Thanks to some new twist, Lucy Delacherois Day and Matt Elek’s winter wedding went from a party for 200 to an intimate ceremony attended by just 40 of their closest friends and family. But despite the last-minute stress (the couple made the difficult decision to cut things down three days before the December 16 wedding), the bride remembers feeling “extremely serene” that day.
“As Omicron cases started to rise and rise, we felt that in order to protect everyone’s families and Christmases we needed to drastically downsize,” says Lucy, a former member of the British Vogue team still working in magazine publishing. âIt was overwhelming at first, but I feel like it was the right decision. We had a beautiful, intimate wedding with 40 people. The ceremony took place at St Mary’s in Islington, filled with flowers and all by candlelight. It was very moving and romantic.
Something in Lucy’s wedding plans that hasn’t changed? The dress. “It was the first and only dress I tried on,” says the bride, who landed on Alexander McQueen at one of his quarterly Girls’ Dinners with friends Bella Musgrave, Violet Vestey, Nura Mosley and Serena Hood (âWe were all OG Voguettes at some point in our livesâ). âSerena said I had to go McQueen, and the next day I had lunch in town and dropped by the store on the way home. found the dress in the back of the store closet, and the minute I tried it on, I knew.
Lucy’s lace midi dress was âeverything a dress should be,â she says. âIt’s this combination of delicacy with a touch of sensualityâ¦ the dream! It has the most beautiful lace details ever and a corset to complete the look – the classic McQueen. To ward off the cold of December, Lucy added a white Chanel bomber jacket with ‘so extra and so fabulous’ feather sleeves. And as a final touch, âsparkling Choos, which I never fail and complete the whole outfitâ.
His âsomething borrowedâ was also very special. âI wore diamond earrings that belonged to my grandmother and then my mother,â says Lucy, who fell in love with Matt, now executive director of creative industries group The Vinyl Factory, when they met in the course of their work. As for her bridal makeup, she sums it up as ânatural meets Disneyâ. âBambi was my beauty icon! “
After the ceremony at St Mary’s, the newlyweds and their guests drove en masse to Bellanger, one of Lucy and Matt’s ‘favorite places on earth’. “They fed our kids more steak and fries than anyone!” she said of the restaurant, which was decorated like a Christmas wonderland for the occasion. âWe took over the whole place and had dinner on a goat cheese quiche, steak fries and a tarte tatin.â
Lucy chose not to hire a wedding planner and said the planning process – aside from the changed restrictions – was “pretty cold, actually.” âI had a pretty good idea of ââwhat I wanted,â she says. âWe eat in Bellanger every Sunday and know the team there very well, so we were very confident that we were in good hands. We have four children between us and we really wanted to marry them and our extended family. No bridezilla atmosphere! “
The results, she says now, were nothing short of “magic.” “I feel madly in love and incredibly happy to be married to Matt.”