> London Wedding
Gita and David had decided that marrying in London would be best placed for their international guest list. Whilst they wanted to celebrate London, and David's British heritage, they also wanted an occasion that paid homage to Gita's American-Indian origins.
David works on Fleet Street so I explained that they had the option to marry at one of London's most iconic churches - St Bride's. That provided a great starting point. I pitched several central London venues, but One Great George St was the hands-down winner. They loved the building and the amazing Great Hall with its painted ceiling.
I suggested we go for a bold colour scheme to introduce some of the richness of Asian colours. The bridesmaids wore 3 varying shades of purple - lilac, lavender and purple and we complemented their dresses with a contrasting bouquet of sweet peas.
After the beautiful ceremony at St Bride's, guests boarded Routemaster buses for a 30 minute tour of some of London's famous landmarks.
As everyone arrived at One Great George St they were greeted by a Mariachi band and served margaritas and Mexican canapés as a nod to Gita's Arizona home town.
After this, guests were invited up the sweeping staircase to dinner in the Great Hall. The tables were dressed with striped purple linen and guests were seated on silver Camelot chars with matching seat pads. The tables had a mix of high arrangements - tall vases, filled with purple, fragrant stocks and low glass bowls full of British summer flowers in varying shades of purple and dark pink.
The cake we designed was a glamorous, slightly art deco with an Asian twist, 4 tier stunner! It made a wonderful centerpiece for the room.
After dinner, as the music started, we colour-washed the walls with purple to transform the atmosphere from a sophisticated dining one, to a party one. The bars in the foyer opened, placed on each were tall vases filled with citrus fruits and topped of green and purple hydrangea to give the area a more contemporary feel.
Photography by Pippa MacKenzie