The dress was a straightforward decision for Stewart Parvin couture bride Matilda. “I’d seen the dress in a magazine, which initially lured me into Stewart Parvin. I knew on sight that it was the one I wanted to wear. I met Stewart (and Max, his Labrador!) when I went in, who had his own story about the dress, and from then it didn’t take much convincing”
Matilda’s gown, Warm and Tender, is a couture wedding gown, made from the most stunning brocade which Stewart found in Paris, featuring a birds of paradise design in the weave of the silk. It has a long sleeve, simple A-line skirt, 50’s style collar, and fur cuffs – a truly elegant wedding dress, perfect for Matilda’s winter wedding to Tom.
“I only tried on three dresses, as soon as I saw the birds and the fur the decision was made. It was different to anything I had seen before and I knew I wasn’t going to find anything better for me. I wanted my wedding dress to be unique, not particularly bridal (other than the colour) and to love wearing it, which I really did”
Matilda and Tom’s ceremony took place at St Clement Danes on the Strand, with spectacular music being performed by the resident choir at the church. Matilda and Tom left the ceremony into a torrent of rose petals, and made their way to The Garrick for the reception. Speeches were held on the stairs of the club, and a beautiful wedding breakfast was served on tables overflowing with fruit and ivy.
In a nod to Matilda’s Australian roots, their first dance was to a live didgeridooist playing “Waltzing Matilda”, after which the guests let loose for an evening of dancing. At the end of the evening, Matilda and Tom drove off through soho in a rickshaw, the perfect end to this fabulous London wedding.
Photography: David Burke Photography
Venue: St Clements Danes, The Garrick
Florist: Flowers by Susan and Alexandra