Gabrielle Knowles - 07 Nov 2017

Wedding in the Spotlight

The year 2017 has seen some fabulous weddings take place at One Great George Street. One wedding in particular had so many exciting things that happened throughout the day that I just had to write about it.

Chloe and Ken tied the knot on Saturday 30th September 2017. Their guests were treated to a fun packed day full of gifts, entertainment and surprises.

The day started off with an array of family and friends arriving at the venue to help set up. The bride’s auntie, who was the mastermind behind the venue’s theming, delegated jobs to ensure that the bride and groom’s wishes were fulfilled to their exact specifications. Quirky decorations to include a bike that held the post box and wooden crates filled with French themed books (giving it a Parisian feel) were just a few of the items used to decorate the venue. Both sides of the family were also involved in creating flower arrangements that were displayed in each room used. Every detail was carefully thought-out so that each element complimented the other.

The bride & groom hosted traditional Chinese games at their home before heading over to One Great George Street for their Chinese Tea Ceremony. The ceremony was held in our Brunel Room in the morning. The couples’ close family and friends watched on as the elder members were served Chinese tea by the bride & groom. The first treat of the day were baskets of mixed sweets that guests were able to help themselves to during the ceremony. The bride looked breath-taking in the first dress of the day, a traditional Chinese red dress and jacket to match.

After the Tea Ceremony, the bride was whisked away to get ready for the Civil Ceremony that took place in our Smeaton Room. During this time the groom who looked dashing in his suit and red tie was socialising with family and greeting new arrivals who were invited to the Civil Ceremony and onwards. Drinks and canapes were being served and guests were entertainment by Scripin Weddings, one of One Great George Street’s recommended suppliers. Scripin Weddings are a photo streaming company that allow guests to instantly upload photos that get displayed onto screens for guests’ viewing pleasure. The couple had hired two screens, so lots of fun photos were on view throughout the whole day.

Time for the Civil Ceremony…guests were surprised by individual cupcakes placed on each seat in the ceremony room, which as you can imagine went down a storm. The bride, now in her second dress of the day (equally as stunning in a white gown) walked down the aisle to ‘A thousand years’ by Christina Perry.

After their beautiful ceremony, more drinks were served to guests while the couple and photographer took full advantage of the venues architecture and went off with their Bridal Party to take some photos on the Rotunda, 2nd floor balconies and in the Library. Meanwhile downstairs guests were helping themselves to their Ferrero Rocher escort cards and enjoying some more drinks to live music.

The Wedding Breakfast was calling and as guests were making their way up to the Great Hall, they were surprised again by a sweet/dessert station and a photo booth, both positioned on the Rotunda; a preview of what was in store for later.

The Great Hall was decorated in shades of light blue, peach and white. This was apparent in the table settings and flowers. The couple also provided test tubes of tea for guest favours, placed at each setting which also bared the same colour scheme. The room was set, the band was waiting in anticipation and the Catering Team were ready for service.

As guest entered the Great Hall, for a split second as they passed the threshold they stopped to take in the spectacular beauty of the room before heading in to take their seats. It is one of my favourite rituals, to stand by the doors and watch guests reactions when entering the Great Hall; it nearly always takes guest by surprise the height and grandeur of this exquisite space. The couple were announced in to music and with their guests danced to a few songs before the wedding breakfast was served. The atmosphere was electric and standing at the edge of the room looking in; I just knew that this wedding party were going to have a wonderful evening.

I love it when coordinating a wedding I am introduced to new traditions that I wasn’t previously aware of. Chloe and Ken informed me of “Yam Seng,” or “cheers” in Chinese, which is a celebratory cheer with a drink to congratulate the groom for marrying his beloved. The couple with family go around each table and shout “Yam Seng” at the same time, each table competing to be louder than the last. This was very exciting and so much fun to watch.

So that the additional evening guests arriving after the Wedding Breakfast were involved in as much of the evening reception as possible, the couple decided to have a short break after the speeches. The bride went off to her private chambers to change into her final outfit of the day, which was a striking floor length red ball gown. I honestly couldn’t tell you which dress was my favourite; they were all remarkable, elegant in their own way. With the arrival of all the guests and the bride in her evening attire it was time for the dancing to commence.

I stayed to watch the couple’s first dance. By this stage the party was well underway and the couple looked so in love as they danced in each other’s arms. The bar was full and guests were exploring the activities on the Rotunda along with tucking into the evening buffet. At this time of the night, my job is done and I slipped away into the night to reflect on the day’s events. This wedding was a real family affair with so many people working together to create an amazing day, that I will never forget helping to coordinate.

Fabulous Photos by Jimmy Cheng Photography
e:photos@jimmycheng.photography

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