A Jollie Wedding – John and Ellie

A clear blue sky, a brand new marquee and a gorgeous couple. The marriage of Ellie and John on Saturday 1st March has created a wonderful wedding buzz amongst the team for the rest of the year’s weddings. It was of course an exciting day for all involved as we saw our brand new semi-permanent marquee in use for the first wedding of the year.

It is possible to say that Ellie and John filled the Palace with warmth from the moment they chose to be wed here, their wonderfully relaxed attitude had an influence on the whole day, from buying their own flowers from the market and creating beautiful flower arrangements with Ellie’s mum to the complete and utter care that went into making sure each and every one of their guests were adorned with a gift before leaving and saying their final cheerful goodbyes!

Ellie and John chose a to have a civil ceremony in the Great Hall followed by a Wedding breakfast in the Chaplain’s Garden Marquee, the Palace was decorated with lovely personal touches from the moment the Guests walked in. Photos courtesy of Graham Joy Photography.

Ellie arrived in a traditional London cab which drew into the Tudor Courtyard where she was met by her bridesmaids in the glorious sunshine. It really had been the nicest day of the year so far and the sun couldn’t have arrived at a better time for the couple! Ellie’s dress glistened in the courtyard before she entered the Palace to be wed in the Great Hall where John was eagerly awaiting her arrival.

Married…  now time to celebrate! Below are the happy couple full of joy after exchanging vows and rings – this has to be one of our favourite shots! It’s possible Graham captured the spirit of the day in a split second here with Ellie punching the air with her bouquet created by her Mum – a special moment enjoyed by all.

After their ceremony Ellie and John were greeted by a shower of Lavender in the Tudor Courtyard where Guests mingled in the crisp air warmed by the sunshine.

Following the initial jeers and celebrations guests were guided through to the Bishop Terrick’s rooms, perfect for drinks receptions in those chillier months. Ellie and John had personalised the rooms by pegging family photos in the windows and shelves. They also added daffodils in vintage bottles to give it a rustic touch.

The vibrant yellow colours were complimented by the natural light streaming through the windows, it created a lovely Spring atmosphere.

The drinks reception is the perfect time for the couple to sneak away and appreciate time to have intimate photographs around the Palace’s wonderful gardens. The scenery is a rare find in the heart of London and it really does look like Ellie and John could have been in a countryside venue. A hidden gem.

Canapés and the soft sound of a jazz quartet were enjoyed by all. Ellie and John chose to conduct their speeches in the Terrick’s rooms getting the traditional parts out of the way, the couple were able to relax for the rest of the evening and enjoy the party to come!

Guests were invited through to the newly constructed Chaplain’s Garden Marquee by the Best Man which had been decorated with bunting and vintage crockery by the couple. The desert table looked fabulous and added a splash of colour to the fresh lining, vintage sweets and tasty treats.

As the night became darker, the paper lanterns which lined the path flickered gently and added a romantic touch with the fairy lights in the trees.

Shortly after the wedding breakfast the couple and Guests were led back inside the Palace to spend the rest of the evening dancing the night away. The photo booth provided by Say Fromage was definitely a popular area for the whole duration of the night, Guests enjoyed taking hundreds of snaps with the variety of props and it was great to see everyone feeling so entertained.

Evening food was passed amongst guests and there were a lot of happy faces on the dance floor when the hot dogs and fish and chip cones arrived in sight!

The Terrick’s rooms were transformed into a bar area and a mini games room for the children and those adult big kids, even Ellie and John had time to escape for a game or two. The spaces are wonderfully flexible for the evening party and can often provide a quieter area for guests who just want to chat and mingle. The open ceiling between the Great Hall and corridors means the music travels throughout the Palace providing an atmosphere throughout.

As dusk set in, the courtyard really did look spectacular in the dim light.

All in all a wonderful day and evening, a big thanks to Ellie and John and their wonderful guests for creating such a great atmosphere to be a part of!

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