The location for the day? The amazing Hurlingham Club in London followed by dancing just down the river at the Thames Rowing Club, one of those fine old London establishments that both Daisy and Pete had an affinity with as it was rowing that initially brought them together.
The day was essentially about the coming together of friends and family to solidify the commitment that they had already made to each other and with Daisy’s cousin (a Vicar) at the helm in the glass ceilinged Palm Court, it was an occasion filled with love and laughter in front of loved ones.
Prior to this the grounds of the Hurlingham provided a picturesque backdrop for a few quiet photos with the happy couple whilst the assembled guests gathered for drinks on the terrace. The weather decided to play ball and with all the gents resplendent in their black tie, one could have easily have assumed that it was actually a summer garden party. Maybe the Hurlingham has its own little micro-climate and is like this all the year round? Who knows, but it really helped to set the tone for the day.
After the ceremony it was into the club’s Broomhouse Room which had been beautifully laid out by the staff. Both Daisy and Pete are big fans of the Blackadder series and this was reflected in the table seating plan which featured some truly excellent table names. Now, bear with me if you’ve never seen the Blackadder series but this was a truly inspired idea with names like “The Baby Eating Bishop of Bath & Wells”, “A nugget of purest green” and most aptly for the top table “You and Me Darling, obviously”. Each table card also had a scene from the relevant episode printed on the back which provided a great talking point amongst the seated guests. It goes without saying that every wedding breakfast also needs a noisy table and true to form, the inhabitants of the “Woof Woof!” table channeled their inner Lord Flashhearts with gusto.
Speeches were given, toasts were made and bellies were filled with the finest the Hurlingham kitchens had to offer. All that was needed to work this off was a dance floor so it was through the gardens and to the river we went with wellies on as the Bride and Groom had arranged for a Thames Cutter to transport them up river to the Thames Rowing Club, crewed by some of their most able guests. This was a first for me, roaring alongside in a captain’s launch trying to take pictures in the pitch black whilst doing my best not to fall in. I lived to tell the tale though and we raced on ahead to capture the arrival as the couple were greeted on the shore by an archway of oars and a shower of club coloured confetti to welcome them into the Rowing Club for the evenings shenanigans.
With the band fired up and ready to play and more food and drink available at every turn (and lots of pizza!) the guests partied long into the night to round of what was a truly memorable day from start to finish.
Daisy & Pete's day was brilliantly organised by Mel Brown from Mel Brown Studios and hosted at The Hurlingham Club, London and The Thames Rowing Club, both fantastic venues.
For Events queries at The Hurlingham please contact their Event Manager Penny Thomas
To hire The Thames Rowing Club please contact the House Manager Michael Grattan
I still have some availability this year and am also taking wedding bookings for 2019. For more info, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively I'll be exhibiting at The National Wedding Show at Olympia in London from 16th-18th February so if you find yourself there, swing by stand G41 for a chat.