Michelle and Dean met 20 years ago and like many couples during last summer had to postpone their original wedding plans. So, instead of a beach wedding in Mauritius, they held an intimate ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall in London complete with designer outfits (a killer Roland Mouret dress and Tom Ford suit to be exact). It was just them, their daughter, two witnesses and their photographer, Jenny. What their intimate day lacked in numbers was certainly made up for in love, laughter and style. It was effortlessly chic, incredibly relaxed and culminated in a reception at home. Pure magic.
Fitted Roland Mouret dress and Christian Louboutin shoes for an intimate ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall.
During the lockdown, we were forced to rethink our numbers and plans. We ended up having a very intimate ceremony with our daughter and closest friends as witnesses. After the ceremony, we walked down Kings Road and were really pleasantly surprised by the amount of attention from passersby on foot and in cars congratulating us. Our photographer Jennifer West captured some amazing moments which are the nicest photographs we have ever had. We then had a small reception at our house with close friends and family which was simple, beautiful but more importantly memorable.
Our wedding cake was a surprise made by our friend's daughter, Zara Wilson from Cakes & Layers. It looked and tasted amazing and we were blown away by the gesture and how lovely it was. Mine and my daughters white rose and gypsophila bouquets were provided by one of my best friends and looked incredible. Our rings were also made by a friend who has their own jewellery business. Everything was sentimental and perfect.
ROLAND MOURET DRESS
I was looking for a simple elegant dress when I stumbled across a Roland Mouret dress in a sample sale for a fraction of the price and loved it. My hair was done by a local hairdresser who I've always used, and my makeup artist was recommended by a friend. Dean wanted a timeless tailored outfit, so went to Tom Ford on Sloane Street. He had a shopping assistant who guided him through various outfits for the wedding and honeymoon.
Michelle and Dan wanted no fuss. Just a relaxed, stylish, informal and intimate day. Which it was in droves!
Our advice would be to keep it simple. Do what YOU want to do and don't get caught up in the hype. Plan the wedding around what you want to do and try not to fall into the trap of creating a day for everyone else. Remember it is just ONE day and you can make it special without breaking the bank.