Lizzie & Joe’s wedding at the Belvedere Restaurant in London

February saw us heading off to the bright lights of London for the Art Deco inspired wedding of the beautiful Lizzie and Joe in Chelsea. The couple had actually ‘legally’ got married the day before, but wanted a blessing in the stunning surroundings of Chelsea Old Church. The church is steeped in history, being the church that Henry VIII married Jane Seymour in, and is formed by part of Thomas Moores private chapel. Lizzie looked radiant in her flowing tulle one shouldered dress, and the bridesmaids looked the epitome of glamour in their red and black dresses and stylish up do’s.

After the ceremony, the couple headed off to the reception in a black London Taxi cab, with the bridesmaids following in a white cab and the rest of the guests in a red London Routemaster bus fully stocked with champagne for the journey across London.

The reception venue was the Art Deco inspired Belvedere Restaurant which is owned and run by Marco Pierre White (who also got married here back in 2000), and which looked fantastic with Lizzie’s red, white and black colour scheme. Joe is a cricket fanatic so in honour to this, the table names and table plan had a cricket theme to them.

The Belvedere is set in the heart of Holland Park which boasts ornate Japanese gardens and the archway ruins of a Jacobean mansion that stood on the spot (before being bombed in the war) and gave us endless settings for Lizzie and Joes couple shots.

As darkness fell, The Belvedere was lit by candlelight and seemed to transport everyone back to the ‘roaring twenties’ filled with Art Deco opulence and glamour as the couple and guests ate then danced the night away, led by Lizzie and Joe’s choreographed first dance.

The wedding was also filmed by the fantastic S8 Films who do some really great old skool ‘Super 8′ videos.

Below are a few of our personal favourites.

Lizzie the bride having her eye makeup applied. Bridesmaids looking at Lizzie the bride having her makeup done at the Knightsbride hotel, London.. Lizzie, the bride, having her hair done at the Knightsbride hotel in London. Bridesmaid texting. Bride and two bridesmaids getting ready. Lizzie the Bride almost ready for her wedding. Photo of Knightsbridge hotel room showing a bride getting ready with her bridesmaids. Lizzie the bride has her eyelashes carefully done. Lizzie the bride almost ready for her wedding near a window. Two bridesmaids impressed at beautiful brides makeup and hair. Closeup of bride on a hotel phone with a glass of bubbly nearby. Mother of the bride sees her for the first time as a bridesmaid stands in the background. Busy scene of a bride getting ready with bridesmaids all about. Lizzie the Bride looking at self in mirror in Knightsbridge hotel, London. Lizzie the bride, smiling and ready for her wedding, having a glass of champagne in the hotel room. Lacing the wedding dress, bridesmaids and mother of the bride carefully cut the ribbon to Lizzie Smiling bride considering how to style her hair. Bridesmaids in London taxi, heading to the Chelsea Old Church applying the final touches to their makeup. Bride and bridesmaids arrive at the Chelsea Old Church in London. Bride and Vicar greet outside the Chelsea Old Church in London. Bride and bridesmaids lined up, waiting to walk up the aisle. Bride and bridesmaids flowers held together. Bride about to walk up the aisle at Chelsea Old Church, London. Bride and bride Bride puts grooms ring on to his finger in the Chelsea Old Church. Bride looks behind and smiles at first guest to do a reading at her wedding ceremony. Bride looks behind her at a trumpet player in the upper balcony. Bride and Groom kneeling at the altar shot from the back of the church. Smiling bride and groom walk down the aisle to applauding friends and family. Bride and groom with bridesmaids high five in celebration of being married. Bride smiling through partially open window in a london cab, her wedding car. Mother of the bride looks in to her daughters wedding car through window. Wedding guest waves to bride in her car through a bus window as she pulls away.

Wedding guest holds champagne up to smiling bride in her car through a bus window as the bride drives off. Bus conductor looking at London bridge from rear of old bus. Front close shot of Belvedere restaurant in London with blue neon sign. Wedding table at the Belvedere Restaurant in London. Smiling Bride being filmed outside Belvedere Restaurant in London. Bride and Groom couple photo against pillars in gardens at the Belvedere Restaurant. Family on bikes interrupt Bride and Groom having a photo against pillars in gardens at the Belvedere Restaurant. Bride with flowers and Groom in between pillars at the Belvedere Restaurant in London. Corridor shot of bride and groom with Grooms hand up high as though exclaiming something. Bride and Groom kiss whilst an uncle takes a photo in the background. Beautiful Bride and Bridesmaids pose for a photo outside at the Belvedere Restaurant in London. Small private moment between a bride and groom inside the Belvedere Restaurant in London Bride and Groom walk to their table at the wedding breakfast in the art deco inspired Belvedere restaurant in London. Photo of a wedding breakfast in the Belvedere Restaurant from the balcony. Three waiters taking food from the Belvedere Restaurant kitchens. Bride and groom smile and laugh as family and friends wait for them to cut their cheese wedding cake. Apprehensive Groom with hand over mouth while speech is being made. Reflection in large glass mirrors of Bridesmaids looking thoughtfully at the father of the bride as he makes a speech Best man Wedding party all stand to toast the bride and groom after speech. Bride laughs as speech is delivered at the wedding breakfast. Groom holds mouth as speech is delivered, bride smiles. Evening at the Belvedere Restaurant in London with wedding guests standing on outside balcony. Standing at the top of the stairs in the Belvedere Restaurant in London during wedding. Lizzie, the bride holds her veil over her face right before being asked to join the groom for their first dance as man and wife. Laughing Groom takes smiling brides hand for first dance at the Belvedere Restaurant in London. Bride and Groom Bride and Groom hold each other during first dance. Lizzie the bride laughing and enjoying her first dance with her new husband. Lizzie the bride smiling with groom behind during first dance. Lizzie the bride laughing with groom blurred in foreground. Bride and groom point to each other during their first dance. Wide photo of wedding party enjoying watching the groom doing a dramatic first dance dip with his new wife. Lizzie the bride holds up a champagne glass amongst a crowd of happy wedding guests and family..

[...] photo from Lizzie and Joe’s wedding earlier this year, came 14th place in the ‘ceremony’ [...]

Richard Rayner - May 3, 2011 - 7:32 pm

You have captured the mood in these photos perfectly! Hats off to you – great photos!

Roberto Ramos - April 25, 2011 - 8:21 am

Amazing work. A pleasure working with you.

jenny mcAvoy - March 29, 2011 - 3:35 pm

Love the 2nd to last dance shot :)

stuart-m - March 23, 2011 - 12:36 am

Great images, really pop out of the screen! Are you using prime lenses mainly? Just wondering, they’re so clear and sharp.

Lucy Bateman - March 12, 2011 - 11:05 pm

Fantastic photographs, I love your work.

Kris - March 2, 2011 - 11:57 am

Stunning set of images, very nice work.

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Rachel and Ben’s wedding at Brympton D’Evercy, Somerset

Rachel and Ben had put a lot of time into planning every detail of their wedding, and the day itself was every bit as perfect as they had hoped. Brympton House in the hamlet of Brympton D’Evercy near Yeovil is one of our favourite venues as it is so picturesque and unique. The wedding ceremony was held in the Dower House, followed by drinks reception on the lawn. After the sit down meal and speeches (including a brilliant best mans speech by Guy), everyone headed over to the beautiful Orangery for the afterparty. Rachel had the brilliant idea of organised a photo booth in the bar which was complete with built in wind machine, and had the guests piling in all night.

The rest of the evening was spent eating wedding cake and bacon sarnies to keep energy levels high for hitting the dancefloor while the incredibly talented Time Out band played. Bens best man Guy had mentioned in his speech about Bens infamous own style of dancing which he described as ‘a cross between Michael Jackson and a Russian Cossack dancer’, which we got to see when Ben hit the floor. It truly was brilliant to watch and I hope we have managed to do it justice in the photos!

Click here to see our partner videographer FX Films, excellent highlights clip of their day.

Below are some of our personal favourites from the day:

Brympton driveway leading to Brympton house. Brympton house through ornate stone balustrades Flowers in hallway at Brympton d Groom pokes head around door during getting ready. Flower petals in Dower House to be scattered during wedding ceremony at Brympton d Bride gives earrings as a gift to her bridesmaids in the bridal suite at Brympton D Brides mother having her hair done in the bridal suite. Sassi Holford Lucy Wedding dress detail Wedding sign pointing to Brympton Dower House. Bride hair and makeup profile Bride getting ready in the bridal suite at Brympton d Bride having her makeup done Sassi Holford Lucy Wedding dress hanging in bridal suite as bride gets ready Bridesmaids lacing Sassi Holford Lucy wedding dress. Mother of the bride watches daughter get in to wedding dress. Bride Bride getting in to her wedding shoes in the bridal suite Registrars talking to bride in the bridal suite, Brympton d Guests waiting in the Dower House for the bride to arrive Bride makes last minute preparations to her hair and makeup Bride and bridesmaids exiting the bridal suite at Brympton d Smiling bridesmaid walks down the aisle in the Dower House, Brympton d Bride, accompanied by her father walks towards her groom as he turns to look, at Brympton d Bride and groom during ceremony in the Dower House. Bride and Groom hold hands during their ceremony Groom and Bride look at each other in love as they get married at Brympton Grooms parents watch as their son marries. Bride and groom look at each other during their wedding ceremony Bride looks up towards her husband. Bride and groom Groom raises marriage certificate in front of family and friends Guests and family look on towards a bride and groom after being married at their ceremony. Happy newly weds walk down the aisle as family and friends watch. Redbull can of drink on wedding breakfast table as joke for a guest. The Ball Room at Brympton House D Bride and Groom kiss in Brympton gardens against pillar. Newly wed couple laugh near a window in a corridor at Brympton Newly wed couple kiss near a window in a corridor at Brympton Newly wed bride and groom on the great staircase in Brympton D Best Man clinks a glass for speeches in the ballroom. Bride drinks during speeches in the ballroom during her wedding at Brympton d Groom heckles guest during speeches in the Ballroom. Groom reads speech during wedding breakfast to guests Tea lights guiding the way from Brympton House to the Orangery for a wedding Bride and bridesmaid feet in photobooth based in the Orangery in Brympton. Photobooth photos of a bride in the processed slot Newly weds first dance in the Orangery to Time Out band at Brympton. Groom dips Bride during dance as wedding guests watch in the Orangery Bride dances with her husband as their family and friends watch. Groom looks up and smiles at Bride during their first dance. Groom spins his bride around in the Orangery during their first dance. Time Out band sing to newly weds at Brympton d Dancing by wedding guests and wedding couple in the Orangery Guests dancing in the Orangery to the band, Time Out. Groom dives in to the air at guests Wedding guests chat in the Orangery with a beer. Time Out Band guitar neck Time Out Band, Trumpet player Bride dances to disco in the Orangery at Brympton Wedding guests and bride put their hands up in the air in the Orangery Guests shoes and bags left on seats as they dance in the background. Time Out Band, sequin boots. Wedding guests dancing in the Orangery at Brympton D Bride and groom hug whilst friends watch Female wedding guest points towards the ceiling as she dances

[...] may also recognise Ben and Rachel in a few of the photos below, whose wedding we covered at Brympton back in 2010 and who [...]

[...] Click here to see some excellent photosof the day (+ night) from our partner photography team, Lime Leaf Weddings. [...]

Nick Grove - December 1, 2010 - 12:22 pm

Great story telling! Love it!

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