Clare and Oz
As the clock struck midnight, and cheers of joy welcomed in 2018, Clare took a moment to herself to admire the beautiful panorama. The glamourous backdrop of Claridge’s London hotel showcased quicksand and pale pink roses spaced ornately around the room with candle light twinkling to cause your eye line to dance, and an array of smiling faces were spread across the guests at Clare and Oz’s beautiful wedding. Having just caught her breath from the phenomenal first dance wedding performance that the newlyweds had practiced and choreographed for a year, Clare looked lovingly at her prince charming, Oz. Earlier in the day, she had walked down the aisle towards her dream man, in a stunning La Sposa wedding gown, with a sweat-heart neckline and lace detail on the illusion neckline. The couple said their I do’s in Claridge’s wedding hall, with 26 of their nearest and dearest. Oz looked handsome in his morning suit from Hackett; his pale pink tweed tie and waistcoat perfectly complimented the nudes and pale pink and blue colour scheme of the stunning wedding day. The family celebrated in style, partying the night into the new year, laughter and tears of joy resonating throughout the exquisite wedding.
Oz had known 9 years earlier, when he first met Clare, she would be his blushing bride one day. After receiving a cheeky wink, Clare couldn’t resist a first date. Little did she know, a few more dates later, when Oz took her to Rhossili beach in the Gower, she would turn around and see her boyfriend down on one knee, having written ‘marry me?’ in the sand. Now, with 2 beautiful children, Oz and Clare can’t wait to continue their magical journey together.
How did you choose your suppliers?
Word of mouth, I did a lot of research into photographers that had won awards and delivered a style of photography that we wanted. Future brides must remember to ensure you and your photographer are singing from the same hymn sheet. It’s so important they know what you want and how you want it, so be honest. We chose McQueens as our florists as they were recommended by Claridge's. When we met, they were totally professional and in tune with what we wanted, so it was a perfect fit! Looking through bridal magazines to get ideas for my hair was really helpful, plus I had a fabulous hair dresser who interpreted the one I liked to fit my hair. Logistics also came into play when you live in Birmingham but get married in London.
What is the best piece of advice you could offer another bride?
Claridge’s was a venue that meant the world to both of us. It was a place we stayed at before we had children. I think if you can choose a venue that has meaning for you both it makes the day even more magical
If you could go back to the planning stage of your wedding, what would you do differently and why?
Just to keep reminding ourselves to take stock during the day as it goes so quickly and you want to remember every second
What are you most looking forward too about married life?
Spending time together and with our two children and planning our next holiday!