London, Just Like In The Movies...
Have you ever watched a movie and fallen in love with where it took place? I remember the first time I saw Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and deciding for sure that I was going to live in London one day, right there in Notting Hill and hopefully, meet my shaggy-haired Brit in a bookstore. If London is where you want to get hitched, be sure to check out these movies to get you and your love some ideas for your nuptials. You can always tour the city and make your own memories at some of the set locations.
This rom-com packs a powerful cast. Set during the Christmas season, the movie deals with nine intricately intertwined love stories.
Only In London: The wedding scene is filmed in Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, Mayfair, one of the most romantic neighbourhoods in the city. The majestic fountain court and skating rink of Somerset House was used in several establishing shots for the movie.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Floppy-haired Charles (Hugh Grant) is looking for The One in Richard Curtis’s sweet, soppy movie. The capital provides a picture-perfect backdrop as Grant and his band of twenty-something aristo Londoners date, flirt and consider settling for sub-standard partners in an effort to get down the aisle. Proof that spending every sunny Saturday at a friend’s wedding is not a modern affliction.
Only In London: Charles lives (and has that romantic, rainy reunion) on Highbury Terrace in Highbury Fields, the lucky sod. He also wanders along the South Bank and has a matrimonial meltdown at Smithfield’s St Bartholomew the Great.
It’s from the same makers as out Love Actually, but Notting Hill is a funny, light-hearted fantasy romance that has its tongue pressed enough into its cheek just about enough.
Only In London: Notting Hill is one of London’s most multicultural hot spots. The area looks the best it ever has – though Portobello Road is where you’ll find Grant’s bookshop.
Bridget Jones Diary
Renée Zellweger stars as the perpetually-single Bridget in this canny update of Pride & Prejudice. Although her wedding takes place in the last of the trilogy series, Bridget Jones’s Baby, it’s impossible not to get swept up in the romantic and messy journey that is Bridget Jones.
Only In London: Visit Borough Market and you’ll easily spot Bridget’s little flat near the pub, not to mention the restaurant that's the setting for Firth and Grant's hilarious dust-up.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham..
This Bollywood box office follows the life of Rahul, a son, whose family forbids him from marrying his true love, Anjali, a lower class girl. Rahul marries Anjali, despite his father’s wishes, and takes off to London to start his new life. Years later Rohan, Rahul’s brother, goes on a quest to find his brother and reunite the family.
Only In London: This heart-warming story features scenes from Wales Millennium Centre, Bluewater in Kent, Blenheim Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and the banks of River Thames.
A 1998 British-American romantic drama film written and directed by Peter Howitt and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah, while also featuring John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Virginia McKenna. The film alternates between two parallel universes, based on the two paths the central character's life could take depending on whether she catches a train, and causing different outcomes in her life.
Only In London: The bridge featured is the Albert Bridge between Battersea and Chelsea. The late-night scene when Paltrow and Hannah walk down the street was filmed in Primrose Gardens (formerly Stanley Gardens) in Belsize Park.
Movies have such a powerful effect on our imagination and no doubt they have influenced many weddings. Why wouldn't they? Everyone wants happy ending and a picture perfect romance. Ready to do it big in London? Contact me today so we can start planning your happy ending.