First impressions count at The Connaught Hotel
in Carlos Place. The first thing you’ll see on arrival there this winter will be Sean Scully’s boldly geometric 29ft Norwegian spruce colour-block Christmas Tree with its red, yellow, mauve and blue segments reflected in the Tadao Ando Fountain and across the gleaming glass frontage of the augmented Regency red-brick hotel, which is adorned with wreaths and foliage bedecked with lights.
The Mayfair Room, which played host to this year’s Christmas Party, is ideal for luxury wedding receptions with its sprung maple floor and mirrored panelling. The focal point for the evening was a fairy-tale wedding bower by Amie Bone who rightly holds the title ‘Queen of Blooms’ (Brides magazine). Amie’s nuptial love seat awakened the senses with twinkling lights, fluffy blankets and a host of scented flowers in delicate hues of butter yellow, damask pink, dusky violet and fuchsia. Amie specialises in floral marquees, cascades and chandeliers where lighting and heady perfumed blooms exist in perfect harmony.
As the Laurent Perrier Champagne flowed, we danced and were entertained by dynamic wedding band Urban Soul Orchestra. The seasonal decor was sparkly and bright to complement the Icy Elegance party theme, including a twinkling winter wonderland of shimmering light trees and frosted firs created by Twilight Trees and clusters of mirror ball and glitter filled statement balloons and shiny silver fringing by Balloonista, all spectacularly lit up by Matt Maurice Event Production.
We had fun striking poses with wedding photo booth experts Photobot.Co – the company’s eponymous photo mode is perfect to relax guests as they pull faces and throw shapes, while the Beauty mode can be applied for more elegant and glamorous record.
British Wedding Awards and British Photography award nominees David Christopher Photography captured the seasonal sparkle of the occasion reflecting the dazzling outfits as guests shared convivial greetings and revelled in Bridelux’s celebration of Christmas magic.
Destination and luxury wedding videographer Perfect Moment Films were on hand to encompass the lustre and sheen of the night – their wedding videos offer a discreet and personable approach with just the right tone to honour your personal story of romance, love and wedded bliss.
Our taste buds were tantalised by delicious canapes and small plates from The Connaught kitchen where fresh British ingredients are sourced daily. We were treated to savoury dishes such as turkey sausage rolls and dreamy cauliflower fondue as well as a selection of rich chocolate desserts. For wedding menus, The Connaught features an impressive array of cold and warm meat, fish and vegetarian dishes as well as a sushi and sashimi food station and a live cooking station with oysters and theatrical liquid nitrogen ice cream. For a cocktail wedding reception party, the hotel also offers beef, prawn tuna, lobster and salmon canapes and fruit tarts, beignets and mille feuille, to name but a few.
For the Bridelux party, confectioners Pan-N-Ice provided further melt-in-the-mouth sweet moments with their ice cream rolls topped with strawberries, raspberries and chocolate sauce.
It was the most special way to say Merry Christmas to all our gathered wedding friends and to wish everyone a very prosperous Happy New Year.