Today we’re delighted to share with you the intimate wedding of Jen and James, which took place in March this year at that much-loved Mayfair hotel, Claridge’s. Surrounded by a select gathering of close family, the pair exchanged their vows in the luxurious Brook penthouse, an elegant pastel-pink suite furnished with art deco-style elegance, complete with a roof terrace and breathtaking views across London.
Capturing the day, and kind enough to share their work with us, was the fabulous husband and wife duo, Tobiah and Laura of Tobiah Tayo Photography. The pair travelled to London from the north west to capture every moment of Jen and James’ special day. Thier first port of call was the ceremony room, the Brooke Penthouse, which had been transformed for the day by the wonderful Claridge’s event team, and of course, McQueens, as Laura recalls.
“The ceremony room had been beautifully dressed by the exceptional team at McQueens in an understated and elegant style. David Austin roses in mixed glassware and plenty of candles completed the look and added to the beautiful, intimate atmosphere.”
“The emotion and intimacy of this ceremony was electric,” Laura told us. “We felt extra privileged to be a part of a wedding where only immediate family attended to see these two wonderful people make their vows.”
The bride had requested an elegant and understated posy of pale pink David Austin roses, created on the day by McQueens at Claridge’s Assistant Shop Manager, Joey Shattock.
“Jen chose such a quintessentially classic and beautiful variety for her wedding bouquet, just perfect for an elegant, Claridge’s wedding,’ says Joey.”David Austin roses are famous around the globe and it’s very hard to find anyone who doesn’t fall in love with them – they just have this beautiful old-world charm. They look as though they’ve been freshly picked from an English garden, and are very different from more cultivated varieties. The scent, however, is what stands out. Naturally, when you pick a rose you bring it to your nose to inhale the scent and these really do deliver. There are so many beautiful varieties that are cultivated to last a long time but without any scent. David Austin roses, on the other hand, are really dependable and also smell so beautiful.”
Those of you in the UK will recall that March wasn’t quite as spring-like as we’d have hoped, with the cool temperatures and frequent snowfall making for an unusually chilly start to the season. Fortunately, this didn’t stop the happy couple from posing outside.
“Despite the freezing temperatures, Jen and James didn’t seem to mind the weather too much at all!’ Laura explains. ‘We left the remainder of the guests up in the Brook Suite and headed down onto the streets of Mayfair. One of our favourite photographs was with Jen and James, perfectly central in front of the revolving doors with the dusk setting in and a light snowfall – just perfect!”
Back in the warmth, the grandeur of the Claridge’s lobby made the perfect backdrop for some more, stunning photographs.
“The iconic black and white floors and opulence of this part of the hotel are a photographer’s dream. We were lucky to have a break in traffic through the lobby and some very lovely and obliging hotel guests! We created some show-stopping portraits with Jen and James featuring the best parts of Claridge’s.”
The festivities continued into the evening with a candlelit dinner, with a delicate, romantic runner of garden roses decorating the sumptuous Claridge’s private dining room.
Photography by Laura and Tobiah of Tobiah Tayo Photography. To see more from this fabulous husband and wife team, follow them on Instagram @tobiahtayophotography or visit their website, www.tobiahtayo.com