The Gherkin wedding | Rachael and Charles

ST BARTHOLOMEW THE GREAT CEREMONY + THE GHERKIN WEDDING RECEPTION: Rachael and Charles recently married at St Bartholomew the Great at Smithfield, with a wedding reception at the Swiss Re building, known as The Gherkin. Rachael looked completely fabulous in pretty Louboutin heels and carefully sourced tiara, as well as a borrowed blue necklace. Their flower girls had distinctive patterned dresses from Little Eglantine (again, chosen by Rachael after much research) and as children arrived at the church, they were given personalised gift bags to keep them entertained throughout the service.Louboutin wedding shoes

After their service, where Reverend Dr Martin Dudley quoted from PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster in his address, Rachael, Charles and their guests went to 30 St Mary Axe, otherwise known as The Gherkin.  Rachael and Charles travelled in a silver Phantom and their guests in a red Routemaster London bus.

The Gherkin wedding reception

When Rachael and Charles arrived at The Gherkin, they rose the final part of their 44-storey journey to the top floor in a glass lift.
The Gherkin wedding photos
The afternoon was very sunny and hazy – a beautiful summer afternoon with amazing views over London, snazzy nibbles and refreshing drinks, topped off with a string quartet (fittingly including the theme for Jeeves & Wooster).
The Gherkin reception

Simply decorated tables let the views do the talking
The Gherkin wedding tables

The mezzanine floor’s central floral decoration.
The Gherkin wedding flowers

A children’s disco in the late afternoon was an opportunity for parents to dance with their children, who had been playing in the creche, before they left for the evening.
The Gherkin wedding dancing

Views over London and the wedding breakfast.
The Gherkin wedding view over London at night

Sunset silhouette
The Gherkin bride and groom portrait

Stairs and more stairs.
The Gherkin bride descending staircase
Bride and groom on The Gherkin stairs wedding reception

The Gherkin wedding | Rachel + Danny

Rachel and Danny’s Gherkin wedding started with guests waiting in the sunshine to go inside for security checks. They were piped into the building at the appropriate time to reflect Danny’s Scottish roots.  Guests went to the 34th floor, where they changed lifts for the 39th.  Danny and the ushers were waiting at the top for guests.

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Rachel, her mother and bridesmaids arrived on time in a black limousine.

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Have you ever seen anyone look this happy?

Happy brides waits for wedding ceremony

The quick upward rise of the lifts can make your ears pop.

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Rachel’s mother walked her down the aisle and lifted her veil.

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Danny’s usher Andy read A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton during the ceremony.

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We did a couple of group portraits after a champagne reception.

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For anyone who doesn’t like heights, you might want to look away for the next two photographs.

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I finished Rachel and Danny’s coverage at their meal, but couldn’t resist sneaking in a couple of extra portraits before I left.

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