Have you ever wondered what an editor at a top wedding magazine might do when it comes to her own wedding? Well, wonder no more…..
I was hugely flattered when Polly, who was Lifestyle Editor at Conde Nast’s Brides Magazine, asked me to photograph her wedding to Rhys. Polly & Rhys met through a mutual friend 6 years ago and they managed to create a successful long term relationship whilst Rhys was working abroad. Born and brought up in London, it was a city wedding Polly decided upon, with the magnificent Royal Hospital Chapel in Chelsea as the location for the ceremony – particularly apt as it is a military chapel and Rhys used to be in the army himself. Polly combined blush pink with white and grey accents for a feminine but grown up look. Working with some of her favourite suppliers, she created a wedding that was stylish and classic, polished, so very English, and well, just overall incredibly elegant.
A drinks reception was held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital after the ceremony, before red London buses whisked away the wedding guests to the super elegant Hempel Hotel. Now this was actually where the Man & I had my first overnight ‘date’ so it will always hold a special place in my heart and to return to photograph a wedding there was a real treat. The hotel, which is currently closed following a sale (I dearly hope it reopens as it’s a delightful London boutique hotel) was a minimalist zen like calm with a lovely garden. In this garden the couple had a beautiful marquee. Then after some heartwarming speeches it was off down into the ‘nightclub’ area downstairs in the hotel for dancing late into the night.
Upon marrying, this globe trotting couple emigrated to Dubai to start a new life together. Polly & Rhys I wish you both all the very best, you are a perfect match, an absolute pleasure to work with, and I wish you many years of happiness and love together….
Credits: Brides Dress & Veil by Amanda Wakeley, Shoes: Valentino; Hair & Make Up: Sarah Brock; Grooms Bespoke Suit: Hackett; Bride & Bridesmaids Bouquets: Jamie Aston; Bridesmaids Dresses: Ghost; Flowergirl Outfit: Maria Chantal; Pageboys Outfits: Stella McCartney at Alex & Alexa; Bride’s Evening Dress: Bespoke from Luella’s Boudoir; Reception Flowers: By Appointment Only Design, Calligraphy: Paul Antonio; Ceremony & Drinks Reception Venue: Royal Hospital Chelsea; Reception Venue: The Hempel Hotel; Cake: Peggy Porschen; Super 8 Filming: Amabel Adcock; DJ: Matt Maurice; Thanks to Kate Rossin for second shooting.
Polly’s wedding is featured in the current issue of Brides Magazine.