Ultra Chic at The Andaz Liverpool St

August 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm | No comments | In The Spotlight, Real Weddings

Victoria and Mitchell met through a shared interest in politics whilst lobbying…on opposing sides! But within a year, their relationship blossomed and eventually, almost a year later they enjoyed their first date.  Enjoy their beautiful wedding story captured beautifully in colour and splendid black and white photography by Stephen Swain

How was the proposal?

We’d recently bought a flat and had undergone a huge project to completely refurbish it. A couple of weeks after moving in, we’d gone to dinner at a fantastic pub in Highgate, the Bull and Last. After dinner, back at the flat Mitchell proposed in our new home. It was the starter we had eaten on the night of the proposal that inspired the starter at our wedding dinner.

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

We loved the idea of an urban London wedding at a unique venue. The venue we chose, the Andaz, leant itself to combining the contemporary with the traditional. The hotel, formerly the Great Eastern Railway hotel on Liverpool Street, had a modern renovation but kept a number of traditional Victorian rooms and an incredible Masonic Temple with a chequerboard floor and ornate ceiling. As we had everything from the ceremony, to the reception and dinner dance at the venue, we used the various event spaces to give each of the part of the wedding day a distinct backdrop.

What was the first thing you booked?

The caterer – having a kosher wedding meant we wanted to ensure our favoured caterer was available.

What was the easiest thing to source?

Stephen Swain had been the photographer at my sister’s wedding; we loved his work and he was our first choice.

 Did you get any bargain deals?

Luckily for us, the printer I use at work, kindly printed our order of ceremony booklets and invitation inserts as a gift.

Our invitations were good value – The Invitation Factory charges per pack including RSVP and thank you cards.

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

Groom’s attire – we expected to buy a simple dinner suit and ended up pushing the boat out.

What was the biggest splurge?

The vodka ice luge – wonderfully tacky and enjoyed by young and old alike.

Did you delegate any tasks out to family and friends?

Mitchell and I planned most aspects of the wedding ourselves. However, we delegated choosing flavoured vodkas for the ice luge to my dad (who enjoyed the task enormously) and some arrangements for the ceremony to both sets of parents.

What motivated you to select your wedding venues?

With a large number of out of town guests (Mitchell’s family are from Nottingham, and many of mine, and our friends from all parts of the globe – South Africa, Australia, Europe, North America etc), we wanted a venue where we could have the ceremony and the reception / dinner dance under one roof, and somewhere central where guests could stay for the whole weekend of festivities. The Andaz ticked every box – from their location and boutique style to flexibility over use of all the event spaces we needed and a dedicated wedding manager to make the experience run smoothly.

What did you wear? 

Pronovias Alce, ivory coloured and fabric lace, tulle and satin gown from Mirror Mirror Islington.

 And the groom? 

Paul Smith, elephant grey shawl dinner jacket and black dinner trousers.

What about your flowers? 

We wanted the flowers to complement the modern candelabra provided by the venue on each table and keep the setting quite romantic. We chose all white spring flowers (roses, tulips, hydrangeas, ranunculus) in low level little pots and vases, and tea lights in glass globe holders. Napkins were light grey and contained gyp for the ladies and rosemary for the men. The ceremony room was mostly candles and the wedding canopy (chuppah) decorated with gyp and ivy.

What did you have for your wedding cake?

 We love going to Paris and eating vast quantities of Ladurée macaroons. From day one, we wanted a giant macaron tower which was made beautifully by Parkway Patisserie in Finchley. The macaroons off the tower were our favours.

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

Make sure you are well organised. It is so important to have people around you who can help you on the day (bridal party and suppliers), to whom you can delegate all tasks so you can focus on getting ready, staying calm and enjoying every moment. We were incredibly fortunate and had a professional toastmaster (Steven Warwick, who is sensational), the Andaz wedding manager and Clyne’s catering manager, plus wonderful bridesmaids (my sister, and two sisters in law) who took control of the running order and made the day run wonderfully smoothly. After all the planning and preparation, the best thing I did was hand over all lists to them so I could just savour the day (it goes so quickly after all and the last thing you want is to be stressing the minor details).

Also, decide what is most important to you at the outset and stick to it. We focused on having a meaningful ceremony, a beautiful yet simple setting and a great party. Also choose a photographer whose work you love and who you’ll feel comfortable with on the day.

Remember to thank everyone who makes your day so special and create a keepsake box to preserve the memories.  

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