Whispered Sonnet

I’m simply elated to feature today a wedding photographed by an artist I truly admire, Nirav Patel, who creates nothing short of visual poetry. Jay and Beverly’s special day in a quaint house in Hampstead has everything I look for in a wedding — beautiful, thoughtful, unpretentious, and filled with details made with love. It was truly a celebration of the love between two individuals. The genuine intimacy between the couple and their nearest and dearest can be felt through the photos, and the typical British weather only but added to the coziness. This is not your bouncing around, screaming at the top of my lungs kind of happiness, but rather a deep, solid, and quiet joyfulness that springs from within. I would suggest you grab a cup of hot tea and take some time to soak in all the photos.

From the bride:

“Jay and I had met in London in 2009, and had shared our first four years together in the city. It’s such a special place.

Our vision for our wedding was to keep it personal, simple, elegant, and detailed. Our wedding ceremony was held in an old house-cum-museum in Hampstead. The celebration was small and we had decided not to have a formal wedding party (our siblings and parents walked down the aisle before us), and our guests were a handful of our closest friends and family. My brother played his ukulele as we walked in, and my friend sang a beautiful rendition of ‘I Will’ (The Beatles). The vicar who officiated the ceremony had been a good friend to Jay for many years, and he really took the care and time to get to know us as a couple and what was important to us. – To have these amazing people there, from different parts of our lives, all together in one place, sharing food and memories and laughing together.. it’s a very surreal moment and such an indescribable experience. There was so much love and so much gratitude, you frequently have to stop and soak it all in properly, because the day passes so quickly and soon everyone is off on separate ways again.

After the wedding day, for those who could take the time off, we all hopped on trains and spent a week in the Cotswolds, living together in a 14th Century manor and converted barn. For things to do in the countryside, Jay chose clay shooting for one day, I chose foraging for another day, and we both loved the idea of cycling! On the down days, we played tennis, practiced yoga, or soaked in the hot tubs on the manor grounds… The whole experience was such a dream.

In terms of planning, because Jay and I had moved to Hong Kong in 2013, we did it remotely. All of the venues we chose, neither of us had actually been to ourselves prior to our wedding. We really lucked out! Each of the venues were perfect for their purposes, and they suited what we were looking for. Also, the event managers at each place were helpful, kind, and very straight forward, which we appreciated. Our day-of coordinator and our florist were also both tremendously helpful, they scoped out the venues and sent back some photos to us here in Hong Kong so we could get a better idea.”

Photographer: Nirav Patel / 2nd Photographer: Emilie White / Ceremony Venue: Burgh House & Hampstead Museum / Banquet Venue: The Orange / Bride’s Gown: Noel Chu Atelier / Groom’s Attire: Jantzen Tailor / Make Up Artist: Ana Ospina Ruiz / Hair Stylist: Joël Benjamin / Event Stylist, Calligraphy, Invitation & Stationary: Life at Studio B / Flowers & Décor: Jo Flowers / Ceremony Musicians: Jazz Centric / Favors: Cakes from Ottolenghi / Wedding Coordinator: Jessica Barrie of Diamond Rose Events

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