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Former Anglican Church Becomes First One-Stop Wedding Shop

London’s Wedding Galley has everything that brides need to plan a wedding under one roof

 

What better place for brides-to-be to find one-stop wedding planning than an old Anglican cathedral?

 

The Wedding Gallery at One Marylebone does just that, providing not just retail and services, but also an event location for a storybook wedding. And, it’s all perfectly lit so the gowns shine, the flowers look even fresher, and the brides marrying there look picture perfect.

 

Brides now can find everything, from fashion to inspiration to cakes, needed to plan the perfect wedding in a repurposed Anglican cathedral, formerly Holy Trinity Church, on Marylebone Road in central London. This innovative department store offers more than 200 luxury wedding brands and services under one roof just across the road from Regent’s Park in the heart of London.

 

The Wedding Gallery covers every tiny detail for a bride’s big day: hair, make-up, perfume, gowns, jewelry, suits, top hats and tails, jewelry, and even table decorations and a gift registry. Shoppers at the 20,000-square foot Wedding Gallery can book photographers, flowers and order wedding stationery without leaving the cathedral. The store also offers cakes and catering, with an on-site kitchen for taste tests. 

 

Even DJs and speechwriters are on hand, and there is a room called “the hub” where couples can put on headphones and watch wedding singers and bands on a big screen to book the musicians. Couples don’t have to venture outside of the store to get hitched. They can hold their wedding ceremony at the Wedding Gallery with its attached to a 400-capacity venue. And they even cover worst-case scenarios, offering an insurance package in case one partner has a last-minute change of heart.

 

To make sure no details are missed, wedding planners are available so brides-to-be can be provided with on the spot advice. However, couples planning their weddings cannot just walk into the Wedding Gallery. Visitors must make an appointment in advance for £50 and receive a comprehensive 75-minute tour of the store. 

 

The tour starts in an area dedicated to the latest wedding trends before entering the perfumery, followed by an area in which experts provide hair and make-up advice. Next on the tour are the wedding gifts, jewelry, gowns and suits sections. Brides-to-be can view dresses from brands such as Oscar de la Renta and Elie Saab, while tailoring comes from the likes of Gieves & Hawkes and Casely-Hayford. 

 

Outside Just as Impressive

Even more impressive than what is inside the Wedding Gallery is the building’s Neoclassical-inspired architecture. Built in 1828 to the design of Sir John Soane to celebrate the defeat of Napoleon, the building boasts a grand, Ionic portico and belfry tower. The Grade I-listed One Marylebone can be an imposing building, so the owners decided to use the facility’s architectures to create an inviting environment both inside and out, especially at night.

 

The Wedding Gallery wanted the building’s architectural lighting to creatively provide upmost emphasis on the surroundings, with the ability to control the various areas using a touch-screen controller to maximize the usability. They contacted ErosPhos Limited and EPS Lighting Ltd., both based in Essex County and have teams of designers and product development engineers. 

 

ErosPhos, a multidisciplinary architectural lighting design practice, also covers lighting control systems design and engineering to provide clients with complete lighting solutions. The company’s mission is to offer flexible and cost-effective lighting solutions. EPS specializes in determining and specifying appropriate LED lights and lighting controls based on three main criteria: performance, usability and effectiveness. Thus, EPS is a complete one-stop shop for design and supply of lighting.

 

“Lighting had to be efficient, cost-effective and easy to install,” said Russell Vanstone, technical director at ErosPhos. “EPS used the light fixtures’ photometry to create a rendering based on the product’s performance, not an artistic representation. This allowed us to correctly specify and present the solution to the client, ensuring the end result is as expected.”

 

Because the Wedding Gallery is used for events, EPS provided the ability to override the automatic controls. It also included a DMX input for a theatrical lighting desk, allowing event users to control façade lighting for different kinds of events. Based on these criteria, ErosPhos specified high-output, exterior-rated LED fixtures from Acclaim Lighting, Los Angeles. 

 

ErosPhos’ lighting specifications consisted of forward- and side-facing flood fixtures, inclusive of lighting on the roof. Those lights include a combination of flood and linear grazing. 

 

Dyna Accent LED flood fixtures are used to up-light the building’s entrance doors and pillars, while DynaFlood XT QW highlighted the trees in the garden area to create dramatic effects. Dyna Accent fixtures feature internal DMX and RDM drivers. Aria wireless is built into the unit, which also features a 100-277VAC auto switching power supply and a swappable spread lens system for precise control. 

 

Designed for dynamic illumination of facades, structures, landscapes, and monuments, Dyna Flood QW utilizes Acclaim’s quad color technology with your choice or RGBA or RGBW. The Dyna Flood also features an auto switching multi-voltage power supply and on-board touch sensitive menu. 

 

Acclaim’s DynaDrum SO QW bathes the cathedral’s front entrance and clock in light. The fixtures feature an adjustable yoke, on-board digital display, a 100-277VAC internal power supply, and an internal receiver for the Aria wireless DMX system. Meanwhile, Dyna Flood XT QW fixtures side wash the structure, using unique, quad-color LEDs, an adjustable head, integral DMX driver and power supply, and an on-board touch sensitive menu.

 

Lighting designers also specified linear outdoor LED DynaGraze AC DMX fixtures, which enabled them to create multiple configurations, including RGB, RGBW, and Dynamic White. DynaGraze has a multi-voltage switching power supply, and a glare shield for brilliant illumination.

 

The lighting project launched in September 2017 and wrapped up the following month – with spectacular results. 

 

 “The creativity of the design and use of colors has satisfied the client and the visitors of the event space,” Vanstone said. “The lighting versatility, the simplicity and the output of the system greatly justifies the investment. Now when visitors go the old church, their wedding journey starts with a beautiful experience through color that hopefully continues throughout their lives.” 

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Wedding Galley Lighting Team

Lighting designer, control design/programming, project management -- Tim Clark, Russell Vanstone and Jack Neill

Sales Director – Kevin Dispirito

Lighting Supplier – EPS Lighting Ltd.

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