The Grove – Venue of the Month

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Set within a beautiful 300-acre country estate, a mere 18 miles from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus you will discover The Grove, London’s Country Estate – a significant and magnificent country house of yesteryear, resided in by an aristocratic family who would regularly throw lavish parties for Royalty, Politicians and the crème de la crème of aristocracy.  The Grove was such an important home at the time, that when the aristocratic Clarendon family moved from, and subsequently sold The Grove in the 1920’s, it led The Times newspaper to publish a letter mourning the loss of one of the ‘Great Political Houses of the 19th Century’.READ MORE

June’s Venue of the Month – Rosewood London

Rosewood London

The stunning Edwardian Belle Époque building standing at 252 High Holborn, an incredibly historic thoroughfare dating back to Roman times, began life when building commenced on the central building in 1912 and completed in 1919 – a flamboyant styled building, designed by C. Newman.  Over the following 50 years, the building was expanded upon in three further stages.  The East block was designed by P. Moncton and built between 1929 and 1930, a South East extension built between 1954 and 1956 as well as the West block, built between 1959 and 1960 both designed by Bates and Sinning.

Historic Rosewood

The Pearl Assurance Company Limited, moved into the property during the building of the first stage (Central Block) in 1914, which became their Headquarters.  They remained the occupiers and custodians of 252 High Holborn until 1989, when they relocated their Headquarters to Peterborough.

 

In 1974, several years before Pearl Assurance moved to Peterborough, English Heritage designated the principal façades, interiors of the East and West Blocks as well as the impressive and iconic Italian Grand Pavonazzo marble staircase, which sits directly below the 166-foot-high cupola, as Grade II Listed.

Italian Marble Staircase

The year 2000 rang a change to the life of the former office building, as the Marriott International Managed Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel opened, however, only 11 years later on 11th June 2011, the relationship between Marriott International and Renaissance Hotels broke down and the Renaissance Chancery Court began trading independently, until being bought and closing its doors for the final time in 2013.

 

The buyers of this magnificent property, were none other than Rosewood Hotel Group.  An extensive and lengthy restoration and refurbishment programme commenced immediately, all under the guidance of English Heritage, due to the listings in place.

Rosewood London

Original designs were followed where possible during renovations and any missing details have been carefully replicated and replaced.  The restoration process has created an ambience of a historic London residence, with ample space and atmosphere for both intimate and large events.  With heritage meeting rooms, boasting listed Cuban mahogany doors, of which have not been available to purchase now for over 35 years, along with rare types of marble, Rosewood London really has been fashioned from the finest materials and created to the highest standards throughout.

Bronze Hall

Opening in October 2013, this magnificent new addition to the London five-star hotel scene, features 262 guestrooms and 44 suites, with eight signature House Suites including the only suite in the world, to have its very own postcode, all designed by Tony Chi and associates

Rosewood Suite

The hotels wrought iron gates, lead you through to the calming and peaceful inner court yard of the hotel, where you are greeted by fashionably clad concierge professionals and porters, as well as the hotels gorgeous dog Pearl – a name which connects the buildings history, to the present day. The extravagance of the rose bronze gallery and the luxurious lobby with its rich furnishings beyond, give you an immediate sense of the brilliance of the hotel and its interiors, which await you as you traverse through the unwinding story of this grand Edwardian building.  The jewel box design of the Mirror Room, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, the Martin Brudnizki designed Scarfes Bar and Holborn Dining Room, along with the relaxing and rejuvenating tranquillity of the Sense Spa on the lower ground floor, really do lend themselves to creating a perfectly appointed central London hotel, whatever the occasion.

Rosewood Entrance

Whether you are looking for a spectacular London venue, for a once in a lifetime wedding or event with your family or work colleagues, Steven Pellier Weddings and Events recommend looking no further than Rosewood London.

Rosewood Sign

Rosewood London offer a choice of no less than 12 exquisite rooms, which are ideally located for both society and corporate events, for intimate dinners all the way up to receptions for 555 guests.

 

The Grand Ballroom – Two dramatic sweeping staircases lead from the hotels lobby, to a balcony overlooking The Grand Ballrooms spectacular foyer.  The Grand Ballroom is a luxurious and flexible venue, which can accommodate 450 guests for a reception, 340 guests for a luncheon or dinner and 280 guests for a dinner dance.  The expansive space can also divide into three separate rooms, each with its own entrance.

Rosewood London

The Salons – Five elegantly appointed rooms, which provide flexible breakout spaces and are very close to The Grand Ballroom.

 

The Dining Room – For unique culinary experiences from The Dining Rooms show kitchen, –  a fabulous space to entertain up to 35 of your guests, just off of the hotels Mirror Room.

The Dining Room

The Living Room – Also located just off of the Mirror Room, you will discover The Living Room, where you can hold business meetings, working breakfasts, lunches and dinners for up to 27 guests on three round tables.  A great room that really benefits from natural daylight.

 

The Chairman’s Boardrooms – Rosewood London has three of these boardrooms, individually named Sir George, Sir James and Sir Geoffrey – a kind gesture and nod to the origins of 252 High Holborn, as the names belong to the three Chairman of the Pearl Assurance Company, during the time that the company occupied the now Rosewood London from 1914 – 1989.  The boardrooms are grand, stately styled rooms with original architectural features, preserved French walnut panelled fireplaces and listed Cuban mahogany doors, overlooking High Holborn.  These rooms can each host between 12 – 15 of your guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a board meeting.

Chairmans Boardroom

Manor Club – A rarefied retreat on the third storey, the Manor Club is ideal for private functions, enriched with British heritage and refined elegance.

 

To learn more about hosting your meeting or event at Rosewood London, why not contact the Rosewood London meetings and events team on +44 (0) 203 747 8120 or emailing London.events@rosewoodhotels.com

 

For more information or to discuss your wedding or event with Steven Pellier Weddings or Steven Pellier Events, or to see how we can help plan your wedding or event at Rosewood London, or experience wedding or event planning with Steven Pellier in London, throughout the UK or internationally please call the Steven Pellier team on +44 (0)207 760 7553 or send us on email hello@stevenpellier.co.uk

 

Photo Credits: Rosewood London

References: Rosewood London and Historic England

May’s Venue of the Month – Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire

 

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Hedsor House – an award winning wedding and event venue, set in 100 acres of undulating historic parkland in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.  Just a short 45 minutes’ journey by car from London and less than 30 minutes from Heathrow airport.  With a history dating back to 1166 – a regular haunt of regal guests, to Hollywood royalty, and more recently exclusive weddings and events, its no wonder that with her illustrious history, Hedsor House is Vogues dream wedding venue and loved by many both near and far.

Hedsor Today

Originally owned by the de Hedsor family in 1166, the Hedsor estate has had many custodians over the last 800 or so years.  Hedsor House was originally designed by Sir William Chambers, the architect of Somerset House with design assistance from King George III and Queen Charlotte, who were captivated by Hedsor’s picturesque position high above the River Thames and in such close proximity to London.  Hedsor House famously became home to Princess Augusta, Dowager Princess of Wales, King George III mother and founder of Kew Gardens until 1764, when the estate was bought by Lord Boston, who regularly entertained Kings and Queens when they were in residence at nearby Windsor Castle.

 

In 1795 a fire swept through Hedsor House, badly damaging the building.  The building was later demolished and the current house was built, which was completed in 1868.  The house was unusually modelled in an Italian Villa style, with a domed hall rather than a central courtyard.  The domed ceiling is the focal point of Hedsor House to this very day, providing the backdrop to many weddings and events – a perfect location to celebrate and entertain, the very room where Queen Victoria would take tea, when visiting from Windsor Castle.

Historic Hedsor

Today, the Shephard brothers Nick, Mark and Hamish, run the house and estate as a wedding and events exclusive hire venue.  Hedsor House has remained in the Shephard family for four generations and was a wedding gift to their grandparents, Florence and Philip Shephard in 1934 from the brother’s great grandfather Philip Edward Shephard.  They launched Hedsor House as a venue in 2008 and in a few short years, the estate has gone on to achieve outstanding success and many awards.

Front of Hedsor Today

Hedsor House is a wonderful wedding and event venue, which is licensed for indoor wedding ceremonies in no less than 5 glorious rooms, hosting up to 150 guests (sit down) or up to 250 evening guests.  Marquee options are also available through the Hedsor House preferred marquee suppliers, where you can entertain up to 1000 of your guests in beautiful surroundings.

The Ballroom Today

With live music and fireworks permitted, a church only 300m from the House, a 100 acres of parkland as well as being in close proximity to London, Hedsor House is a fabulous venue to celebrate and entertain in, with her 10 generously proportioned bedrooms, which provide a perfect blend of period style and modern facilities, Hedsor can also become your home away from home for you and several of you guests.

Bridal Bedroom Today

To discuss your requirements with the Hedsor House team call +44 (0)1628 819050 or email info@hedsor.com

For more information or to discuss your wedding or event with Steven Pellier Weddings or Steven Pellier Events, or to see how we can help plan your wedding or event at Hedsor House, or experience wedding or event planning with Steven Pellier in London, throughout the UK or internationally please call the Steven Pellier team on +44 (0)207 760 7553 or send us on email hello@stevenpellier.co.uk

 

Photo Credits: Hedsor House, Steven Pellier & Unknown

February’s Venue of the Month – Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Blenheim LogoSteven Pellier, your London Wedding Planner & Event planner takes you on a month by month journey, of some of the UK’s venues he adores and considers to be among his favourite.  As a London wedding planner & event planner Steven Pellier and his team are based in central London and work throughout the UK and internationally, where they get to visit a great number of amazing hotels and venues, which can become the foundations and backdrops of unique, individual and bespoke weddings and events.  We invite you to discover February’s venue of the month, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

 

The historical Oxfordshire palace and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, Blenheim Palace.  The Marlborough family seat, commands centre stage in 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland, and has been their home for over 300 years.  Queen Anne and the grateful nation bestowed the land, ruin of an original house and £240,000 to build a magnificent new house, to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, the military Commander who led the Allied forces in the battle of Blenheim, on 13th August 1704.

 

Queen Anne bestowed the gift to the 1st Duke, in honour of his victory over the French in the war of the Spanish succession and the house was built to celebrate the occasion.  Today Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal, non episcopal country house in England, to hold the title of palace and eclipses in splendour and magnitude any of the British Royal family’s residences, with its 187 rooms, 1000 windows when first built and seven acres under one roof, its easy to see why.

 

Famously known as the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill on 30th November 1874 to parents Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome and also where he proposed to his wife to be Clementine Hozier in the temple of Diana, on the Blenheim Estate.  The palace played an incredibly important role during WWI, as a convalescence hospital for wounded soldiers and again in WWII, when over 400 Malvern College boys were evacuated to the palace.  In 1950, Blenheim Palace opened its doors to the general public for the very first time, it was later designated a Grade 1 listed building in 1957 and thirty years later, in 1987 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

So the only non-royal residence with the title palace in the UK, and arguably the largest and most splendid house in England, eclipsing even those of the royal family and built as a celebration to mark a very important event in British history, there really is no better venue to mark your very own celebration than the majesty of Blenheim Palace.  With no less than 5 glorious rooms within the palace or the South Lawn, to erect a grand marquee for much larger events – you really are spoilt for choice.

 

The event spaces on offer at Blenheim palace:
The Great Hall – With a height of 67ft from floor to ceiling, which was painted by James Thornhill, The Great hall is the perfect space for a grand dinner for up to 150 guests, or a reception for 250 guests.

 

The Saloon – designated the State dining room and still used each year for Christmas dinner, by the Duke of Marlborough and his family, with walls and ceilings painted by the French decorative artist Louis Laguerre, you can enjoy this splendid room with 80 guests for dinner or 150 guests for a reception.

State Dining Room


The Long Library
– One of the longest rooms of any British stately home and home to 10,000 books, as well as the magnificent Willis organ built and positioned in 1891. With commanding views over the Water Terraces, acres of Capability Brown parkland and the lake, The Long Library makes for a perfect location, to entertain up to 300 of your guests for dinner, or 500 for a drinks reception.Long Library

 

The Orangery – the truly elegant Orangery, with its high arched windows and glass panelled roof allowing for plenty of natural light, gives an immense sense of space.  Once used as the Marlborough family theatre, you can now enjoy the wonderful room with 200 guests for dinner or 250 guests for a reception.

 

The Water Terraces – built fairly recently in comparison to the palace between 1925 – 1930, this venue is ideal for live music and dancing for up to 300 guests.  The Water Terraces are exclusively available for a reception following drinks and dinner in the Great Hall, Saloon and Long Library.

 

The South Lawn – if your guest numbers eclipse those that can be accommodated in the palace, why not erect a marquee on the South Lawn, with the possibility of enjoying the splendour of the palace for a drinks reception, or using the Palace as a backdrop when installing a clear span marquee for hundreds of your guests.South Lawn

 

 

To learn more about hosting your meeting or event at Blenheim Palace, why not contact the Blenheim Palace team on +44 (0)1993 813874 or emailing sales@blenheimpalace.com

 

For more information or to discuss your wedding or event with Steven Pellier Weddings or Steven Pellier Events, or to see how we can help plan your wedding or event at Blenheim Palace, or experience wedding or event planning with Steven Pellier in London, throughout the UK or internationally please call the Steven Pellier team on +44 (0)207 760 7553 or send us on email hello@stevenpellier.co.uk

Photo Credits: Blenheim Palace, Steven Pellier & Unknown

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Day in the life of a London Event Planner

London Event Planners don’t all lead the glamorous lives that movies and TV shows have us believe. Sadly it isn’t all about scoping out venues and tasting champagne every day. That said, it can be a very rewarding job for the right sort of person. The entire creative process for one single event can take an amazing amount of work, from guest lists and location to catering and theme and all of the finer details and logistics as well.READ MORE

Celebration Cake

Scrumdiddlyumptious….

Now those of you that know me, will confirm that I love weddings & that I talk about weddings non stop – however, my blog today is related to a special cake… there we go, you are all thinking – we are going to discuss wedding cakes – but oh no my friends we are not!

 

I wanted to tell you all about a particular BIRTHDAY cake that I recently ordered, (& helped to devourer) for my partners birthday at the beginning of August. The cake that I ordered was incredibly upbeat, fun & really, really cool – (a word I do not use often).

 

This particular cake was aptly called the ‘Doughnut Cookie Monster Cake’ which as the name suggests, came complete with doughnuts, but also consisted of chocolate sponge, smooth & silky Oreo Swiss Meringue Buttercream, heaps of Oreo cookie crumble, Cookies & Cream chocolate bar shards with several doughnuts sitting nice & proud on top.  Where was this SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS cake from, I hear you ask?  Well it is from a gorgeous bijou boutique called Anges de Sucre, in Kensington.  The Anges de Sucre website says that the cake I was ordering was ‘literally the BEST cake to party with’ & they were not wrong.

 

So the cake looked amazing, but most importantly, for my taste buds, how did it taste?  Did the taste stand up to the look? – I can quite honestly say that the taste was incredible, a gastronomic party of delights, tickling your taste buds & it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who had a slice…..or 2..ok 3..OKAY 5!!!

 

Putting the cake aside for a moment (not that there is any left), it is important to also mention the whole ordering process.  I ordered the fantabulous cake online from www.angesdesucre.com – as soon as my order had been processed, I received a brilliantly written email, to confirm that ‘the cheeky cherubs at Anges, are just too excited & getting pumped to bake & prepare my recent order’, I continued to receive these emails that made me smile, right up until the day after I collected the cake.  As these little emails made me chuckle to myself, I feel that they really added an extra & welcomed dimension & a different element of customer service.

 

There was however, one final element that made the cake taste that bit more sweet & yummy & that was the warm, welcome reception I received at the pretty Anges de Sucre boutique in Kensington, when I arrived to collect the cake.  Not only were the team in the shop incredibly friendly & the epitome of customer service, but Reshmi Bennett, the owner who trained in classical French cuisine in Paris, at Ecole Gregoire Ferrandi, was also present to hand over her wonderful creation to me with the biggest, warmest & most genuine smile.  She offered me some fantastic advice, on how to look after the cake until it was presented & eaten, as well as taking the time to ensure that I was happy with the product.

 

Now just to make it real for Steven Pellier, I am going to take it back to weddings just for a moment.  Anges de Sucre also create show stopping macaroon towers, drop dead gorgeous wedding cakes, gifts, unique favours & sweet treats – I couldn’t keep it away from weddings for too long now, could I!!

 

Whether you need advice on cakes, or are looking for a wedding planner in London, throughout the UK or in the Algarve, please do not hesitate to contact Steven Pellier and his team, to see how we can help.

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World Photography Day

Did you know that today, the 19th August is World Photography Day? Did you also know, that Steven Pellier is an absolute photography novice?

Well last week I had the great honour & pleasure, to be invited to a photography workshop at the Mandarin Oriental London, hosted by the fabulous, internationally acclaimed reportage photographer & Olympus Ambassador John Nassari.

So just a few days before World Photography Day, I arrived at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel excited and ready to start Johns photography workshop, where we were going to learn a different side to photography, in a fabulous setting with some exciting exercises.

The day started with a very interesting and intriguing slide show, of some amazing photos that John is compiling, for a very special event next year.  A set of stunning photos were revealed, a mix between reportage and posed portraits.  But, how on earth does this man take such amazing photos – in fact how does any professional photographer take these wonderful pieces of art, a snapshot of a moment in time, of memories set to last a lifetime?

A steady hand? – maybe, Skill and a good eye? Absolutely! Science? – no I don’t think so …. What! Science is an important part of taking a photo – indeed it is, it plays a very important role, mixed with semiotics the science of aperture and shutter speed is pivotal to the outcome of any photo.

After we spent time, learning all about the background of how to take a photo and what we need to do, it was time to play with the cameras!!!!

We paired up with a partner and we were off, taking photos of each other with varying apertures and shutter speeds.  After a few initial shaky (& blurry) photos, I actually got it and the results were absolutely fabulous.  We changed our lenses and I discovered the flowers in the flower arrangements, focusing on a single rose, whilst the surrounding arrangement blurred into the background – stunning!

John then had a little surprise / challenge for us.  We were allowed to go to the front of the hotel, to take some real life photos of the concierge team in action, with the best photographer in training selected to win a prize – very exciting!

We had to take the most imaginative and striking photo of the concierge team in action, whilst they went about their everyday work, welcoming arriving guests and wishing farewell to departing guests. Their whole job revolving 360 degrees around ensuring that all of the guests received an outstanding first impression and an ever lasting superb memory, of how fabulous their stay was at the hotel when they leave.

6 sets of two people, mixed with professional cameras, a top 5 star London hotel and taking photos of cars arriving as well as the main entrance, on a very busy road in central London attracts one thing – excitement from passers by, jumping to the conclusions that we were press and paparazzi, poised and ready to take photos of a celebrity or dignitary, arriving or leaving the hotel! Unfortunately not – just a bunch of wedding and event planners playing with cameras.

We returned inside the hotel, to review all of our photos and we all did jolly well – surprisingly so for me, a complete novice who would have struggled before today, to tell whether the camera was the right way up, actually took some pretty good photos – (modest!).

The day was superb, incredibly informative and thoroughly enjoyable. I have learnt so much and have a huge amount of respect and appreciation, to all of the brilliant & professional photographers that we work with at Steven Pellier Weddings, whether we are your London wedding planner or are helping to plan your wedding throughout the UK, in the Algarve or another destination around the world, you can be assured that we can recommend the most sought after and acclaimed photographers for your wedding.

Thank you John Nassari, a truly wonderful and educating day, I’m no longer just a wedding planner in London, throughout the UK & the Algarve but I’m now a photography pro too – well almost maybe?!?!

Venues in London

Exciting Venue Visit…

In July, I was invited to join the team at One Whitehall Place & The Royal Horseguards Hotel, by the fabulous Melissa Goldberg in association with Louise Perry Weddings.

 

Having not visited the hotel or adjoining event space at One Whitehall Place before, I was excited & intrigued, so quickly accepted the invitation & couldn’t wait to have a good nose around.

 

As I arrived at the hotel, I was taken through to a gorgeous terrace, an oasis of calm by the river Thames in London however, you really could have been in the middle of the countryside as it was so very peaceful.  Comfortable outside furniture and champagne greeted us, as the three piece band played gently in the background – absolutely idyllic!

 

The events team then took us on a little tour of all of the event spaces, explaining the relationship between the two venues and wowing us with the buildings astonishing history, including the remarkable survival of the building, after slight bomb damage to the staircase only, during the Second World War.

 

The event spaces are located across a couple of floors & are reached by a magnificent oval shaped sweeping marble staircase. Each of the event spaces vary in size, up to a capacity of 300 people in The Gladstone Library, named after the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone.  One Whitehall Place was original built & is still used to this day, by the Liberals from all over the UK when they are in London and is decorated in a very traditional way, which gives you the sense that you are in one of the countries great country houses or stately homes.  The different rooms flow beautifully together, so really do lend themselves to all being used for your wedding or event, in a way that could tell your story throughout the day in a logical way, equally however, each of the rooms work just as brilliantly on their own, if that’s how you wish to use the space.

 

We were taken back through to The Royal Horseguards Hotel, via the adjoining foyer.  As we walked across the reception space, you can immediately see that the hotel has been sympathetically and carefully refurbished back to its former Victorian splendour, all the way down to the original floor tiles.  Whilst walking through the hotel, you can really immerse yourself in the history of the building, which used to be the HQ of the Secret Service during the First World War.  The hotel boasts gorgeously appointed bedrooms and suites, a selection of fine dining restaurants, a comfortable lounge & a new cocktail bar, as well as the previously mentioned idyllic terrace, which backs onto Whitehall Park and the River Thames beyond.

 

Our tour concluded on the terrace, where we enjoyed a delectable selection of food & relaxed to the sounds of the band before departing for the evening, excited for the next opportunity we would have to visit again.

 

If you would like to arrange a visit to One Whitehall Place & The Royal Horseguards Hotel, or to discuss wedding planning with Steven Pellier, your wedding planner in London, throughout the UK or in the Algarve, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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New identity and website for Steven Pellier Weddings

Events company AIP Events has changed its name to Steven Pellier Weddings, signalling a shift in direction, and the company is celebrating the sea change with the launch of an appealing new website and a fresh identity.

When Steven decided to leave his job as an assistant purser in the cruise industry, he knew that one of the aspects of the role he’d loved most was helping to organise weddings at sea.

It was something he’d been heavily involved in during his life on board, as well as his time in luxurious 5 star hotels on land. Steven worked as part of a team at sea, who introduced the concept of marriages afloat to his UK based cruise line, so that couples could legally tie the knot in an elegant ceremony officiated at by the vessel’s captain.

new websiteAt the same time, even though Steven knew his passion was for memorable and fun weddings, he wanted to create a wider events company handling other kinds of family celebrations alongside sophisticated corporate gatherings, with elegance and glamour as the watchwords.

Now, having been very successful with running both types of event, weddings and corporate, since 2010, Steven feels the time is right for a rebrand, complete with a new name and website.

 

Why the change of name?

The self-confessed perfectionist said: “The company name of AIP Events sounds quite corporate, and while this has meant we have been able to attract some great clients, I’d like it to be a bit more personal and really focus on the wedding market.

“So I am now shifting direction a little so that we focus more on exquisite and tasteful weddings rather than the corporate side of things. I hope that by changing the company’s name to my own, I can create a more personal image.

“I also wished to get across the fact that I am a male wedding planner in a female-dominated industry in the name.”

The new organisation will still offer effortlessly debonair social and business events, with each request for these occasions considered individually.

Steven Pellier Weddings also has a new website to mark the fresh identity, which is currently being finalised. It will be available at 1087468514.n1442912.test.prositehosting.co.uk from Friday 30th January 2015

We hope that you adore the new website and company name, as much as we do. For any advice or a consultation about wedding planning in London, throughout the UK and abroad, please do not hesitate to contact us.