Continuing with the ‘Ruby Lover’ theme, we turn our attentions to the reception itself.

For a truly inspiring ruby theme, flowers are the ultimate must. Our dear friend Rob Van Helden, whose floral design expertise have been recognised by royalty, pop stars, film stars and some of the biggest companies in the world today, is a genius at creating wedding flowers.

The rose, with it’s velvet like feel and symbolic attributes of love, is the ideal flower for the ruby reception. Rob has worked his magic more than once on designing unique floral decorations for wedding receptions, and the rose often plays a pivotal role.

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When it comes to his aesthetic approach, Rob tends to work with one specific type of flower, as he says “this is the way in which flowers tend to grow in the wild.” Whereas some florists create with a dizzying mixture of flowers, Rob likes to stick to the way nature intended, and then elaborate from that.

Of course the pièce de résistance of a ruby reception is the cake. Like the crown jewels it acts as the centrepiece and Elizabeth Solaru, of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium works certain artistry with cake design. Her raison d’être is creating visual splendour matched with exhilarating taste.

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Her designs have evoked tradition and modernity, as well as the more avant-garde.

The little touches of a wedding reception are of course what make it extra special. A beautifully designed ruby menu can bring a sense of playful delight to a table. Intricate Creations offer a range of bespoke laser-cut wedding stationary, creating age old elegance with up-to-the-minute technology.

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This wedding menu, from their Aphrodite collection, look as if it were inspired by dramatic Baroque architecture, yet with all this it feels incredibly contemporary.

All put together, these ruby themed designs create that scintillating atmosphere of love and desire simultaneously. Far from cutesy, they bring an undeniable sense of sophistication, offset by a great aesthetic quality.

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