Real brides

Personal touches at Claridge's


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In the Spring of 2018 Superga Marketing Manager SaraJane wed her long-time friend and true love, the handsome Mr Reynolds in an intimate church wedding followed by a reception in London’s most iconic, and oh-so-dreamy hotel Claridge’s. The bride matched her Vera Wang to Manolos, and the groom his velvet Hugo Boss tuxedo to a starry-night Paul Smith bow tie; unique pairings that only a couple of real class and sass could dream up.

This London bride sat down with us to talk all things wedding, from the meaningful choice of flowers, the church and the sentimental value behind her ‘something borrowed’ ring.

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TDT: Let’s start at the beginning! How and when did you get engaged?

SJ: We got engaged in Iceland, January 2017, it was a surprise trip for my 30th birthday, he did it back in our hotel, after we’d been to the blue lagoon, I’d just gotten out of the shower, wet hair, no make up, it was perfect, I’d have hated a public proposal! 

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TDT: How did you decide on the theme/ colour scheme of your wedding?

SJ: it ended up being black and white with gold – only really decided when we were forced into making decisions. We kept it simple with a few flowers with so so many candles.

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TDT: You got married in the beautiful church of St John the Baptist, Little Missenden and had the reception in Claridge’s. Why did you pick these venues?

SJ: The church is beautiful and my husband’s father’s grave is there, it was important to have him close by, plus I always wanted to be married there, even when I was a little girl.

I have LOVED Claridge's forever, it’s understated glamour and just our favourite place in London.

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TDT: Onto THE dress. Tell us about it.

SJ: The dress was Vera Wang from the SS18 collection. It was a matt silk, one sleeve, fitted with a split in the front and a high neck very ‘fashion’.

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TDT: Where did you find the beauty?

SJ: Vera Wang in London, which then moved to Browns.

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TDT: What other accessories did you wear and did they have any significance?

SJ: Malono Blahnik ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ shoes – I’ve wanted a pair forever and my wedding seemed like the perfect excuse, I had a veil, it actually made me feel like a bride and I wish I’d left it on longer, I also wore my mother in law’s engagement ring as my ‘something borrowed’, which was especially significant as my husband’s father, who gave her the ring, passed away.

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TDT: Which flowers did you choose for the bouquet?

SJ: Roses, my mum is called Rose, Orchids, my favourite flower, and cuttings from a tree we had planted in memory of my brother, who sadly passed away.  

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TDT: What were your husband’s thoughts when he first saw you in the dress?

SJ: Glad it wasn’t massive! 

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TDT: What did the bridesmaids wear?

SJ: Black dresses from ASOS – I wanted my bridesmaids to be comfortable, I asked them if they had any stipulations, and they just wanted to be able to wear a bra! I didn’t want them to be wearing something that made them feel stupid, in a horrible colour that they would never wear again. Plus ASOS had dresses that had the same sort of split that mine did. 

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TDT: What song did you choose for your first dance?

SJ: Can’t stop falling in love with you – Elvis

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TDT: Wedding cake?

SJ: Didn’t have one – and no one noticed!

One thing we know we will be taking away from this wedding and this couple, is the beauty of creating a day based and surrounded by all things close to one’s heart, mind and spirit. And in the midst of it all have fun and be true to your personal style and xx. 

Wedding dress: Vera Wang

Grooms attire:

Engagement ring and wedding bands: bespoke from a Hatton Garden jeweller


Ceremony location:

Reception venue:

Catering: Three course vegan menu by Claridge’s



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