Helen and Chris celebrated their marriage in a landmark central London venue.

Helen Garthwaite, 36, married Christopher Hartley, 39, at The Guards' Chapel, followed by a reception at The Cavalry and Guards Club on 28th October, 2017.

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Chris booked the venue before he proposed! He'd reserved a few dates with them and 28th October was the soonest. We both adore London and love our life here together so a city wedding was always on the agenda.

 
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I had a blow dry the evening before at a salon in Mayfair and on the day, Clare Nicole did my hair and make-up.

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So many people told me I didn't have any time and had to pick a dress immediately. I visited three boutiques and loved the modern, clean lines of the Caroline Castigliano number I chose. I had my final fitting the day before the wedding.

 
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Chris and his groomsmen all wore their own morning suits.

 
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I didn't want to dictate my bridesmaids' outfits – we all agreed on long, I gave them a range of shades and a few styles as a starting point and they chose what suited them best.

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Our cake was four tiers, each a different flavour – we chose vanilla, chocolate and lemon, decorated with ivory icing and gold leaf.

 
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We chose a selection of different centrepieces, with candelabra encircled with flowers at different heights as well as a garland up the staircase and on the bannister. I chose blooms in blush, ivory and violet with a natural, rustic feel.

 
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I loved the ceremony – the importance of it all, the pomp, music and readings.

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We chose I've Had the Time of My Life for our first dance – only because my dad had suggested it in jest after watching a YouTube video. We'd had a hilarious conversation about it and it seemed like a fitting tribute to him.

 
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A band, the 29 Fingers, played at the evening reception until midnight.

 

Helen and Christopher's contact book


Bride's accessories
Liberty in Love
www.libertyinlove.co.uk

Bride's accessories
Dinny Hall
www.dinnyhall.com

Bride's accessories
Jimmy Choo
www.jimmychoo.com

Bride's dress
Caroline Castigliano
www.carolinecastigliano.com

Bride's hair and make-up
Claire Nicole
www.clairenicole.co.uk

Bride's hair and make-up
Hiro Miyoshi
www.hiromiyoshi.com

Cake
Simply Precious Cakes
www.simplypreciouscakes.co.uk

Ceremony venue
The Guards' Chapel
www.householddivision.org.uk

Cigars and hip flasks
David of London
www.davidoflondon.com

Entertainment
Photo Booths London
www.photoboothslondon.com

Flowers
Brompton Floral Designs
www.bromptonfloraldesigns.co.uk

Groom's suit
Dege and Skinner
www.dege-skinner.co.uk

Music
29 Fingers
www.29-fingers.co.uk

Photographer
Douglas Fry Wedding Photographer
www.douglasfry.com

Reception venue
The Cavalry and Guards Club
www.cavgdsclub.co.uk

Rings
Emma C Webb
www.emmacwebb.com

Rings
Grays Antiques
www.graysantiques.com

Wedding list
The Wedding Shop
www.weddingshop.com

Wedding night
The Stafford
www.thestaffordlondon.com