I’ve been writing up parts of this post for weeks now, but none of the words that I used could really explain the day and how truly magical it was.
As it’s the last day of 2019, I thought I ought to share with you, my greatest memory of one of my favourite years, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I have writing it and getting to relive this day once more.
Honestly, to begin with, I wanted a beach wedding in the South of France, but things were getting a little complicated for such a small group of people, so I looked at the US and even considered just eloping as it was easier and I think being such a perfectionist, the task of planning something that would be perfect was almost unrealistic and no where seemed to fit my expectations. When I knew we would have a wedding, again, I knew it had to be abroad, because there was just nowhere at home that matched the vision in my head of how beautiful I wanted this day to be. I didn’t just want a room in a hotel to be done up, I wanted the whole experience to be truly magical for all those involved.
When we visited The Peninsula on our trip to Paris, I knew straight away, that it was the Venue. The room, the views, the food, the service – everything was to a standard I hadn’t really seen before and I could finally picture us getting married somewhere that wasn’t just us two on the beach. Chris & I love Paris and go there together all of the time, but this hotel was more modern and elegant, yet still had that Parisian charm and when you walked outside, it wasn’t a car park or fields, it’s the most beautiful streets in the world – and the light! Taking pictures constantly for my job, I even know that there is nowhere in the world that has light like Paris.
The hotel also have the most incredible staff that helped me throughout the whole process, and in the end got every single detail perfect, actually even better than I had imagined.
As it was such a small group, we wanted the wedding to be very informal and relaxed. We got married in the Rotunda, which is he most beautiful open room, with the most breath taking details, that you can see in the images. We went with those white Louis style Chairs and we shipped over candles and glass vases to go down the aisle, around the room and on the table.
The main feature in this room, however, was the floral Arch that we had previously measured to fit exactly on the the mosaic on the floor of the Rotunda. The hotels florist made and assembled it, and after numerous sketches it was the thing I was most nervous about, however it turned out better than I had ever expected and was so beautiful I cried when I seen it. It was romantic but modern and a little whimsical, yet such a statement being almost 12 foot tall and 11 foot wide. I also cannot begin to explain how beautifully it scented the whole room.
The ceremony started at 4pm and was a short 15 minute ceremony, where we had Ludovico Einaudi playing. After which, we went straight into the Who & Baba O’Riley started to play and we had the doors open to a Champagne and canapés reception for the guests in the beautiful mirrored Peninsula hallways.
During the reception we took photographs for just around an hour. Then, we had dinner, all sat together at one long table, with no speeches. I wanted everything and every aspect to be relaxing and enjoyable for everyone involved. Chris made our wedding playlist and it was so perfect with a mix of Coldplay, Drake, Van Morrison, Otis Redding & Prince.
I will share a photo of the menu below, as I can’t comment much on the food that everyone else had, as they made me a separate vegan menu, which was delicious. One of the main things I wanted to do when having such a small wedding, was provide the guests with an amazing experience by serving them great food and wine. which is one of those things I kept reading make a wedding great for guests.
The hotel’s chef and team were so great and we worked to get a menu that suited everyone and they choose a wine to go with each course and everyone said it was incredible. From the mini burgers that were served as canapés to every course.
The cake, was also made by the hotels pastry chef and honestly was beyond amazing. I had sent them a picture of what style I liked and they made it 10x better than I expected.
We choose not to have our lovely and amazing photographer Vanessa Toth Photography at the dinner because with such a small group, I didn’t want to make people feel uncomfortable. So I don’t have much photographs after that but I got changed into my second wedding look and we moved out to the beautiful Peninsula Terrace until 3am, which was the perfect way to end such an amazing day.
I hope you enjoy looking at the photographs from our day and I wish you the most incredible 2020! See you back here in a few days for lots of new content and even an exciting re-brand coming soon. Thank you so much for all of incredible support this year, I appreciate it more than you will ever know
Venue & Flowers – The Peninsula Paris
Photography – Vanessa Toth Photography
Invites & Menu Covers – Laila Lettering
Dress & Veil – Suzanne Neville
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Second Dress – Rat & Boa
Blazer – & Other Stories
Scents – Jo Malone London
Hair – Cherry Cherry Hair by Loredana
Make – up – Louise Ballantine
Rings – Rox Jewellery
Favours – Smythson & Penhaligons
Personalised Pjs – HA Designs