We’ve got a truly elegant wedding for you this morning, from the Groom’s old school Christ’s Hospital, which makes a magical wedding venue and must have evoked lots of fun memories for him. Bride Charlotte is a fashion designer, so you just know that the decor and dresses are going to be fabulous, and true to form, she looks absolutely gorgeous in Mira Zwillinger. Her Bridesmaids wore dresses designed by her too.
I always love all-white wedding flowers, it’s such a classic look, but Charlotte & Dilip have made their styling look fresh with metallic details, perspex signs and lots of candles. Enjoy this one lovelies, it’s chic and sophisticated from start to finish…
Charlotte The Bride: As a fashion designer I had always planned to design my own wedding dress. However during a dress appointment (obligatory bridal tasks) at Browns Bride I fell in love with the ‘Charlie’ dress by Mira Zwillinger, I decided it was perfect and it would save a lot of work!
I wore a diamond bracelet, earrings and necklace. They were a very generous and beautiful gift from my mother in law, which she gave to me the week of the wedding.
Dilip and I had decided on black tie (for himself and our guests) and I knew the place to go for the perfect suit was Savile Row. We decided on Gieves & Hawkes, he bought a very dark navy tux with a black lapel. His shoes were from Churches.
Dilip had attended Christ Hospital Boarding School and we had discussed this being a contender for our wedding. We visited the school in February 2015 and as soon as I walked into the chapel I knew it was the place we had to get married. The emotional attachment he felt towards the school was very evident and I knew it would be very special to get married there.
I wanted everything to be white and quite minimal with a touch of romanticism. Our invites, menus and order of service were textured white cotton card with gold foiled letter press. The envelopes were sealed with a white DC monogrammed wax seal which I also used on the confetti cones and cake boxes.
I had decided on long banquet style tables with flowers and candle sticks running down the middle. I sourced 70 brass candle sticks in the year leading up to the wedding from various antique markets and shops. I designed and hand wrote the signs, table numbers and name cards. The favour boxes were white laser cut boxes which I filled with hand made gourmet marshmallows topped with real edible rose petals.
I wanted a mix of white flowers – hydrangeas, orchids and roses mixed with green foliage. I had a mixed bouquet and the bridesmaids had a slightly smaller version of this. The table runners were hydrangea arrangements alternated with mixed posey arrangements. Helen (Bloom Room) created the wonderful floral arches from willow, hydrangeas, roses and orchids at the entrance and altar of the church.
The Wedding Party
I designed the bias cut silk satin bridesmaid dresses and had them made in Hong Kong. For Alaia’s (flower girls) dress I designed a similar petal embroidery to mine, I had this embroidered in India and the dress hand made in London.
Dilip’s God Mother, Dr Judy Evans, organised the choir who were wonderful, they sang three beautiful anthems Mozart ‘Ave Verum Corpus k618’, John Rutter ‘This is the day’ and ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’ and of course led the way with the hymns. We had readings by Dilip’s sister Pia Abraham who read 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 and my close friend Emma Jones read ‘Scaffolding’ by Seamus Heaney. The service was so special as it incorporated the Kerelan Christian tradition, giving of the minnu and manthrakodi.
We had a three piece jazz band, The Hot Swing Gentlemen during our champagne reception who played fantastic up beat jazz. For the evening we had an 8 piece band The Super Rollers and a great DJ – DJ Matt man. We also had an additional singer, Spencer (from The Arts Club band) who joined in with The Super Rollers which was fabulous. Dilip and I performed a surprise first dance which began with a slow waltz to ‘At Last’ by Etta James and then into Bollywood song ‘Tune Maari Entriyaan’, which we had learnt a choreographed dance.
We had a pop up gin bar by Gin n Bear It‘ we had seen them at a wedding fair and thought they would be fun and a great accompaniment to our champagne reception. We served a selection of canapés during our reception. We served a three course meal to our guests; a starter of ‘asparagus wrapped in Serrano ham and quail eggs’, followed by ‘fillet of beef with vegetable ragu and oxtail terrine’ and ending with ‘pave of Belgian chocolate’.
Lucy had photographed my close friends Jo and James Cundil’s wedding, after seeing their photos we knew that Lucy had to photograph our wedding. We are so pleased with the photos.