Thanks to Covid we saw a rise in intimate city elopements or micro weddings we like to call them. The fabulous Mayfair Townhouse is a perfect location for such a wedding. Its luxe interior and opulent decor ensure you feel like royalty on your wedding day and make for some pretty incredible backdrops for couples' photographs too. Recommended planner and stylist Haus Of Helen added white and green flowers to the tablescape, included a geode cake, and is making us long for a cityscape. We're also lusting after every single look provided by Recommended boutique Bridal Indulgence. Pearl earrings - check! Velvet blazer - check! And front slit wedding dress double-check.
Contemporary Mayfair Townhouse wedding inspiration with fierce fashion
Playfully showcasing black love in a traditionally aristocratic setting where you might not normally expect to see it.
The Mayfair Townhouse is like an eclectic house of curiosities and prides itself on being non-traditional. Set in its swanky namesake, Mayfair, one might think otherwise but the hotel loves the joy of the unexpected. It was precisely this that drew me to it. It’s essentially luxe done differently - with a sense of humour and a lovely playfulness to it. This emphasis on the non-traditional and the hotel’s desire for personality over conformity is why I thought it would be the perfect setting for a Black couple's intimate wedding.
The shoot is a soft nod to Oscar Wilde whose work ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ was set on Half Moon Street where the hotel's located. By modernising and redefining the traditional English Gentleman with a dapper Black groom, I wanted to show a touch of English eccentricity. But, not in the way we usually see it on display. Throughout the process, I wanted to combine the old world and the new, the modern and the traditional. The tablescape, a beautiful contrast of traditional fine dining against a backdrop of modern, architectural floristry ties into this idea of the unexpected.
Our bride is confident and sophisticated so we wanted the outfits to highlight this choosing simple, structural pieces that had a dramatic flair to them. Her makeup was also simple yet bold with a dramatic red lip with both full and pared-back hair to compliment it. We wanted to emphasise the dapper element for our groom, so we went with a fitted navy suit and black velvet bowtie. For his second look, we opted for a green tweed suit but chose to modernise it with a collarless shirt. The gold fox-topped cane was another eccentric touch.
We think the pearl earrings, orange stiletto shoes and an applique headband are the perfect bridal accessories to complete your look.
With the tablescape, you also get an injection of the traditional through the tasselled stationery and handwritten calligraphy. The statement mural of Green Park is the perfect backdrop for the pared-back opulence I was trying to achieve. Also, Oscar Wilde was not a romantic. This in itself added to the wit of the shoot and the whole notion of being non-traditional. I took some lines from his work and incorporated them into the wedding invitation suite designed by Velvet May Designs. As well as the wedding cake by Meera Makes, and the printed white and mirror cake tabletop.
Choosing a stylish wedding venue like Mayfair Townhouse can really set the tone for your day. So, if you've decided you want to have a city wedding, filter our inspiration page by 'style' for more innovative ideas.