Fiona and Andrew’s English Summer Wedding at Haileybury College Chapel
Now this doesn’t happen too often… Bride Fiona and her groom Andrew had their very first date at the BFI bar on the Southbank on 27th August 2014, and their wedding day exactly 2 years later on 27th August 2016!
Fiona adopted Fudge the Yorkshire Terrier you’ll see in their wedding photos just a week before she met Andrew. So it’s not surprising she took Fudge to meet Andrew on their second date while going for a dog walk in Primrose Hill to ensure she had Fudge’s approval too 😉
Andrew proposed with his late grandmother Florence’s beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring at the Corinthia Hotel in London, very close to where they first met. The engagement ring was given to Andrew’s grandmother’s in 1937 by his grandfather, along with a matching brooch, which Andrew’s parents had made into a necklace for Fiona to wear on their wedding day.
The Wedding Ceremony
Andrew and Fiona’s English summer wedding took place at Haileybury College Chapel (Fiona’s old school) in Hertfordshire. The beautiful chapel was constructed in 1877 and designed by architect Arthur Blomfield in the Lombardic Romanesque style. The actual school was founded by the East India Company a few years earlier in 1862. The chapel is topped by a dome and cupola which make a striking landmark that is visible from many miles away.
The bride and groom found out by complete coincidence, the day before their wedding that their Reverend, Haileybury Chaplain, Rev Chris Briggs used to live in the same street as Andrew’s parents in Surrey! It was obviously fate….
Fiona looked so beautiful walking up the aisle in her stunning fit-and-flare wedding dress by designer Martina Liana, hand-cut lace over dolce satin, with cap sleeves, a long train and chapel length veil. Fiona was joined by her four bridesmaids, two sisters Stephanie and Grace and two best friends Louise and Sophie and two cute little flower girls nieces Kira and Scarlett.
In addition to wearing Andrew’s Grandmother’s engagement ring from 1937, Fiona also wore his great-grandmother’s wedding band from 1902, altered to fit around the engagement ring. Groom Andrew was supported on his very special day by his two best men and four groomsmen. Mark his bother also one of his groomsmen designed their beautiful orders of service and menus
Fiona “I loved looking round to see the choir Hertfordshire Chorus and guests singing their socks off during our service accompanied by Organist Ryan Hepburn.”
The Wedding Reception
Their grand wedding reception was held in two Sperry Tents provided by PapaKata in the grounds of Fiona’s parent’s farm nearby in Hailey, dressed with gorgeous flowers by luxury wedding florist WildAbout. The tents were also lit up at night and looked spectacular.
Both of their chosen wedding venues are obviously very close to Fiona’s heart, but Andrew has also spent many happy weekends at the farm, and even asked Fiona’s Dad Derek for permission to marry his daughter at the pub around the corner!
Their rather large number of guests 145 in total came from Ireland (Fiona’s parents are from Donegal), New York, with lots of friends from South London. Andrew’s colleague from Sky Sports was their videographer for the day, assisted by his lovely wife who captured their wedding celebrations alongside Stam and I.
One of Andrew and Fiona’s favourite moments was just after their first dance when everyone piled onto the dancefloor laughing and singing “it was so lovely to see everyone having such a good time!” The catering company Create also provided their signature ‘Gin Foz’ and ‘Mo-Fi-To’ cocktails – known as ‘Fi & Foz’ to their friends which were very much enjoyed by their guests while dancing to their phenomenal band 29 Fingers.
The giant light up A&F letters in the garden plus the lit-up tents were fantastic backdrops for creating some really exciting wedding photography and dynamic bride and groom portraits.
Fiona and her mum can thank themselves for organising the entire wedding party celebrations including their next day garden party with wood fired pizza.
Bridal Gown by Martina Liana
Bridal Shoes by Freya Rose ‘Albertine’ shoes in gold with ‘Monroe’ shoe clips
Groom’s Suit by Richard James
Bridesmaid Dresses by Dessy colour ‘Smashing’ (or, purple!)
Make-up Artist Sarah Stacey
Hair Stylist – Moira Borg (@moiratravels)
Catering by Create (@createfood) managed on the day by Sophie Amor (@sophieamoramor)
Wedding Cake by Emily Jane Cakes four-tiered with lace-detailed icing (@emilyjanecakes)
Wedding Florist – WildAbout (@wildaboutyouflowers) Fiona Sweeney