It’s been a little while since we last blogged, but as this week marks our first few few days back in the office after the Christmas break, it seemed appropriate to kick-off the year with a recap of our weddings and events in 2016.
It has always been our aim to limit the number of clients that we work with each year in order to create events which are delivered to an exceptionally high standard, working very closely with our clients to develop a strong relationship, truly understand their vision, and ultimately provide them with the wedding of their dreams – and 2016 was no different.
Our wedding season began in June when we took to central London for the wedding of Chantal and Paul. Their celebration was the epitome of a sophisticated city celebration with a ceremony at King’s College Chapel on The Strand and a reception at 116 Pall Mall, the Institute of Directors.
With over 250 guests in attendance, a lively west indian banquet and the challenge of navigating a Bride and Groom through central London on horse and carriage when there were road closures throughout central London, it was a fun and memorable occasion and Chantal and Paul were an absolute pleasure to work with.
Images // Julie Michaelsen
Following on from London, we then moved to the Midlands for Cate and Pete’s wonderfully British wedding in the Warwickshire countryside including a picture perfect pole tent marquee, rolling hills as far as the eye could see and a beautifully simple yet styled array of florals and decor.
Cate and Pete, like many of our couples, live and work in London and wanted to marry at Pete’s family home. We worked with them for six months to create the perfect wedding celebration and it was a real honour to play a pivotal role in their wedding plans.
Images // Samantha Jane
July saw us heading east to one of our favourite venues, Hengrave Hall, for Deana and Matt’s wedding day. Working with Deana and Matt was nothing but brilliant from our first meeting all the way through to saying goodbye after the celebrations were over. With a very clear and specific style, we worked alongside them to bring their vision for a botanical inspired wedding to life.
Many of the details throughout the day were handcrafted by themselves and their talented friends creating a really cohesive design aesthetic, and this wedding had the serious fun factor including topless DJs, dancing until dawn and of course, style and design which was very easy on the eye.
Images // James Rouse
We then made our way over to Hertfordshire to That Amazing Place for the wedding of Sam and Alex. This couple know a thing or two about modern design and this was very visible throughout their wedding with clean lines, a monochrome colour palette with pops of fuchsia pink, and lots of personal touches including the Groom’s love of classic cars represented in the table names.
Sam and Alex had a traditional church ceremony and then created a house party vibe back at That Amazing Place with great entertainment, heartfelt speeches, a cute pooch and one of the best photo booths we’ve ever experienced at an event.
Images // Simon Carr
Closer to home, September saw us in North London to help celebrate Caro and Rick’s wedding. Following their ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall, the couple and their guests headed to Islington for a dinner and reception at The Albion pub.
With the Groom hailing from Colombia, they opted to have a traditional Colombian band play throughout dinner and this really got the party started and ensured that guests remained on the dance floor well into the night. Caro and Rick’s wedding was fashionably relaxed and riotous fun from start to finish.
Images // Caro Hutchings
Our penultimate event of the year was a 30th birthday celebration at the Sky Bar at the Wembley Hilton. Whilst we do not actively promote our party services, it is an area of event planning that we love and are looking to expand so the opportunity to create a fun circus-themed event as a surprise for an unsuspecting client, really allowed us to get our creative juices flowing and demonstrate our expertise in this area.
With mime artists, jugglers, human canapé trays, magicians and a show-stopping balloon installation, the party was full of fun and thoughtful details. The epic cake from Anges de Sucre was a real show-stopper and guests are still talking about the fun that they had!
Images // Michael Newington Gray
And finally, we ended our season in October with the three day wedding celebration of Andrea and Lewis. As Americans living in London, the Bride and Groom wanted to create a really memorable experience for their guests and so they created an action-packed weekend of festivities starting with an informal rehearsal dinner in Oxford, followed the next day with a catholic ceremony at Merton College Chapel (where the Groom studied), a traditional afternoon tea at The Randolph Hotel and a ceilidh.
The following day, guests were transported back to London where they enjoyed a traditional Chinese wedding celebration at Drapers Hall in the City, incorporating the Stealing of the Bride, a Tea Ceremony and a 10 course wedding banquet. With guests coming from China, the US and destinations in between, it was a truly international contingent and whilst logistically complex, it was a real pleasure to be part of the wonderful celebrations.
Image // Pippa Mackenzie
So, that was 2016 in a nutshell and now we move our attention towards this year when we will be working with some more fantastic clients to create their own truly memorable wedding celebrations.
Thank you to all of our clients last year who entrusted us with their celebrations – it is always an honour to be part of such an important occasion and myself and my team take our roles very seriously and loved the opportunity to be involved.
Likewise, thank you to every supplier who formed part of our wider team on each and everyone of these events. Creating the magic comes down to every individual performing their role to the highest of standards and we were fortunate to have a solid team around us, up and down the country, who carried out their jobs with discretion, humour and flawless attention to detail.
And finally, a big shout out to the girls on my team last year – Emma, Rachel, Rachelle and Claudia – and Carmen and Carly for their cameo roles – I couldn’t have done it without you so thank you for your unfailing support, motivation, laughs and smiles through the triumphs and the tribulations!
Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead!
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