"Although you are in London, you feel as though you could be in the middle of a country estate..."
April Robinson, 28, who works in PR, and Sebastian Abigail, 29, a senior business director, said ‘I do’ at St John’s Church in Notting Hill, London, followed by a reception at Chiswick House & Gardens, West London.
Flower budget: £2,000-£3,000
Photography by: M&J Photography
Sebastian and I met at university through a mutual friend on a night out. Seb later proposed while we were away skiing in Morzine. It was my first time skiing, so after some lessons he took me off for a lovely meal at the top of the mountains. Before heading down to meet our friends, he gave me a Smythson wedding planner with my new initials (AA) engraved on it – next thing I knew, Seb was on one knee with a ring!
We wanted our wedding to be elegant and refined, with attention paid to the small details. The colour scheme was based around different shades of greys and whites, with natural textures and tones – our home is decorated the same!
We fell in love with the English heritage style of Chiswick House, especially the conservatory that opens onto the beautiful Italian gardens – although you are in London, you feel as though you could be in the middle of a country estate.
I had always hoped to have lots of fresh flowers for my wedding and I had always dreamt of having a stunning flower arch at the church, which is exactly what we got!
The ceremony at the church was the most important part of the day and it was amazing to have such a show-stopping feature to greet all of our guests. The flowers definitely set a magical and romantic tone for the whole day.
We used a mixture of white peonies, ‘Snowflake’ spray roses, white hydrangea, gypsophila and white ‘Avalanche’ roses, as well as complementing foliage such as soft eucalyptus, seasonal English foliage and silver senecio. The All for Love floristry team went above and beyond to create truly memorable displays for our wedding.
The flowers reflected our overall colour scheme, and our florists created relaxed, stylish displays that added to the natural beauty of our venues, from the out-of-this-world floral arch to the delicate and stylish centrepieces that incorporated silver and mirrored vases and candle sticks.
We didn’t do traditional favours; instead each guest was given a personalised and engraved pencil and a card asking them to leave ‘words of wisdom’ for us. The messages were collected after dinner and acted as our guest book.
One of my favourite moments of the day was when Seb’s ushers and a few friends surprised us with a song after the speeches – a reworked rendition of She Loves You by The Beatles, changing the lyrics to ‘Seb and April, yeah, yeah, yeah...’ Admittedly it was a little bit out of tune after one too many champagnes, but that made us laugh even more!
My tip for brides-to-be: Being organised really helped, as did delegating small tasks to family and friends. We were so pleased when the day came, as we could just sit back and enjoy it as we had run through all of the details with our ushers, bridesmaids and key family members ahead of the wedding. Everyone knew the schedule for the day and we had already assigned jobs such as handing out confetti at the church.
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FLORIST: All For Love CEREMONY VENUE: St John’s Church RECEPTION VENUE: Chiswick House & Gardens DRESS: Maggie Sottero at Miss Bush HEADPIECE: Jon Richard at Debenhams SHOES: Jimmy Choo BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Debenhams GROOMSWEAR: Richard James, Emmett London, Crockett and Jones, DrakesCONFETTI: Shropshire Petals FAVOURS: Woodcard CAKE: Marks & Spencer