If there is a couple who has full rights to ‘live happily ever after’ it’s Jaclyn & Lee. The sweetest, most genuine couple you could ever hope to meet, a couple who totally deserve to be looked after by the Sun Gods and the Luck Gods not just on their wedding day but from this day forward because I don’t think you could find a more unassuming couple who were so thrilled by the littlest of things and were pinching themselves at how lucky they were. As part of your booking at The Mandarin Oriental, you get a suite included to get ready but you don’t often get the best suite in the hotel, better than Hugh Jackman's (who was allegedly staying upstairs in a lesser suite). But they were upgraded, hope you don’t mind? Probably because they are so darn nice! May I add that this suite was incredible; a 3-bed luxury apartment would probably describe things a little more accurately!
After a tour, I finally picked up my camera and started documenting the day. The girls were being made up in the dining room that over looked Hyde Park, I had free reign to photograph the preparations and the details all over the apartment before heading downstairs to see Lee and his best man in their (very small, very normal!) room. It was then time to head over to St Brides Church, Fleet Street. A beautiful church where Rector David, had come out of retirement to perform the ceremony so it was extra meaningful for the couple. The choir were incredible, the best I’ve ever heard in any ceremony, you could have listened to them all day.
Ceremony complete, confetti then followed before we all headed back to The Mandarin Oriental, the guests settled in with drinks and canapés and the couple and I headed to Hyde Park for the couple portraits, which looked glorious in the sunshine. We also managed some fun images on the swings, luckily the children were accommodating and we were allowed to borrow their swings for a few minutes. We re-joined the reception before it was time to sit for dinner and the speeches that followed.