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Gospel Singers Reenacted The Wedding Scene From Love Actually at This Ceremony in Hampshire

By Sara Dial | Photography by 

Kseniya Antonova

|Planning by 

Natalie Hewitt Weddings

Stylist Chloe Engelhardt and Daniel Engelhardt met on a crowded night at Soho House in West Hollywood. “Daniel and I hit it off immediately,” Chloe recalls. “I explained I was only in town for the week, and Daniel went into tour guide mode, giving me lots of restaurant and bar recommendations.”

The next day, Chloe asked Daniel to meet at a restaurant on Abbott Kinney in Venice, an area he mentioned the night before. The brunch turned into an afternoon of sightseeing. A few days after returning to London, Chloe received a bracelet in the mail that had caught her eye during her day with Daniel. A little something to remind you of our adventure in L.A.,” Daniel wrote on the attached postcard. One could say the former Lionsgate executive created a scene right off the silver screen. 

After spending just under a year together Daniel proposed at Kettner’s Townhouse in London with yet another charming postcard. This time it read, “Mrs. Engelhardt?” After Chloe said “Yes,” Daniel suggested they go for a drink at the Champagne bar downstairs. When the newly engaged couple entered the room, they were met with roaring cheers from a crowd of loved ones. 

On March 12, 2020, Daniel and Chloe married in an intimate courthouse ceremony in California. “It was so romantic, just us,” Chloe recalls. “We loved that wedding so much but also longed for the chance to celebrate with our friends and family. As I said in my vows to Daniel, I wouldn’t have felt satisfied if I didn’t have the chance to tell everyone what an incredible person he is.” 

The couple honored Chloe’s rich British heritage and chose the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire for their wedding celebration. “I wanted to find a venue that had a quaint, English garden to host our ceremony in but also a ballroom on property for a more glamorous black tie evening transition,” the bride explains. Natalie Hewitt Weddings and Rebecca Marsh began planning the event, as Crystal Ochoa Illustrations created a custom invitation suite. 

“Being a stylist, I was very concerned about portraying a certain look and style for the venue and my overall vision,” Chloe shares of her choice of wedding dress. “In the end, I decided I wanted drama and a unique but timeless dress I wouldn’t usually wear at an event. Monique Lhuillier’s Sofia gown was perfect, and I know I’ll look back on the photos in 20 years time and still love it.”

She accessorized the look with Aquazurra heels, a diamond tennis bracelet, and a pair of diamond earrings given to her by Daniel’s grandmother. Nicola Beddoes created Chloe’s natural bridal glam. 

Chloe and Daniel welcomed guests to England with drinks and canapés in the library of the Four Seasons. The following day, everyone boarded a bright red, double-decker bus and headed to a 16th-century pub in the countryside for a pint and some classic English fare. 

On September 25th, 2022, Daniel first saw Chloe when she walked down the aisle with her mom, as violin trio Nero Strings played Pachelbel’s “Canon.” Daniel’s dad, Philip, officiated the ceremony, and the bride and groom exchanged vows under a floral arch by All For Love London. “The ceremony was so incredibly emotional and overwhelming, tear-jerking, and exhilarating,” the bride shares. “I loved every minute of it!”

Afterward, as Chloe and Daniel walked back down the aisle, gospel singers disguised as guests leapt up and started singing “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles. Daniel had secretly arranged a flashmob to surprise Chloe with a reenactment of the wedding scene from the film Love Actually. Trumpets joined in as guests were led to a cocktail hour featuring signature drinks: Hugo Spritzes and Eastern Standards. 

Everyone gathered in the ballroom for a seated soirée featuring smoked salmon, crispy poached egg, truffle risotto, and center-cut Beef Wellington. Following dinner, the newlyweds shared their first dance to Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic.” Guests joined in under the disco ball as a local deejay, complemented by an exceptionally upbeat saxophonist, queued EDM tunes. “There was lots of dancing, and we did the hora to honor Daniel’s Jewish background which was so fun,” Chloe shares.  

The next morning, the newlyweds were whisked away to Heathrow in a vintage 1951 Bentley. They spent the following weeks on Lake Como at Villa D’Este, in the Tuscan countryside, and at Borgo Santandrea on the Amalfi Coast.