This summer, Maya & Christian invited me to her home town of Salzburg, Austria, to photograph their amazing three day wedding celebrations. It was all masterfully planned by the super talented Prime Moments Events, who were a total joy to work alongside.
I felt so very lucky to be there… As the founder of the super cool online fashion retailer Avenue 32, Maya has absolutely impeccable taste. For the ceremony, Maya wore the most heavenly, romantic, full lace Elie Saab dress, with spiked Christian Louboutin heels. Her maids of honour wore white & blue floral Vilshenko dresses, which were definitely the prettiest dresses I have ever seen. Sharma, one the loveliest and most talented makeup artists in the business, travelled with us to Salzburg to work her magic, making everyone look breathtakingly beautiful.
St Peters Cathedral, Salzburg, was decorated simply with cream roses and Hydrangeas, letting the glorious interiors work their magic. After a beautiful ceremony, their guests wandered the few steps to The Salzburg Rotary Club, where they sipped champagne, ate delicious bowl food and danced in the open air courtyard to the wonderful travelling band.
If all that wasn’t enough, later on that evening, their Guests reconvened at The Sound of Music’s Glorious Leopoldskron Palace. Guests looked out over the lake on the most beautiful of summers’s evenings. Maya wore a stunning Maticevski dress and of course, looked divine. Guests dined across three of the most opulent rooms in The Palace while the wandering band got many of the guests dancing on the tables. After their wonderful meal, guests then headed downstairs and danced the night away. We had the honour of working alongside the brilliant Film maker, Jeff Wood Visuals who made the most stylish wedding film for Maya & Christian.
The whole weekend was just incredible. It was so glamorous and beautiful but so fun and and relaxed… It was everything I think the perfect wedding should be.
In June I had the pleasure of going to Rome with the AMAZING Robert Fairer to photograph the Wedding Of Sabine Ghanem and Joseph Getty.
It was the most decadent affair and everything was just breathtakingly beautiful. The Friday night was a stunning Liaisons Dangereuses costume party held at Palazzo Taverna, followed by the wedding, the next day in the Beautiful Castello Odescalchi, a huge castle by the sea.
The Great and the Good flew in from all over the world and celebrated into the early hours with this most glamorous of couples.
I am so excited that Vogue USA published these photos I took… such a HUGE honour!
Vogue Style Editor at Large Elisabeth TNT takes a Roman holiday for the sumptuous wedding of Sabine Ghanem and Joseph Getty.
When in Rome . . . . If ever there were a familiar expression to describe letting loose, that would be it. No surprise, then, that my friends jewelry designer Sabine Ghanem and financier Joseph Getty chose the city for their wedding extravaganza. Well, there was also the fact that Joseph’s mother, Domitilla, was raised in Italy—and is sufficiently Italian that she even has a pope stuck somewhere in her family tree (N.B.: the ultimate chic Roman reference). At their disposal for the party was the beautiful Castello Odescalchi in Palo Laziale on the seaside just outside the city. The approach to the fairy-tale castle was along an encircling stone wall where you could see, smell, and breathe in the ocean. Up a few stairs you passed into the wedding Spiegeltent—a 1920s Dutch concept, only much bigger and the ultrachic circus-meets-cabaret. Yes, I have been to a party or two, but #joebine, as it became known on Instagram, was a trip to multiple fantastical kingdoms.
After luncheon at the stunning Circolo della Caccia, one of Rome’s oldest members’ clubs, it was on to the party. The bride wore her other Schiaparelli creation: beaded and ostrich-feathered and inspired by Cher’s legendary Bob Mackie look worn to the Met ball in 1974. “The ultimate party dress,” Sabine told me.
All spectacular—but even the night before, we had been taken on a wild trip, with a Liaisons Dangereuses costume party at Palazzo Taverna. The room’s gold stucco and elaborate tapestries were the perfect backdrop to powdered faces, enormous wigs, tight corsets, and exaggerated skirts. For my own costume, I had dived into my wardrobe and luckily found an old Meadham Kirchhoff corset and a puffy Simone Rocha skirt. I was quite proud of my Gothic-modern spin on the theme! Sabine was a vision in her custom pale-pink extravaganza, with extended hips, duchesse silk, and a beautiful corset covered in bows, lace, and bead trimmings. Oh, and her coiffure was so high, it made you wonder how many beehives were hiding underneath.
A touching moment came when the groom’s father, Mark Getty, gave his speech. Over and over again he emphasized his deep affection and love for Sabine. “We didn’t lose a son today; we won a daughter.” Indeed!
Below, the bride—my friend Sabine Ghanem—describes her wedding weekend.
The table setting at the Palazzo Taverna. The dinner didn’t require much production. The natural space already had that opulent and decadent feel wanted for the theme.
Photo: Lucy Tanner
The colours of the flowers matched the theme perfectly.
Photo: Lucy Tanner
Always the most elegant woman in the room, Lady Victoria Getty.
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This was bound to happen at some point during the night.
Photo: Lucy Tanner
Eugenie Niarchos and I in a playful and mischievous Liaisons Dangereuses mood. I had so much fun putting together my costume for Friday evening. It was comfortable, yet sexy.
Photo: Lucy Tanner
The ceremony booklets were designed by my mother-in-law, Domitilla. The design is based on the della Rovere Crest-her family crest.
Photo Lucy Tanner
The page boys and flower girls wore outfits designed by Joseph’s mother and made by Loretta Caponi, who still makes everything by hand in their shop in Florence.
Photo: Lucy Tanner
Maxim Crewe and Charlotte Dellal
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Bianca Brandolini d’Adda on the dance floor
Photo: Lucy Tanner
After-hours at the end of the night!
Photo: Lucy Tanner
Jacquetta Wheeler’s wedding was the most incredible day ever. And she was the most relaxed, laid back, not to mention extremely beautiful bride. Her and James made such a gorgeous and glamorous couple and the whole day was perfect. I’m not sure Ive enjoyed a wedding more. Everywhere I looked there was something breathtakingly lovely- It was such a treat to be part of. The divine Scarlet & Violet arranged the flowers and as I walked into the wedding breakfast I actually got a lump in my throat, it was just jaw-droppingly pretty. Oh and British Vogue published my photographs! What more could a girl ask for?!
Molly & Harry had the most charming English Seaside Wedding in Bantham, Cornwall, where they both spent their summer holidays and met one Summer’s day. Whilst they both now live in London, the couple decided to return to this idyllic place for their wedding this Summer.
The Wedding Design
The beautiful Seaside wedding was designed by the super talented Liv Newiss Creative who always creates the most stunning events. Her eye for the perfect detail is exceptional and everywhere you look something elegant and utterly romantic awaits you.
Liv chose the very brilliant Lucy Bowen Design to create really gorgeous, whimsical, wedding stationary, featuring a bucket & Spade, seashells, little boats, delphiniums and Holly Hocks… Oh and a bottle of Champagne, of course!
This charming theme ran through the whole wedding design: Hundreds of delphiniums created the most abundant flower arch, decorating the church. (Emma Hewlett Florist) Whilst all the place names were meticulously hand painted in gold, on mussel shells, for each guest by the very clever Sophia Vaughan at SV Calligraphy
The Wedding Reception
During the reception overlooking the Estuary where Molly & Harry first met, the Guests ate fresh Oysters from The Oyster Shack and sipped Champagne. A wondering Mariachi band sung brilliant songs and the guests sung and danced along with them…Such joy!
Later that night, after a superb meal created by talented Chef Simon Desmond, Molly and Harry took to the dance floor for their first dance. Their Guests cheered as glitter cannons were fired and the happy couple danced under dreamy fluttering glitter.
The Lights Inc are possibly one of the coolest wedding bands I have seen and they played the most brilliant set, whilst the Phenomenal front man Spencer Kennedy got the guests partying all night long.
What with incredible fireworks and a sparkler tunnel exit thrown in for good measure, this really was uch a wonderful, magical, fun filled wedding! So much luck and love to you Molly & Harry xx
Chris & Ellie’s Pretty English Country House Wedding was held at Orchardleigh House in Somerset on such a beautiful sunny Spring day. As I drove up the windy road of this stunning Country Estate, I kew this was going to be a good day!
It really did not disappoint, with so much prettiness happening everywhere I looked. The thing I remember most about the day was the beautiful golden light and the fun I had with Ellie & Chris. So much laughter all day long. It was such a beautiful, happy day. xxx
Chris & Ellie’s Pretty English Country House Wedding Photographs from Orchardleigh House in Somerset on such a beautiful sunny Spring day.
Karen & Nico chose to get married at the beautiful Kew Gardens in London, which has always been one of my favourite venues.
Karen looked so elegant in Jenny Packham, as she walked in to the ceremony. The Bride & Groom were so very happy and overjoyed when they saw each other, as she walked down the aisle.
They chose the most unique detailing for their wedding and the tables of the wedding breakfast were adorned with pineapples… They looked amazing and so original… And I was impressed to hear they had made the trip to Covent Garden Flower Market to buy the pineapples that week… Such a great idea and a little nod to their travels around more exotic climbs.
‘THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! The link to our photos is without a shadow of a doubt, the best email I have received, EVER!
You are incredible. You have caught so many of the little moments - both of Nico and I, and, just as importantly, of all our wonderful family and friends. I love every single picture. Thank you…I have had a little moment to sit and look through all of the photos by myself. I just wish Nico could be next to me right now to relive the day… Instead he is otherwise engaged, mid-race, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic! He will be so sad to miss this moment.
I love that they are so relaxed and there are so many of silly laughing and fun. I am very impressed you caught Nico smiling on so many occasions too - very unusual for a photo of him! I can’t wait to share these with my family tomorrow. For tonight, I’m going to relish the memories myself and think of NK bobbing along the Atlantic…. Bring on his arrival in St Lucia.
Thank you Lucy, Karen x’
Congratulations Karen & Nico, you are so very welcome…It was such a beautiful day xx
Amber & Alistair had the most beautiful, intimate London Wedding. They chose to get married at The Guard’s Chapel at Birdcage Walk in London, as it was a very special place for Amber’s family and her dear late father, Baronet Sir Nicholas Nuttal.
Amber wore the most elegant Amanda Wakeley dress, with her beautiful long hair down, in loose curls. They chose Rob Van Helden to do their flowers and he dressed the Chapel in gorgeous cream roses and eucalyptus and hundreds of candles.
After the most beautiful ceremony, the guests strolled through St James Park to the sound of the Queen’s Piper, as the sun went down…We were joined by Biggles, their brand new puppy Daschund, who trotted along with Amber & Alistair, enjoying the delights of St James’s Park as he went.
When the guest arrived at Inn The Park they were greeted with hot cups of Mulled wine and delicious sandwiches and cakes. All the children played and the grownups laughed and chatted and ate scones with strawberry jam and sipped champagne.
After the most heart warming speeches, they cut their wonderful Wedding cake, that cleverly combined both their family Crests. Then their guests merrily made their way back through the park. Before Amber left, she throw her bouquet, which was rather masterfully caught by her step daughter, the very beautiful Amelie, who was absolutely thrilled with her catch!
In true London Style, Amber & Alistair headed off into night in a Black London cab as their guests waved them farewell… Such a beautiful, happy & love filled day. Congratulations Amber & Alistair, a more life loving, joyous, and deeply in love couple, there never was…