When planning for an outdoor ceremony, one can only wish for the sunniest day of the year and that is exactly what Kewei and Martin received.
The historic Tudor Courtyard at Fulham Palace is a beautiful setting for a wedding and this lucky couple got to enjoy it in all its glory for their special day. A team of talented suppliers worked together to produce this beautiful wedding and we’re so excited to share it with you below…
Notes from Fulham Palace
Martin & Kewei chose a humanist ceremony for their day, set under a stunning floral arch and the historic clock tower; they walked down the aisle hand-in-hand to be wed in front of their guests.
Kewei says “We were looking for a venue which had a traditional English country feel and outdoor space. We chose Fulham Palace without actually being there ourselves, but we trusted our planner Becky. I also sent my cousin Eri to have a look, who was impressed and came back with very positive feedback. Fulham Palace felt like a country residence within a thriving, bustling metropolis with its gorgeous walled garden and sense of being cut off from the throng.” Kewei continues “We particularly liked the country manor feel of the palace with its courtyard giving a kind of stable-like feel and the country aspect of the palace was something that we felt everyone was able to pick up on during the day itself.”
Kewei and Martin worked with Rebecca at Isobel Weddings to help plan and design their day, and with the help of Jay Archer’s floral artistry, the outcome was just beautiful. Floating roses in the fountain added a romantic touch. The day was full of personal touches, Martin’s best man Darren held the ceremony whilst one of Kewei’s cousins played our Steinway Grand piano during the ceremony, which had been moved outside for the occasion. Ceremony complete, it was time to celebrate, after the confetti throwing of course! The canapé and drinks reception took place outside in the glorious sunshine and as well as dipping their toes in the fountain, guests were also able to enjoy a selection of delicious bites including;
Crisp black pudding topped with poached quails egg and chive hollandaise
Ricotta cakes with slow roasted vine tomatoes and basil wafers
Brioche croutes topped with smoked salmon, horseradish cream and dill
The drinks reception was the perfect time for Kewei and Martin to explore the grounds with their photographer Stephanie Swann.
Surrounded by 13 acres of botanical gardens and rolling lawns, Fulham Palace provides ample backdrops for stunning photography. Kewei looked ethereal in her Anna Kara gown; “I loved the soft lace style and the minute I put the dress on I felt very comfortable. I decided to shorten the long sleeves to three quarter length as the wedding was in July.”
Whilst Kewei and Martin rejoined their guests for the wedding reception, Stephanie popped into the Chaplain’s Walled Garden Marquee to capture all the effort that had gone into the styling before it filled with guests.
Jay and her team built three beautiful flower chandeliers to hang in the centre of the room. The table centres were simple arrangements with a peach inspired colour palette and the vases were set on slices of tree trunk which created the perfect outside inside contrast. Kewei says “I chose the colour theme as blush, white and champagne, which I felt would create a light, happy and cheerful feeling in the venue. As we were going to have a Chinese wedding as well, which would be very red, I wanted to decorate this wedding in a simple, elegant and rustic English style.”
Guests were called through to the Marquee for the wedding breakfast and a delicious three course meal was served including a Crab Tian to start. The speeches soon followed with Martin impressing his guests as our team translated his speech from English into Mandarin which was brilliantly well received.
Shots of traditional Chinese Baijiu were served during speeches for toasts which certainly got the party started. Soon afterwards it was time to head back inside the Palace for cake cutting and cocktail hour – the perfect start to the evening party!
A quick change of outfit for Kewei and she was ready for the first dance. A short dress and trainers meant Kewei was more than happy to spend the night in the Great Hall on the dance floor in the presence of her family and friends.
It was such a joy to be a part of their day and we would like to thank Rebecca at Isobel Weddings for her great work alongside our team. We wish the happy couple all the very best for their future together and thank them for enabling us to share this with lots of other brides-to-be!
Venue Fulham Palace
Photography Stephanie Swann Photography
Planning Isobel Weddings
Flowers Jay Archer Floral Design
Bridal Designer Anna Kara
Bridal Boutique Les Trois Soeurs
Lighting Effect Event
Film Irene Piera
Cake Cake Maison
Hair & Makeup Mach Management