Jide and Victoria’s Glamorous London Wedding
Liam Collard Photography was delighted to be asked to photograph the glamorous London wedding of Jide and Victoria. From the very first time we spoke with Victoria, we knew that this would be one of the most incredible weddings of the year. The couple met each other over ten years ago, and have been close friends for years, but only fell in love more recently. Jide proposed to Victoria on New Years’ Eve of 2014, on a trip he’d organised to Bequia, a Caribbean island and one of Victoria’s dream destinations.
The couple held their civil wedding at Quaglino’s, an iconic restaurant in historic Mayfair. Their wedding reception and church blessing took place the following day in Knightsbridge. For their wedding preparations, Victoria and her bridesmaids were treated to London’s finest hotel room, the royal suite at the Lanesborough. Victoria wore a stunning gown from Phillipa Lepley and heels from Manolo Blahnik. Her hair was styled by Victoria Akuagwu, and her makeup was applied by Maggie Hunt. Jide and the groomsmen prepared at The Berkeley, another luxury hotel nearby. They donned tailored suits from Scabal.
Victoria was transported to the church blessing in a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, which added to the atmosphere of elegance and luxury. Over 200 guests from places like Nigeria, Ghana, the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Singapore, and Ireland rode an old London routemaster.
Following the church blessing, the bride and groom, their wedding parties, and their guests were taken to The Orangery at Kensington Palace, for their exquisite wedding reception. This was to be no small affair, so they began their extravagant party by dancing into the room alongside some traditional African drummers. After a series of deeply moving speeches, the party really kicked off with a performance from a group of Russian Cossack dancers, representative of Victoria’s heritage. The reception that ensued was a truly exciting, colourful affair, and allowed us to capture lots of lively photographs.
We were in awe of the incredible orchestration of the day, which was planned by Tina Smyth Wedding Design. Despite having only a few hours to set up the reception, the team pulled off a truly spectacular occasion that we will always remember.
Congratulations to Jide and Victoria! Your wedding was unforgettable.