Nothing else says style & sophistication  quite the same as a city wedding.  But even with heaps of venues to chose from in London and other cities around the UK (and the world) it’s surprising that most of us tend to get married in more rural settings.  So today, we’re embracing our inner urbanite with a rich, refined and elegant shoot set in one of London’s most famous venues, The Swan at The Globe.  Mixing contemporary style with history, The Swan allows couples to create a warmth and intimacy not often achievable in glossy city venues.  Styled by luxury London wedding planner Laura from Holden Bespoke and photographed by Kate Nielen, with a team of city-based pro’s, this shoot is packed full of inspiration.  I love that they chose to represent a same-sex couple, playing on their masculinity with deep, rich colours, textures and styling with heaps of foliage and flowers to soften the whole look and add romance.

From Holden Bespoke

When the opportunity came up to shoot at such an iconic location as The Globe Theatre I was incredibly excited. Known of course in Shakespearean times for all male casts The Swan at The Globe provides the most poignant setting possible for our same sex wedding. As a venue with such an interesting history and incredible views across the Thames to St. Pauls and beyond I wanted to put together a beautifully elegant and refined shoot, influenced by the city. The inspiration for the styling came very much from the textures; leather invitations, unripened berries, velvet jackets and dark wood – bringing together an organic feel and creating the look of an elegant vineyard inspired wedding in central London.

The full height windows and the lightness of the space gives a romantic and ethereal feeling, despite being less traditional than a lot of London venues. The Balcony Room is a perfect intimate setting and I wanted to reflect this in a long, family style table. The delicate garland created by Blue Sky Flowers is punctuated with fluttering candlelight from elegant candelabra and pretty tea lights. Liz also created some beautiful arrangements resplendent in jewel tones and foliage.

Each place setting has a delicate, hand crafted wooden place card for each of the guests to find their seats. On each setting is mismatched china, given a more masculine feel by the pewter chargers which lend elegance to the table. The stationery elements by the incredibly talented Chiara at Lamplighter London Design Studio are chic and refined whilst offering decadent textures. The menu is hand lettered on leather, complimenting the envelopes and the wood elements.

The suiting and styling of our couple was designed to reflect their own personality and styles without matching perfectly. The jackets are both formal but the velvet material adds an exciting and unusual edge to their attire, something that Bespoke HQ really take pride in. Both grooms are stylish and elegant, adding their own touches to the outfit with accessories.

For sweets and dessert we wanted to offer something that tied in to the really tactile but masculine feel of the shoot and a marshmallow bar was the perfect compliment to the sleek and elegant cake. Cakes By Krishanthi created a beautiful three-tier creation displaying a beautiful Mr & Mr motif and reflecting the berries in the foliage and boutonnieres. The gourmet marshmallows from Cloud Nine Marshmallows combined delicious flavours and a light, delicate look to give the celebration a more relaxed feel for after dinner.

It was a really great team who came together to make all the beautiful details of the shoot work and it was such a pleasure to coordinate and style everything. We hope you enjoy the elegant simplicity of the shoot as much as we do!



After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.