|The blushing bride: Lauren Murdoch-Smith.|
My dear friend, and Grazia’s Beauty Editor, Lauren Murdoch-Smith is one of the most naturally stylish and meticulous people I know, so I never doubted for one second that her wedding to long-term boyfriend Ben Carstairs would be anything but gorgeously romantic and amazingly considered but that’s exactly what it was.
From the incredible flowers adorning the entrance and pews of St. Michaels church, Buckinghamshire where the ceremony took place, to the live music, flowing champagne, delicious food, genius photobooth and gorgeous table decorations, bridey really had thought of everything! Ensuring a truly brilliant day was had by all.
But what about the dress? I hear you cry! Well firstly, Lauren looked out of this world, so, so, so, amazing, and radiant, and gorgeous! Her dress is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen...ever! I mean, the bride looked positively regal when she walked down the aisle, so graceful in Monique Lhuillier.
But as well as stunning, Lauren’s dress is a multi-tasker too... I was blown away by how it cleverly evolved throughout the course of the day: for the ceremony she also wore a divine, coordinting raised collared cape, then as we sat down to eat Lauren reappeared without it, showing off, fully, her dress' impeccable fit and beautiful detailing- I spotted the pretty pearl buttons at thirty paces (one of my favourite features). Then just when I thought Lauren’s dress couldn’t get any better she made her third entrance of the day, but this time it had been reduced to an above the knee, ultra modern number, freeing bridey to dance the night away...and we all did just that.
CONGRATULATIONS you gorgeous pair!
|A vision in lace: Lauren outside St. Michaels church after the ceremony, in her Monique Lhullier dress.|
|Zooming in: Lauren decorated the church entrance with a spectacular collection of beautiful flowers.|
|Lauren's lovely bridesmaid Jessica Hogan wearing a bespoke dress.|
|Just married: Mr. & Mrs. Carstairs! Ben wore a perfect navy bespoke suit from Saville Row with a Marwood tie.|
|Newlyweds: Charlie & Sophie Baillie/Ferguson Jones!|
|Us next please! Me with my boyfriend Gary Journeaux.|
|Lauren's magnificent dress, complete with lace cape.|
|The boys (from left): Groomie Ben, Gary and Charlie both in suits by The Kooples.|
|All in the details: my pretty name place and Dior goodie!!!|
AND US GUESTS WORE...
|Me wearing: a dress by Three Floor, Kipepeo filigree earring and Topshop sandals.|
|Make-up artist Rachel Singer-Clark wearing: pastel dress by Fendi, Rupert Sanderson sandals, chandelier earrings by |
Kenneth Jay Lane and Christian Louboutin clutch.
|Grazia's Beauty Director Liz Hambleton wearing: vintage dress, Topshop shawl, Zara jacket, handbag from H&M, |
turquoise jewellery by Michael Kors and Yves Saint Laurent and lace booties by Dior.
|Fellow Grazia Fashion Editor Sophie Ferguson Jones wearing: Whistles dress, earrings by Marni, H&M neon sandals,|
and Raoul clutch bag.
|Harpers Bazaar Bookings Editor Holly Martin wearing: dress by Zara, fascinator from John Lewis, shoes by Carvela|
and Cos clutch bag.
|Grazia's Strategic Director Fashion & Retail Becky Gee wearing: Raoul dress, Vanessa Bruno jacket, bag by Chanel,|
chandelier earrings, and Russell & Bromley sandals.
|Lauren and Ben dancing the night away.|