“We chose the Sir Christopher Wren for our wedding venue as during our first few years together we would often spend our weekends going for walks, lunch or dinner in Windsor” said Vicky the bride from today’s featured couple. “We would walk over the Eton bridge and past the hotel to get there so this venue meant a lot to us.” We think the Sir Christopher Wren was a brilliant choice too!
I first met Vicky at a wedding fair – she had already got her thoughts together for her flowers and wedding decorations. The rose is Vicky’s favourite flower so it was an obvious and natural choice for her wedding bouquets and decorations. She pointed to a tall silver candelabra adorned with foliage and roses that I had on display, and said: “I would like that but with red roses.” And that was that!
Named after Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel is a 17th century romantic property which enjoys a picturesque setting next to the river Thames, under the ramparts of Windsor Castle.
From the red carpet up to the front door, to the friendly, exceptionally courteous staff and cosy fires, this place has all you could ask for. The staff are all about holding doors open for you and looking after you most graciously. whether you are a customer or not. The actual building has a touch of ancient grandeur coupled with all the modern facilities you could want including a spa.
I have personally sampled the spa and the lounges whilst enjoying an afternoon tea here, and would highly recommend for a chill-out, post shopping in Windsor. I am also very proud to be a recommended supplier for this venue.
But back to the flowers! With the red rose candelabra centrepieces already decided, Vicky wanted to expand her favourite flower into her bridal bouquet and combine red and white roses for her bridesmaid’s bouquets.
“I chose red roses because they are my favourite flower and our colour scheme also included the three colours from the British flag: red, white and blue. Our bridesmaids wore red, I wore white and Tom wore blue. The colour scheme fitted in nicely with the backdrop of Windsor castle.”
On the day of the wedding, The Garden Room team arrived at the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel to set up the wedding decorations and deliver the bouquets to Vicky and her bridesmaids who were getting ready there.
Whilst Vicky and Tom set off in a classic car by Charismatic Cars (a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III called “Charles”) to marry at The Guildhall, we were decorating the Princess Suite for the wedding breakfast
The dressed candelabra for the guest tables had to be put together on site as all seventy-two roses had to be kept fresh before they were wired and added along with the foliage. My lovely assistant, Gilly, and I got on with this task whilst the staff laid out the tables.
We dressed the Top table with red roses (of course) white hydrangea, some gypsophila, soft ruscus and ferns. We put this together with small storm vases and candles.
Vicky’s ivory wedding dress was from Bride to Be in Reading, from the Justin Alexanders Sincerity Bridal collection. It had a lace bodice and tulle over skirt with delicate lace applique to the front and on the flowing train. To complete – Vicky included a tiara and lace-edged veil.
The wedding cake was from Marks and Spencers – because, why not? Their cake looks gorgeous! To decorate, we added red roses which infused classically universal symbols of love – the perfect touch.
Talking of love, Vicki and Tom had their first dance to Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli’s “Perfect Symphony”. The words in this song are so apt; “When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful, I don’t deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight…”
Big thanks to Laura Thomson, Lauz Photography for some of the images used in this article
Vicki and Tom, thank you for inviting us to be part of your very special day and happy second anniversary this August, love from The Garden Room team x