Music In The City – Gemma and Stefano’s London Wedding

March 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm | No comments | In The Spotlight, Real Weddings

Having met at a drum and bass party at Camden Place, Gemma and Stefano’s London wedding day was sure to take inspiration from their love for music. “I wanted a massive party to celebrate our love! We spoke about having our wedding in a club as we are really into music so this is where we started”.  They wanted to create something very intimate with just close friends and family and needed a venue that had a classy but cool atmosphere to compliment their style.  ”Home House in Portman Square fit the bill!” Joined by 90 of their closest and dearest on the day, here is how their story unfolds with beautiful photography courtesy of Stephen Swain.

What was your wedding vision and did you have a specific theme?

I didn’t necessarily have a theme in mind I just wanted it to be indulgent and represent us as a couple. The venue inspired us so once I had found Home House I went from there. The rooms are quite opulent and ornate so I didn’t want to load the rooms [with alot of things it didn't need] just some gorgeous roses and candles and it was amazing.

What was the first thing you booked?

The venue, Home House in Portman Square London.


What was the easiest thing to source?

The florist Neeva Jay. We found her at the wedding show and I loved her stand  and booked her the next week! She understood what I wanted straight away.

Did you get any bargain deals?

We got our friend who’s a graphic designer to do our invitations and menus and table plan so we got them practically as a present. Also our photographer Stephen Swain was amazing and very reasonable.

What was the most expensive item that you didn’t expect to cost so much?

The lighting.

What was the biggest splurge?

The venue, food and drink.

What did you do for the flowers & decorations?

I chose antique candelabras  as I wanted a romantic feel. I also had roses and hydrangea’s as they are my favourite flowers and also they went with the venue as its an old Georgian town house. The party room had all white roses and candles to give a clubby feel and the dinning room was full of pink flowers.

How did you go about selecting your wedding venue?

We have both grown up in London and so have our families [both here] so getting married in London was important. We also wanted it to be different from the normal London hotel wedding, so we looked round a few cool venues like clubs and restaurants and then found Home House which ticked all the boxes.  All the rooms were different, it had a homely feel about it funnily enough and we could have a proper party there because they have a late license till 2.30am; so we got married at 5pm.

How did your family and friends help?

My fiance did a lot of running around nearer the time and he also sorted the favours which were cd’s of our favourite tunes. Everyone recieved one of these at the table and we designed the packaging and everyone loved them! It was a nice touch as everyone knows we are into [our] music.

What did you wear?

My dress was by Ian Stuart. It was in ivory satin, strapless with a fish tail.

And your accessories?

My shoes were Miss KG, they were silver sparkly.  My veil was made by Mirror Mirror in Crouch End where I got my dress from and they put sparkles on it.  My jewellery was from David Deyong London a concession in  Westfield.

Your Hair & Makeup?

My friends [Amy and Mandy] did my hair and makeup. It was lovely to have her there for support.

The Cake?

The cake was chocolate and it was from Waitrose we didn’t want the traditional wedding cake and they were very reasonable.

Can you give an idea of your overall budget? Was it ever changing?

It was ever changing we started at £25,000.

Can you give BBN Brides any practical advice from your experience?

Always get your venue sorted early and research your photographer. We did and we were so happy with Stephen Swain. We also got on with him which is really important so I would recommend booking those two things first then your dress! As everything comes from that, your theme, what flowers you select etc

Anything you would do differently?

I loved every minute of it so did my now husband. It was the best day of our lives!

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Image Credits

Gemma and Stefano Home House Wedding London Gemma and Stefano Home House London Wedding Gemma's Wedding at Home House London Gemma and Stefano Wedding in London with KG Silver Shoes Flowers by Wedding florist Neeva Jay Stefano Enroute to Home House London Wedding A0304 Gemma and Stefano Reception at Home House London Gemma and Stefano  Lighting at Home House Wedding Portman Square London Gemma Wedding Jewelry By David Deyong London Gemma's Ian Stuart Wedding Gown London Gemma in Ian Stuart and her bridesmaids in Alice Temperly Wedding Details and Waitrose Wedding Cake Gemma and Stefano Happy at their Home House Wedding in London