We’re very excited to share Sam & LJ’s wonderful London wedding with you today. Now this one had a little something special about it, a stunning venue, a mix of cultures and traditions and a super fun couple who both made us feel so welcome on their special day.
Sam & LJ, your wedding day was a wonderful celebration, thank you for allowing us to document your first day as husband and wife, here are a few of our favourite photos from the day!
The ceremony and wedding breakfast were at the stunning Methodist Central Hall Westminster in central London. LJ and her bridesmaids also got ready in one of the small rooms next to the Church sanctuary.
LJ’s bridesmaids did her hair and make-up – all four bridesmaids were life-long friends and the two super cute flower girls were Sam’s nieces. The room was a picture of calmness.
A few minutes of peace and quiet before she walks down the aisle!
Whilst it was calmness in the bridal prep room, boys will be boys…! Methodist Central Hall sits on Parliament Square, just across from Westminster Palace and the Houses of Parliament. A haven for tourists! The boys had a few minutes of fun outside before it got too busy with visitors!
Methodist Central Hall is grand outside and awe inspiring inside, what a truly fabulous venue to get married in.
LJ is Filipino so as well as the traditional British wedding ceremony the couple brought some Filipino customs into the proceedings.
Coins, carried by one of the page boys, were blessed and are used as a pledge of devotion to the welfare of each other and future offspring. Candles were lit by sponsors, one on each side of the couple that symbolised the presence of God in the union, Sam & LJ then took the two lighted candles and together lit a single unity candle.
A veil was pinned to the couple signifying the clothing of two individuals as one and lastly a cord shaped in a figure of eight (a lucky number and also the infinity symbol) is placed around the individual collars of the bride and groom to symbolise everlasting fidelity.
LJ’s Mum walked her down the aisle earlier in the day and then gave a moving speech at the wedding breakfast.
A combination of rain and a hoard of tourists outside the venue meant that we did the bride and groom portraits inside. The interior architecture was breathtaking!
For the evening reception we moved onto St Bride’s Foundation in Fleet Street – arriving through a tunnel of confetti…!
Another Filipino wedding tradition is to pin money to the bride and groom during the first dance…!
LK Dance Company performed some traditional Filipino dances – with LJ joining in for a traditional wedding dance at the end before the band and DJ finished the night with a party!
What a truly wonderful day! Congratulations to Sam & LJ! xx