When Elizabeth Vatterott and Charles Vivian were wed in a ceremony at Holy Trinity Sloane Square in London, it was the perfect marriage of two cultures. From the meeting of the American and British sides of the family, to the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception at the Victoria & Albert Museum, everything came together beautifully, the couple says. In fact, they say one of the most touching aspects of the wedding was how well the two families came together and supported them.
Though rehearsal dinners are not tradition in the U.K., the couple held theirs at The Cavalry and Guards Club. “It was a brilliant thing that we did, it went extremely well,” Charles says. “It was an opportunity for our families to get to know each other. It was a lovely touch.”
Elizabeth, a St. Louis native, now lives in Dallas, but she and Charles met through friends in New York. They were friends for some time before beginning to date and became engaged during a New Year’s holiday in Cuba. “It was over dinner and it was our last night on the island,” Charles says. “I had the ring with me for 10 days. I was pretty sure, but I didn’t want to ask at the beginning, just in case she said let’s think about it, or even no! That would have ruined the holiday!”
They chose Holy Trinity, where Charles was christened, in part because of the church’s strong relationship with the arts, the groom says, adding that they felt a connection to it since Elizabeth is a jewelry designer. “The service was formal but informal, it was a perfect balance,” Charles says. “Elizabeth looked stunning, just amazing.” The bride used her artistic sense in selecting a custom-designed dress, and wore an heirloom tiara that many members of Charles’ family had worn for their weddings. “The most amazing moment was walking down the aisle and I could see Charles at the end of it, with the light coming through this stained-glass window, and I just wanted to get to the end of the aisle and be next to him,” Elizabeth says. Elizabeth had two attendants, her daughter Chloe and her sister Annie Bailey; while Charles had two best men and 12 ushers, among them Prince Harry and Elizabeth’s daughter James. The music included a piece by Bach that was also played at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which the couple had attended, and the ceremony ended on a light note with a rendition of Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Charles planned a surprise honeymoon to Zanzibar and the island of Lamu, off the coast of Kenya, where the couple enjoyed relaxation on the beaches, as well as cultural and historic sights. They plan to split their time between Dallas and London.
The Date — September 17, 2011
The Bride — Mary Elizabeth Vatterott
The Groom — Lord Charles Vivian
The Bride’s Parents — Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Vatterott
The Groom’s Parents — Earl & Countess of Mexborough
The ceremony — Holy Trinity Sloane Square
The Reception — Victoria & Albert Museum
The Wedding Dress — Nardos Imam, Stanley Korshak, Dallas
The Rings — Vivian family heirloom
The Florist — Robbie Honey, London
The Cake — Fiona Lowes, Wales
The Band — DJ Steve, London
The Photographer — Joth Shakerley, London
The Tux — Traditional British morning suits
The Invitations — Crane
The Wedding Planner — Redburn Events