Yanika & Luke’s Amazing Intimate London Wedding which included mountain biking, shenanigans in Regents Park and dinner at the  The Shard

I’m quite used to my couples booking relatively late (they’re usually a fun, spontaneous and a little disorganised bunch), but I think Yanika and Luke hold the new record! Congrats guys :) They reached out to me two weeks before their wedding. Their plans were for an intimate London adventure with their closest friends and family (15 total); many of whom had flown over from Malta (they’re Maltese). It was such a pleasure to be invited along to join in the adventure. I started the morning with Luke and the boys mountain biking (that was a first for me). The ceremony was at Ealing Town Hall, followed by some bubble fun in Regents Park and finally dinner up the Shard.  The whole day was filled with laughs, joy and emotion. Now over to Yanika and Luke for their thoughts on their wedding:

What was your favourite part of your intimate London wedding?

Our favourite part of the wedding was that we got to send very special moments with our friends and family over two weeks. The guys (all living in different countries – Dubai, Italy & Malta) got to be boys and spent the morning of the wedding together mountain biking whilst the ladies prepped for the ceremony. Just as we headed out for the ceremony we were blessed with thunderstorm and rain, it was very special for Yanika to walk down the aisle with her dad if she had a choice also with her Grandpa so instead she chose a cover version song of his all-time favourite artist Elvis. This was very emotional!

Throughout the week we organised a number of barbecues with friends and family, followed by a celebration with our friends in London at St Paul’s. Early next morning we headed off to Greece where we spent a week sailing along the spectacular North Ionian coastline.

What made you choose the Shard as your wedding venue?

We chose The Shard as our venue mainly due to the spectacular views of London from high above, tied with exceptional choice of food, which was a must for the foodies in the family.

What would your advice be to other couples planning an intimate London wedding?

Go with your guts avoid over planning, but make sure to include the photographer in the headcount when booking the number of cabs required!

bride crying and hugging groom at their intimate london wedding at Ealing town hall

What made you choose your details and styling for your intimate wedding?

Simplistic yet vibrant, ensured to include our favourite colours (white, blue, coral/orange)
Loved the selection of flowers (following the numerous emails to our amazing florist they did an amazing job)

We included photos on our dining table of experiences we had together over the years, as well as photos of family and friends who could not be with us for various reasons.

Did you have any entertainment at your wedding?

We got to spend time with our family prepping up, an intimate ceremony, walking at Regent’s Park followed by an exquisite dinner.

The next day we organised a cooking session where our family members got a chance to show off their culinary skills in making delicate Macaroons to complicated Marshmallows. Followed by an outstanding barbecued Wagyu Ribeye by our in-house chef – Luke.

Do you have any comments working with Matt Badenoch Photography?

Loved the way Matt captures the detailed emotions and moments most especially facial expressions

If you’re planning an intimate London wedding or any other kind of wedding celebration then I’d love to hear from you!