Marriage ceremony on the Previous Royal Naval School Painted Corridor

Laura and Tom exchanged vows on 18 November 2023, inside the breathtaking environment of The Painted Corridor at The Previous Royal Naval School in Greenwich – a panoramic venue that captures the essence of London’s wealthy historical past and grandeur.

With a deep connection to town the place Laura spent her childhood, the couple crammed their day with quintessentially London touches. From the long-lasting black cab serving as their marriage ceremony automotive to the classic purple and cream London buses that transported their friends, every element was a nod to the capital’s appeal. In addition they embraced native expertise in hiring a jazz trio from the close by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and Dance.

Laura selected a Rosa Clara robe, echoing the selection her mom made for her personal marriage ceremony years earlier. This pretty sentiment was enhanced by Laura’s mum generously planning your complete day herself. Phrases by Laura observe – take pleasure in!

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My Mum organised and deliberate the day. As soon as we had selected the kind of marriage ceremony we needed, ie, pretty conventional, and the possible variety of friends there could be, she then spent many, many hours gathering collectively concepts and strategies and would then current the assorted decisions to me in order that me and Tom might make a last choice as to what we wish. 

She made all of the bookings and chased everybody up and went via all of the advantageous particulars to ensure we’d have the day that we dreamed of. The eye to element was so necessary to make the day so successful. An enormous thanks to mum and likewise to dad for discussing all of it with mum every single day as effectively!

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The Gown

My gown was from Rosa Clara in London. She is a Spanish designer based mostly in Barcelona. My mum`s gown additionally got here from there. The workers on the store have been simply fantastic and your complete course of was very private and attentive. Their consideration to element in sorting any alterations was good.

In addition they made a bolero and removable shoulder straps for my gown, which have been gorgeous. Extremely advocate them, specifically Michelle, Paulina, Bhavesh and Alessandra. I’d advocate the store to different brides and mom of the brides.

I needed a gown that might be a showpiece given the gorgeous venue and specifically the fantastic staircase. So, I selected a mermaid fashion that suited my determine, and the gown had a lovely and lengthy practice. My favorite merchandise was the superbly made bolero and the buttons down the again of the gown.

Bridal Magnificence & Equipment

I wore my mom`s veil from thirty 5 years in the past and it actually complemented the gown. Rosa Clara have been once more fabulous as they modified the veil comb for me and had all of it freshly steamed.

My sneakers have been from Rainbow (my one thing new) and I wore a lovely hair comb in my hair which I additionally purchased at Rosa Clara. I additionally wore a classic sapphire ring, left to me from my Grandma (my one thing blue) and a pair of pearl earrings my Mum wore on her marriage ceremony day that have been a present from my Grandma (my one thing previous). My ‘one thing new’ was my gown.

My hair and make-up artist was Julie Wong – she was glorious, as have been right here two assistants, Simone and Charlotte.

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Because it was a 3 pm ceremony, we thought black tie and night clothes could be good as it will be darkish by 4:30 pm. It additionally suited the fashion of The Painted Corridor, which is so dramatic. Because it was a winter marriage ceremony, we selected burgundy as a color to work with.

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The Ceremony

Our ceremony was held at St Margaret’s Church in Lee and Reverend Daniel Walker, the curate on the church, lead our service. He was excellent and had the steadiness precisely proper between seriousness and joyfulness.

We needed a conventional church service because it was particularly necessary to us to be married in a church and we selected my native church which I had attended as a baby. My father took me down the aisle on the church and my 4 bridesmaids adopted us down the aisle. We used the standard Church of England vows which we felt expressed very effectively the dedication we have been making to one another.

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We had two readings; Colossians 3, verses 12 to 17 – which is all about marriage and the should be thoughtful, affected person and forgiving, and our second studying was ‘Union’, by Robert Fulghum, which we found via Love My Gown – we felt the phrases have been very acceptable for our marriage ceremony day.

My engagement ring is from Taylor & Hart – we selected them as we might totally customise the ring they usually had a wide selection of lab grown diamonds which we needed as a consequence of moral causes. Our marriage ceremony rings have been from Glenray Jewellers – a neighborhood jewelry store the place we reside – we each needed to help a neighborhood enterprise.

The ceremony was completely good and precisely what we needed.

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Our photographer was Grace Pham. We cherished Grace`s relaxed fashion and seeing her portfolio she clearly captured the couple`s happiness very effectively. Grace was so good on the day, very unobtrusive, very calm and knew what we needed from our discussions earlier than the massive day and managed to get folks in the correct place with none hassle in any respect. Her assistant Lizzie was additionally glorious.

The images of the day are implausible and have captured the happiness of the day in addition to being very pure. She actually put me and Tom comfortable.

Our videographer was Karl of Second Weddings. The movies he has produced are fantastic.

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How They Met

We met at work and had been collectively for 3 and a half years after we bought engaged. Tom took me again to the place we had out first correct date, a lovely stately residence in Stratford upon Avon and proposed throughout a stroll. We have been then engaged for 18 months earlier than we bought married.

Tom`s sneakers have been from Church’s and patent leather-based.

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The Reception

Our reception was held at Painted Corridor on the Previous Royal Naval School in Greenwich – it’s such an historic constructing that it didn’t want something aside from the implausible lighting and flowers and candles.

We selected the areas as I, Laura, grew up and lived all my life in Blackheath and so we needed to have our marriage ceremony within the native church after which at an ionic venue close by. We additionally needed to have a conventional church service as that was crucial to me.

My mum did all of the planning for the day plus the Painted Corridor has a resident occasion supervisor, Mitchell Sinclair, and we additionally had a grasp of ceremonies, Peter Thompson, who made certain every part ran easily on the day and we might simply chill out and revel in ourselves. Each Mitchell and Peter have been glorious.

Our flowers have been by Vanessa Hues at Floral Hues. Vanessa was one of many beneficial Painted Corridor listing of suppliers because the venue has strict necessities as to flowers, water, and candles as a result of historic nature of the constructing.

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We met with Vanessa, and he or she was so useful with strategies for the venue and the usage of colors with our base theme of burgundy to ensure the preparations didn’t get misplaced within the venue by breaking that up with some peach and cream colors.

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She had tremendous concepts for the gorgeous staircase and the massive hearth to make glorious function factors of those two areas. The faux candles that she supplied with the brass vases have been simply good.

We used Papier for our stationery – we used their on-line website to order and design all our stationery conserving to a easy burgundy design. The order of service booklets got here from St Andrews Press, Wells.

The Painted Corridor has its personal inside caterers – the Firm of Cooks. The meals was fantastic and the service impeccable.

Our cake was by The Cheeseboard, Greenwich – we selected a cheese tower slightly than a conventional marriage ceremony cake as we each love cheese, and we selected the native suppler to stay with out London theme and since they produce implausible cheese and have an incredible choice.

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Night & Dancing

We employed The Celebration Band through Velvet Leisure. They have been a extremely, actually good, 7-piece band, together with a saxophonist and a female and male vocal – and everybody danced all night time. Phoebe at Velvet Leisure was very useful certainly in organising this for us.

We selected the opening soundtrack L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole from the movie Dad or mum Lure, for a primary dance, which is a favorite childhood movie of mine and can be a simple music to bounce and sing alongside to. The band performed it rather well. 

Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

Being very organised beforehand as to the way you need the day to go and what was most necessary to you – e.g. everybody being in church in good time earlier than we arrived, not being rushed over the dinner, and ensuring one of the best males, bridesmaids and groomsmen knew what their function was to be on the day so once more you can chill out and never be fussing over any of the element then.   

The perfect funding was in all probability the grasp of ceremonies. He made such a distinction to the entire day as he ensured every part was in place on the church, all of the buses loaded with our friends, ensuring everybody signed the visitor e book, asserting what was taking place when, e.g. the transfer to the marriage breakfast, chopping the cheese tower, the primary dance, throwing the bouquet and many others. and simply coping with any questions from any of the friends in order that we and the bridal occasion had nothing to fret about on the day and will actually chill out and benefit from the fantastic celebration.

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Founding father of Love My Gown. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire along with her husband and enterprise accomplice Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves images, meditation, strolling, being outside and star gazing. She is fierce in the case of championing expertise inside the marriage ceremony business and when she’s not engaged on Love My Gown, she helps her husband Philip within the operating of the household’s sustainable flower farm and floral design enterprise, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she turned a broadcast writer.

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