In many wedding receptions, luxury wedding cakes are often a most welcome sight and as we often joke, the only guest at a wedding with it’s own table! At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, the sheer diversity of our luxury wedding cake designs range from grand wedding cakes that grace exclusive palaces to the most delicate one tiered wonders.
Our reputation for producing some of the best luxury wedding cakes in the world often precedes us and we constantly endeavour to keep abreast of trends by actively listening to our clients and creating original designs and delicious cake flavours.
The start of a new decade, 2020 is set to be an exciting year for weddings, and individuality will be huge. Couples are no longer content to be offered cookie cutter, identikit wedding cakes and are now proactive participants in the design process and flavour choice.
Wedding cake flavours are also set to be more adventurous in 2020 with sophisticated flavour pairings, seasonality and sustainability being huge considerations.
1. Grand wedding cakes
A grand wedding cake symbolises bringing a fantasy to life and is the pinnacle of luxury wedding cakes. Usually tall and imposing in size, these multi tiered confections tend to be the focal point of a wedding reception. In some cultures, it is believed that the number of tiers is directly proportional to the longevity of the marriage, so the more cake tiers, the merrier!
Known as the queen of gems, pearls have been a part of bridal couture for many years. No longer consigned to grandma’s jewellery box, they have even been seen on the red carpet, with Harry Styles causing a stir when he wore a single pearl earring to the Met Gala. Pearls are set to be huge in 2020 and luxury wedding cakes adorned with edible pearls even more so.
3. Floating tier wedding cakes
We made our first floating tier wedding cake in 2012. It was inspired by the wedding cake from the film Sex and The City 2 and featured thousands of crystals on custom made cake stands. A clever way to add height and illusion to a luxury wedding cake, it’s great to see this trend is now a firm favourite with luxury brides.
4. Split wedding cakes
Split wedding cakes or half and half wedding cakes have gone from wannabe upstarts and have taken on a life of their own. They range from quirky and fun to elegant and intricately crafted. For a couple who crave something different, split cakes reflect the two sides of a whole and offer a way of incorporating a couple’s histories and passions into a cake.
5. Something cake, something blue
Pantone has declared Classic Blue as the colour of the year for 2020. Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights every couple’s desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build their partnership as they cross the threshold into a new era. We look forward to seeing couples make bolder choices by incorporating ‘something blue’ into their wedding cakes.
6. Carved cakes redefined
Carved cakes are a wonderful evolution and expression of individuality and are set to take the luxury wedding cake landscape by storm. These gravity defying edifices can be studded with coloured rock candy or pearls for a more sophisticated look.
7. Rococo love
Rococo emerged in Italy and France as a very significant movement in the art world. Created by craftsmen, this highly ornamental style is perfect for wedding cakes as it allows for the use of mouldings and gilding which is often suited to stately homes and royal palaces.
8. Textured wedding cakes
There are different types of textures that can be applied to a luxury wedding cake surface and these can range from barely there geometric iterations (perfect for contemporary designs), smooth frosting stripes, wafer paper frills to bas relief. Texture is a great way to add interest and dimension thereby creating elevation and personalisation.
9. Fault line wedding cakes
As a keen student of geography, I was aware that fault lines represent fracture lines on the surface of the earth. Years later, I never knew it would be the inspiration for a whole new cake design. Fault line cakes are all the rage at the moment and at Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, we have created a very sophisticated version which is already popular with our 2020 couples.
10. Watercolour cakes
Painting a wedding cake is the ultimate way to personalise one. Anything from, pretty florals to contemporary graphics and scripted calligraphy are some of the ways. In 2020, we predict that darker, bolder colours will come to the fore and we will also see art and wildlife inspired hand-painted wedding cakes.
We hope that what we see as the wedding cake trends for 2020 provides some inspiration for you.
If you are getting married in the near future, do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation at email@example.com or by speaking with us at 07958069116.
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At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium we are often approached to collaborate on styled shoots due to the fact that we have a reputation for being one of the best cake companies in the world. When Amie Bone approached us we did not hesitate to say yes as we knew this was going to be rather special.
THE SHOOT CONCEPT
This concept, conceived and styled by Amie Bone with additional styling and co-ordination by Charlotte Munro, takes a different look at relationships. In an era when men and women are supposed to be from “different planets” and unable to communicate, many gay men and straight women seem able to connect almost effortlessly.
This shoot was created as a celebration of PRIDE and modern relationships and friendships.
The beautiful and unique Aynhoe Park was the location for this shoot. At the heart of 250 acres of Capability Brown Cotswolds countryside, the 17th century 28 bedroom home is a country house of stories and surprises – a place where the extraordinary happens every day. It was therefore perfect for this unusual shoot.
DECOR AND DETAILS
Amie designed an incredibly wild cascading floral tablescape featuring an explosion of greenery and flowers. She used runners of coral peonies, gloriosa, orange and deep pink roses, pink sweet peas and hydrangeas, orange gladioli, green guelder roses, yellow calla lilies, ranunculi and tulips in abundance to create the most opulent look. Interspersed within the floral runner were bespoke bird cages and luxurious gold candelabras.
Each place setting had a charger plate by Whitehouse Crockery which was topped with gold-edged watercolour men and place card from EG Lettering and sweet treats from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.
We designed a trio of luxury wedding cakes and sweet treats in black and gold. Black sugarpaste is tricky to work with as it marks easily and any errors tends to be exaggerated. Thankfully, we only use the best sugarpaste on the market, Massa Ticino, which we are brand ambassadors for.
The main cake was a tall and dramatic 7 tiered confection in black decorated with baroque detailing and sugar flowers in pink, yellow and orange. The cake was set with a lush greenery backdrop and looked absolutely incredible.
The other two cakes included a one tiered crackle effect cake topped with sugar roses and a three-tiered cake black cake with pink marble veining accented with gold. There were also matching black and gold cupcakes, mini magnums and cookies for the dessert table.
The shoot was brilliantly captured by San Shawe of Sanshine Photography, one of the top wedding photographers in the World. I am sure you will all agree that this unique luxury shoot is simply stunning!
Venue: Aynhoe Park www.aynhoepark.co.uk
Photographer: Sanshine Photography www.sanshinephotography.com
Floral design: Amie Bone www.amieboneflowers.com
Styling & Coordination: Charlotte Munro Weddings www.charlottemunro.co.uk
Hair & Makeup: Team Glam www.teamglam.com
Luxury Wedding Cakes and Dessert Table Treats: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium www.elizabethscakeemporium.com
Stationery: EG Lettering www.eglettering.com
Charger Plates & Glassware: Whitehouse Crockery www.eventcrockeryhire.co.uk
Wedding & Engagement Rings: The London Victorian Ring Co www.london-victorian-ring.com
Dress: Chantal Mallett http://www.chantalmallett.com/
Furniture: The Prop Factory www.propfactory.co.uk
Candles sticks, birdcages & table décor: Wedding Day Hire www.weddingdayhire.co.uk
Models: Meg Makin, Michael Gray, Sam
Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium is immensely honoured to have been commissioned by renowned Italian luxury maison Fendi to create 12 Peekaboo luxury handbag cakes for both their Peekaboo Handbag Bar and their Pop Up Caffe in Harrods.
Fashion, food and Fendi is one of Italy’s greatest exports and all three have come together in glorious harmony at Harrods.
The late legendary Karl Lagerfeld first sketched Fendi’s first Double F logo back in 1965, in all of three seconds, no less! The iconic insignia of the Fendi brand has since been through hundreds of variations. It has been emblazoned on everything from BMX bikes to Kanye West’s head, and now, for the first time, the acronym of the famed fashion house has been placed on cookies, cakes and foam latte.
Fendi invited LA-based streetwear designer and street artist Joshua Vides to design both the Peekaboo Handbag Bar and Caffe interior in his trademark black and white illustration graphics, creating a contemporary monochrome dining experience . He cleverly made it sleek and Fendi monogram heavy and it delivers the most stunning visual impact. Everything, from menus, floors, walls and plates to palette has been branded with the “FF” logo. Even taxis in the area got in on the act and they also display the distinctive black and white branding.
On the menu in the Pop Up Caffe are delicious breakfasts, cappuccinos and filled focaccias for lunch. Larger appetites can indulge in full-course repasts of antipasti, insalate (the beef carpaccio is a house special) and mains of lasagne, aubergine parmagiana.
The one of a kind, Fendi themed wonderland pop up cafe, set to run till the end of August, has been deemed the coolest and most instagrammable pop up cafe ever by Vogue.
The pop-up Peekaboo Bar, located on the ground floor of Harrods, features a vibrant and glitzy array of handbags in bold colours and enables you to customise your own Peekaboo Mini bag with an array of mix-and-match bodies, handles and straps. There are more than 20 different handbag bodies, 25 handles (some with glitter finishes) and seven straps to choose from, epitomising customisation at its best.
The Peekaboo Handbag Cakes by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium
After we had calmed down from the excitement of being selected to create a range of mini Peekaboo handbag cakes by Fendi, we were understandably very nervous as the enormity of the task we faced hit us.
We knew it was important for the handbag cakes to look chic, realistic and stylish, and they also had to be presented beautifully since they were to provide the only source of colour to the monochromatic colour scheme.
After a few visits to view the beautifully crafted Fendi bags at their flagship Bond Street store, we produced some drawings and our fabricator produced a prototype form. This was experimented with, and after a few trials, we produced the 12 mini Peekaboo handbag cakes, matching the vibrant Fendi colours as closely as possible.
As you can imagine, the handbag cakes were delivered to Harrods in time for the opening of the bar and caffe on the 1st of July with great care and excitement! We were very honoured and proud to see our stylish handbag cakes make their debut lined up along the length of the breakfast table for press and influencers, with most, including the photographer, assuming our hand bag cakes were the actual Fendi Peekaboo handbags.
Even the Peekaboo Bar and Fendi Cafe customers were not left out, as many often tried to pick up the handbag cakes thinking they were the actual Peekaboos! This has led to on going repairs to the handbag cakes but it gives us an excuse to keep visiting Harrods.
The Harrods Fendi Caffe is a must-visit for anyone who likes fun fashion with a side of hearty Italian food. Buon appetito.
We are very grateful to have been given this unique opportunity by one of the most iconic and best known fashion brands in the world.
If you would like us to collaborate with you on similar or other projects, kindly contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07958069116
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Wedding season is among us and love (and planning) is in the air! For guests, this time of the year means hunting for that fashionable wedding outfit and unique wedding gift. But for the bride and groom, it means hunting for ways to make the wedding itself modern and exciting.
Today weddings are a chance for couples to show their creative personality through certain aspects of their big day. Old-fashioned customs are up for debate, and creative twists on old traditions are becoming increasingly popular. If you’re a modish couple looking for ways to give your nuptials a twenty-first-century spin, you’ll find that these next few tricks take old-hat traditions to a whole new level.
Putting on the Veil
The veil traditionally symbolizes modesty and a means to prevent the groom from seeing his beautiful bride until the ceremony is complete. It acts as a long sheer mask or the opportunity for the bride to make a dramatic statement. A new take on wearing a veil is not wearing one at all! Brides have moved away from the elaborately long veil, and on to a barrette with flowers and pieces of a veil attached. This creative trend emphasizes the DIY era and shatters the original meaning behind wearing the mask.
Switching Out the Place Cards
The process of choosing a seating chart is stressful, especially when there’s drama in the family! Once the placement is finalized, getting guests to their seats is the next challenge. Couples have started to use fun and creative ways to seat their guests rather than having place cards. A unique idea is to have some guests arrive and see a sign that reads “Take A Shot and Take A Seat” and below sits a full shot glass with their seat assignment attached.
Another fun twist guests will be excited to see is a sign that reads “Snap a Photo and Sit Down” with a photo wall and a Polaroid camera. This is particularly creative because the photo taken replaces the seat assignment card on the wall.
Making Memories Last
A guestbook is the most fabulous keepsake from this special night. It’s where you will get to look back years down the road on the day you tied the knot and see what your attendees had to say. The typical sign-in book is a thing of the past because couples want a more creative way to remember their night. A fun example is using a photo booth, where two copies are printed but one is put in a scrapbook where guests can write a meaningful message to the couple. Another example is a “Words of Wisdom” box, where guests write their marital two cents on a card and slip it into a box.
Dancing in Style
Slow dancing with your partner and all eyes are on the two of you for what seems like an eternity- nothing in the world seems to be more nerve-wracking. To give the crowd a goofy surprise, try an exciting choreographed routine! This is sure to bring laughs from around the room, and give you and your loved one a fun-filled memory you’ll never forget.
Personalising the Bar
Who doesn’t love an open bar? Well, modern couples are adding an even more fun addition to the wedding bar scene. Signature cocktails are an opportunity for the bride and groom to reflect their personal traits or characteristics. The bride’s tipple might be called “Blushing Bride,” and the groom’s might be named “Blue-eyed Groom.” This is a fun way to get the guests to enjoy a drink in honour of the happy couple.
Changing the Food Scene
Steak, chicken, or seafood? It’s that big decision that will be a defining factor for your big day. This crucial part of a wedding will stick with guests for years to come; if you completely change the norm of what is expected for dinner, it’ll be twice as memorable. Popcorn station, a s’mores bar or all-you-can-eat grazing table – the opportunities are endless! Imagine showing up to a wedding and seeing a fully stocked burrito bar in the far corner. This creative culinary twist is something you wouldn’t expect.
Personalising the Bar
Kicking it off on the sweet side, the most exciting change in the wedding world is how wedding cakes are presented. If you and your bae want to stay up to date with fashion trends, then deciding on a hip wedding cake is very important. A wedding cake on display is the ultimate eye catcher when you walk into reception, and the traditional pure white cake just isn’t surprising anymore; people want excitement. Glam cakes, themed cakes, and alternative cakes are providing the surprise element to most modern weddings.
A glam cake is a simple twist to traditional cakes that has the word “bling” written all over it. This style adds a bit of spice to the plain white base. Glitter and diamond jeweled ribbons line the cakes to make them sparkle and shine. Some couples might even add pops of colored flowers or edible intricate designs to make it really stand out.
Themed cakes have become all the rage over the last few years. It’s not just kids who get to express their love for fantasy and fiction in their cakes! Whether it be Game of Thrones themed, Star Trek, or even something as simple as a botanical garden, couples have been doing it all.
For all non-cake lovers, there’s plenty of other options for you. Another rising trend in the world of wedding cakes is not even having a cake at all. Not everyone has a desire for an elaborate three-tiered cake, and that’s entirely okay. A chocolate covered strawberry mountain, three tiers of brownies and cookies, or a three-tiered donut cake!
The most popular alternative to the cake as of 2019 is a cake pop or cupcake wedding cake. Cupcakes and cake pops are no longer considered children’s treats; they’re now wedding must-haves! This trend snowballed as people began to realize that not everyone wants to take a whole piece of cake, plus grabbing a cupcake or cake pop is so much more inviting.
Taking the Pain Out of Dancing
The dance floor is arguably the most popular part of a wedding reception. It’s also the perfect place to show off your sexiest dance moves and totally let loose after a few glasses of celebratory champagne. But what’s one thing that puts a big damper on the dancing festivities? For women, the answer is definitely high heels. Couples are now placing a basket next to the dance floor filled with foam sandals for their female guests to wear so they can dance the night away pain-free. This simple fix is extremely creative and a must-have at your wedding.
Finding the Perfect Favours
Wedding favours have always been tricky. How do you choose gifts to say thank you to your loved ones who attended your wedding? It’s traditional to give a box of candy that has a ribbon attached with a saying of love. Lately, it has become popular to mix it up. Mini succulents with the date and couple’s last name engraved into the pot is a cute way to say thank you. Another option is personalized pint glasses! My favorite example and one I would run to grab is the after wedding snack box. This handmade box comes with fries and a coke, or any food you wish to provide so that guests can have a snack from the bride and groom on the way home.
Spicing Up the Send-off
The formal exit of the bride and groom from the reception is the customary way to send off the happy couple on their honeymoon. Traditionally, guests throw rice above them to symbolise prosperity and good fortune. This tradition has taken on new forms as it has become increasingly common to get creative with wedding gestures. Instead of throwing rice, guests have found new objects to throw above the couple. Some objects include confetti, flower petals, balloons, and bubbles. These give a unique aesthetic to the wedding send-off, which will also undoubtedly make for amazing photographs.
For more information on how we can create your bespoke luxury cake contact us at info@elizabethscakeemporium.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Lindy, I’ve been planning weddings and events for a very long time now, predominantly covering London, The Home Counties and The Cotswolds. I have experience with all budgets and pretty much every wedding you can imagine over the years and I have loved being a part of each one.
I’m a calm, confident, positive person. I take pride in the experience I have and love nothing more than planning new events, meeting new clients and developing long lasting relationships along the way.
How did you get into wedding planning?
I had my own floristry business for a short while, after taking a break from my City job of 10+ years. Luckily I met a wonderful planner at a wedding fayre, who I then began working alongside. She gave me the motivation to set up my own business. I’ve always been incredibly organized and reliable as well as being very passionate about weddings, so it felt like a natural progression for me to break into the wedding planning industry.
What is a typical day like for you?
First tea! I start my day by checking emails, my to-do lists for the weddings I’m currently working on, followed by calls or meetings with my lovely clients and suppliers alike. You won’t find me on social media much. I’m quite old school in that respect and humble with my work. Predominantly my day is spent liaising with suppliers and working on my client’s schedules and budget sheets – very glamorous!
Your most favourite wedding to date?
Five tips for couples looking to get married;
1. Set a budget and aim to stick to this throughout the planning process. If you don’t have a clear budget set, it’s too easy to be dazzled and before you know it your costs are spiralling out of control.
2. Be realistic about guest numbers and invite those family and friends who are important to you – not just because you feel under pressure to have them there. It’s your day after all.
3. It’s never too early to start work on your table plan. Most of my clients find this the most stressful part, but it doesn’t need to be if you begin this way ahead of time.
4. Book your Photographer asap! The best photographers get booked up super fast, so it’s always key to book at the very beginning of your wedding planning journey. I always say ‘After the big day has been and gone, you’re left with wonderful memories, a wedding ring and your photos’. Don’t scrimp on the photographer as it’ll end up being so much more important as years go by. I still look at my Grandparent’s wedding album now – it’s something I’ll treasure forever now they’re gone.
5. Take time out to enjoy the planning process. Book a weekend away before your big day – just the two of you and relax, leave the plans at home and enjoy each other’s company.
What lessons have you learned along the way?
Gosh, I could write a book on my experiences and the lessons I have learnt throughout my time as a wedding planner! That’s why I value my experience so highly. I get countless emails each day from people wishing they were a wedding planner, regarding the profession as being uber glamorous with days spent sampling cakes and wine. In reality it is extremely hard work and much more labour intensive on the day than you would imagine. Most wedding planners will tell you the day after a successful wedding you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Name your top 5 venues and what venue would be your dream venue to work with?
The Wallace Collection, The Savile Club, Claridge’s, Aynhoe Park and Petersham Nurseries. I don’t really have a dream venue in mind which I’d like to work with, as for me it’s more about finding my dream client. I’ve been extremely lucky over the years to have worked for so many lovely clients, whom have become friends.
One of my clients bridesmaids left her dress in a taxi on the morning of the wedding. After numerous calls, I was able to track down the driver whom I arranged to meet to collect the dress. Luckily the bride was none the wiser! I also remember fixing a damaged wedding cake alongside a wonderful florist many years back now. Again, my clients had no idea and the cake looked great!
What are we to expect from you in the future?
For incredible wedding inspiration and to contact Lindy, visit her website at https://www.lindydowling.co.
At Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium we have a reputation for producing some of the world’s best luxury wedding cakes. The Lanesborough is reputedly the most expensive hotel in London and it’s had quite a diverse history and associations with royalty.
As a preferred supplier to The Lanesborough, we have been fortunate to be asked to produce luxury cakes for a number of clients over the years and we share a few of them with you below.
ROYAL WEDDING CAKE
Commissioned for the Karen Tran royal gala dinner, this tall peach and blue beauty was inspired by the ceiling of the Belgravia Room. It featured white and gold baroque mouldings and peach and pink sugar flowers.
WEDGWOOD INSPIRED LUXURY WEDDING CAKES
Made for another event in the Belgravia Room, the cakes matched the Wedgwood blue colour of the room and showcased our use of specially created moulds inspired by the ornate details adorning the room.
BRUCE OLDFIELD SHOWCASE
It was an honour to design this tall beauty for this exclusive event. The pure white cake featured hundreds of handmade sugar flowers and a gold B monogram.
CHANEL INSPIRED LUXURY CAKES
For this special sweet 16 birthday party only the best luxury celebration cakes will do. We designed this dessert table usin a white, black and gold colour scheme and it featured monogrammed tiered cakes, cupcakes, macaron towers, cookies, chocolate perfume bottles and cake pop mini magnums.
EMERALD JEWELENCIA LUXURY CAKE
This extraordinary 7 tier cake was created for a very special client whose favourite colour is green. Decorated with gold baroque detailing, bright sugar flowers and hand moulded sugar gems in chocolate and isomalt, this show stopper tasted as beautiful as it looked.
We absolutely loved creating all of these cakes and it is always a pleasure to work with The Lanesborough. Here’s to many more years of exciting collaborations!
Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium was commissioned by The Lanesborough, one of the capital’s best hotels, to create a luxury dessert table of epic proportions made up of luxury cakes and sweet treats for their recent enchanted Easter extravaganza.
Now anyone who knows us knows that as one of the best cake makers, we relish creating luxury cakes with a difference.
We envisioned an Easter egg luxury dessert table filled with all things chocolate and delicious.
The focal point of the table was a giant faberge inspired egg cake which stood 42 inches high. The egg cake was decorated with filigree scrolls, hand moulded leaves and a beaded band. It was then crowned with the most divine sugar roses, sugar peonies and sugar blossoms. We also created 14 inch high smaller hanging easter egg cakes in blue also decorated with scrolls and sugar peonies.
We also filled the table with lots of hand moulded chocolate eggs, mini chocolate magnums and cupcakes topped with sugar roses.
The cake flavours included chocolate orange, our famous triple chocolate, caramel, lemon and cookies and cream. The chocolate flavours were milk chocolate, white chocolate, raspberry chocolate and mango vegan chocolate!
We are delighted to say that everything went in under 15 minutes as the children and their parents couldn’t get enough of our sweet treats!
Another huge success for Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium at the enchanted Easter party at The Lanesborough.
If you would like us to design and create the best luxury dessert table for you, contact us on 07958069116 or at email@example.com
It’s spring time in London and for the second year running, the undisputed floral queen, Karen Tran, brings her floral masterclass to another iconic London venue. The most anticipated gala event in the UK events industry calendar, it was held on a perfect spring day. These beautiful photos from Stuart Wood Photography and video from Perfect Moment Films perfectly captures the opulence and fun of the incredible event held at the iconic Savoy Hotel in London.
Jane Riddell of Planned to Perfection was approached by Sasha Cullen and Penny Clements of Savoy Weddings to plan and execute the event, and she was supported by Leanne Roberts-Hewitt of WildAbout and Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.
The Savoy is the only luxury hotel on the River Thames, perfectly placed in the heart of London, one of the world’s most exciting cities.
At the forefront of the luxury hotel scene for almost 130 years, The Savoy has a reputation for the excellence of its unrivalled hospitality.
Overlooking Embarkment Gardens and the Thames, The River Room with its light and airy ambience, chandeliers and grandeur was ideal to showcase the amazing florals created over three days by Karen Tran and her students. The room has the distinction of having the royal seal of approval, being the room where HM Queen Elizabeth was first seen in public with Prince Phillip when they both attended a wedding there in 1946.
Opulence was the keyword for this masterclass. The floral palette consisted of an abundance of the most incredible statement florals in classic whites, creams and blush. Karen ably assisted by the incredible WildAbout and students who came from all over the world, transformed the River Room and painted an unforgettable floral landscape using thousands of roses, hydrangeas, tulips, peonies and phaelanopsis orchids supplied by Rosa Prima Roses and Piet Van Kampen of G Fresh.
The tablescape featured gold mirrored topped tables with Karen’s signature tall cascading arrangements on specially created gold pedestals and floral runners across the length of the tables that cascaded onto the floor. The tables were dressed with tall gold candlesticks which complimented the china, cutlery and crystal from Whitehouse Crockery. Linen from Just for Linen and menus and specially scented paper roses from Ananya Cards completed the look.
The floral tunnel and archway of beauty that framed the middle of the River Room stood at an impressive 14 feet tall and 18 feet wide and was a sight to behold. Decorated with a flower carpet made up of thousands of roses, hydrangeas and orchids, there were also similarly decorated flower walls and even the pillars were dressed with incredible flower cascades.
Luminaire events provided all the event production and support and such was their attention to detail, they even created a special gold floral motif for their gorgeous dance floor. the gold and white chairs were from Event Decor Hire.
Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium created an impressive cake in gold and white for the event. 8 tiers in total, it stood over 6 feet tall and featured two petal shaped gold base tiers. She painstakingly hand crafted the white sugar rose appliques, rose bas relief and sugar flowers in blush, cream and white that adorned the cake. The specially created pedestal featured an asymmetrical floral swag of pink roses to finish the look.
The Gala Dinner
Once the guests had been assembled, the doors of the River Rooms were opened to reveal Karen’s floral wonderland. There were audible gasps as guests took in the beauty of the room .
The guests included a mix of the best event planners, editors of bridal magazines, bloggers, and some of the best influencers in the UK. They sipped on specially created floral inspired cocktails, the finest Champagne and canapes from the very talented chefs at The Savoy.
During the cocktail hour guests were entertained by performances by Dream Performance and ballerinas from Sophie Adams Ballet Company. Karen was warmly applauded and cheered as she made her entrance into the room wearing Galia Lahav from Brown’s Bride and jewellery from Boodles. The guests were then welcomed and all the partners thanked in speeches by Jane and Karen.
The 5 course meal started with beautifully presented English oysters and black pearls of the most delicious caviar.
The next course consisted of seasonal English white asparagus with wild garlic hollandaise and Iberico Ham. A particular favourite was the creamiest saffron risotto served with edible spring flowers. The main course was a lotus flower wrapped steamed halibut with park choi, vegetables and a sesame dark soya source. Dessert was a very pretty and delicious mix of strawberries and cream, vanilla pana cotta, elderflower and buttermilk ice cream presented on a floral bed of dry ice.
During the course of the dinner, guests were completely serenaded and captivated by The Function Band who delivered world class entertainment. They had guests on their feet and up on podiums all night with many commenting on what an unforgettable night it was.
Jane of Planned for perfection who meticulously planned the event, said – “Thank you to a wonderful team of outstanding suppliers for helping us ensure that the gala was perfectly planned and to Karen and her team for the magnificent floral designs. The masterclass was a huge success and the gala exceeded all expectations. The memories will live in our hearts forever”
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Wedding & Event Planner:
Planned for Perfection www.plannedforperfection.co.uk
Elizabeths Cake Emporium –www.elizabethscakeemporium.com
The Function Band
Hair /Make up:
Gemma Sutton Hair and Make up
The Dream Performance
Lighting, Sound & Production:
Crockery, Cutlery & Glassware:
WhiteHouse Event Crockery www.eventcrockeryhire.co.uk
Event decor hire
Just 4 Linen
Live Event Artist
Karen Tran’s Evening Dress:
We are delighted that for the second year running, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium will be partnering with the iconic hotel The Savoy, Jane Riddell of Planned to Perfection and WildAbout to welcome the flower empress, world-renowned floral designer Karen Tran for her annual three-day Floral Experience Masterclass from 16-18th April 2019.
This masterclass will then culminate in a by invitation only, VIP gala dinner on Thursday 18th April in The Savoy’s stunning Lancaster Ballroom.
Last year, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium was instrumental in creating what was considered to be the event of the year and we are really looking forward to creating another luxury wedding cake masterpiece to compliment the stunning florals.
Karen will share her expertise of transforming any location into a breath-taking event space with her masterclass students. She will teach them how to create the most astonishing floral designs and show-stopping displays, while sharing her knowledge of the luxury weddings and events industry. The masterclass will also feature a select number of guest speakers from the events industry.
On Thursday 18th April, “Opulence at The Savoy” will conclude in a magnificent gala dinner, brought to you by award winning luxury Wedding Planner, Jane Riddell, from Planned for Perfection, in association with wedding cake designer, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, and Karen’s UK support florist, WildAbout. The Savoy and Karen Tran will host the event, where VIP guests will enjoy an evening of timeless glamour in the London landmark hotel.
“I am absolutely delighted that The Savoy is hosting this year’s London Masterclass and I cannot wait to see my floral designs in one of the most prestigious hotels in London. I very much look forward to welcoming students from around the world to the masterclass and to a magnificent gala dinner celebration” says Karen Tran.
Sasha Cullen, Wedding Sales Manager at The Savoy says: “We are really excited to be hosting the Karen Tran Floral Masterclass at The Savoy. We have such incredible creative’s in our Industry who continue to inspire us throughout our events careers and Karen is one of them. We cannot wait to see what she creates; and what better venue to host this extravagant spectacle than where Glamour first began”.
Jane Riddell, owner and creative director at Planned for Perfection, added: “I am thrilled to have been asked by Sasha and her team at The Savoy to bring the Masterclass to London again this year. Last year’s gala dinner was a huge success and this year’s floral experience is all set to be another incredible few days”
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ABOUT THE SAVOY
The Savoy is the only luxury hotel on the River Thames, perfectly placed in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities. 267 rooms and suites are accompanied by some of the most well-known restaurants and bars in London, alongside magnificent and varied meeting space.
With exceptional service at the heart of everything, a Savoy experience is built on memories created and stories told across the generations. You don’t just stay at The Savoy, The Savoy stays with you.
Karen Tran – www.karentran.com
The Savoy – www.thesavoylondon.com
Planned for Perfection – www.plannedforperfection.co.uk
WildAbout – www.wildabout.co.uk
Elizabeths Cake Emporium – www.elizabethscakeemporium.com