At the very end of 2023, one of my gorgeous couples’ weddings was featured in British Vogue. Within the article, I received praise for my work with them as their wedding planner. Words can hardly express how overjoyed I am to have Mrs T Weddings featured in British Vogue. It is no joke to say it is right up there with the birth of my child(!) but I’ll attempt to articulate here for you why it resonated so much with me and my business dreams.
Since I was a young girl, British Vogue magazine has always been in my periphery. My parents’ work often took them abroad and while I attended boarding school, every month I would buy a copy of British Vogue. I would pore over it and rip out articles and images to pin on my wall. I was continuously inspired by the fashion, design and avant-garde editorial, and it became an aspiration of mine to one day work in fashion and design.
This dream never faded and led to me attending fashion school. I moved to New York to study and was living and breathing the world of The Devil Wears Prada. Later in my career I led operations for a contemporary art and interior furniture rental platform, the first of its kind in the UK, connecting people with luxury design pieces in a reusable sustainable manner. It was after this that I founded Mrs T Weddings. Right from its inception, my vision of the aesthetic was clear: relaxed luxury weddings that are fashionably chic, elegant and worthy of being featured in British Vogue.
I’ve worked incredibly hard to forge a name for myself and Mrs T Weddings in the luxury wedding industry. I’m extremely proud that Mrs T Weddings comes with an outstanding reputation for its level of client service. In a world where aesthetics, social media influence, and the temptations to do it ‘for the gram’ are incredibly high, I have always championed my couples honing and refining their unique personal style. It’s why the weddings that I plan look so different from each other, and not straight from the most-pinned Pinterest boards. We have an incredible legacy of couples who have used Mrs T Weddings to pull off the exact vision they have dreamed of, which brings me to the wonderful Freya and Simon.
Freya & Simon
Freya and Simon are both busy professionals living in London and traveling frequently. They knew that they needed a wedding planner as the catalyst for bringing their day together, or it was at risk of taking them years!
Mrs T Weddings was recommended to Freya and Simon by Zafferano, their luxury caterers, whom I have worked with on previous weddings over at Waddesdon. Our introductory Zoom consultation, and all our zooms thereafter, were full of laughter. They both have a really good sense of humour and were open to all kinds of ideas whenever we worked on new elements of their wedding.
Wedding Planning begins
Freya had created a moodboard of ideas that were central to the style they were looking to achieve. This was perfect for us to build on – a strong sense of style, but with flexibility and an open mind. They had a vision of a large beautiful tree under which they would marry, with an abundance of sparkling lights strung overhead and lots of greenery. It was to be elegant, breathtaking and understated, the exact kind of relaxed luxury that Mrs T Weddings is based around.
The ceremony would be Jewish and it was important to them that while adhering to tradition, it identified with their personalities and felt unique to them. For this, the venue was key. I carried out a venue search for them to identify potential places for them to visit. In London, the hotels and ballroom spaces we explored each for their own reasons weren’t quite suited to the look and feel they wanted.
Using their feedback, I had an alternative proposal for them. Reaching out to my fabulous network, I fell upon Battersea Arts Centre when speaking to the wonderful caterers Alison Price & Co. It had great potential as a dry hire venue in London with a large floor space, and lots of character. The Great Hall’s iconic domed ceiling, exposed brickwork and scorched plaster presented a completely different style to the ballrooms Freya and Simon had so far not bonded with. I arranged a venue visit, and the pair fell in love with the place. We had our venue!
What followed was lots more Zooms (with lots more laughter), meetings, site visits and consultations as we brought all the details together. What was so brilliant about these two was that they weren’t afraid to throw around big, bold ideas which we could then refine and implement. We used Twilight Trees and Luminaire to make their dream of the tree and twinkling lights a reality. It is now one of our most iconic ceremony spaces.
I organised menu tastings with Zafferano and studio visits with Mary-Jane Vaughan floral designer. We worked closely together, along with the stationery artist, Jane Eva Cooper. I arranged bridal appointments for Freya, including The OWN Studio which had the dress. I planned a home visit from Nicholas & Harding tailors to help Simon design his suit. When Freya had an idea of hair and beauty styles, I recommended Carla and her team at Cesca.
When their wedding day arrived, I had such a good gut feeling about it. I sent a voice note to the rest of the Mrs T Weddings team working that day. I was so excited for what I just knew was going to be a wonderful day. Helen would be focusing on venue set up with me, while Nina would be at the Four Seasons London Ten Trinity assisting the bridal party preparations. Lyndsey was operating remotely, covering social media and behind the scenes footage from across the day.
From then on, the day was a non-stop, finely orchestrated huge success! The only possible hitch in proceedings would be whether the unpredictability of London traffic would deliver our bridal party on time. We factored in a lot of contingency which eliminated stress and ultimately had our bride arrive early.
The ceremony was beautiful, heartfelt and of course, took place beneath a vast and gorgeous olive tree with hanging tea lights, while hundreds of lights were strung overhead. Later, we turned the space into four long banqueting tables nestled with florals and candlelight. The olive tree then became the focal point at the centre of a circular bar. These two stunning set ups looked phenomenal beneath the iconic ceiling of Battersea Arts Centre.
The whole team was on such a high in the days that followed. I was, and remain, so proud of the work we put in and what we achieved for Freya and Simon.
British Vogue Feature
A month later I received the news that British Vogue had written about the wedding. I was driving to Oxford for venue visits at The Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum when the messages came through. I can’t tell you the feeling and buzz that I had for days after. It means so much to me to see everyone’s hard work recognised, and I’m just thrilled for Freya and Simon!
My thanks goes to the incredible team of suppliers we collaborated with to make Freya and Simon’s dreams a reality:
Wedding Planner: Mrs T Weddings, Beauty: Cesca, Bridalwear: The OWN Studio, Bride Shoes: Emmy London, Groomswear: Nicholas & Harding, Catering: Zafferano, Florals: Mary Jane Vaughan, DJ: Brad Francis with accompanying saxophonist and drummer, Band: Superfly booked through ALR Music, Photography: Phill Taylor/The Candid Wedding Photographer, Lighting & Production: Luminaire Events, Olive Tree & Circular Bar: Twilight Trees, Stationery artist: Jane Eva Cooper, Venue: Battersea Arts Centre.