Federica and Paul contacted us wanting a laid back, Tuscan-inspired wedding with good food and amazing entertainment. So, that’s exactly what we gave them.
The brides family live in Dulwich so we decided on a beautiful chapel nearby for the ceremony. When planning a wedding it is always good to think how it will work logistically with guests. The venue was on the same road, just a short 3-minute walk from the chapel so very easy for guests to walk to after the ceremony.
Belair House is where the wedding dinner took place. We chose a marquee overlooking the stunning white building façade. Established in 1785 — Belair House is a picturesque, two-floor Georgian Mansion surrounded by panoramic views of Belair Park. This venue has the unique charm to transport you from the City to the Countryside.
The bride and groom have both attended many weddings so they were very specific with what they wanted. Even though we had 180 guests in attendance we wanted to create a family-style atmosphere. Opting for three long banquet tables and having food that guests could share creates a relaxed and less formal dining style. I always prefer this set up as no guest feels left out.
Once the ceremony was over guests arrived at Belair House and were greeted with champagne. They then were able to walk around the grounds and sample the various food stations we had on offer. Once again referencing the desired calm summer atmosphere, we had an array of delicious food in keeping with the bride’s Italian roots and the grooms East London background. Guests were given a choice of pizza served from a Citroen van, seafood on ice, champagne popsicles and of course a coffee cart for those guests needing a little pick-me-up. I love the idea of having different food stations for the reception as it creates a buzz as excited guests decide what treat to sample first.
For the much-anticipated cutting of the cake, Federica and Paul opted for a beautifully simplistic Tarte Tropezienne design crafted by the head Patissier at London’s most prestigious member’s club, 5 Hertford Street.
Federica and Paul have a love for their little Fiat car, so naturally it just had to make an appearance. We used it as their getaway car and decorated it very simply with foliage and tin cans. This looked beautiful and was fabulous when they drove off. Continuing the love of cars – each guest had their table number attached to a little toy car. We also had the photobooth in a white London taxi with the bride and grooms names on the number plate.
When entering the marquee, one could see three rows of tables with potted plants, olive trees and hanging foliage. The overall look was very rustic and fresh as if you could have stepped into rural Italy for the evening – Bellisima!
Thank you to Hello magazine for the fabulous write up of this special couples wedding. Read it here!