The Mandarin Oriental, London
When Elena bought her wedding dress from Caroline Holmes (020 7823 7678, www.carolineholmes.com) she was so excited she wanted to wear it as soon as possible, so she asked wedding organiser Sonita Gale (020 7449 0390, www.time4you.co.uk) to plan her a wedding in just one month!
Photography: Douglas Fry (020 7935 8882, www.douglasfry.com)
The wedding was held at the Mandarin Oriental (020 7201 3773, www.mandarinoriental.com) in London. They chose the venue because of its great reputation and the address is one of the most prestigious in London, with wonderful views of the Household Cavalry as they proceed to Buckingham Palace. Also, the bride's parents both flew over from Russia for the wedding so they wanted to be somewhere central.
Sonita created a vintage theme using white feathers, diamanté, beads and pearls. Chairs for the ceremony were covered in cream satin and guests received a confetti cone filled with cream and gold rose petals on their seats. Tables were named after places the couple have both visited together in France and were decorated with silver candelabras and balls of antique beige, ivory and gold-sprayed roses. Shimmer dust was scattered on every table to give it a Christmassy feel.
The bridesmaids each held a beige sequined bag filled with a dome of open cream roses to complement the style and colour of Elena's dress, and were created by Jo at Passion (07976 150255).
The Wedding ceremony
Each chair in the ceremony room had an order of service placed on it. The order of service had written inside "Love can grow in all kinds of weather as long as it is planted in two hearts together" The Romantic 1977.
Elena's bridesmaids were her two best friends Jenny and Helen and they wore gold dresses by Caroline Holmes.