Lydia & Matt’s Traditional London Wedding – Dulwich Village & The Gherkin

Portfolio • Europe, News, Weddings • Posted on 28th September 2016 • Posted by Liam Collard

A magical Dulwich Village wedding was celebrated by London couple Lydia and Matt, and it was a perfect day to remember.

These two first met at the Fence Bar in Farringdon when Matt was celebrating his birthday. A mutual friend invited Lydia assuring her that Matt wouldn’t mind. However, if you ask Matt the same question about how they met, he will explain that Lydia gate crashed his party! 😉 No matter which one is telling the truth they both say they are obviously truly delighted to have been brought together on that very special day. Before the proposal Matt and Lydia broke tradition with the arrival of their daughter Rose Luna. It was a beautiful time in their relationship and a perfect addition to their family, making Charlie a big brother and going from a family of three to a family of four.

The Proposal

When Rose Luna was just 3 months old Matt arranged a family weekend away to escape the bustle of the city for a few days to enjoy a peaceful setting with a trip to the Cotswolds in early October. The cottage was very charming surrounded by gorgeous countryside with a large roaring fireplace keeping the cottage cosy and warm. Once the children were in bed they settled down in front of the fireplace for a romantic meal opening up a bottle of champagne. They chatted for hours discussing the joys of their family, future plans and dreams. At that moment Matt proposed to Lydia asking her to be his wife, with a custom made diamond engagement ring from Hatton Garden engraved with the proposal date. Then, they decided on a grand Dulwich Village wedding to tie the knot!

The Wedding Day

Lydia and Matt love the buzz of living in London and chose to get married in the Capital as it perfectly reflects who they are – a modern day city couple who enjoy visiting new restaurants and bars, exploring different postcodes and checking out London’s beautiful architecture. They moved to Dulwich village 3 years ago and have walked past their dream wedding day venue Christ Chapel, Dulwich Village hundreds of times as well as attending there regularly. The chapel gave them the traditional British service they were after as well as providing a fantastic personal touch with their vicar John Watson taking the service accompanied by the St Barnabas Church, Choir.

On the morning of 28th May 2016 bride Lydia, her maid of honour and sister Megan plus five other bridesmaids including her flower girl started to prepare for the big Dulwich Village wedding. First step was a trip to local hair salon Stephen GMs in East Dulwich then make-up by Alyse Baker, London. Lydia stepped into her bridal gown by Stephanie Allin Couture and bridal shoes by Manolo Blahnik – Hangisi 105. The older bridesmaids wore beautiful dresses from Coast and her flower girl wore a pretty little bridesmaid dress by British designer Rachel Riley and designer shoes by Papouelli making for a truly elegant wedding theme. Meanwhile groom Matt and his best man Paul got suited and booted in wedding suits by Simon Dowling Bespoke with ties from Diverso

The chapel was beautiful dressed with flowers from Lola’s boutique, London arranged by Janet, the Chaplin’s wife of Dulwich College. Lydia and Matt invited 90 guests to celebrate their day with them travelling from across the UK and far flung places including Portugal and the USA. They tied the knot with their wedding bands from Tiffany London. “One of our favourite wedding day highlights from this Dulwich Village wedding was walking out of the chapel into the chapel garden, the sun was shining and we had the time to greet all our close friends and family who congratulated us on our marriage.” It was an absolute pleasure to have their two children at the wedding day, adding so much fun to the event. Charlie their son conducted the congregation during the ceremony, it was a classic moment.

The Wedding Reception

As much as wanting a traditional Dulwich Village wedding, Lydia and Matt also wanted a modern wedding reception so the iconic Gherkin building in London was a perfect choice. The architecture of the dome gave them the grandeur for the wedding breakfast and later created the perfect party atmosphere. The bride and groom arranged musical entertainment by Harpist Alexander Thomas and Pianist Ben Noke. During the beautifully emotional speeches we able to capture some fantastic photographic moments of both the bride and groom and their guests and again at the top of the Gherkin when we photographed the glamourous couple for their portrait shots – our favourite photograph is the silhouette shot of Lydia and Matt on floor 39 of the Gherkin.

Joined by an additional 40 guests, the evening entertainment kicked off with music by funk soul and party band The Funk Soul Brothers; Adam Martin, Tom O’Grady, Sarah-Jane Lewis, Eric Guy and Ric Elsworth with late night dancing to DJ Prelude Entertainment

We can’t wait to see Lydia and Matt in November for their “trash the dress” photoshoot around Phuket Island when they head to Thailand for their honeymoon.


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