Hollywood Glamour at a London Wedding: Ben Heavey and Samantha Traynor

01 Dec 2015

Inspired by the glitz and glamour of the movies, Ben and Samantha opted for 1930s flair during their London wedding at the atmospheric St Etheldreda’s Church, before celebrating their special day at the elegant Savile Club

Photography by: Andrew JR Squires Photography

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Tell us about the venue and why you chose it

Much like my dress, the venue was the first we viewed. I wanted somewhere quirky and glamorous with a vintage feel, not an obvious London wedding venue and somewhere that felt a bit hidden. We walked into the Savile Club and found just that. I cried. Everything about it was perfect and we signed up there and then. How could Ben refuse his wailing wife-to-be her dream venue after all?

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When did you know when you’d found your dress?

I had a very clear idea about how I wanted to look on our wedding day. The classic princess dress was never going to be for me – I wanted ‘movie star’. I wanted Hollywood glam, something really different with a big nod to the 1930s. I started to Google images and always returned to the same designer, Alice Temperley. So when a sample sale presented itself at a lovely bridal boutique in Brighton, mum and I jumped in the car. A few hours later we drove giddily back up to London with ‘Jean’ sparkling in the boot. It was that simple. The moment I tried he’ on I knew. A few months later Alice Temperley showcased Jean at the V&A – my favourite museum in London – as part of the wedding dress exhibition. It was all just meant to be.

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How did you feel during the run-up to the wedding and as you walked down the aisle?
The morning flew in a giddy haze and before I knew it we were off to the church. Dad and I stuck in a traffic jam in Piccadilly Circus in a cutesy little vintage car… well, weren’t we were quite the tourist attraction. Mastering the royal wave we laughed (and waved) all the way to the church.

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Tell us about the special moments during the wedding day 
Arriving at the church to see my gorgeous little girls waiting for me set me off – they were exquisite. Then walking down the aisle to meet my husband. He too was exquisite. The ceremony was so incredibly beautiful I still pinch myself. It was all a girl could dream for. After a quick hop in the car to some lovely spots with our photographer Andy (who was awesome) we arrived at the Savile Club to celebrate with our friends and family. We laughed, laughed and laughed some more. 

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

Our first dance was L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole. We hadn’t rehearsed (apart from a few awkward yet slightly drunken shuffles around our kitchen) and were glad we didn’t. It was spontaneous and fun, then the girls joined in – two beautiful little whirling dervishes in the heart of Mayfair. We danced all night and had an after-party back in the bridal suite until 4am. I shouldn’t think that room had ever seen such action. I woke up wearing my wedding dress and felt it all couldn’t have been more perfect (even the waking up in my wedding dress bit).

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Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Salina in the Aeolian Islands, off the coast of Sicily, for our honeymoon a day after the wedding. We spent five nights at the magical Hotel Signum, with a surprise helicopter ride over Mount Etna to boot. Memories to treasure forever.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
I wish I hadn’t stressed so much about the weather in the run-up to the wedding. Apparently it rained and I can’t even remember I was so excited.

Don’t sweat the small stuff, nobody will notice.

Make a list of people you really want to be photographed with and get your best man to point them out as your photographer won’t know who is who.   

Have your day captured on film – our videographer was the best money we spent.

Don’t rehearse your first dance, it’ll be too staged. Be spontaneous it’s much more fun.

Be a guest at your own wedding. 

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Steal their style
Photography: Andrew JR Squires Photography, www.andrewjrsquires.com, 07792 039052
Ceremony Venue: St Etheldreda’s Church, 14 Ely Place, London, www.stetheldreda.com, 0207 405 1061
Reception Venue: The Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, www.savileclub.co.uk, 0207 629 5462
Dress: Jean by Alice Temperley, from Leonie Claire, Brighton www.leonieclaire.com
Shoes: Freya Rose, London, www.freyarose.com
Wedding rings: Bride: Berganza, Hatton Garden, London www.berganza.com; Groom: his grandfather’s rose gold band
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Monsoon, uk.monsoon.co.uk;  Debenhams, www.debenhams.com           
Hair: Luke Anthony Sippel
Make-up: Louise at Laura Mercier, Selfridges, www.selfridges.com
Groom’s outfit: Hugo Boss; Barkers
Stationery: Designed our own
Flowers: Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design, www.emfd.co.uk
Cake:  Marks and Spencer cake decorated by our children
Catering: Savile Club, www.savileclub.co.uk
Transport: Vintage car – Wedding Taxis, www.weddingtaxis.co.uk; Routemaster – London Retro Bus Hire, www.londonretrobushire.co.uk
Videography:   Egg Cosy Pictures, www.eggcosy.com
Entertainment: DJ - Disco Wed, www.discowed.com

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