Tag: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

ALLURE ALTITUDE

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

Think Shaadi Showcase: The Jewel of Mayfair

On the 27th February, in the luxurious surroundings of the world renowned Mayfair Hotel, a group of artisans, invited by Think Shaadi came together, and created something truly unique, an event that melded the aesthetics of East and West, in a feast of fine craftsmanship, executed with angelic precision.

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Stylish designs comprising of wedding gowns, cakes, floral displays and jewellery were a delectable feast for the eyes. With a coterie of 250 guests, from high-society, the luxury industry and media, the Jewel of Mayfair was a triumphant experiment in bringing differing aspects of the luxury wedding industry to one place.

The Event was captured on film by the photographic pioneers at Muse Motion Pictures, who took some exceptional shots of this wondrous creativity. We have to give them special thanks for beautifully capturing our first showcase.

The Jewel of Mayfair was designed by Scarlet Events, who have in the past created some outstanding events for clients in the luxury, arts, design and lifestyle sectors. The Jewel of Mayfair was orchestrated with four specific jewel themes – ruby, emerald, sapphire and diamond. The team at Scarlet Events choose the colours to showcase prevalent themes in weddings, but also jewels which typify luxury to the finest degree. It was a rich palette for the designers to work with, and what emerged was a hypnotic fairy tale.

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The Ruby room, situated in the Dazinger suite, evoked a certain regal quality, tinged with romance. Featuring a 50-foot long table, decorated with vintage gold ornamentation and replete with a variety of flowers, including Grand Prix Roses, burgundy tulips, red spray roses et al, along with fresh pomegranates, figs and grapes. The tables centrepiece was a magnificent six tier cake, inspired by the Baroque period, it was a dramatic explosion of sugary glory, festooned with edible roses, so intricately designed they looked real.

The cake was the work of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Founded by artisan Elizabeth Solaru, who oversees each design from her London based workshop. Elizabeth’s cakes are all about pushing the boundaries of sugar craft, keeping luxury and artistic realism at the forefront. From celebration cakes to cupcakes, Elizabeth has courted the attention of such media luminaries as Vogue, Conde Nast Brides and Hello magazine amongst many others.

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To encapsulate the essence of romance, place settings were styled by Whitehouse. A company that emerged from a passion to supply the finest crockery and glassware, Whitehouse have become renowned in the event industry for their unique tastes, sourcing each of their products from around the world, and supplying to a wealth of high profile clients. Their raison d’etre is to create elegance in a variety of forms.

The icing on the cake for the table design was the etched menus, fashioned in a gorgeous style and finished in gold. They were the brainchild of Intricate Creations, a company that works on the cutting edge of design, producing contemporary, laser-cut wedding and event stationary. Despite their thoroughly modern design approach, Intricate Creations gather their inspirations from a variety of sources, from nature, the arts and of course history. Their menu designs echoed strongly artistic motifs of the Baroque, which complimented the cake perfectly.

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A Bespoke four course dinner, for 52 lucky people, was arranged by Cinnamon Club and celebrity chef Vivek Singh of Cinnamon Restaurants. Epitomising culinary innovation, Cinnamon Club are synonymous with mouth-watering cuisine, melding a variety of flavours and recipes from around the globe, of course always made from the finest British produce. Cinnamon Club’s reputation is cemented thanks to two things, an old fashioned love for good food and a solid work ethic grounded in creativity.

The vintage style furniture came from Great Hire. A company that devotes its energies to shunning mediocrity, and embracing elegance and masterful quality furnishings. Really paying attention to each client’s desires and delivering only the very best.

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The Upper Atrium was transformed into the Sapphire room, with a distinctly Parisian feel, the theme was brought to life using predominantly blue brocade linen and French furniture. Hyacinths, forget-me-nots and hydrangeas were the dominant flowers for this setting, giving a tinge of rustic romance.

The Sapphire room was particularly relaxed and a social atmosphere prevailed, with a cocktail bar at the far end, with experimental cocktails by Drinks Fusion. Established in 2006, Drinks Fusion are all about providing thirst quenching bespoke cocktails, having worked with high profile clients in the arts, design, fashion and lifestyle sectors, to quote the team their ethos is “to bring a unique experience to our clients by providing the opportunity to taste some of the world’s finest spirits, wines and food, in a classic, contemporary and inspirational way, using only the finest ingredients.”

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The bar area was illuminated perfectly, thanks to lighting by Smoking Gun Events. A company that leads the way in creating events that cater to individual tastes and needs impeccably, they are the leaders in event lighting, understanding that an event cannot shine if it isn’t properly lit.

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The Sapphire Room also showcased the stylish and masculine tailoring of Paul Jheeta, whose suits encapsulate a mix of contemporary aesthetics and age old craftsmanship, rooted firmly in quality. Paul began his career back in 1997, working under the tutelage of Antony Price, he quickly stood out as a star tailor, understanding the minutiae of this very specific sartorial environment. After a number of years perfecting his craft, he launched his own label ‘Paul Jheeta’ back in 2008, since becoming a giant of Savile Row.

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The mezzanine, being the first section guests encountered as they entered the event, was where the Emerald room was arrange, once again a regal, imperial essence emanated from this display. There were two very prominent colours, which complimented one another, green and gold.

The front table was centred on a giant floral display, by the king of floristry Rob Van Helden. An unrivaled master in creating ethereal beauty, Dutch born Rob has provided some of the most awe inspiring bouquets etc. since 1986, garnering a reputation as an artist of merit.

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A man who sees the potential to create artistic grandeur with flowers, he has put his Midas touch to floral designs across Europe, Asia, the Far East, the Gulf and the USA, including Princess Margaret’s 70th birthday, Elton John’s civil partnership; the Beckhams’ World Cup party; the Alfred Dunhill Cup; Pierce Brosnan’s wedding and the James Bond film premieres.

An eye popping six tier cake by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, decorated with gold paisley designs, along with edible gold roses acted as the perfect partner for Rob’s floral designs.

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Further along, a mini-exhibition took place, with famed couture design house Oscar de la Renta displaying some of their new collection. Oscar de la Renta emerged in the swinging sixties, with an idea of creating a luxury goods company that embraced femininity and pristine aesthetics, incorporating influences from the art historical to nature and design. Despite Oscar himself passing away last year, his label dominates the bridal design scene, creating collections that brides the world over clamor for.

For the Jewel of Mayfair, Oscar de la Renta exhibited several bridal and cocktail dresses, in panoply of pastel shades, from white to yellow. The collection was also sported by graceful models, who looked every inch like seraphim’s, gliding around the exhibit.

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The models hair was styled by Aamir Naveed, a man who views hairdressing as an art form, not just an ephemeral luxury. Aamir has reworked the entire concept, creating styles that compliment a woman’s personality as well as outer beauty. He is a much sought after stylist, being the lead stylist for international fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherji, amongst other things.

Make-up was by Ambreen, an innovative make-up artist who’s supplied her talents to a smorgasbord of celebrities from the UK, as well as Bollywood. What is unique about Ambreen is her ability to perfectly balance subtlety with extravagance. Like a true artist, she looks beyond the superficial, applying makeup that compliments bone structure, facial contours etc. Ambreen’s essential goal is to enrich a person’s youthful vitality.

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Finally, the models were given some exceptional henna designs from H Beauty. Headed by Halimah Abubacker, H Beauty reaches back into the depths of Indian history to recreate henna designs, giving of course a hint of the contemporary. She is much in demand from the media and beauty industry.

Adding the final touch of glamour to the Emerald room was the Entertainment Design Company, who exhibited some of their simply spell bounding invitation designs. A great favourite with our guests. The Entertainment Design Company is an atelier who creates stationary unlike any other, every design, no matter whether it’s big or small, is given the same attention that Michelangelo gave his sculpture of David. Making sure that the design is precise and most importantly always individual. The Entertainment Design Company has turned the previously simple matter of stationary design into an art form of sheer magnificence.

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The Diamond room was featured in the Lower Atrium, and its theme was one of ethereal and delicate intimacy, with a Perspex table and chairs, which framed the magnificent Phalaenopsis orchids, styled by Rob Van Helden, glassware by Whitehouse and of course Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium’s five tier cake, with its stunning pearl sugar peacock.

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Adjacent was another mini-exhibition, which saw the Queen of accessory design Judith Leiber’s quirky and luxurious clutch bags. The American luxury brand is world famous for its ability to mix the fun and creative with the stylish. A firm favourite for celebrities to sport on the red carpet. Judith Leiber works on the belief that flawless design and minute attention to detail is what creates the beauty of the finished product.

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Opposite were some immensely detailed and superbly crafted shoe designs, from the London based designer Aruna Seth. A seasoned socialite with a passion for beautiful things, Aruna Seth went about launching her own design house, which catered to women who appreciate the beauty of shoe design, just as she does.

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The result of her creative endeavours is a brand that masters the art of luxury. Her designs are intensely unique, usually featuring floral and butterfly motifs. The chic shoes are crafted from the finest materials in the world, from leather, silk, ribbons and more. Both collections were exhibited on top of mirrored plinths.

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The final Aladdin’s cave of the Jewel of Mayfair was the Luxury lounge. An ordinary conference room was transformed into a bastion of colour and craftsmanship. The goal was to create a boutique like experience for the guests, with £2.5 million worth of jewellery and watches.

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The jewellery came from Amrapali, a brand born in the regal state of Rajasthan, the city of kings. Its two founders Rajiv Arora & Rajesh Ajmera were history lovers in every sense of the word, with such a devoted passion for the art of the past they set up about launching Amrapali. They are renowned for creating jewellery that in unapologetically grand and regal. Each piece is crafted to personify the rich heritage of India, marking them out with a contemporary twist.

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The watches were from Watches of Switzerland, who source some of the finest time pieces from artisans across Europe. Watches of Switzerland are a company that pay a great deal of attention to finding wrist watches that make a man or woman stand out from the crowd. Carefully procuring designs from such luxury industry stalwarts as Cartier, Rolex and Jaeger-LeCoultre et al.

Image credits: Muse Motion Pictures

The Ruby Lover: From the Seismic to the Intimate

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.

Alison Price & Company’s Seasonal Wedding Showcase

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A few weeks back, Alison Price & Company launched their seasonal wedding showcase at the ambient Two Temple Place in London. We at Think Shaadi were honoured to be invited along.

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The event was a microcosm of luxury, beauty and grandeur, a true treat to behold. Alison Price & Company has a strong reputation for creating memorable events, where every element is given strict attention, so we were certain it would be an amazing one.

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The seasonal wedding showcase brought together a wealth of talent, from designers, florists, chefs, caterers etc, each one bringing their creativity to the forefront.

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With a concentration on the changing seasons, we sampled a captivating array of treats, including summer deserts, spring afternoon teas and a fantastical winter wonderland bar. The little touches are what made the event extra special, with ornately decorated halls between the showrooms, sweetly designed menus and invitations by Piccolo Press, enchanting background music etc.

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Two of the creatives involved with the showcase were our wonderful Think Shaadi partners, Shane Connolly & Company and Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.

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The florist Shane Connolly & Company put together some truly show stopping floral arrangements. Working with a palette of rich colours, reds, purples, pinks etc, along with this there were beautiful embellishments with differing berries and summer/autumnal vegetables. It was an evocative display which certainly captured the essence of each season.

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Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium pulled out all the stops, with an ebullient selection of four and six tier wedding cakes, like some Bernini sculpture, the cakes were fashioned in brilliant white with gold motifs, which had a feel reminiscent of the Baroque, lots of intricate patterns and symbols.

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The flower arrangements, some in delicate pastels and others in more piercing tones, gave her designs the perfect touch.

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Fuelled by a wealth of creativity, the old world charm of Two Temple Place was the perfect setting for this showcase. Alison Price & Company, along with the creatives involved, did a truly magical job.

Photos courtesy of Kate Nielen Fine Art Photography

National Cupcake Week

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Did you know that its National Cupcake Week in the UK? This means it’s time to celebrate those oh so scrumptious bites of culinary heaven. There’s been something of an upsurge in our love for cupcakes in recent years, in the UK for example, the BBC’s hit show The Great British Bake Off has got the nation busily engaged in the age-old craft of baking.

There’s also been a blossoming of new cake making pop-up stores and other businesses in cities up and down the UK. This being the case, we think it is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our favourite cupcake creations from our Community xx

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An Interview with Elizabeth Solaru

Elizabeth Solaru has fast become one of the most sought after cake designers in the business. Her artistry is outstanding and her attention to detail is perfect. She founded Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium in 2006, after a few years working in Biomedical Science and head hunting.

If we were to sum up Elizabeth’s cakes it would be visual splendour matched with exhilarating taste. Her splendid designs go beyond the ordinary and are simply the pinnacle of beauty. Ranging from traditional designs to those with more avant-garde motifs, such as those inspired by jewellery.

Elizabeth and her team’s talents have been recognised by many of the top publications across the world, including Conde Nast Brides, Wedding Magazine, and OK! et al.

With her business riding high on a wave of enthusiastic attention, Elizabeth is also the three times winner of The Great Cake Bake on Sky TV, a member of the international panel of Wedding Industry Experts, and competition judge and host of The Cake and Bake Show.

Think Shaadi sat down with Elizabeth to have an indepth chat about her career and current projects.

First and foremost, what was it about cake design that inspired you to pursue a career in it?
I’ve always made cakes since I was a child but as I was very good at science, and being from a family that valued academic achievement I became a scientist. Several career changes later, I started making cakes again to relieve stress when I was working as a head-hunter. One of my bosses encouraged me to do something about my cake making skills and I enrolled in a few classes in the UK and abroad. I started making cakes full time a few years later as there was such demand for what we do.

What do you think sets you apart from other cake designers?

This is an interesting question and I think the best way to answer this is to tell you what clients and other people say. At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, every cake is bespoke and we try not to repeat the same cake. There is a willingness to experiment with different shapes, techniques and styles (I often attract brides who want bold ‘statement cakes’ tastefully done) and another thing we get great feedback on is the taste of our cakes and our willingness to do bespoke flavours which range from traditional triple chocolate, Vanilla, Luscious Lemon to more flavours like Chocolate Bailey’s, Wasabi and White Chocolate and White Chocolate with Passion Fruit.

Where do you find inspiration?
I take my inspiration from many sources, including nature, flowers, fabrics, jewellery, stationery and I am fascinated with shapes. Clients ideas are also a great source of inspiration and it’s a real delight to see an idea become reality.

Out of everything you’ve created, what has been your most favourite design?

This is a tough one as every new cake becomes a favourite of mine! Judging by the number of likes and shares, our pearl beaded pillow cake, our radiant orchid Marie Antoinette cake and our Chandelier cake seem to be our most liked and pinned.

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If you were approached to design a cake for an Asian wedding, where would you look for inspiration?

I love, love, love making cakes for Asian weddings! The intricate designs and beading on fabrics, rich gold jewellery, vibrant colours, henna designs, scrolls, rich traditions, peacocks and Bollywood cinematography have been wonderful sources of inspiration. The cakes we’ve done for such weddings range from vintage designs, modern geometrics to highly embellished. What they tend to have in common is that they are often show stopping centrepieces.

Since launching your business, what have been the most memorable moments?

There have been so many but getting a call from royalty to make a cake has been up there. Also, seeing our cakes published in magazines such as BRIDES, Hello, OK and specialist cake magazines is always such a thrill.

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What’s next for you?

We are expanding quite rapidly and we have a number of projects in the pipeline, some of which I can’t talk about. There are a number of collaborations due to be announced soon which is very exciting. Again, thanks for the opportunity and as one of the first supporters of Think Shaadi, I am thrilled at your success and it’s a pleasure to be featured on your blog.

All unattributed photos the property of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.

 

Our Community at Brides the Show

With the overwhelming success of the  first ever show last October, the team at Brides have worked hard to bring us the follow-up event this coming weekend!

The event will be a fully interactive show where you can immerse yourself in all things bridal. There will be  make-up stations, wedding dress trials, a sommelier’s table and a catwalk to see the latest western bridal trends. Not to mention all the carefully selected suppliers and venues that will be exhibition during the show.

The Think Shaadi Community is of course represented in good strength at this premier event and we have listed them below with their stand numbers. Please make sure to visit our partners and judging by last years show, you will not be disappointed xx

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Creative wedding stationery, décor & fun is our thing! We style cool & contemporary products into coordinating collections of stationery, decorations and photo booths. Choose the look that chimes with you the most! We keep our peepers peeled and an ear to the ground, bringing new trends in creative wedding styling to your door. Brides are busy, we work hard so you can make it look easy!

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Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium is one of the UK’s top wedding cake designers with clients including royalty, celebrities, five star hotels and glamorous West end Stores. Their delicious wedding cakes, cupcakes and dessert tables are adorned with the most realistic edible sugar flowers, pearls, gems and jewellery. They’ve been featured in numerous blogs and national and international publications and on TV shows and BBC radio.

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Gillian Million celebrates 15 years creating the most exquisite bridal accessories to be treasured and admired in her London shop where our brides receive the ultimate in customer service. Unique designs for both the subtly understated to the most dramatically flamboyant bride.

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Lila creates the most beautiful and original headpieces. Best known for her signature handcrafted flowers Lila’s work is praised for its exceptional craftsmanship and striking detail. Traditional artisan techniques and historical design references are incorporated into unique contemporary pieces, making her collections stand out for their originality, elegance, and a luxurious yet fresh feel.

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A spectacular wedding is assured at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. Boarding beautiful royal parkland to one side and bustling Knightsbridge to the other, you will be surrounded by stunning photo opportunities and memorable moments at every turn. With an exclusive ‘Royal Entrance’ where the bride and groom can enjoy a red carpet arrival, a picturesque garden terrace that makes the perfect setting for any champagne reception, especially when complimented by a romantic sunset, and our magnificent ballroom, which has a sprung dance floor and enjoys incredible views over the park, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is the ideal location to celebrate your wedding.

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Voted ‘Social Stationery Printer of the Year’, Piccolo is one of Britain’s finest stationers. Established 30 years ago, our business continues to grow around personal recommendations. Piccolo are masters of engraving & die-stamping, letterpress, thermography, blind embossing and foil blocking. All bespoke wedding & personal stationery requirements are achievable by our highly-skilled in-house team.

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Rosalind Miller Cakes specialises in bespoke wedding cakes, celebration cakes, and cupcakes, that are both contemporary and timeless. Having won The Wedding Industry Awards ‘National and London Best Wedding Cake Designer of The Year’ in 2012 and 2013,  and publishing her first book ‘Wedding Cakes’ in November 2013, Rosalind is recognised as one of London’s top cake designers.

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Photobooths with style, props with taste and panache. This year partnering up with Brides magazine, we bring you studio quality images and stunning hand crafted booths. Track us down by the catwalk and in The Imagination Room for a chance to appear on the cover of Brides Magazine.

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Renowned wedding planner Bruce Russell and his expert team are behind Savoy Weddings, which offers an entirely personal and expert approach to memorable occasions from beginning to end. Whether you are considering a lavish wedding or an intimate occasion for the immediate family, the Savoy’s impressive rooms and spaces are perfect for any event.

Bruce, who is also the show’s wedding planner,  will be hosting a series of ‘Wedding Tours’ – private one hour guided tours of the show, where Bruce will take an intimate group of guests to visit a selection of hand picked exhibitors.  Your experience will begin at the Savoy stand with a short consultation as you enjoy a glass of champagne.  You will then be escorted around the show for private visits with five chosen exhibitors.  No tour would be complete without a small treat and gift bag to take away!

Each tour will last 45 minutes and will run twice daily at 11am and 2pm.

Tours are subject to availability and can be booked by emailing info@bybrucerussell.com

Community News – Savoy Weddings by Bruce Russell Launches

Strand-entrance-copy-1024x680Last Thursday a select group got together at The Savoy for the launch of Think Shaadi Community Member Savoy Weddings by Bruce Russell. An entirely personal and expert wedding service available from the moment a prospective bride and groom contact The Savoy.

The guests included Community Members Elizabeth Solaru from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, Leanne Roberts-Hewitt from Wild About and Florist Philippa Craddock.

Bruce is one of the top wedding planners in London and heads up a dedicated team who will oversee the entire wedding experience from the moment an enquiry is made through to the big day itself and until the very last guest has departed.

The immaculate launch took place in The Savoy’s Royal Suite. Spread over the front of the entire 5th floor, the suite offers some of the most magnificent views of the Thames. There is seamless luxury throughout the suite; with a customised mattress priced at £25,000, to ensure you receive the royal treatment. 

If you have not had an opportunity yet to experience this luxury, check out this virtual tour with the Head Butler, Sean Davoren to know what we are talking about!