Society wedding held in leafy Hampstead and the 5-star splendour of a Central London hotel – Watch the Trailer HERE!
Victoria and Mert chose the tranquil setting of Holly Lane in Hampstead for their marriage at St Mary’s Catholic Church. (Incidentally Gerry, the videographer, was bestman at his own brother’s wedding there in 1970). Mert and his groomsmen welcomed family and friends who took their seats accompanied by soothing music provided by the harpist and organist. Arriving in a white Rolls Royce, fashionably, but only slightly late, were Victoria and her justifiably proud father Malcolm.
Father Gerald, an old friend of Mert’s family, conducted the service with great dignity and wit. A touching moment came when the harpist, at Vic’s special request, played “Moon River” during the signing of the register, raising smiles and nods of acknowledgement from Vic’s grandparents to whom it was dedicated, and considerable eye-dabbing amongst the bridesmaids! After an hour of hymns and blessings the newlyweds and guests spilled out into the afternoon sunshine, showering the couple with confetti before heading into central London.
The Landmark Hotel, with its late 19th Century elegance, is the perfect setting to mark such an important and happy occasion. Its elegant reception rooms, marble staircase and magnificent grand ballroom provided unlimited settings for the cameras.
In a speech that surpasses any we’ve filmed by a groom, for its poignancy and wit, humility and gratitude, Mert thanked his late mother for all the sacrifices she had made for his education and upbringing. Thanking his father, Faruk Zabci, an eminent war correspondent for the Turkish press, Mert recalled when he had travelled to Iraq during the war with his father on what must have been the ultimate work placement assignment, where they had to dodge snipers and bandits and survived - “Life is always interesting around you, Dad”. To his new in-laws, Fiona and Malcolm, Mert expressed his admiration for them both, to Fiona’s organisational skills and Malcolms unfailing advice in any situation. Finally, waving aside his reputation as an international rugby player, at the risk of revealing his more tender side, Mert praised Vic for her caring nature - “what fascinates me about you is that you genuinely don’t know how amazing you are. I’m not half the person you are and think I’m pretty awesome, so that’s saying a lot”.
After more entertaining speeches from Malcolm and the bestmen one wondered how it would be possible to follow that. But a further surprise (especially for the cameramen) was in store in the form of the first dance. The floor was cleared and the couple gave us a choreographed spectacle set to Mumford & Sons song “I Will Wait” - Mert’s rugby training coming in usefully to lift and spin Vic over his head on several occasions, to the delight of guests, culminating with a barn dance routine performed by the bridesmaids, groomsmen and couple.
The first dance set the scene for the rest of the evening’s entertainment as the live band struck up and played on into the night.
We wish Vic and Mert a very happy honeymoon!
Gerry and Rob
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Cinematography by Gerry Lewis Productions
Photography by Stephen Swaine
Venue - Landmark Hotel