A Gold and Yellow London Wedding with a Scottish Twist: Eva Lusinska and Stuart Robertson

15 Dec 2015

A golden love story set in the city of London, the fairytale wedding day of Eva and Stuart began at the beautiful Christopher Wren church, St Vedast-alias-Foster and finished at the Grange Hotel with a rooftop celebration

Photography by Martin Dabek

Tell us how the day began.
The bride and groom, as well as overseas guests stayed at the reception venue (the Grange Hotel St Paul’s) the night before the wedding. We were greeted in the morning by a beautiful summer day and views of St Paul’s cathedral from the windows.

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On the wedding morning the guests congregated at the Grange Hotel and walked to St Paul’s through the back-gardens. The ceremony was at a beautiful Christopher Wren church, St Vedast-alias-Foster, conducted by the Reverend DrAlan McCormack. Alan was instrumental in our preparation and gave the ceremony a brilliant sense of occasion, as did church warden ElizabethBatchelor. Music was played on the church’s Harris and Byfield organ (dating from 1731) by Joseph Ramadan and sung by soloist Alexander Baker.

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Eva was accompanied down the aisle by her father Tadeusz to the Bridal March by Wagner. Readings were performed by the groom’s brother and best man, Gregg Robertson, and Eva’s niece Amelia Parka.

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What drew you to your chosen wedding venue?
We chose the reception venue because it has a beautiful roof terrace with views over St Paul’s, London City, and the Thames on three sides. We live in Berkshire so a city wedding was something different to the barn weddings common in Berkshire. It also allows international guests to enjoy London’s sights and sounds.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Since it was summer we went with a white, gold and yellow colour theme. Flowers were a mixture of orchids and roses. Table flowers were provided by the Grange hotel and roses, bouquet, and boutonnieres were provided by Helen at Willow & Blooms in Newbury, Berkshire. The bride wore a classical white dress, the groom a dark tartan kilt and Scottish attire to celebrate his country of birth.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
After the ceremony, the guests walked to the Grange Hotel and up to the sky terrace for canapés, Champagne, and the wedding breakfast. The sky bar roof was retracted to open up the full view of St Paul’s Cathedral – we were very fortunate to have our wedding on a day with perfect weather. Close friend of the groom, Gary Bullen, performed MC duties and the event was captured by talented photographer Martin Dabek.

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After a meal in the sun, guests enjoyed speeches, games, and music on the roof terrace until 11pm, before going downstairs to a meeting room that we converted into a nightclub. Our DJ was the owner (and close friend of the bride and groom) of Moonraker Disco, Ben Pike. Moonraker did an amazing job turning a plain meeting room into a dance venue complete with sound system, lighting, draping, and dancefloor.

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Did anything go wrong on the day?
We had lots of Lindt chocolates placed for each guest, but due to the warm weather then quickly melted and resulted in a few chocolate spills on tables and outfits.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?
We partied until late in the evening before retiring to the honeymoon suite to get some rest before embarking the next morning on a three-week honeymoon to Japan – a destination that we had both dreamed of visiting from an early age.

Steal their style:
Photography: Martin Dabek: www.martindabek.com
Ceremony Venue: St Vedast-alias-Foster, London, www.vedast.org.uk
Reception Venue: The Grange Hotel St Paul’s, London, www.grangehotels.com
Wedding rings: Pravins, London, pravins.co.uk
Hair and make-up: Rosie at Beauty Call, www.beautycall.co.uk
Groom’s outfit: Slaters, Reading, www.slaters.co.uk
Flowers: Willow & Blooms, Newbury, Berkshire, www.willowandbloomsflowersnewbury.co.uk 
Catering: The Grange Hotel, St Paul’s, London, www.grangehotels.com
Entertainment: Moonraker Disco, www.moonrakerdisco.co.uk

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