Real Wedding Stories: A London Heritage Wedding

The lovely Emily and Alex hired Complete Rose Events for on the day management services (information here) after planning a beautiful Wedding in London at the lovely Charlton House, which is a Jacobean manor house and was built between 1607 and 1612 for Sir Adam Newton. Their Wedding was held in September, and we were extremely lucky with a sunny warm day, which was perfect as we had use of the gardens planned.

Charlton House is set in Greenwich, just outside of central London, but with the beautiful gardens, you really do not feel like you are in London, there is very much a countryside feel to the venue. The building is owned by the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, and is open daily for visitors, as well as being available for dry-hire weddings and events. This means you can make your day completely how you want it to be, with the suppliers and caterers that you want to have.

For the ceremony, Alex and Emily were already legally married, so they decided to have one of their best friends officiate a ceremony for them, which included personal vows and stories from them both. Instead of Alex first being able to see Emily when she was walking down the aisle, they decided to meet before the ceremony and have a ‘first look’ in the Old Library gallery with just the two of them.

After the ceremony, the guests were moved outside to the gardens for arrival drinks and photographs whilst being entertained by a pianist amongst the foliage.

There was also an extra special surprise for everyone – a visit by two alpacas! The guests loved these furry guests from Vauxhall City Farm. They stayed between the ceremony and sit down meal for the drinks reception, for guests to get all the selfies with them they wanted! If you love the idea of having animals at your wedding, check out our recent blog on how here.

For the décor, the colour scheme was Dark red, light pink, peach and white with gold and copper accents. Bloomeast provided the floral arrangements for the ceremony room and for the wedding breakfast which was held in the Old Library and even included moss décor and books to match the library theme!

The place names were all created by the Bride herself, spelling each guest’s name out in scrabble tiles!

For the wedding breakfast and evening catering, the guests were treating to a Jamaican feast, provided by Millie’s Kitchen. There was even a cake made of cheese for everyone to enjoy, alongside their Wedding cake!

The evening finished with dancing and drinks, the Bride and Groom looking spectacularly happy during their first dance together. They even had a surprise from one of their close relatives who sang ‘to make you feel my love’ by Adele, which was very emotional and moving for them both!

A beautiful and personal day for them both, which was all captured by Samantha Kay photography. If you are hiring a dry hire venue and need assistance with hiring your own wedding suppliers and somebody to manage the wedding day for you, you can book your complimentary consultation here so we can talk through how we can help you!




Catering: Millie's Kitchen



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