Keeping romance and history alive!

The sweeping staircase at St. Ermin's is the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs

With Valentine's Day fast approaching and the number 29 leaping into this month's calendar, it really is the month to talk weddings!

Since our re-opening last April (just in time for the Westminster wedding of the decade), we have been focussing on introducing St. Ermin's to potential wedding guests and have been delighted by the positive reaction of everyone we have shown round, many of whom, knew the property before the £30m refurbishment.

This investment has enabled St. Ermin's to be transformed into a unique central London wedding venue overflowing with history, opulence and romance. The original listed interiors, such as the Crystal Ballroom, originally designed by theatrical designer J P Briggs have been carefully restored and complimented by a modern new look by LA designer Dayna Lee. It certainly is an exciting mix of 'something old' 'something new' and the outcome; a collection of unique spaces with white rococo plasterwork, evocative curving balustrades and sensational chandeliers that all combine to keep romance and history alive.

With history and tradition in mind, it was interesting to discover a local marriage tradition upheld by the City of London Corporation. It dates back to 1882 and concerns a certain Pasquale Favale - an Italian living in London with his beloved wife Eliza Bryan. Pasquale was so in love that he decided to bequeath a sum of money to the City of London Corporation in order that a portion of the money could be given each year to "three poor, honest, young woman, natives of the City of London, aged 16 to 25 who had recently been or were about to be married". The sum is not massive, averaging approximately £100 per 'honest young woman', but in these austere economics times, every little helps!

So, with romance in the air (February 14th) and also being a leap year - come on girls, your chance to pop the question, there is no better time to discover that special venue in the very heart of London. For more information on how we could help with your big day preparations, please feel free to contact me, Gemma Wren on 0207 227 7773 and I would be delighted to discuss your requirements or arrange a show round.

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