Lauren Burvill, 31, married George Gabriel, 32, at Old Marylebone Town Hall on 30th August, followed by a reception at Home House on 1st September, both in London, this year. She says:
I never really wanted to have a big wedding. In fact, I'd never even imagined myself getting married until George proposed to me. But when he did, I immediately decided I'd like something intimate. Old Marylebone Town Hall was perfect for this. It's a stunning building, opened in 1920, but has recently undergone a 4-year refurbishment, so it feels really grand and polished. Plus, we married in the same room as Paul and Linda McCartney, which was really special.
One of the main reasons I wanted something small is because so many of my loved ones would be coming from my home country, Australia. I wanted a wedding where I'd be able to spend quality time with all of them. However, George wanted a bigger party with more guests. So, we compromised! Inviting just 21 of our closest friends and family to the civil ceremony gave me the time I wanted with them, while the bigger event the following evening offered us the opportunity to host a proper reception with speeches, dinner and dancing. It was an ideal balance.
We only looked at a couple of venues for the party before booking Home House. I had been before with a friend, who's a member, and, funnily enough, had thought 'wow, this would be a fantastic place to host a wedding' when we walked in. Not that I ever thought that it would be mine! It helped that I wanted our Australian guests to experience something they couldn't back home: the antique, historic glamour of a London institution – built in 1777.
The Esprit dress I wore to the registry was a rogue discovery online. After months of searching for something not-too-casual or revealing, but still worthy of the occasion (this included a major day of shopping in New York), I came across this little number on Zalando. I was sold.
My Maria Lucia Hohan gown was a dream come true. I'd seen it on Instagram before and my heart had melted. I'm a drag queen at heart, so naturally I love gold lamé. Though the colour of this design, called 'Quicksilver', is actually more nuanced. This means it shines silver under white light, then gold under yellow light. When George proposed, I knew it was my chance to treat myself to this magnificent designer dress. I guess it's quite alternative for a bride!
Photographs by Lucy Noble