Now before you all mock me, I realise I am more than two years late to this party (I know, shameful!), but I stumbled across the pictures of Kate Moss’ wedding over the weekend and just had to write something about them. I’m not talking about the pictures we’ve all seen of her and her thirty-eight bridesmaids (slight exaggeration- it was actually a ‘modest’ sixteen), nor the one of her beautiful-but-is-it-see-through Galliano-designed dress (which gets referenced and compared to all the time in the boutique), nor the close-up of that stunning Juliet cap veil. No no, I’m talking about the pictures that a wedding planner gets excited about… the details.
And what details. I mean, come on, just look at that tent! Mrs Jamie Hince was never going to have her wedding reception in a bog-standard plastic marquee now, was she? Shall we take a moment to look closely at this particular ‘Edwardian dining pavilion’ as it was (rather pretentiously) referred to in the Vogue article? Let’s admire the mahogany-wood floor, the traditional poles cloaked in fabric, the opulent canvas-lined ceiling and the chiffon curtains that are blowing in the breeze of this open-sided beauty. I wonder what plan B was in case of torrential rain, eh??
But wait, there’s more. So much more! There are evocative Great Gatsby-esque palm trees, Victorian chandeliers, 1920’s silver ashtrays and beautiful bistro chairs. Bistro chairs! I was desperate for bistro chairs at my own boho-glam wedding reception, but could I find them for hire anywhere in the UK? No.
Of course, when you’re arguably the world’s most famous supermodel the world is your oyster when it comes to planning a wedding, and from what I can gather Ms Moss had quite the team around her. That tremendous cake (each of it’s layers a different flavour) was by Peggy Porschen, the flowers were by Scarlet & Violet (including the specially-installed pathway of delphiniums, daisies and stocks outside the church), and the entire bar team from The Ritz Paris were flown over to serve their signature Kate 76 cocktail (vodka, champagne, crushed ice and sugar- yum!).
But the supplier I was most interested in was of course the wedding planner. Who on earth was tasked with this mammoth operation and how did it feel to be asked?? Well, it turns out that Kate turned to friend and fashion show producer Sam Gainsbury to realise her vision of rock and roll meets 1920’s elegance, and I was pleased to read that even she was initially daunted by the scale of the project, going to her Mum for advice who told her to “treat it as if it was her own wedding”.
Edwardian marquees, teepees for the children, a Palm Court jazz band, antique wicker chairs, chesterfield sofas, candlelit votives hanging from the trees, a boudoir tent for guests to change in to their ‘evening attire’… this wedding was opulent, elegant, devastatingly romantic, a little extravagant, and totally and utterly stylish. You just have to open a copy of OK Magazine and read about the latest ‘celebrity wedding’ to see that money can’t buy style, but when you have both in abundance… well, you can create some serious magic.
I’m not a particular fan of Ms Moss, but the Vogue article is a fascinating read (if, like me, you missed it the first time around), and it’s a real privilege to get such a detailed glimpse (drunken dance floor shots and all) of such a highly-anticipated wedding.
Now if only I can find out where she got those blimmin’ bistro chairs from…
What do you reckon, readers? Super stylish or unnecessarily extravagant? Did you love that veil as much as me? Would you hire Nick Grimshaw to DJ at your wedding reception?!