Earlier this year McQueens had the pleasure of creating the beautiful blooms for the marriage of Charlotte and Daniel at St. George’s Chapel in Hanover Square. The touching service was followed by an elegant ballroom reception and dinner at that much-loved Mayfair hotel, Claridge’s. It was with pleasure that we caught up with mother of the bride, Marianne, to hear all about the day, the boundless hospitality of Claridge’s, and the unique inspiration behind the flowers, which she and Charlotte planned together with McQueens Head of Events, Emily Mathison.
As with so many weddings, the secret to success lies in the preparation. “While we beautified ourselves with some bubbles in the gorgeous suite at Claridge’s, Daniel and his groomsmen were treated to traditional Turkish barbering at a nearby salon,” recalls Marianne. “It was a wonderful, relaxing start to the day. A real highlight was watching Charlotte ascending the magnificent Claridge’s stairwell led by her son – my grandson – William, who looked the image of his father in his three-piece suite. It was a very emotional moment.”
The chapel, which is situated only a short walk away from the hotel, was elegantly adorned with fluffy, white balls of gypsophila pew ends, and silk blossom trees.
“The wedding was in April,” Marianne continues, “while all of the beautiful blossom trees were in full bloom, so we wanted to bring a little bit of the outside in and sourced life-sized blossom trees to stand both in the church and the Claridge’s ballroom.”
Following the ceremony, the wedding party was welcomed to Claridge’s with champagne and canapés before entering the ballroom which had been transformed by local event planners, Classico Productions. Marianne, a longtime guest at the hotel, explains why they chose Claridge’s for the big day.
“We visited several wonderful hotels in London before making a final choice but I think I knew from the beginning that Charlotte would choose Claridge’s. It’s such a special place, steeped in charm and history, and the staff are all so wonderful. It’s the ideal place for an intimate wedding and I cannot emphasise enough how wonderful Holly, our Claridge’s event organiser, was — so hands-on and thoughtful. She was with us every step of the way.”
The dining tables were dressed by McQueens with hundreds of glittering tealights among elegant domes of white hydrangea, which had a rather unique inspiration, as Marianne explains.
“Little known to some, the inspiration for Charlotte’s bridal bouquet and the reception flowers came from her wedding dress, which was hand-embroidered with clusters of delicate, white flowers reminiscent of hydrangea. As soon as she tried it on we knew it was ‘The One’ and it just so happened to be the perfect inspiration for the flower theme, too.”
On catching up with the bride, Charlotte echoed her mother’s words:
“The wedding was everything and more than I could have hoped for; it was filled with laughter and warmth, a magical day. The flowers looked spectacular and were exactly what I had been hoping for. McQueens made it a completely stress-free experience and the white colour scheme and glittering candles really set the atmosphere. The flowers were a huge talking point throughout the evening, and indeed, ever since. People are still talking about it now. Thank you.”
The day was beautifully captured by Elliot Jacobs of E Jacobs Photography London.