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Welcome to the California Dreaming wedding…
The Brief
I’m always excited to hear from potential clients from overseas who are considering London as a destination for their wedding. This couple had a real passion and love for the city, its history, art and architectural treasures, and wanted to share that with their nearest and dearest from across the world, by planning an intimate and very special celebration. Since their entire guest list, bar two, were flying into London from California and Argentina, and most were turning the trip into a mini break, the bride & groom wanted to organise as much hospitality and entertainment, pre and post wedding as possible. This included sightseeing tours, museum visits, spa treatments, a casual rehearsal dinner, and post-wedding brunch. It was our job to focus on the wedding day itself and help them create the ‘wow’ factor.

The bride had always dreamed of hosting dinner on one very long banqueting table, and this is exactly what we achieved. When she first saw the room, just moments before the guests took their seats, she cried with joy…

The Ceremony
St George’s Church in Hanover Square was a heart-stopper. When I introduced this couple to the church and it’s wonderful rector, they just knew this was the perfect setting for their marriage blessing. Much effort was put into the ceremony music selections, and some guests arrived 30 minutes before the start to specifically hear the organ play. The professional choir were incredible, and the ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt.
The Reception
Guests were whisked off by a fleet of cars to a reception at the discrete and discerning Spencer House, London’s finest surviving 18th-century mansion house, tucked away in the exclusive St James’s Place. This historic gem retains every inch of its aristocratic grandeur, and guests were treated to Butler service of the finest level. The bride had always dreamed of hosting dinner on one very long banqueting table, and this is exactly what we achieved for her and her 40 guests. When she first saw the room, just moments before the guests took their seats, she cried with joy. Gleaming glassware, solid silver candlebra, and abundant blooms filled the length of the table. Dinner was accompanied by live music; a string quartet which played ‘Rather be’ by Clean Bandit in their own classic style; and the incredible entertainer Kevin Fitzsimmons, who dedicated more than a few of his swing Bublé style numbers to the special couple.

After dinner, guests admired the stunning five-tier wedding cake (gluten free but delightfully yummy), complete with the couple’s monogram. Classic cocktails and delectable petit fours circulated as guests mixed and mingled before the couple enjoyed a truly intimate first dance. This was a gorgeous, warm and very special wedding, and proof that a small guest list can be very beautiful indeed.