04 Dec Kensington Palace Wedding Showcase, Wednesday 21st November 2018
Kensington Palace Wedding Showcase
Wednesday 21st November 2018
The Kensington Palace Wedding Showcase this year was very special!
The Palace itself is marvelled in history and beauty as you arrive and walk up the grand mahogany staircase and enter high ceilinged drawing rooms in the state apartment such as the Kings Gallery, complete with traditional 16th – 19th Century fine art portraits.
On the evening itself, we learnt that The Kings Gallery is now licensed for wedding ceremonies, however, there is yet one to take place there. This means there are now two spaces for wedding ceremonies within the Palace itself. Rather a special place to say ‘I do’ don’t you think…? The third space able to hold a Wedding ceremony is the Pavilion outside which opened this year while The Orangery is undergoing construction.
The Pavilion across the gravel path from the Palace entrance is a clean blank space, with large window doors overlooking the beautiful gardens. On this occasion, it was brimming with the most breath-taking floral installation, where a meadow had been created in the middle of the room by the award-winning florist Hayford and Rhodes and interactive food stations had been placed in all four corners of the room by the culinary masterminds at Blue Strawberry. In my opinion, the flowers and catering stole the show completely!
The evening started with a champagne reception (Cattier Champagne) and canapes (Blue Strawberry) in the State Apartments, followed by a knowledgeable talk from Martin Williams, Public Programs Manager at Sotheby’s, and Kim Parker, Executive Fashion & Beauty Director at Harpers Bazaar UK.
During this talk, they went through the history of Royal wedding dresses starting with Queen Victoria and ending with Meghan Markle. They talked about lace and layers, silk and orange blossom, diamonds and pearls, British roses and Botticelli, and Dior to David and Elizabeth Emanuel.
After this, the Pavilion became the centre of attention with the one hundred and fifty guests attending on the evening, making their way across the courtyard. As described already, we walked into a floral heaven, which I still have not forgotten about over a week later!
Within the glorious meadow created in the centre of the structure (my photos do not do it justice!) there was a catwalk which was later used for a fashion show thanks to The Wedding Gallery, showcasing amazingly beautiful wedding dresses and let’s not forget suits, from Inbal Dror, J Andreatta, Reem Acra, Saiid Kobeisy, Suzanne Neville, Valentini Spose, Casely Hayford, Gieves London, S.J Soan and Thom Sweeney.
The luxurious lounge furniture dotted around the outskirts of the Pavilion, thanks to Great Hire, were also perfect for all the guests to watch the fashion show and live entertainment by Sternberg Clarke.
I must say, I am really loving the gold Gianni Round Bar Stools shown above. I think they are very smart, yet modern and very comfortable. They may not suit every occasion or event but worked perfectly on the evening in question and a few events I have next year as well, which I wouldn’t mind snapping them up for!
With the entertainment, I had seen some of them before (Frobacks & Wandering Hands) at others or my own events throughout this year but was very excited to see the ‘Jack Pack’ perform. I had booked them for one of my own events a few nights after, so was eager to see the men in action. Happy to say they did not disappoint and took us all into the 1960’s Sinatra era. Their voices are spectacular, and the guests were loving them. It is always nice when the artists sing amongst the audience and interact with them. I left looking forward to seeing them again on Saturday!
I then made my way around the incredible chef stations positioned around the room in the four corners, created excellently by none other than Blue Strawberry. As anyone and everyone in the industry knows, Blue Strawberry are an exceptional caterer and always produce the most exquisite food and service! The stations were different experiences, complete with paired wines, which made it even more of a treat. This was a lovely way of doing it and worked so well as we got to interact with the chefs.
I stared with the goosnargh duck breast station and worked my way around the textures of artichoke, followed by the confit of Scottish smoked salmon. By this stage, I must admit, I knew a surprise was coming our way for pudding, so couldn’t quite face the final station which was scallop ceviche. I heard it was, like the others… incredible though.
As the evening was coming to an end, everyone started heading into the meadow… I myself followed the crowd and ended up discovering the puddings hidden in amongst the flowers! I honestly was not expecting the night to get any better… but it did! The puddings were quite something, again tiny bites of deliciousness, from fudge to jelly, were created by Blue Strawberry and in such a fun way!
It really was the perfect end to an exceptional evening thanks to all the fantastic suppliers and of course, Kensington Palace and the team there. I really cannot wait for next year!!
Suppliers on the night included Blue Strawberry (catering), Wise Productions (production), Hayford and Rhodes (flowers), Sternberg Clarke (entertainment), Great Hire (furniture), Skin London (models), ByLumiere (Photographer), Ananya Cards (stationary), The Wedding Gallery (dresses and suits), Boutique Brands (Cattier Champagne and VII Hills Italian Dry Gin).