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Are You Royal Wedding Ready? Royal Brides throughout the years.

As regularly readers may know, we love to post guest blogs from our wonderful Interns here at Stylish Events, we are delighted to introduce you to our new Intern, Claudia.

Hi, my name is Claudia and I am lucky enough to be completing a six week internship with the lovely Dominique and Stylish Events team. The subject I have selected is something that has been in the spotlight for a few months now. THE ROYAL WEDDING!

Since November last year when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, the nation has been on a countdown and a craze about what the wedding will be like. Like Kate Middleton, Meghan has been given a “style influencer” status – the ‘Meghan’ effect has started – meaning it is inevitable that her look will be replicated by thousands of brides in the next couple of years. Their beautiful and inspiring ceremony is to take place on May 19th at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. As we wait just a little longer to see what Meghan’s dress will look like, I thought we could look back at some of the trends that other royal brides have set over the years.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrating their engagement in November. Credit: Alexi Lubomirski.

It was Queen Victoria who set the biggest wedding trend of wearing a white dress. In the 1800’s, it was tradition to wear a red wedding dress. However in 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, she decided to wear white to her wedding to symbolise purity and innocence. It is said that she wrote in her own journal that it was a ‘white satin dress’ with lace and jewels, including Albert’s sapphire broach. From this moment, this trend has revolutionised the wedding fashion industry and has now become the norm. Queen Victoria’s dress has also been compared to Katherine Middleton’s dress, in terms of the vintage style and lace.

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Queen Victoria’s wedding dress. Credit: radiotimes.com.

Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, married in 1947 and are still a strong presence together today. The Queen was just 13-years-old when she first met Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark and instantly fell in love. The two wrote one another letters and their relationship blossomed from there, later becoming secretly engaged in 1946, however it was not until Elizabeth turned 21 that the engagement became formal. Around the time of the wedding, after WWII, the Queen purchased material for her wedding dress by using coupons, as rationing was still around. The style of dress that the Queen wore was a fit and flare ivory silk dress, which was designed by Norman Hartnell. The dress was embroidered with 10,000 white pearls, as well as silver thread, crystals and tulle. Her satin shoes matched this and were created by Edward Rayne. The couple then shared their honeymoon at Prince Phillip’s Uncle’s home.

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Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Phillip celebrating their wedding day  in 1947. Credit: weddingandweddingflowers.co.uk.

Prince Charles’ first wedding to Lady Diana Spencer was an extremely iconic day for many Britons, in 1981. Their wedding was like a fairy tale at St Paul’s Cathedral, that was fit for a Princess. When the Queen Mother married King George VI in 1923, she had a simple wedding dress, designed by the court dressmaker Madame Handley Seymour, which fit the Coco Chanel era. When Diana and Charles got married 58 year after this, Diana had a very different dress, made by designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, which characterised 80s style with its big shoulder pads, frills and a 25-foot-long train, which made headlines. This was the start of the late Princess of Wales becoming a fashion icon, which is what people say today about the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle.

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Prince Charles’ first marriage to Princess Diana on their wedding day in 1981. Credit: Getty / David Levenson.

Prince Charles’ second wedding was to Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005. Camilla’s look was perfect for a mature bride, with a simple embroidered pale blue and gold coat over a matching chiffon gown, designed by Robinson Valentine, as well as golden feathers in her hair.

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Prince Charles’ second marriage to Camilla in 2005. Credit: Getty Images.

One of the biggest weddings of the century so far is the marriage of Prince William and Katherine Middleton, in 2011. Like Diana’s wedding gown, the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, has now become one of the most iconic royal wedding dressing in the world. She was given away by her father Michael Middleton, as is tradition. Her silk tulle skirt, 9 foot train and elegant long-sleeved lace dress with a satin bodice was a staple point in the wedding fashion industry and spurred many different designers to created ‘Kate inspired’ wedding dresses, which flew off the racks with brides soon after the wedding day itself. She also wore the Queen’s Cartier halo tiara and Robinson Pelham diamond earrings, giving a little sparkle which made her glow. Broadcasters reported that over 24 million viewers watched the TV coverage of the big day.

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Prince William and Katherine Middleton on their wedding day in 2011. Credit: AP Association Press.

From Queen Victoria to Kate Middleton, royal weddings have always been a cause for national celebration and the world-famous balcony appearance by the bride, groom and the family is now an expectation. Most of the time, when an immediate member of the British Royal Family gets married, we tend to look back at previous royal weddings and compare them, as well as try to make our predictions for the upcoming ceremony. It was Queen Victoria who began the fashion of marrying in a white dress, Princess Diana with the puffy sleeves, Kate with the lace dress and now it is almost time to see what trend Meghan Markle will be setting for the next year or so.

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Royal Brides throughout the years. Credit: britishyoungroyals.

Everything You Need to Know About Getting Married at a Royal Palace

With the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now just under a month away there’s been lots of news and articles about getting married at a Royal Palace.

I’ve been lucky enough to organise a number of weddings at Royal Palaces for my lovely clients. In fact my very first wedding, way back in 2002, was at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Yes, that is the very same place that next month’s Royal Wedding will be taking place.

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Hannah and Giles’ Wedding in September 2002 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Photographer –  Adrian Neal, The Studio Without Walls

So, I thought I would do a little blog about everything you need to know about getting married at a Royal Palace.

After choosing each other, choosing your wedding venue is the most important decision you will make regarding your wedding. It will influence every other decision you make and will take the largest part of your budget. So, it’s a decision you cannot take lightly and you must make before any other part of the planning process.

For many couples the ultimate dream wedding venue is a Royal Palace. Elegance, glamour, luxury and history all rolled up in one romantic location.

It’s not for the faint hearted or budget conscious couple though. So here are a few things you will need to know before deciding if a “Royal Wedding” is for you.

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Pauline and Luca’s Wedding at The Organgery at Kensington Palace. Florist Lavender Green. Photographer – Kate Nielen Photography

Location
You can find Royal Palaces throughout the UK and probably the best place start is to visit the Historical Royal Palaces website at http://www.hrp.org.uk/Hireavenue/weddings/. My favourites in London have to be The Orangery at Kensington Palace (which is where Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild chose for their wedding) and Banqueting House, located on Whitehall. I’ve been privileged enough to work with couples at both venues and they certainly were spectacular events.

Cost
As you would expect the hire fees for these venues are at the higher end of the market. You can expect to pay upwards of £16,000 plus VAT for the hire fee alone, exclusive of the catering, drinks, flowers, lighting and all the other wonderful things that will make your wedding truly special.

So what are the advantages to getting married at a Royal Palace?

Working with the best
You get to work with some of the best people and companies in the UK. Royal Palaces have what are often called “restricted lists”, which means only approved suppliers are allowed to work there. This takes a lot of the stress off you as you know these companies are experienced at that venue, have a proven track record and maintain the highest customer service. They wouldn’t be on the list if they weren’t amongst the best in the business.

The staff working for the palace are also hugely experienced on what works and what doesn’t at these special venues.

You’ll receive a list of around six suppliers for many of your wedding requirements, such as caterers, florist, entertainment and production. They are usually more flexible on photographers, videographers and wedding planners though, so you can bring in people you feel comfortable with for these roles.

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Catering from Rhubarb Food, one of the selected caterers at Kensington Palace. Photographer Kate Nielen.

Everything in one place
Many are licensed so you can have your ceremony and reception in one stunning location.

Stunning venue
The grounds and rooms are immaculate and so beautiful that you only need the simplest and most elegant of décor to enhance what is already there. This really is the art of less is more décor. So, classic décor often works best. You also won’t need to hide any strange carpets, walls or anything unsightly.

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Wedding Cake from the Little Venice Cake Company. Photographer – Kate Nielen

Being Unique
Many Royal Palaces only do 4 or 5 weddings a year, so you will probably be giving your family and friends a unique opportunity to attend a wedding at such a grand venue and will not suffer from statements like “oh, it’s that venue again”.

And the Disadvantages?

Cost
There are no deals to be done and very few special offers or apologies for charging high venue hire fees. These are “Royal” palaces and if you can’t afford the hire fees then please do not make them part of your venue hunting process. You really don’t want to fall in love with a venue you cannot afford!

I would estimate that to have everything you want at your wedding, you would need a budget of about £120,000 or more, so we are talking the high-end of the market.

The Restricted list
There are disadvantages to the approved only suppliers list. They are amongst the best and most often this will mean they are not the cheapest. They also know who they are competing against and will know what their competitors charge, so it is very hard to make deals or find a bargain.

Catering Facilities
Royal Palaces were not built with the wedding industry in mind, they were the homes of Kings and Queens, which means the kitchen facilities may not be suitable for mass catering. Often, catering tents will need to be hired, which will put extra pressure on your budget.

Timing for the day
Many Royal Palaces are open to the public and access on the day will not be until the public doors have been closed. Therefore your set up times can be very tight. For instance, you may not be allowed access until 3.00 pm, which means before that time there is not a table, a flower, a canapé or wedding favour allowed in the door – absolutely nothing! Everything has to be planned to perfection. If you are not the most organised of brides, then I would suggest you have a wedding planner to assist you in the planning process, which is never a bad thing!

Compromise
There will be compromises to be made and rules to be adhered to. Certain pieces of furniture will not be allowed to move, confetti may be banned, no carpet down the aisle, only faux candles, or perhaps red wine can only be consumed when at the dinner table and not when guests are standing. The rules are there to protect the historic palaces and there will be very little compromise. If you are a bride that likes everything her way, it may be a challenge for you. Always remember why you chose the venue in the first place, because of it’s historic significance and beauty, which has to be preserved for future generations.

All the disadvantages aside, if you really want the dream wedding and are lucky enough to have a very healthy wedding budget, I can highly recommend a Royal Palace venue. They are totally unique, utterly stunning and will give you a wedding day you and your guests will remember for the rest of your lives together.

I am so excited for the Royal Wedding. It is sure to be a spectacular occasion and I, like you, will be glued to the television and taking in all the atmosphere of this very special occasion.

All images in this blog are taken from Stylish Events weddings. We would like to thank our clients and the photographers for allowing us to use these images.

Real Wedding – Fran and Gary’s Spectacular “WOW” Wedding at Down Hall

I am so excited to share with you the wonderful wedding of Fran and Gary, who were married on a lovely spring day in May 2016 at the stunning Down Hall Country House Hotel.

From the very begining Fran and Gary knew they wanted a wedding full of fun, laughter, love, family and friends. They invited 120 guests to the ceremony and dinner and then another 100 guests joined them for the party in the evening.

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All photographs in this blog are courtesy of our wonderful photographer on the day Craig Mitchell Photography

Fran looked stunning in her Jenny Packham dress and Gary was very dapper in his suit by Christian English Bespoke.

The Bridal Party were Fran’s nieces and nephews: Maid of Honour – Hope; Bridesmaids – Grace, Francesca, Emily and Olivia; Ushers – James, Jack, Thomas, Joseph. Gary’s Best Man was his son, Ben.

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2017-04-26_0003When Fran and Dominique first met ten months before the wedding, her brief was always clear, she wanted a “WOW” wedding, so together they designed every detail of this amazing, bespoke, sparkly and utterly gorgeous wedding.

The Civil Ceremony took place under two birch trees that were ethically chopped down from Epping Forest and beautifully intertwined with roses to form a “tree-arch” by the wedding florist Ildiko and her wonderful team at Passion for Flowers.

F&G ceremonyFollowing the ceremony, guests enjoyed an elegant drinks reception in the gardens of Down Hall, whilst the 30 children attending the wedding were expertly looked after by the team from Safe and Sound Events Childcare. The guests loved all the garden games available and in particular it was wonderful to see children (young and old) playing on the giant Helter Skelter!

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Guests were then invited into the dining room for the wedding dinner and this is where Fran truly demonstrated her wonderful sense of style. Everything was handpicked and every detail thought about. We were so delighted to have been able to work with some of the best wedding suppliers in the industry. Down Hall looked spectacular and certainly sparkled. A full list of all the suppliers involved can be found at the end of this blog.

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Flowers by Passion for Flowers, Tablescape by Duchess & Butler and The Essex Occasions Company, Wedding Day Stationery by Intricate Creations, Wedding Favours by Delice, Dance Floor, Light Up Letters and Production by Mighty Fine Entertainment

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Entertainment on the day was provided by Jojo and her Five Piece Band, who sang Fran and Gary’s first dance “At Last” so beautifully, The Silk Street Quartet played at the drinks reception and the harpist for the ceremony was Felicity. After dinner the wonderful DJ Dennis took over the music and had everyone dancing until 1.00 am.

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As a surprise for Gary, Fran booked a wonderful vintage caravan photo booth by Caravan Photo Booth.

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Following the lovely speeches, Fran and Gary cut their amazing cake from Choccywoccydoodah and then guests enjoyed a fabulous dessert station by Goose & Berry, with cupcakes from Cupcakes by Gee.

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This was such a wonderful wedding and I hope you will agree, very much the “WOW” wedding that Fran had wanted. It’s always a joy for us to work with lovely couples and Fran and Gary and their families were a delight from start to finish.

Thank you for choosing us to be your wedding planners.

“Well, were do I start!. There are no words to convey mine and Gary’s thanks for the most superb job that you and your team did on creating our perfect day. It couldn’t have been more wonderful and we will cherish those precious memories of our day forever. 

From the very start my brief to you was that I wanted a WOW wedding. Well, I lost count on the amount of times I said “wow” on the day. There is no doubt in our minds that our dream wedding would not have happened without your meticulous planning, attention to detail, amazing organisation and your fabulous team who I know worked so hard in both the planning and the execution of the day. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom on our hearts.”
Fran and Gary, May 2016

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Real Destination Wedding – Alisha and Brian’s Cool Caribbean Wedding

This week we wish to celebrate the wonderful wedding of lovely Alisha and Brian at the Rose Hall Hilton Resort, in Montego Bay, Jamaica in July 2012.

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This is a wedding we will remember forever. A special couple is a very special place. We first met Alisha and Brian in 2011 when they asked us to help plan their wedding in London. Over the next few months, their plans changed and 18 months later we were in Jamaica together for a wonderful adventure.

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70 family and friends from the UK joined them for a week of celebrations at the Rose Hall Hilton Resort and they shared their emotional and heart-felt vows in a 7th Day Adventist Ceremony in the beautiful Garden Gazebo on the grounds.

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After the ceremony Alisha and Brian were driven via golf buggy to the Reception at the Private Club, where they were greeted with the traditional confetti shower.

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Alisha had a great sense of style and knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding day. So, together Alisha and Dominique designed every aspect of the wedding and just about every thing for the wedding (from the styling, table decor and printed materials) was bought in the UK and transported to Jamaica – in our suitcases!

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Dominique realises how was lucky she was to be asked by Alisha and Brian to travel to Jamaica to oversee the wedding and ensure that it was exactly how they wanted it to be. It was a great honour to be involved in this very special wedding in a magical place.

Here she is relaxing by the beach the day after the wedding 🙂

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Alisha and Brian have also remained close friends and it’s been lovely to see their family grow over the years. We loved this wedding and it has a special place in our heart and will be remembered with great joy and happiness.

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“We would like to thank Dominique and her team for organising such an amazing wedding in the Caribbean, we can’t praise you enough for all the work you have done. You are now a lifelong friend of both of us.”
Alisha and Brian

 

Real Wedding – A Stunning Wedding at Aynhoe Park

The next wedding I would like to share with you in our series celebrating 15 years in wedding planning, is the beautiful wedding of Clare and Patrick at the amazing Aynhoe Park, in 2013.

All the lovely images in the post are from Simon Carr Photography.

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Clare and Patrick wanted their wedding to be a little bit different, so they chose the quirky, eclectic and wonderful Anyhoe Park in Oxfordshire.

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When you arrive at a wedding and a polar bear greets you, a giraffe is floating from the ceiling and a crocodile is holding the Order of Service, you know you are in for a special day.

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The ceremony was held in the Orangery and the fabulous team from Pinstripes & Peonies made everything look magical, including the bespoke “tree-arch” that was inspired by the the laser cut invitations from Amoretti Wedding Invitations, who also created all the wedding stationery. 2017-03-08_0002

Clare and Patrick wanted their 65 guests to feel like they were attending an intimate, splendid dinner party, so with stunning floral designs from Pinstripes & Peonies; an opulent tablescape designed by our lovely Bride and Stylish Events; a five course dinner from the fabulous team at Absolute Taste and a substantial wine list selected by the bride and groom using our favourite Independent Vintner, Giles Smith Walker, they were certainly treated to a wonderful dinner in the Dining Room at Aynhoe.

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One of the biggest challenges our lovely couple set the Stylish Events team was to hand-make their table plan, based on a photo they had seen online. Now, I will say this involved chopping down a tree, sanding and painting the branches and creating every single piece by hand, which my amazing team put together on the day. We were so pleased that Clare and Patrick loved it.

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The gorgeous cake, that coordinated with the styling perfectly, was provided by Kelly from the Princess Patisserie.

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After dinner a 10 piece band, The White Keys played until midnight, followed by the DJ Stylish Entertainment until 2.00 am, with production, including amazing lighting, from Mission Events.

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We had a wonderful SE team on the day and huge thanks goes to Angelique, Becca, Priya, Sarah, Aruna and Julie for working so hard.

I loved everything about this wedding, from the venue, the styling, the fabulous suppliers involved and most of all one of the loveliest couples we’ve had the pleasure to work with, Clare and Patrick.

“Dominique and her team were truly outstanding. We are hectic city professionals and the level of organisation, commitment, understanding and knowledge from the team made our wedding not only possible but a wonderful success! Cannot praise them enough, not just our planners but now our lifelong friends!”

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Real Wedding – French and Italian Style Combine for this Elegant Wedding at a Royal Palace in London

To continue our series celebrating 15 years in Wedding Planning for Stylish Events, this week I would like to feature one of my favourite weddings of all time: Pauline and Luca at The Orangery at Kensington Palace in 2015.

Thank you to the fabulous Kate Nielen for providing these beautiful images of the day.

From the moment Pauline and Luca went to afternoon tea at The Orangery at Kensington Palace, Pauline knew it was where she wanted to have her wedding.

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Pauline and Luca’s Wedding at The Orangery at Kensington Palace

The Orangery was once the setting for Queen Anne’s sophisticated court entertainment and its soaring ceilings and classical 18th century architecture were a magnificent backdrop for this classic and elegant Summer wedding.

Pauline, who is French, and Luca, an Italian, have both lived in London for many years and they have a beautiful son together. They wanted to create a chic wedding, with many warm and intimate touches to ensure their 120 guests from around the world experienced a very special wedding day.

As two busy professionals, they also wanted to hire a wedding planner to assist them to create their wedding day. So, after booking the venue and the church, the next supplier they booked was Stylish Events.

With Pauline’s exquisite French style and Luca’s Italian sense of fun, the day was a quintessentially classic wedding, with thoughtful touches, at one of London’s most prestigious venues.

The night before the wedding the Bride stayed in the Royal Suite at The Goring Hotel, which is actually the same suite that Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge, spent the night before her marriage to William, the Duke of Cambridge.

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The Goring Hotel

Pauline looked stunning in her Sassi Holford dress with her hair styled by Severin of the Hepburn Collection and make up by Sarah Stacey.

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Pauline in her stunning Sassi Holford wedding dress

The Church of England ceremony took place at Christ Church in Chelsea, which was decorated with gorgeous flowers by Joan Holdsworth and her team.

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Luca, wearing his Stowers London suit, arrived with family and friends on a Red double-decker bus and Pauline arrived in a Black Bentley.

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After the ceremony, Pauline and Luca were chauffer driven to Kensington Palace in the Bentley, whist all the guest travelled on the double-decker buses.

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On arrival at The Orangery at Kensington Palace guests were greeted with champagne, canapes and an amazing anti-pasti bar (for an Italian touch), served by the fabulous team from Rhubarb. Music was provided by the Meridian String Quartet.

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Wonderful Catering by the fantastic team at Rhubarb

The Orangery was decorated in classic green and white, with stunning high and low flower arrangements by Sue and the team at Lavender Green and a tablescape designed by the Bride, Stylish Events and Rhubarb. The “chandelle” chairs by Great Hire completed the sophisticated look perfectly.

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Flowers by Lavender Green, Chairs from Great Hire

Without doubt the centrepiece of the room was the elegant “Faberge” cake created by Mich Turner of The Little Venice Cake Company, who was there on the day to ensure that everything was perfect.

 

Pauline and Luca wanted to make their special day just as special for their son and the many children of their family and friends. So, the children had their own fun and entertainment, expertly looked after by JoJo Entertainment.

Following a splendid five course meal by Rhubarb, Pauline and Luca cut their gorgeous cake and took to the round dance floor for their first dance, with production by Fisher and music by DJ Rich T. The guests were wonderfully entertained by the French magician, Etienne Pradier .

As darkness started to fall on a lovely Summer’s evening, guests were invited on to the terrace for a lavish dessert station by Rhubarb and the children chilled in their own room being read bedtime stories or watching films.

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At the end of the evening Pauline and Luca were whisked away to spend their first evening together as a married couple at The Goring Hotel.

Of course a high-end wedding of this size needs a wonderful team of suppliers and you can see everyone involved below. It also needs a great team from Stylish Events, we actually had 12 people on our team that day and I am so grateful to everyone for working so hard – huge thank you to:

Pauline T, Diane, Anna, Alex, Rebecca, Tracey, Steven P, Ellie, Marina, Robert and Kate

And finally, I wish to say an enormous thank you to Pauline and Luca for selecting me as their wedding planner. They were so delightful to work with from start to finish and it was an absolute honour to be part of their very special wedding.

“Dominique really tried to make sure that every single aspect of our wedding was going to be as smooth as possible for us so that we could enjoy our big day.  Not only did everything go perfectly and on the day we had nothing to think about apart from living the event, but Dominique and her team managed to turn all the preparation work in a series of meetings which became very enjoyable and special moments in the run up to our wedding.

We were very sad to see the last meeting gone. What is the “difficult” part of getting married, the organisation, it became something to enjoy, to look forward to and so for us the “big day” was the wedding together with a long period of special moments in the run up to it which we will never forget.

Dominique for us will not only be linked to quality, but also to the magic to be able to make every necessary thing to be done around the event, something to enjoy and look forward to.

She was our angel for this special moment in our lives.”
Pauline and Luca, 2015

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List of Wedding Suppliers:

Venue:  The Orangery at Kensington Palace (www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/hire-a-venue/weddings/)
Church: Christ Church
Wedding Planners: Dominique and the team at Stylish Events (www.stylishevents.com)
Photographer: Kate Nielen (www.katenielen.com) assisted by Cristina Rossi
Videographer: Jonathan and Monica from Portobello Films (www.portobellofilms.co.uk)
Bridal Accommodation: The Goring Hotel (www.thegoring.com)
Guest Accommodation: San Domenico House (www.sandomenicohouse.com)
Catering: Georgina and the team from Rhubarb (www.rhubarb.co.uk)
Flowers at the Christ Church: Joan Holdsworth, Parish Florist
Flowers at The Orangery: Sue and the team from Lavender Green (www.lavendergreen.co.uk)
Production, Outdoor Furniture, Lighting & Dance Floor: Grace at Fisher Productions (www.fisherproductions.co.uk)
Cake: Mich Turner MBE at The Little Venice Cake Company (http://www.lvcc.co.uk)
Chandelle Chairs: Greathire Ltd (www.greathire.co.uk)
Marquees: Berry Marquees (www.berrymarquees.com)
Musical Entertainment: Sternberg Clarke (www.sternbergclarke.co.uk), DJ – Richard Toynton, String Quartet – Meridian String Quartet
Magician: Etienne Pradier (www.frenchmagician.co.uk)
Children’s Entertainment: The JoJo Entertainment Co Ltd (www.jojofun.co.uk)
Hair: Severin at The Hepburn Collection (www.hepburncollection.com)
Make Up: Sarah Stacey (http://www.beautyintheart.co.uk)
Bride’s Dress : Sassi Holford (www.sassiholford.com)
Groom’s outfit : Stowers London (www.stowers.london)
Bentley: Panache Chauffeurs (www.panache-chauffeur.com)
Red London Buses: A Class Corporate Travel (www.aclasscoachhire.co.uk)

 

Stylish Events Celebrates 15 Years in Wedding Planning

I am so excited to let you know that February 2017 marks 15 years in wedding planning for Stylish Events.

We launched Stylish Events at the National Wedding Show in February 2002. My goodness how the wedding planning world has changed over the years.

Wedding Planning was still very new to the UK and there were very few wedding planners. There was also no social media in those days!

To celebrate our 15th Anniversary, each week we will be featuring one wedding or event we have organised, as a thank you to lovely couples and clients we have had the privilege to help over the years.

I won’t be doing it in chronological order, but I have to start with the very first – lovely Hannah and Giles in September 2002.

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Over 200 guests were invited to the ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on a beautiful September day. After the ceremony the Bride and Groom travelled by horse and cart to the reception at Lilliebrook Manor. Guests first enjoyed canapés and a barn dance in the 18th Century barn, followed by a grand dinner of pig roast and fine wine in an opulent marquee. After dinner they were entertained by an Abba tribute band and a 10 minute firework display.

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Since the wedding Hannah and Giles have become close friends and we see each other regularly. They are very special clients, as they were the first to trust us with their precious day.

“It was the best day of our lives. Thank you so much for everything Dominique.”
Hannah and Giles

The photographer was Adrian Neal,  from The Studio Without Walls. In fact, Adrian and I have worked together on many weddings over the years and he will be with me on a large 2-Day Indian wedding this August. Working with great suppliers is hugely important in this business and we love working with Adrian.

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I will never forget this wedding. It has a very special place in my heart.

Love, Dominique

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I know.. it’s been a long time since our last post.

We are sorry for our absence however it’s for a good reason. We are having an incredible year of learning, working and meeting some great people. Now it’s time to reorganise all our socials, get back to blogging and sharing all of our outstanding experiences with you.

The first highlight of this year I would like to share is definitely my internship with Dominique Douglas at Stylish Events.

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Wedding Flower Trends in the USA for 2016

The USA is arguably  “the land of the wedding planner” and I often say to my students and interns, “in the US couples get in engaged and the first thing they book is their wedding planner, however, in the UK, when couples get in engaged the first thing the bride does is buy her dress! :))”. For this reason, wedding planners often look to the USA for wedding inspiration. We were delighted to be contacted by Heather Floral, based in New York City, to write an article on our blog on what’s hot in wedding flowers in the US.

So, what are the latest wedding flowers trends in the USA for 2016? Over to the team at Heather Floral…

Although plenty of people believe that true style is timeless, that doesn’t excuse wedding flowers from the endless rise and fall of trends. Certain choices become overwhelmingly popular in their time and these shifts in demand can alter prices and availability dramatically. Whether you want to follow the crowd or stand apart from it, here is a look at some of the biggest news in wedding flowers for 2016.

The Surge in Local Flowers
So far, all the evidence is pointing towards 2016 being a great year for tradition when it comes to wedding flowers. Planners and florists are getting a lot of requests for flowers that are locally-sourced and fresh-cut or at least look like they are. Seasonal blooms are in in a big way this year with the choice of date playing a larger role than ever before in floral selections.

Seasonal Flowers

Seasonal wedding flowers all taken from Stylish Events weddings: Clockwise from L: Summer from Lavender Green; Autumn from Pinstripes and Peonies; Winter from Joan Holdsworth; Spring from Chantal Flores; Images courtesy of photographers (Kate Nielen, Adrian Neal, Ann Kathrin Koch

Some flowers that have long been relegated to the realm of hopeless cliche, such as chrysanthemums and carnations are being welcomed back into weddings thanks to the proliferation of heirloom varieties that combine traditional forms with exotic shapes and colours. In terms of colour selections, the latest craze is for subtle variations on a theme with different breeds and sizes being pulled together to create a rich, textured colour profile.

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Chrysanthemums and Carnations are making a comeback – images found on Pinterest

Naturalistic Arrangements
Besides concentrating on regional and seasonal flowers, wedding selections are also trending towards a more rustic style when it comes to arrangements. Greenery is gaining stature when compared to blossoms and “messy” arrangements that present a wild look are growing extremely popular. Foliage is winning all around, with non-flowering plants like vines, trees, and shrubs becoming especially popular for room decorations.

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Image courtesy of Heather Floral

Of course, the spontaneous look that brides are craving this year is actually the product of careful planning and considerable experience. The sheer variety of species required to realize some of these more ambitious “wild” designs means that the wedding florist’s job has grown far more complex. Good florists stay on top of their selections, ensuring that even the most diverse choices are assembled into a harmonious whole.

Edibles
One trend from 2015 that is still going strong this year is the continued interest in melding edible plants with decorative ones when it comes to floral selections. This practice is developing some real variety as it matures with planners picking up on cues from many different sources when they are selecting edibles. Some are chosen strictly for their visual appeal, like the berries that are appearing in more and more centerpieces. Others are added to give arrangements more intriguing odors, like vanilla and coffee beans. In many cases, edible selections even make direct reference to the veggies on the menu; at some food-oriented weddings, it gets difficult to tell the difference between the centerpieces and the side dishes.

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Watermelon and fruit carving, image courtesy of Heather Floral

Colour and Palette Trends
The colour experts at Pantone took a bold step by naming two separate colours as 2016’s “colour of the year”- rose quartz and serenity.  These interesting choices definitely play well together and though they are a trifle rich to be seen as true pastels, they are helping to prolong the popularity of the delicate pastel-themed palette in many US weddings. They also work very well with the above-mentioned trend towards wilder floral choices that are heavy on greenery. This is particularly attractive with serenity blue.

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Image courtesy of Heather Floral

Metallic palettes and highlights are also proving to have real staying power. Metallic tones like copper and gold work well with rose quartz and savvy florists are pairing this mixture up with the brightest, most eye-catching blooms to give their selections some real focus. Flowers with more intense but still complementary colours, such as deep reds and bright yellows, work well with these palette choices.

F&G Table Scape - Stylish Events

Stylish Events wedding May 2016. Flowers from Passion for Flowers; Chargers, glasses and gold cutlery from Duchess & Butler; Tablecloths and napkins from Essex Occasions; Stationery from Intricate Creations; Venue Down Hall; Images courtesy of Craig Mitchell

In contrast to some years gone by, 2016 offers brides and planners a wide-open field when it comes to picking out trendy flowers. The overall tastes of the year favour diversity and eclecticism, and that means you can easily incorporate your own favourites into a beautiful and highly stylish decorative ensemble.

Written by D. More, a successful businessman who helps to operate the website, Heather Floral, who are committed to providing only the freshest and finest flowers. To see their one-of-a-kind arrangements which use some of the most exotic flowers available, visit today.