Amy and Andrew's stunning celebration took place in two stunningly historic venues...
Amy Williams, 29, a financial journalist, and Andrew Maxwell, 32, a head operator for a software development company, married at Saint Vincent De Paul Church, followed by a reception at Hampton Court House in London.
Andrew and I wanted an autumnal cosiness to our day with a touch of glitz, plus some London landmarks thrown into the mix to complement our city-based venues.
Our historic venue allowed us exclusive use, so we had the whole run of the place. We loved the dramatic red walls, sweeping staircases and roaring fires – we just knew we had to have it.
Overlooking Bushy Park – which was full of roaming deer – our venue inspired our autumnal theme, while the iconic Hampton Court Palace, a stone’s throw away, influenced our landmark-themed stationery, along with Battersea Power Station which is close to our home.
We liked the fact that Hampton Court House wasn’t too far out from central London so it was easy to get to, but far out enough to provide a little respite from the city for our guests.
I wanted our stationery to stand out, so we opted for a vibrant orange – I loved how it clashed against the bridesmaids’ dresses. Our florist also followed this colour scheme and created a sublime array of foliage, sprayed pine cones, scattered leaves, wood slices and copper lanterns.
Orange soon became our go-to colour thanks to our stationery. So while we opted for plenty of pops of vibrant orange so our flowers stood out, we still wanted them to be seasonal. We achieved our look with lots of autumnal additions, as well as thistles to nod to Andrew’s Scottish heritage.
We had a local choir called The Tiffinians for our drinks reception – they were a huge hit with our guests, playing the likes of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love and Darlin’ by The Beach Boys.
There were so many memorable moments from our day, but I particularly enjoyed our drive from the ceremony to Hampton Court House in a black cab, driven by our neighbour Jack – it was lovely.
My tip for brides-to-be: Make sure your day reflects you as a couple – and get the music right. The rest will just follow!
Steal their style!
Photography: Heather Shuker
Florist: Joanne Truby
Reception venue: Hampton Court House
Dress: Sarah Seven at Blackburn Bridal
Groomswear: Richard James
Cake: Let Them Eat Cakes