couture in a variety of different styles.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired Roseanna Velin from Make-up by Jodie. My friend James did my hair.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We had a Ganesh statue welcoming guests as they arrived at the marquee. We also had a pea light canopy and a illuminated dancefloor.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We made all our wedding favours which were little jars of white chocolate honeycomb, celebrating Raj’s mother who could not be there due to health reasons. White chocolate honeycomb was her favourite sweet and we used labels with a photograph of her collecting her masters degree from Indira Ghandi.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My mum (Natalie) made and decorated the cake, using handmade colourful flower decorations keeping with the Indian Summer theme.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our five piece female fronted band was called Ignition,
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t take it too seriously. Little things may go wrong but as long as you’re there with all your favourite people, you will have the best day.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Making a commitment to each other and celebrating that with all our closest family and friends.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Make up by Jodie
Heart a Flutter
Band: – Ignition http://www.
Food: – Clay Oven http://www.theclayoven.
Flowers: Wild about Flowers http://www.wildabout.