It’s 2017!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New year so far has been great. I’m still trying to catch up on life stuff, so for now, we’ll jump straight back into wedding pretty. When I look back to when we were planning there were so many times that I wished we had kept the celebration small. Anyone else?! If you’re looking for classic intimate wedding inspiration this wedding is especially for you to enjoy. If not, then you will surely adore all the exquisite details Sukran and Ade packed into their day. I’m in awe that they managed to plan their wedding in just two months(!). And if anything, this wedding proves that small is just as, if not more beautiful than big and lavish.
Sukran and Ade married in a civil ceremony surrounded by a handful of family and friends on April 30th, 2016. They then went on to celebrate and dance the night away at a luxurious reception at the beautiful Lanesborough Hotel in Knightsbridge. I adore the details in this wedding – the pastel flowers, Sukran’s incredible lace gown and Ade’s fabulous shoes. It’s so chic and there is so much love in these images.
Photography by Slawa Walczak
How we met
Ade, the groom: We met at Sukran’s birthday party through a mutual friend.
I wore a velvet Tuxedo Jacket and Waistcoat from Gieves & Hawkes and my evening shirt and bow tie were also bought from them. I teamed this with a pair of bespoke Tartan “Trews” from Slanj Kilts. My shoes were hand made to order by Laszlo Vass in Budapest – a very special purchase. On our wedding day I wore a Cartier Roadster XL Chronograph watch as a special accessory.
Bridesmaids and Ushers
Sukran’s bridesmaids and Maid of Honour wore evening gowns of their choice. My Best Man and groomsmen wore tuxedos to fit in with our black tie classic theme.
A classic intimate wedding
From the beginning we knew we wanted our wedding to be about us. Naturally this meant we would have a VERY intimate celebration. The venue, The Lanesborough Hotel, is a classy hotel in London. In the end our day had a feel of understated Georgian grandeur which we achieved because of the beautiful hotel surroundings.
We chose to have a civil ceremony. Saying our vows was our favourite, most memorable part of the day.
We found our photographer, Slawa Walczak by sheer luck! Initially had a lot of referrals from friends and family but had exhausted our list so went onto a wedding site and drew up another list. We called each of them but didn’t get a good feeling. The last person on the list wasn’t available and recommended Slawa. Reluctantly I contacted her and from the first time we spoke I knew she was the one!
We chose not to hire a videographer. Instead, I armed my brother with a camcorder, and my cousin and brother-in-law took on the role of videographers! Almost every guest was at-the-ready with a smartphone too, so we have over 100 clips of the day!
We chose The Cracked Pot as our florist. The owner showed us her album and together, Sakran and I decided upon how the various suites at the venue should be decorated. The florist was absolutely amazing and the all the arrangements were beautiful. Because of the opulence of our venue it required little décor beyond the addition of flowers.
We had a solo saxophonist, Wendy Allen, for the champagne reception and wedding breakfast and a DJ for the evening entertainment. As we walked into the reception, Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered was played on the saxophone and our first dance was Joy, by Blackstreet.
We used Paperless Post for all our stationery, this included save the dates, invitations, directions, wedding menus, our wedding list and thank you cards.
Words of wisdom
We planned our wedding in 2 months, and if we can do it, anyone can! Just relax and remember to communicate. The less people involved in planning your big day the better. Also, it’s important to be pragmatic and not get carried away. I was afraid that we’d run out of champagne so went completely overboard… At the end of the night ALL our guests were worse for wear but there were so many bottles left that we gave each guest a bottle to take home!
We went to Dubrovnik, Croatia for our honeymoon. Sukran was pregnant so we couldn’t go too far.
Sukran and Ade’s Little Black Book
Photographer – Slawa Walczak
Ceremony venue – Fulham & Hammersmith Townhall
Reception venue – The Lanesborough Hotel
Dress – Wed2Be
Brides shoes – Kurt Gieger
Grooms Attire – Gieves & Hawkes | Slanj Kilts | Laszlo Vass
Saxophonist – Wendy Allen
Flowers – The Cracked Pot
Stationery – Paperless Post