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Shining, Shimmering, Splendid

October 16, 2017

No magic carpet, no Genie and not a magic lamp in sight, but, there were still no better words to describe our recent dessert table at No. 4 Hamilton Place!

 

On my ever increasing mission to have more fairy tale in my life, it wouldn’t have been amiss to have styled the dessert table based on this year’s release of Beauty and the Beast.

 

One of the things I love most about working in the wedding industry is that inspiration comes from absolutely everywhere, and the number of Beauty and the Beast inspired weddings at the moment is insane. Rightly so! But we had a different kind of theme in mind.

 

We wanted something that would encapsulate the beauty of simplicity, the elegance of complementarity and the splendour of love. Cue a minimalist dessert table at No. 4 Hamilton Place, Mayfair.

 

 

A dessert table is a wonderful treat for your guests - from small children who may try to steal as many treats as they can, to evening guests, who may have not been present for the dessert from the wedding breakfast. Dessert tables offer a beautiful and delicious treat for everybody.

 

What’s not to love about a dessert table? Aside from the fact that they add loveliness and beauty to all celebrations, they are a great conversation starter, a much looked forward to aspect of the wedding day, and they are a great way to add that touch of magic to the cake cutting tradition.

 

A dessert table is a wonderful treat for your guests - from small children who may try to steal as many treats as they can, to evening guests, who may have not been present for the dessert from the wedding breakfast. Dessert tables offer a beautiful and delicious treat for everybody.

 

 

Our shoot took place in The Argyll Room of this Grade II listed building. The Argyll Room has a West facing terrace and is light and ornate in décor. With beautiful Louis XVI gilt cornicing on the ceilings and bow windows on each side, it suited the elegance part of our shoot perfectly.

 

 

With its Edwardian details, our venue definitely has an air of timeworn luxury to it, and we took the cue for the incorporation of brass detailing from the ornamentation.

 

 

Pink, in its various forms is still definitely on trend for weddings, with the Rose Gold expression the clear winner at the moment. We decided to add a lustred pink into our colour palette and paired it with grey to give our dessert table a muted luxe feel.

 

When it came to designing the trio of cakes; there was a deliberate effort for each cake to stand out as an individual, but also that together, the cakes would communicate the timeless style of the tablescape.

 

It was a bold move to design a dessert table without white as a main colour and it’s something I hesitated over many times. I knew there was a risk that one colour may overpower another or that one colour would be underrepresented. With this in mind, I sought to avoid a colour block look, by adding texture, hand-painted detailing and tulle ribbon to the cakes to soften the expression of the colours.

 

 

 

The addition of a sugar flower cascade to the four tier cake was just what we needed for the romantic appeal and further assured its status as the centre cake - the true belle of the ball!

 

 

Our dessert table wouldn’t have been complete without the beautiful signage provided by the incredibly talented Pelumi-Rae from The Letter Well. Having captured our theme oh so perfectly - we were delighted with the hand written signposts for our shoot. I'm sure you'll agree that the main ‘Dessert Bar’ feature, with its slightly torn edges, encased in brass gilded glass looks absolutely stunning.

 

 

To capture these images, I wanted to get someone on board whose photography style would complement the vision I had for minimalist, yet deluxe at the same time. I’d had the opportunity to meet the lovely Oana from Tell Your Story Photography at a networking event earlier this year and she was the first person I went to when I was dreaming up this shoot! I knew her work with colour would perfectly suit the dreamy, romantic scape we were conjuring up.

 

Having visited the venue with Oana, it was her recommendation to pay attention to the décor and to keep the brass elements in mind when designing the table. Oana has a keen eye for detail and uses natural light to capture the focus of the image in an organic story-telling manner, which I just love.

 

I hope you enjoy browsing through these images. If you would like us to design and create a dessert table for your special day, send us an email or give us a call. We can promise to take you on a magic carpet ride to a dessert table fit for a fairy tale.

 

 Jasmine x

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