Famous London hotspots have provided a glamorous backdrop for actress, presenter and publisher Sheena and her businessman husband Ajay’s romance. After locking eyes at The Charlotte Street Hotel, they started dating and after several happy years got married in style at the historic Kensington Palace State Apartments.
“Heritage was a theme during our entire wedding,” notes Sheena. “The building and rooms are spectacular and it allowed us and our guests an unforgettable experience. The entire journey through the palace was a story in itself, from the gardens to the entrance, the stunning staircase, the grandeur of each room and into the King’s Gallery – my favourite room – which makes for the most incredible and unforgettable setting for a banquet. I also took part in an RSC production of Queen Anne at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, so the history intertwined with the venue was meaningful to me.”
The bride and groom’s outfits were classic and elegant, “I wore a Berta Privée dress with earrings and a necklace borrowed from my mother,” Sheena told us. “And Ajay wore a bespoke suit with a blue borrowed Hermés tie.”
Despite the theatrical setting, the wedding was a relatively intimate affair, with 80 guests in attendance. “We wanted a personal feel,” says Sheena. “With stories to touch each and every guest. We had only 80 people and no bridesmaids or groomsmen (compared to the following Indian wedding weekend with over 500 guests), so it was an incredibly special occasion with family from around the world.”
Sheena carried a bouquet filled with smaller textured flowers including white spray roses, sweet peas and jasmine trails.
Dinner was then served in The King’s Gallery, with food by Blue Strawberry. Everything in the decor was chosen to enhance the room’s existing grandeur and the rich red of the walls, all showcased with uplighters. There were also gold and clear glass-footed rose bowls, overflowing with flowers and foliage, with over 120 gold lights along the table. The cellist continued playing from the ceremony throughout dinner. “We were also treated to a surprise speech from one of our guests, Barry Gardiner MP,” Sheena adds.
Obviously such an iconic venue made for priceless photo opportunities. “Our photographer was Muse Motion Pictures, and we had photos taken in the beautiful Cradle Walk surrounding the Sunken Garden, the Queen’s Gallery, the Cupola Room and the King’s Grand Staircase,” Sheena told us.
Another stylish couple are Alice and Rob – who had the most devastatingly beautiful floral display at their wedding – read all about it here.