Regal revels

13 Mar 2014

Regal revels

The splendid setting of Lincoln’s Inn has now witnessed air guitar in action... thanks to bridegroom David Trapp

David Trapp and Rebecca Pither

Where: Ceremony and reception at Lincoln’s Inn, London

Photography: Tessa Oksanen

David is a member of Lincoln’s Inn and we’ve always loved its splendour. It’s a secret hideaway of tranquility in the centre of London and we loved the idea of having our ceremony and reception at one venue.

A week into my engagement my friend, Suzanne Thomson, gave me a catalogue of Naomi Neoh dresses - within two days my mother and I had been toRichmond and bought my perfect fairytale gown.

For our colour scheme we picked out the regal colours of the Lincoln’s Inn coat of arms (which was on much of our wedding stationery) with the adult bridesmaids in royal blue and the flower girls in gold. A few days before the wedding I worried whether it was too adventurous, but I really loved it on the day.

My aunt, Deborah Bowler is a florist, so she and my mother Philippa, prepared the flowers for the bridesmaids, flower girls and me. My aunt recommended a fantastic florist and together they designed the perfect arrangements for the Great Hall.

I was surprisingly calm on the morning of the wedding. I was so happy the day had arrived and couldn’t believe I would be married to David in just a few hours – nothing else seemed to matter.

Walking down the aisle was over too quickly but it was such a wonderful feeling. The ceremony was my favourite part of the day – we had put a lot of thought into the order of service, the chapel choir were amazing and of course it included the most important part, the vows.

Drinks and canapés were served outside in the garden in the shade of the trees where we could have our photographs taken with the guests, string quartet and magician all in the same area. The wedding breakfast was served in the Great Hall and it was a real delight to arrive to applause from our guests. The food was incredible and staff flawless. The cake was four tiers of fruit cake and lemon sponge and was beautiful – my mum, Philippa dressed the cake with flowers and my younger sister, Amy O’Brien, lent us her cake topper.

Our first dance was to This Is Us by Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler. We’ve always loved the song and the words just fit perfectly. In the lead-up,

David had been threatening to break into air guitar during the instrumental... and he did. I couldn’t believe he had the nerve to do it, but it was so funny, so perfect and so David.


Photography: Tessa Oksanen, Kent, 07710 913546,

Venue: Lincoln’s Inn, London, 020 7405 5969,

Dress: Boa Boutique, Richmond, Surrey, 020 8948 2340,

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Les Trois Soeurs, London, 020 7987 2177,

Hair: Lovehair, 0870 4460746,

Groom’s outfit: Austin Reed Hire Wear, London, 020 7025 7000,

Stationery: Cirencester Letterpress, Gloucestershire, 01285 659797,

Flowers: Big Day Flowers, Harlow, Essex, 01279 441268,

Cake: Hall of Cakes, London, 020 8099 0686,

Wedding favours: Biscuiteers, London, 08704 588 358,

Entertainment: Swing Smiths,; magician Alan Hudson,

London, 07787 557412,

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