A Magical Aeolian Escape At One Great George Street
Today we share A magical Aeolian escape inspired shoot in the heart of London sent to us by one of our 5 Star Wedding Directory members Roberta Plans Your Day.
The concept I envisioned for this styled shoot was to welcome the end of Summer with sophisticated style and a glamorous twist for a micro wedding featuring the historic Westminster venue One Great George Street.
This historic building, moments away from Parliament Square and St James Park, was the perfect setting for my Aeolian inspired colour palette and my design vision.
With its striking central location and a classic, elegant design, at the OGGS venue couples can truly dream big for their one-of-a-kind wedding day.
The Main Hall with the Grand Staircase sitting under a domed skylight and the Rotunda offered our wedding ceremony shoot an outstanding background, reminiscing Stromboli or Vulcano islands.
The talented TBR Floral Design has created some unique floral installations for the shoot, mirroring some natural arrangements that organically embraced some fresh green foliage, contrasting a delicate blue Delphinium and Hydrangea, Pampas Grass, soft ivory Snowballs, Spray Roses and Dahlias, for both ceremony and dining settings.
The Ceremony sitting area featured limewash Chiavari chairs with alternate red and ivory tones pads, dotted by warm distressed gold lanterns next to each seat, located with respect to social distance rules.
The Silvermere Duo provided some mesmerizing symphony to a totally romantic ceremony setting with their cello and acoustic guitar.
The ceremony celebrant, Jennifer Patrice, waited on the Grand Staircase, licensed for holding wedding ceremonies by the way, together with our groom Nathan.
Jessica made her fabulous entrance in the Main Hall, looking drop-dead gorgeous in her ivory Dando London Gemini Gown, kindly selected and provided by the lovely from Lavelle Bridal Couture in Warwick.
She held a teardrop bouquet, that included the same blooms as the ceremony floral arrangements, delicately embraced by some silk ribbons, custom made by Pompom Blossom matching the shoot palette.
This crepe satin dress, with its low back and sides, is the most luxurious and fashion-forward wedding dress, fiercely feminine, accentuating Jessica’s radiance beautifully.
Makeupology Bride has created a glowing, dewy glam make-up look to emphasise Jessica’s natural beauty.
Nathan’s suit was a stylish Hampton navy 3-piece suit with cravat, provided by swanky Knightsbridge Atelier Aristocracy London and Nathan looked totally dapper in it.
The dining set was hosted in the Stephenson Room, with its dazzling chandelier looks stunning in the predominantly cobalt décor, an imperial table sitting against the fireplace display was just epic with floral arrangements designed by the TBR team.
The elegant Westminster venue perfectly recalled my vision of the magical and A-listers favourite Panarea Summer sunsets:
The table setup had 2020 Pantone colour of the year, classic blue, mixed with royal blue chairs, an ice blue damask linen that reflected the blue tapered candles light and twinkly tealight holders beautifully, with contrasting flashes of antique gold urns and elegant round blue hydrangea.
End of Summer blooms complemented the pastel, white and gold mise-en-place, as well as the bespoke invitation and menu suite crafted exclusively for the shoot.
Ananya Cards set the tone perfectly with a luxurious shade of blue and gold stationery suite, featuring the same bold palette as the room, as well as Panarea shoreline, representing some Mediterranean tile patterns, in line with Ananya cards’ strong cultural celebration philosophy.
Both menu and escort cards sat beautifully on a refined ice blue damask linen, perfect for contemporary yet elegant table style.
Our Stephenson room floral arrangements featured similar ceremony blooms, with the addition of Wax Flower, Lizianthus and Gladys contrasting wild Dill, Ruscus and Grasses, for an effortlessly sophisticated tablescape.
The wedding cake and dessert were created by Claire’s Sweet Temptations, inspired by strong Aeolian cultural elements, featuring a Lemon flavoured cake, with gold and blue tiles pattern, lemon cake popsicles and almond and pistachio biscuits, all incredibly styling various Sicilian tiles design.
Claire also produced another strong cultural element, keeping the stylish and edgy dessert table vibe for her wedding favour mini, in the shape of “ex voto”, in bold gold contrasted by a delicate line of tiny pearly beads.
The idea behind the statement desserts is to send them to guests not being able to attend the micro wedding.
Mixologist Rui Teixera welcomed my idea to create some bespoke cocktails for our Aeolian inspired shoot, using Panarea Island Gin and Panarea Sunset Gin.
He played with a mix Sicilian ingredients, the perfect pairing for the Sicilian inspired menu, echoing the luxurious island sunset feel and the result was just lush!