Maria and Dennis hosted a decadent afternoon tea at the Ritz to celebrate their special day
A self-confessed Anglophile, Swedish bride-to-be Maria knew a stylish London do was just what she wanted when she married sweetheart Dennis last spring. The capital city also held romantic memories for the pair as they met and fell in love there.
Photography by Sarah Gawler (sarahgawler.co.uk)
The couple looked at a number of different venues in London but The Ritz was always a number one in their hearts. "Dennis and I wanted a quintessentially English do so afternoon tea at The Ritz seemed perfect," says Maria.
"We didn't have a theme as such but we wanted the whole day to feel like you were in a favourite movie or the most fabulous dream," says Maria. So inspired by Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette, the Rococo period and Ladurée macaroons the couple came up with a pretty pastel colour palette to base their big day plans on.
Maria wore a frothy Vera Wang confection that her maid of honour flew back from New York for her. She teamed it with a pretty pink floral belt from Vera Wang's White Collection.
Maria had fun with her footwear and chose a pair of perspex-heeled shoes from Irregular Choice which also featured delicate purple blooms on the front.
Maria mixed peonies with sweet peas to give her bouquet a vintage feel. She also included Lily of the Valley which her mum had in her bouquet when she married her dad.
Dennis looked quite the English gent in a white slim-fit suit made by Adam Waite. He teamed it with a light pink shirt by Ted Baker and a floral tie from Dolce & Gabbana.
Maria's maids wore dresses which she bought online and were given corsages to wear instead of carrying bouquets. These were made from large peonies surrounded by smaller ranunculus and spray roses fixed to a beautiful silk ribbon.
Maria and Dennis opted for a civil ceremony, which they personalised with music and performances from friends.
After the ceremony, guests were treated to a sumptuous afternoon tea in the decadent Music Room. Tables were laid with cake stands laden with sweet bites and dainty vases holding pastel-hued blooms.
Delicious Ladurée macaroons made a temptingly edible table plan!
A rainbow mix of pale pink, zingy yellow and delicate lilac blooms gave the reception tables a soft splash of colour.
"To make our table stand out, our centre was a candelabra decorated with flowers," says Maria. "This later worked as the centrepiece of our cake table which was beautifully designed by our florist at By Appointment Only Design."
A traditional tiered cake wasn't for this couple. They went for small but perfectly formed individual cakes instead. "We hired cake stands to display mini cakes from Maki's Cakes and decorated it with single blooms placed in glass vases," says Maria.
In the evening Maria and Dennis hosted a masked ball evening reception at the Savile Club in Mayfair. When guests arrived they handed them Venetian masks to wear for an evening of dinner and dancing.