Quintessentially Weddings, planners of the world’s finest weddings, have gathered the most luxurious collection of wedding industry brands to participate in an utterly lavish wedding Atelier at the Dorchester Hotel. Clear your diary and plan to spend hours in the immersive event with ‘behind the scenes’ access to the finest designers, florists, jewellers, gastronomes and craftsmen in weddings. Be sure to catch the bridal catwalk featuring couture designers as well.
Friday: 1st April 2016 – 6pm – 9pm
Saturday: 2nd April 2016 – 10am – 5pm
Bridebook caught up with some of the amazing brands participating in the Atelier who shared what they offer discerning couples-to-be. Just imagine what your wedding would be like with these brands as your supporting cast…you would want the night to last forever. Learn more about each brand:
Quintessentially Weddings was founded by Anabel Fielding and Caroline Hurley, who have been organising and producing luxurious, bespoke weddings around the world for the last 10 years. Creativity and attention to detail, combined with unique access to industry luminaries and preferential rates, alleviate the stresses of wedding planning and result in beautiful weddings. Their team of dedicated wedding planners are committed to ensuring that every moment of the day is one to be remembered.
Founded by James Lord, Quintessentially Atelier are curated luxury shows featuring the finest brands and attended by members of Quintessentially and other HNWI. In addition to the Weddings Atelier, there are also Wine and Gentleman’s Ateliers to be held in 2016.
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The Dorchester Collection
The Dorchester Collection, which includes the iconic British hotel, The Dorchester in Mayfair, Coworth Park country hotel and spa in Ascot, Berkshire, and the boutique hotel, 45 Park Lane also in Mayfair, offer an unrivaled selection of spaces for luxurious weddings. The Dorchester has a history of prestigious and illustrious events; His Royal Highness Prince Philip held his stag night in the Park Suite, Elizabeth Taylor launched her perfume White Diamonds from the ballroom, and The Beatles held their first press junket in the Holford and Orchid, to name a few. All events at The Dorchester are tailor-made and all are unique and the team are practised in providing the extraordinary.
Amongst many requirements, the following have been organised for clients; an indoor garden and lake built on site and in excess of £3 million worth of cars displayed in The Ballroom. The Dorchester also boasts the Penthouse & Pavilion, a Sleeping Beauty-inspired theatrical suite of party rooms designed in 1953 by Oliver Messel, the Crystal Suite with its private entrance and silver glass encrusted Liberace piano and a selection of other elegant private spaces. A wedding at the Dorchester promises to be an unforgettable event of a lifetime.
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The Gift Bureau at Harrods
For the ultimate in luxury wedding gifts, look no further than Harrods. With 7 floors of the world’s finest products and services at their fingertips, Harrods’ team of specialists walk you through setting up your gift list and choosing your products with amazing inspirational look books. Your gift list is flexible and can include not only homewares, technology and kitchenware, but also travel, beauty and spa services, bridal gown services, men’s suiting and wedding cakes. Harrods can even arrange gifts to charity as well for the philanthropic couple-to-be!
Suzie Turner creates personally designed gowns, composed by the most skilled hand using unparalleled quality. The process is very much a collaboration between designer and client; every step of the way completely guided by the client to create their dream gown, nothing like it worn anywhere else in the world. Anything is possible; it is a beautiful process which always results in a design that will be completely unique to a bride and her day. Over a series of six to eight design collaborations and fittings, Suzie and her Atelier team work intimately and collaborative with the bride to create her perfect Couture gown, perfecting every element to the millimetre. From initial concept to finished down, meticulous attention to detail and the finest in British craftsmanship ensure a truly unique Couture experience, with every element of design and production completed in-house in our London Atelier. The Couture experience is available exclusively and privately at Suzie Turner by appointment only.
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The elegant bride need look no further for her “something blue.” La Perla’s Bridal Selection offers an amazing collection of bridal garments in Leavers lace, embroidery and silk – including an elegant silk-satin suspender belt with sapphires and gold details. The bride will feel extraordinary during her wedding preparations in La Perla’s iconic and coveted Maison slip and dressing gown, with the beautiful silk and hand-embroidered lace, still made in their historical atelier of Bologna, Italy! La Perla designs beautiful bodysuits, lingerie sets, bustiers, and sandals to wear under the wedding dress, alongside refined nightdresses like evening gowns, and slips. To finish the look, stockings and jewelled suspender belts make excellent gifts for a bridal shower among girlfriends. For the romantic at heart, La Perla offers Leavers lace lingerie made on antique Calais looms and unique garments with floral embroidery applied to silk using the traditional frastaglio technique. Those who want to combine comfort and sophistication can choose a combination of lace and a special fabric with Lycra, as used in the Shape Allure collection. Have you read La Perla’s Guide to Gorgeous Wedding Lingerie?
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The story of the Ladurée macaron starts in the middle of the 20th century with Pierre Desfontaines, who had the idea of sticking two macaron shells together and filling them with a delicious ganache. Since then, the recipe remains unchanged. Today, Ladurée has become the reference in wedding cakes and favors: not only visually beautiful but also simply divine and tasty. Ladurée offers a wide range of different wedding cakes (tiered cakes, croquembouche, pyramids of macarons or pyramids of choux) as well as elegant and stylish wedding favors. Being a luxury niche within the wedding industry, Ladurée has put in place a dedicated and highly experienced team, able to offer an impeccable bespoke service.
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John Nassari’s long and diverse photography career has spanned decades and encompasses the worlds of fashion, art and academia, portraiture and weddings. He has revolutionised the world of wedding photography with the recent launch of his innovative 360 technology which captures a scene in panoramic view, with the addition of interactive features and the sound in the scene at the time. John’s wedding photography career has seen him working closely with a number of luxury hotels in London, and he is the only photographer selected to take part in the Belgravia Wedding Quarter, in which he is an active and current member. John’s diverse career has cultivated his unique ability of capturing moments and emotions in beautiful ways, a skill that perfectly translates into his wedding photography. Beyond weddings, John Nassari exhibits his work worldwide, including at the National Portrait Gallery on three separate occasions. He is also named an Olympus brand ambassador.
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Leeming Brothers is a stationery company that was born out of a desire to continue the production of the finest stationery available, namely engraving. We have built up a production facility to rival any, and are now able to produce not only engraved stationery, but also complementary processes such as foiling, letterpress and gilt and colour edging. Over the last few years, we have found that our print styles are becoming more and more desirable for wedding stationery. We have invitation designs that suit all styles of wedding, whether you’re having a modern city chic day, or a traditional manor house event, we are bound to have something that will set the tone, and give your guests their first glimpse into what you are planning. Of course, if you have something else in mind, we also produce bespoke stationery suites for the couple that would like something different with a more personal touch.
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Peboryon is an acclaimed cake design studio run by Christine and Phil Jensen, who specialise in creating luxury gourmet wedding cakes and delivering them from the Duchy of Cornwall to beautiful venues across the UK. Their exceptional cakes are recommended by great Houses and hotels across the South West, including Olga Polizzi’s Hotel Tresanton. Peboryon offers couples the flexibility of a full custom design service or a choice from their distinctive wedding cake collections. The studio team count it an honour to work with each couple to design and craft a wedding cake that reflects their unique celebration, inside and out. Keep an eye out for Peboryon’s stunning new Spaces wedding cake collection which they will be launching at the Dorchester!
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An international fine art destination photographer, based in Kensington, London, Julie Michaelsen creates images that are clean, fresh, bright and airy with a feminine and ethereal feel to them whilst still being modern, simple and Scandinavian feeling. Julie’s Danish heritage is a significant influence of her style. She loves cool, clean, modern and simple line aesthetics. Julie believes your wedding day should be exactly how you envisage it to be. She believes in quality and excellent customer experience throughout, she believes in adding value as much as possible, and finally she believe in underpromising and over delivering. Julie’s work has been featured in countless magazines and online publications such as Rock My Wedding, Love my Dress, You and Your Wedding and Brides Magazine.
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Mary Jane Vaughan
One of the things Mary Jane Vaughan loves about cut flowers is that we have them in our home for only one reason, their beauty. Their value does not increase with time, they have no practical use apart from to make us feel a little better each time we walk into the room. For this reason flowers are the ultimate luxury. Mary Jane Vaughan provides a bespoke service to couples for their wedding flowers at any venue in the UK, or abroad. She loves to meet up with couples to start with at her studio in Battersea, which is packed with props and inspiration photos to get the creative ball rolling. Mary Jane Vaughan’s floristry has been featured in a number of blogs and magazines, and she has recently been named Florist of the year by the New Covent Garden Flower Market Awards!
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Sari Cakes creates luxury and stunning wedding cakes. Each one of our creations is hand decorated without the use of stencils so every cake is truly unique. Delicious flavours, vibrant colours and intricate designs make for a show stopping centre piece. They taste delicious too and you can mix and match the flavours of your tiers at no extra cost. Sari Mini cakes are perfect for luxury wedding favours or bridesmaids gifts. The creations can be seen online and in Harrods Food Halls.
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As specialist suppliers of antique furniture and accessories to dress the sets of blockbuster films and popular TV dramas, Farley has a wealth of experience to help you furnish your wedding. We offer a bespoke hire service for Wedding Planners and Brides and Grooms who are looking to dress their venue, be it a stately home, palace or marquee. On a visit to our showrooms you can select from over 40,000 individual items to perfectly compliment your colour scheme, venue or theme. We can advise on floor plans and finishing touches, and we also offer a delivery and installation service ensuring each piece is placed exactly where you need it, ready for your guests to arrive. From carpets and chairs, to chaise longue and chandeliers our collection is of the highest quality. Weddings are no longer just about dining tables and chairs. Many of our clients look to us to create an intimate snug for guests to relax in, a glitzy bar, a rustic outdoor seating area, an elegant top table, Grooms lounge or dressing room for the Brides pre wedding photographs. Whether you need to completely furnish your venue or want to add one show-stopping piece you can contact us for advice or to arrange a site visit. You can relax in the knowledge that our team are experienced and professional and relish the opportunity to help you make your occasion look spectacular.
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Harvested from water vapour in the skies above a remote tropical island, Veren water is unique among other premium bottled waters because its source never comes into contact with the ground so is therefore completely uncontaminated by all the toxins, chemicals and heavy minerals. The purity, freshness and luxurious lightness of the water are a revelation on first taste. Veren is the most exclusive water in Europe, with only 3000 bottles of its ‘purity’ crafted each year. Presented in an extra flint glass bottle, finished with white embossing and an Italian heban dark wood cap, it’s the most sophisticated bottle that could sit on your beautifully designed wedding tables – a statement water that ensures the bride’s day is ‘perfect’ in every detail. Veren is the only bottled water that will be as beautifully presented as the bride, and designed to complement sophisticated tastes. Luxury weddings demand a level of style and uniqueness that puts them in a category of their own, and having the most exclusive and pure water that is embraced by Michelin-star chefs and served at five-star hotels will bring that wow factor to the day.
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Megabooth’s unique wedding photo booths have been specially designed to ensure they bring the fun factor to a wedding. Megabooth Photo booth packages provide endless entertainment with unlimited high quality photo prints, a personalised guestbook, handpicked wedding props and service with a smile from our qualified photo booth technicians. As the old adage goes, you need something old, something new, something blue and something borrowed, in other words a Megabooth Wedding Photo Booth. Don’t miss Megabooth’s photobooth white taxi, where you take your photos inside the backseat of the cab!
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Eight Ray Music
Eight Ray Music is an innovative music agency that prides itself on providing a seamless service, from enquiry through to performance. Having worked extensively with the most discerning luxury wedding planners and numerous private clients across the world, Eight Ray Music have a unique understanding of stunning wedding entertainment. By keeping a refined roster, the agency only showcases performers of the highest quality, professionalism and talent. The choice of discerning brides, whether you need an elegant soloist for your drinks reception, a classical quartet for the Bridal Chorus, a roaming act for dinner or a show-stopping party band and DJ for the evening, you’re in expert hands with Eight Ray Music. At the Quintessentially Atelier you’ll see a selection of Eight Ray Music acts performing and you’ll be able to pose any questions you might have to the team, who will be in attendance too.
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Amanda Austin Flowers
Called “the best kept Secret in London” by Tatler Magazine, renowned Chelsea florist, Amanda Austin Flowers is recognised for the most exceptional seasonal flowers, whether they are for weddings, events, dinners or of course the most beautiful bouquets delivered daily throughout London. From their perfect little shop in Chelsea, where they meet all their brides and customers, to the enormous unit in Vauxhall where they create all the larger event pieces and contracts, Amanda and her wonderful team have over 50 years of experience and knowledge. Ask them for something and they will create it for you. With service valued as priceless, and unique knowledge of all things flowery, they are here to help. According to Amanda, “flowers are my absolute passion, from the first perfect bell on a stem of lily of the valley to the heavenly perfume of a peony or English sweet pea.”
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Create a grass aisle, transform the floor of your reception area with grass, and enjoy drinks from a grass bar. WowGrass is real grass grown in felt; it’s fresh, alive and completely soil-free – this means there is no mud and, the best bit is, it’s stiletto-proof. WowGrass will stay looking good all day and will last right through to the evening until your last guests have left. You can walk on it, sit on it, dance on it. WowGrass can cover floors, walls, furniture, anything you can visualise and its use is limited purely by your imagination. We can roll it out with no fuss and no mess. We can move it from the wedding ceremony to the reception. We can come in after the reception to remove it or come back the next day – whatever suits you and your venue. Bringing ideas to life is our mission; we listen to our clients’ requirements and we are ready to work with you to create a memorable event and give your wedding the ultimate wow factor.
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Paul Antonio Scribe is a small studio of calligraphers, hand lettering artisans and graphic designers working with both the traditional and the latest innovations in our crafts tools and techniques. The London-based studio founded by Paul Antonio has grown in size over the years to now include three fully trained scribes. Paul trained as a calligrapher and heraldic artist, then studied Archaeological Illustration (he’s even drawn Egyptian hieroglyphs for the Metropolitan Museum, NYC). Wedding stationery services are their forte. Their services include designing full range of bespoke stationery, hand-writing names on invitations, addressing the envelopes, creating RSVP, Save the Date cards, menus, placecards and the increasingly popular Placement Envelopes with accompanying Escort Cards as well as beautiful Thank You notes for after the event, and bespoke monograms to celebrate your new union. Bringing all their skill and experience to make yours the most beautiful and memorable day of your new lives together.
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Cameo Photography are renowned as London’s most exciting & creative professional wedding photographers, setting the latest trends for over 25 years. Drawing on their background in fashion, fine art & photojournalism, they combine these elements to produce elegant and timeless images which capture every emotion & detail. As the recommended photographers of London’s most exclusive hotels, venues & party planners, Cameo have photographed Royalty and celebrities alike. Of international renown, they were commissioned to photograph the world’s most expensive wedding in Paris but equally enjoy small, intimate occasions. They have carefully sourced the finest wedding albums from around the world which are the perfect way to tell the romantic story of your wedding day.
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Luxury couture stationers, ER Stationery, are specialists in creating beautifully bespoke wedding and event stationery in their signature Dupioni silk collection. Based in the beautiful Cornish countryside, they create sumptuously stunning stationery, all designed specifically to your colours, needs and brief. The stationery is made using only the finest materials available which have been sourced over a number of years using trusted suppliers across the world. Their team of highly skilled stationers look after every detail, from the cutting of the card, sketching/painting of the venue, hot foiling text and images, to designing monograms and logos – thus, allowing you to have complete control and confidence in the final result. Continuity throughout your day is guaranteed as all ranges are available in Save the Dates, Invites, Menu’s, Place Cards, Order of Service, Favour Boxes, Table Numbers, Table Plans and much, much more.
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November 2015 saw the official launch of Seedlip, the world’s first distilled nonalcoholic spirit, set to solve the ever-growing need for a sophisticated alternative to alcohol for those not drinking. Shying away from the standard fruity and sweet offerings, Seedlip combines six individually-distilled barks, spices and citrus peels to create an adult and complex blend best sipped long with tonic or short with brine as a non-alcoholic martini. Seedlip’s liquid history stems from an ancient book published in London in 1651 named The Art of Distillation, offering forgotten copper-stilled, non-alcoholic remedies now repurposed to pioneer a new non-alcoholic spirits category relevant for the modern day. Blended and bottled in England, Seedlip has created a coveted bespoke distilling process for each individual botanical. The distilling process means that Seedlip boasts only 0.2 calories per recommended 50ml serve, is sugar-free, sweetener-free, artificial colour- and flavour-free, making it the go-to option for those looking for a credible alternative to alcohol.
Ruth Kaye Design
Ruth Kaye Design are connoisseurs of print, creating a diverse range of beautifully bespoke, handmade invitations. From classic to quirky, contemporary to elegant, all stationery created by the incredible design team from their stylish studio in Primrose Hill is distinctive, unique and luxurious. Ruth Kaye Design crafts award winning stationery for all occasions, from save the date correspondence right through to table plans, place cards, goody bags, and so much more, whilst specialising in weddings and correspondence cards as the most popular requests. They continually manage to bring a chic and sophisticated edge to all they produce, leaving a taste of excitement for the lucky recipients and setting the tone for the event like no other. It is with little wonder that their clientele range from royalty to rock stars. From an initial design consultation to the final production of perfect invitations and stationery, your private consultation will be unique and original, tailor made to suit your style, theme or colour. With their level of high design and attention to detail there are endless possibilities to what can be created.
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Hannah Rose London
Hanna Rose London is a luxury bespoke wedding and engagement ring supplier. Based in the heart of Hatton Garden, all of our rings are hand-made on site using the finest materials by our craftsmen who have been established in the industry for over 40 years. We invite you to come into the workshop and meet with the craftsmen, and be part of the making of your ring.
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