After two scintillating nights and days of enthralling conversation about how to plan, create and conduct the very best luxury wedding, the Bridelux Symposium reached its zenith with a lavish black tie gala dinner, and inaugural Bridelux Awards ceremony at The Savoy, London
. The effortlessly elegant Lancaster Ballroom was beautifully decorated for the occasion with extravagant arrangements by Emma Soulsby Flowers
. Beautiful and bountiful sprays tumbled around the stage and towered exquisitely on the tables, complementing the ballroom’s powder blue and white decor, which is somewhat akin to fine Wedgewood china - rare, delicate and sublimely elegant - making it a fitting residence for more than 230 premier wedding professionals gathered from across the globe.
Members of The Function Band
were poised on a series of illuminated pedestals to sing to us before dinner, which they did while dancing lithely to the beat, quite a marvel to watch. The menu comprised burrata with heirloom tomatoes, olives and gazpacho, followed by silky red mullet with leeks and truffle, served with a Champagne and spring onion sauce. Sugar Box Events
presented us with jewelled confection boxes containing meltingly moreish chocolate pyramids and a selection of tempting sweet treats served in the Leylaty Lounge, which featured gorgeous silk blooms set into perspex light boxes on the dance floor, arranged by high end luxury event and decor designers Leylaty Events
.And the winners are...
11 different categories of awards drew forth a shortlist of 50 names to watch for brides and grooms and was a chance to honour those at the top of their game from within the elite wedding industry. The categories encompassed wedding planners, florists, cake makers, wedding gift specialists, party planners, fashion houses, photographers and much more. The judging panel featured Grace Ormonde, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, George Hammer, chairman of The Wedding Gallery, Caroline Neville, President of CEW, Jade Beer, Show Director at The Tatler Townhouse, Simon Leadsford, Publishing Director at Condé Nast Traveller and James Lord, CEO and Founder of Bridelux.
The highest accolade of Bridelux Industry Legend was awarded to leading party architect Johnny Roxburgh, who has spent 40 years in the business dreaming up the most extravagant and talked about luxury happenings and has curated more than 11,000 legendary events. Johnny said of his award: “It’s because I’m nearly dead, it’s like being invited to your own funeral,” which only enforces his delightfully deadpan approach to fame. He went on to say: “I am so honoured to be given such a prestigious award at what has to be the finest wedding conference and awards ceremony in the world.” Well done, Johnny.
The Inductee into the Bridelux Bridal Designer Hall of Fame was awarded to Phillipa Lepley
Best Photographer/Videographer awarded to Holly Clark Photography
Best Florist/Wedding Designer awarded to Rob Van Helden
Best Wedding Planner awarded to Cranberry Blue
Best Wedding Venue awarded to Aynhoe Park
Best Bridal Beauty Brand awarded to Charlotte Tilbury
Best Honeymoon Provider awarded to Mr & Mrs Smith
Best Stationer awarded to Intricate Creations
Best Cakemaker awarded to Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium
Best Emerging Fashion Brand awarded to Victoria Sanders Studio.
Bridelux host James Lord added: “The creativity, talent and work ethics in the global wedding industry are on a par with the finest design and couture houses, I felt it was about time these phenomenal artisans were rewarded for their talent.”
Enormous thanks to The Savoy, Thomas Goode, The Wedding Gallery, Intricate Creations, Luminaire, Bloomsbury Films, John Nassari Photography, Emma Soulsby Flowers, Leylaty Events, Breeze Cocktails, Live Event Artist, Sugar Box Events, Photobot, Diptyque, White House Crockery, Eden Event and Just 4 Linen for providing such exquisite finishing touches and for capturing this very refined gathering. It really raised the benchmark high for the very best in wedding etiquette. We cannot wait for the next one.