Now as a blogger I love my job, but not only do I blog about everything bridal and luxury, I am also a professional wedding stylist. Due to my experienced background in weddings and events I have recently been hired by Altitude London to expand and develop their weddings and private events alongside a team of other professional planners. Altitude London are now re-branding their Private Events department and wanted to put on something beautiful to show off what they are capable of. So I took the opportunity to bring together a variety of suppliers to create something spectacular.
Tuesday last week Think Shaadi attended my beautifully bridal showcase Allure Altitude. It was an event that was to launch the venue out to the masses and show people that we are here and we can help create your dream wedding.
I knew I needed to execute something extremely special for the wedding planners, bloggers and magazines that attended. Having been in the industry for a while, I knew that events like this happen on a regular basis and people receive invites to almost everything, it had to be an event that was interactive and beautifully sophisticated. I opted for a refined High Tea that included cocktails, sandwiches, and treats.
The colour and style inspiration came from the venue itself; when I stood on Altitude 360 (29th Floor), all I kept seeing was a sea of sequined pinks and blushes and grand floral displays; as it is the current bridal colour trend I decided that I would take this fad and twist it to my own style. Rather than having the same continuous colours and flowers on the tables I decided to have the colours flow throughout the tables to make more of a wave effect.
With sequin linens from The Sweet Hostess, I started with a natural Peach tone which grew darker into more of a Rose Gold, through to a deep baby pink, then onto champagne, which turned to a glorious rich gold and ended with shimmering Silver. The colours of the linens moulded so beautifully and each table was decorated with matching styled Chandelle chairs from Great Hire.
To keep in line with the concept I brought on Amie Bone Flowers to develop something stunning to make each table personal and give the tables their own personality! Amie did not disappoint, her team brought an array of showcase centrepieces that boasted a display of colours which kept in tune with my colour scheme. Amie had the idea of making the tables fluctuate in height so that it creates a wave rather than being too static at one height and it worked incredibly well.
For me, attention to detail is everything, so in order to set off the final mood on the tables I brought in Intricate Creations to develop table names that were named after iconic buildings in London that you can spot from Altitudes skyline view. Intricate Creations used both laser cut paper and etched Perspex to show off their diverse collection of stationary. To match the table name cards they also created an incredible supplier board that had each of suppliers names etched into it who were involved on the day!
As we went for a sophisticated High Tea, it of course had to include pretty sweets and treats. Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium provided both delicious biscuits and cupcakes that scattered the tables as well as hidden in the goodie bags for our guests to take home with them. Not only did Elizabeth tease our audience with her cupcakes but put on a display of her unbelievable Marie Antoinette cakes which stood proudly on a mirrored consol table reflecting their beauty and breath taking sugar detailing.
We started off the day on the terrace, on the ground floor of Millbank Centre where I introduced ourselves in our hidden gem of a personal cinema. We then whisked our guests up to Skyloft (28th floor) for a brilliant cocktail session with Ali our very attractive barman who spoke about the history of cocktails as well as providing shots of the specially made cocktails for all to taste. Then finally up to Altitude 360 where guests enjoyed high tea with cakes and sandwiches surrounded by glorious bridal gowns from Emma Hunt London and Cinderella slippers from Freya Rose; while looking over the city of London from the 29th Floor.
To really set the mood as people entered, we had a divine harpist playing in the background. This angel of music was provided to us by Prelude Entertainment who recommended the harp for an event such as this, as they believed it would bring together the ambiance of the room. And they were right! I must admit, the harp is one of my favorite instruments as they can play such modern music with an angelic sound.
Of course High Tea is traditional to have beautifully light sandwiches and sophisticated sweets to tease the taste buds. Altitude London provided our guests with the most glorious and delectable platters filled with chocolate covered strawberries, miniature raspberry tarts and sandwiches filled with English Ham and mustard, smoked salmon and cream cheese and many more, it was truly an exquisite experience.
To make sure that every part of the day was captured flawlessly John Nassari provided his incredible photography. Both he and his photography partner captured everything in such a luxurious nature as he would any wedding day.
I want to thank everyone who collaborated:
Venue & Food: Altitude London
Photography: John Nassari
Cakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium
Flowers: Amie Bone Flowers
Stationary: Intricate Creations
Furniture: Great Hire
Shoes: Freya Rose
Bridal dresses: Emma Hunt London
Harpist: Prelude Entertainment
Sequin Linens: The Sweet Hostess
Aisle Runner: Confetti