The words white wedding always conjure up the image of a traditional celebration deep in the English countryside. And like all good Brits, we can’t help but love that concept — although we like to do it with a twist. In this case we were inspired by a childhood book the groom loved in his childhood. To mimic the storyline, we set the wedding on the banks of the River Test in a couture canvas tent filled with hundreds of wildflowers and an oversized dance floor. Guests dipped their toes in the water while they sipped on bellinis and listened to an eclectic playlist. English tradition getting an eccentric update.
Unless the joys of time-travel suddenly become within reach, we will never visit the Moulin Rouge in its heyday. But we can offer you a Baz Luhrmann inspired Bar Mitzvah, and really, that’s just as good. Here’s how to make it happen: take No.1 Embankment, 1000 metres of velvet, 400 metres of mirror, 170 guests, 300 props, one famous magic act, the unforgettable Bruce Airhead and a circus horse, and put it all together. Invite seventy five 13 year olds and you won’t miss Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
Is there anything more romantic than a mid-summer festival? Lanterns in the trees, flowers everywhere, music outdoors and impromptu dance floors under the stars… The only thing that can ruin it is all the other people — but not if you have your very own wedding festival. In this case, we were lucky enough to have a magical setting to work with as the wedding was set in the bride’s historic family grounds that included pretty lakes and hundreds of shaded groves. Into the mix we added authentic Italian catering, a dramatic bonfire, bunting, luxurious yurt accommodation and lots and lots of Limoncello.
With this guest list coming to your wedding, the pressure is on to make sure it is pretty special. But the setting made things easy for us, as it is hard to go wrong with a ceremony deep in the woodlands trees and a reception in a centuries-old ballroom. We brought in 38 six metre trees, 120 hedges, 50 topiary lollipops, 300 hanging lanterns, the best caterers, better barman and a bit of cheese (Guilty Pleasures) on the decks!
We’ve all watched Mama Mia and secretly longed to have a wedding as romantic as that one. And while we can’t promise you’ll break into song quite as often as they do in the film, we can create a picture perfect Greek wedding. Set on the wild, unspoilt northern tip of Zakynthos, this event was held in a private villa overlooking the sea. The bride arrived by boat and guests drank champagne and ate canapés while watching the sun set.
Guests arrived to a graffiti splashed, back street East-end warehouse through an unwelcoming blank door to be greeted by fabulous cocktails in a vintage 1890's Speigel tent, Michelin starred food and star turns on the stage and dance floor – who would Adam and Eve it?
We turned back the clock with a vintage tent and a fairground straight out of an Enid Blyton novel for this fantasy Bat Mitzvah. There were rides, games, sweets and prizes galore, keeping guests busy and very entertained until the sun set, when they moved into the vintage tent for mocktails made from carved pineapples, imaginative food and an evening of dancing. Famous Five eat your heart out.
When you’re given a lake-side location, then your job is already half done as there are few views a stretch of water can’t improve. For this magnificent birthday party, we brought in cutting edge decoration, famous musicians, thousands of flowers, top chefs, manned row-boats, extraordinary fireworks and sychronised bi-plane wing walkers.
For this wedding, we decided to bring the chicest hue of all into a traditional bridal scheme. Which meant a sheer black dance floor, a stainless steel bar, a stylish tension tent, candle lit rowing boats and ancient olives— made even more impressive by a blood-red sunset, eye-popping fireworks and midnight hot toddies.
The lavender, the rosé, the warm summer evenings — there are few people who would turn down the South of France as a party location. But instead of forcing your guests on a plane, why not recreate le sud en Somerset? For this 40th birthday celebration, we created a 100 metre rose walkway entrance, fire bowls and olive trees, two bite canapé delights, French-inspired cocktails, a raised dance floor and Benny Blanco on the decks.
This 18th birthday party finally put to bed the old adage that the 1980s were the decade style forgot. Set in an elegant ballroom styled structure, the dress code was 80s rockstar and a red carpet led the way to a tent decked with metallic silver curtains from floor to ceiling. Teenagers dressed as Jon Bon Jovi, David Bowie and Ozzy Osborne dined on Japanese cuisine in an all-silver setting and after dinner metallic curtains were raised to sounds of a DJ ready to welcome the party to the dance floor.
This charity event was so spectacular, when guests weren’t taking pictures for Instagram, they were digging deep into their wallets. We kicked off the preparations by booking a stately home and the 500 VIP guests arrived to a 200ft marquee, dry ice cocktails, scientist barmen, 500 lanterns, celebrity speakers and auctioneers – and by the end of the night £750,000 was raised.