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Claire & Derhan's Chic London Wedding

Posted on 09 Aug, 2016
Claire & Derhan's Chic London Wedding


We’ve got a lovely City Chic wedding to share with you, with a sequinned dress, Jimmy Choos and an excellent Plum suit – we want to see more Grooms sporting colourful suits in 2016, it’s a very good look!!! The venue, Devonshire Terrace is pretty fabulous too, gorgeous spaces with exposed brickwork, wooden floorboards and a spectacular glass covered balcony where Claire & Derhan held their ceremony, so you have all the gorgeous light of being outside, but are protected from the elements should the Great British weather do it’s worst.

This a proper family party wedding, with a whole heap of glamour thrown in, just brimming with smiles and laughter, photographs come from the lovely Frances Sales. Enjoy! 

The Ceremony

We had one reading, by my oldest friend, which called on our travel theme:

“People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.”
Hilary T. Smith

The vows we chose to relay the importance of what a marriage means, which is something often glazed over by civil ceremonies. Walking down the aisle, on the arm of my Dad, to my Grandma’s favourite tune (We’ll Gather Lilacs by Ivor Novello) was simply breathtaking, and I was so pleased to see friends in the back row to put my nerves at ease.

Del and I walked back up to a song we used as the backing track to our Inca Trail video, The World at Large by Modest Mouse. It has a great opening to start as off down the aisle too.

The Colour Scheme/Decor

Red was a natural choice for us (Del supports Liverpool, haha). As a loose theme we wanted to call on our love of travelling, so I made the table plan using a world map, and all out tables were named for places that have a special place in our hearts. We bought the table cay tray centrepieces from the grand bazaar in Istanbul while on holiday last year. Del is Turkish, hence this theme running throughout aspects of the wedding. The table flowers were from a local garden centre and the cay glasses with candles from our local Turkish shop.

The Dress

I never thought that I would end up with a meringue, but I also never thought I would end up with something so spectacularly glamorous. However, once I tried on the Karen Willis Holmes dress it was clear that there was no going back. The amazingly talented Jenny Beal altered the dress for me, and even created a cape from the cut offs. I’m now going to get her to repurpose the dress so I can wear it again and again

The Grooms Fashion

My husband wanted something different for his suit and after trawling both the internet, and Oxford Street, he found this burgundy suit. I encouraged him as I knew it would complement the bride and bridesmaid dresses perfectly! To this day he is still a little surprised that he got married in a suit that colour!

The Venue

After spending what felt like years, but was more like weeks, searching for a venue with a unique feel (that we could afford) we stumbled across Devonshire Terrace. Having the ceremony and drinks reception outside in the atrium was a winner. I have a weird love for the Gherkin, so seeing that through the glass roof was a bonus!

The Food

We had a cocktail reception with Porn Star Martinis and French 75s, as cocktail hour is probably my favourite time of day. For the food, it was important to cater to both English and Turkish tastes. Devonshire Terrace worked with us to create a mezze starter which was already on the table as guests sat down. For mains we had lamb with broad beans and triple cooked chips. Then there was a dessert table including lemon tart, brownies, baklava an all important cheese board.


We spent a lot of time on DIY aspects of the wedding – from the stationery design, to place names and the table plan. My mum even made signs for the event, and for my gorgeous flower girl who went down the aisle just ahead of me. I am pleased we did all of this to bring a personal feel to the wedding, but we were also lucky to have Easter weekend to prepare; it is so time consuming! Bringing personal touches like this made the wedding feel like ours.

The Images

I found Frances Sales on Rock My Wedding and just fell in love with her portfolio. I knew her style would suit our tastes perfectly, and I wasn’t wrong. She did the perfect job of capturing unique elements of our day, as well as the all important shots, while being discreet. She also very patient with us when we decided we wanted to get back to the reception! The icing on the cake for me, was opening the package she sent with the final photos. It was beautifully presented and the photos were organised in such a thoughtful way; they told the story of the day perfectly.

We had seen the Marryoke style wedding films and asked Cansen if he thought he could do something like that as part of our wedding film. He rose to the challenge and created something I know we’ll watch for years to come (as well as all the usual footage).

See Claire and Derhan's Marryoke style wedding file HERE.

View the original blog post at Rock My Wedding