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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.