Demonstrating that a non-conventional wedding venue can be just as beautiful as traditional venues, this team of London-based suppliers showcased how anything is possible
The inspiration behind this shoot was to showcase how, with the help of talented suppliers and a wedding planner, you can transform a non-traditional wedding venue into something spectacular.
One Wimpole Street forms part of the Royal Society of Medicine and has various events and conferences spaces. Situated in the heart of London, with bedrooms and parking, it has everything for a wedding on-site. However, it is not the venue that you might immediately think of.
We wanted to highlight to brides and grooms that there are many venues that would be a wonderful backdrop for your wedding that might not be the obvious choice when you first start looking for venues. We also wanted to showcase that with the backlog of weddings due to the pandemic, availability can be limited in traditional wedding venues – therefore, selecting a non-traditional wedding venue can mean you get your first choice of dates.
For the flower arrangements, Enchanted By Syma chose colours that would complement each space. For the main wedding breakfast room with its high ceilings, she chose centerpieces with height and to bring vibrant colour in to this clean space.
In the Wimpole Room, we choose soft beige, whites and gold colours for the floral centerpieces to soften the wooden panelling. In each area, the colours were carefully curated to enhance and add soft tones to the décor and colour palette.
The hair, make-up and outfits
The hair stylist and make-up artist wanted to create three different contemporary looks to give inspiration for today’s modern couple. We were very focused as well on the groom's clothing, as we felt that it is an element that is just as important as the bride's, but perhaps is not emphasised enough in styled shoots.
With many couples having more then one celebration for their wedding day, we wanted to reflect this in the outfits to give further inspiration.
With the hair and make-up, we felt that these mirrored each party of the day - so for the evening dinner in the Wimpole room, we used a stronger accent with the make-up and bold red lipstick. With any wedding day, it is important that the bride’s make-up reflects the time of the day and her hair complements the cut, material and neckline of the dress.
We used accessories, available from Morgan Davies Bridal, to complete the bridal looks. In two of the three looks we were able to finish the hairstyles with intricate and delicate hairbands for a special touch. The two hairbands were chosen because they are very delicate, and did not draw any attention away from the beauty of the dress and hairstyles.
For the décor of the shoot, not only did we want to work in harmony with a colour palette that would fit each room, but also with trending colours and themes. For example, having a coloured carpet as the aisle carpet makes a bold statement and adds colour to the space as well. There is also a growing trend to look for eco-friendly ways to decorate your wedding venue, and by using silk re-usable flowers we were also able to share this elegant look.
Tying together the colours from various different rooms is important, and in order to do so, you must ensure that the colour palettes for each room do all match and complement each other. As long as they all work together, your wedding day décor will tie up.
Get the look:
Venue: 1 Wimpole Street, London
Design & planning: Emma Murray-Jones Weddings and Events
Photography: Xander Casey Photography
Videography: John Nassari
Flowers: The Floral Editor
Stationery: Ananya Cards
Chairs & charger plates: Rosetone Event Furniture
Décor: Enchanted By Syma
Balloon décor: Balloonista
Cake: Sweet Hollywood
Bridalwear: Morgan Davies Bridal
Veils: Meadow Sweet Bridal
Hair: Hair by Adnan
Make-up: Make-up by Elena
Shoes: Diane Hassall
Groomswear: Neal and Palmer
Groom's ties: Shaun Gordon
Groom's shoes: Loake
Models: Jordan and Kezia Lawrence-Graham