Apr
9th

A Vintage Inspired London Destination Wedding by Aneta Mak Photography

Elegant and perfect don’t even begin to describe the uber chic details that make today’s wedding at London’s Mandarin Oriental seriously stunning. The bride and groom chose to go for a vintage feel and managed to tuck elegance perfectly into every little handmade detail, all of which make me weak in the knees. I mean, this beautiful celebration was even scented using Jo Malone products! I can literally smell all the sweetness! And these images by the talented Aneta Mak Photography are most definitely the icing on an already scrumptious cake. I think I will be swooning all day long…

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Bride, Dianna shares, “Rowland and I met over 10 years ago at the UCL Union through a mutual friend, Daniela who had tried so many times to set us up, but we did not get together until some 5 years later when I became house mates with Daniela.”

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“It was my birthday and Rowland organised a surprise getaway weekend at Barnsley House in the Cotswolds. He proposed over a breakfast that he organised to be set up in the secret garden. The plans were nearly scuppered when I initially asked for breakfast in bed!”

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“I discovered Lusan Mandongus in London whilst dress shopping with my mum and sister and fell in love with his vintage inspired yet modern style. I was delighted to learn that he is based in Asia and got my gown bespoke made from the flagship store in Hong Kong, where Rowland and I were living at the time.”

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“My favourite detail of the day was the wishing tree out in the Entrance Hall for guests to hang well wishes and messages. This 10 ft tall ivory painted willow tree was dressed with ivory Singapore and Phalaenopsis Orchids. We have since had all the tags featuring the well wishes framed as a memento of the day.”

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“The wedding was scented with Jo Malone London, with Orange Blossom and White Jasmine and Mint Candles and napkins spritzed with Lino nel Vento Linen Spray.”

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“We walked up the aisle together to a string quartet rendition of You Got the Love by Florence and the Machines.”

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“The place setting included a hand written personalised note for each guest and the favours were macaroons handmade with love by my two lovely cousins. We also made the table plan and table names, which featured photos and funny antidotes of countries we have traveled to.”

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“We were inspired by clean and elegant styles with nods to vintage and soft nude palettes. As we were living abroad at the time, we wanted to treat the wedding as a big reunion party with our friends and family.”

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“Our flowers consisted of a soft cream, nude and taupe palette with a touch of vintage. Large headed Vendella, Sahara and Quicksand Roses were teamed with creamy Hydrangea and delicate Lydia spray Roses, finished with trailing blooms of white Phalaenopsis Orchids set in candelabras.”

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“My advice to couples planning their wedding would be that spreadsheets are a girl’s best friend. On the actual day delegate to those you trust and do not worry about the logistics – allow yourself to let go and ENJOY the day.”

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“My most memorable moment was realising that all our closest loved ones from near and far, were all together in one room to share the day with us.”

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From Aneta Mak Photography: “I loved photographing Dianna and Rowland on their special day – they were so happy together and were a joy to be around! My favourite part of the day was the Chinese ceremony – despite being such a beautiful traditional ceremony, I was surprised to see how much fun and joyous it was – everyone was laughing and smiling and really enjoying being a part of such a meaningful moment. I also loved seeing Rowland seeing Dianna for the first time – they were gazing at each other with so much love and anticipation and excitement – it was adorable!”

Photographer: Aneta Mak Photography / Videographer: S8 /Florist: Blue Sky / Ceremony Venue: Mandarin Oriental, London / Reception Venue: The Ballroom at Mandarin Oriental, London / Dress Designer: Lusan Mandongus / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Cake: Jen’s Cakery / Jewellery: vintage Dior / Hair & Make Up: Irene Tan / Bridesmaids Dresses: Anoushka G / Grooms Attire: bespoke / Caterer: Mandarin Oriental, London / Favours: DIY.