Don't we all love bridal wear? We are extremely excited to share with you a preview of designer, Carolina Herrera's Spring 2017 Bridal collection. The Just As Planned team were front and centre at the showcase and unveiling of the collection. This took place at the Wedding Club in Knightsbridge, London. Here is a preview of the collection for you all to see.
We love the fact that the low back and backless dress trend is still being incorporated in the 2017 collection.
Some of the pieces are very unconventional . This is the future of bridal wear ladies! It is perfectly ideal for brides who love to be different and stand out. Carolina Herrera’s pieces are extremely creative and beautiful to say the least.
So happy to share this lovely wedding with you all, whilst in Nigeria working on another event, I received an email enquiry from the lovely Tobi about coordinating her London wedding which was just 6 months from the date she contacted me. With just two days left of my Lagos visit, I made sure I met with Tobi and Seye as they were living right there in Lagos. It was a natural connection and we hit it off straight away. I immediately starting working on their London wedding, coordinating the wedding vendors they had already booked and sourcing additional vendors required. As I was working with a couple based in Nigeria who wanted a London destination wedding, I ensured I pre-booked and planned all meetings with their vendors before Tobi’s visit to the UK to ensure efficient use of her time in the country. Take a glimpse of how we put together our Nigerian based couples wedding right at the heart of London.
We took care of everything from bridal prep right down to the reception party. Tobi's bridal party went seamlessly thanks to her extremely efficient glam squad. Her hair was beautifully styled by Hair By Abike and her face was beat by Beauty Boudoir.
The couple had their marriage ceremony at the beautiful St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. The church already had such a majestic gander, we didn't have to do much in terms of decorating the church hall.
This wedding was extra special to us because we designed the whole wedding, from the wedding stationery to the set up and decoration of the reception hall. The centre pieces and flowers were put together by the very talented Upon Request Floral Design. The cake was beautifully made by the Cake Parlour and Kandy by Kerry put together a Confectionery table as a lovely treat for the wedding guests.
This wedding was nothing short of fun fun fun! With MC Simply Andy keeping the guests entertained and DJ Bayo ensuring the guests kept rocking the dance floor, I must say we had a blast working on Tobi and Seye's glamorous wedding! Photography were taken by Bandele Zuberi and Videography was put together by AJ Wedding Films.
So two weeks ago we had the privilege of feasting our eyes on the spring summer Berta Bridal collection at the Wedding Club in Knightsbridge their official UK stockiest. The event was attended by the wedding industries UK finest from Bruce Russell, Hannah Routledge from the Corinthia Hotel, Amie Bone Flowers who provides some stunning floral arrangements for the event, Just As Planned of course & many more...
Honestly I am not going to write much as you really need to see for yourself the mouth watering gowns that will make you want to go on a diet, get married and/or renew your vows if you aren’t already married!
They are delicate, flattering, versatile and fit like a glove. This new collection has versatility with capes, longer trains and more ball gown dresses for the more traditional bride with plenty of detail with the embroidery & lace. Berta bridal keeps putting the sexy & elegant into their wedding gowns and they have succeeded with their new Luscious SS16 collection.
Don't we all just 'Love' a bit of wedding cake! We recently had the pleasure of attending the launch of GC Couture's 2016 new cake collection 'Seasons of Sugar' on the 27th October 2015. In attending the event, we not only got to see firsthand the masterpieces they had created as well as the quality of their creativity, artistry and capability, but also had the opportunity to divulge in tasting the cakes too. We can confidently say that their cakes not only look amazing, but have the added bonus of tasting great as well. We loved how creative they were with all the different names they chose for the cakes, details of which can be found below in their press release. Please read on to hear more about the talented cake designers, the concept of the event, the process of choosing the final designs for the collection and more.
Luxury wedding cake designer, GC Couture, has unveiled its highly anticipated 2016 ‘Seasons of Sugar Collection’ at an exclusive press launch at the Lanesborough London. The couture collection, available to view and order from 1st November 2015, will feature decadent and delicate designs to create the perfect standout centrepieces for spring, summer, autumn and winter weddings. GC Couture is best known for serving five-star wedding venues, prestigious hotels and, of course, countless happy couples. Along with sister company, Genuine Cakes, the team has provided delectable delights for many high-profile celebrity occasions, as well as a consumer range for Harrods.
The classic yet ornate and impressive Seasons of Sugar Collection is the result of a long, collaborative creative process involving many of the production team’s ideas and incorporating GC Couture’s trend predictions for 2016. The creation of the collection has been conducted in four stages by Director Marie Sinclair. Marie explains: “We began with an initial ideas meeting involving our full production team, where we put forward our inspiration for the upcoming collection, based on trends, patterns and sketches. In this way, we like to think that we are creating trends in the world of cake design, which is really exciting creatively.” In true couture style, the process is then refined with a theme meeting, which ensures cohesiveness in size, textures, height, shapes and colours. Each team member is then asked to produce a design based on the initial ideas, which are then solidified and woven into final concepts at the final design meeting. Once the initial design stages are completed, GC Couture’s resident artist then sketches the designs to produce the start of a masterpiece collection. Marie says: “While this year’s collection is quite eclectic in style, we wanted to maintain a unifying element of timeless, classic beauty. Many couples, while enjoying the unique statement element of our couture cakes, are very drawn to traditional shapes and designs. Our cakes our designed so that in years to come couples perusing old magazines will still gasp and say ‘that’s the one!’” She continues: “Height is a big feature of the Seasons of Sugar Collection, simply because it creates more impact and ‘wow’ factor. We have created a signature look of sugar flowers cascading in a waterfall effect.
While the cakes will be available in any of GC Couture’s 50-plus tantalising flavours, the production team has paired up perfect flavour recommendations for each season. For wintery creations, GC Couture favourite, Fruitcake Without the Bits; for the essence of autumn, Cinnamon; spring cakes are best served with a hint of Pear and Summer Fruits make the perfect flavour for the collection’s summer cakes.
Below are the Contact details for the company
For more information on GC Couture please contact Marie Sinclair:
A: GC Couture 411 Uxbridge Road Hatch End Middlesex HA5 4JR
T: 020 8428 8585
For PR enquiries, please contact Nicola Russill-Roy at Propose PR:
T: 07834 470117
The 2016 Seasons of Sugar Collection includes the following designs
Summer: Summer Passion, Summer Soul Mates, and Beautiful Blooms.
Autumn: Autumnal Walks, Autumn Affection
Spring: Spring Love, Springtime Sweethearts
Winter: Winter Romance, Winter Wishes, Frosted Sparkles
GC Couture caters to a variety of dietary requirements, including gluten-free, dairy-free, eggless, vegan, fair trade, vegetarian & diabetic, without compromising the fantastic taste and texture of the cakes. More than fifty unique flavours are available. While GC Couture has a wide selection of cakes to choose from, including the current and previous collections, a bespoke service is also available for couples looking to work with the team to create their dream wedding cake. GC Couture operates from its London shop, which is divided into a retail area as well as a dedicated consultation area for the wedding and special occasion consultations and tastings. Each and every customer who visits the GC Couture shop is treated to an unforgettable experience.
We're pretty sure from the pictures you can now understand just a little about how great their work is. We enjoyed being part of such a successful event and look forward to future collections from the genius cake designers GC Couture.
Asif and Faiza's Asian Wedding at Boreham House, Essex, was an amazing day filled with love, laughter and their closest family and dearest friends.
This wedding wasn't only dear to us because it was our first Asian wedding, but also because everything was handpicked and designed by the Just As Planned team. They had a bespoke flower wall that was designed especially for them. Not to mention the pyramid chocolate tree display that we also created with them in mind. For the decor, we used multiple floral centerpieces and used candles to add that finishing touch.
Being part of a wedding so heavily filled with tradition and culture was a great experience. We really enjoyed planning and coordinating this wedding and look forward to designing, creating and planning many more Asian weddings in the future.
Jenine and Leonard came to us with 2 years to go before their wedding day. I will point out that they are probably one of the most organised couples on the planet. They both knew that they wanted a planner someone to fully coordinate and advice them through the process. The Just As Planned team had a really fun time choosing the vendors and styling the venue. They had a very heart felt emotional service and their wedding reception at the beautiful Hilton Syon Park.
They went for a silvery chic floral look for their reception flowers & decoration by Essential Wedding hire. They had an intimate gathering with their nearest and dearest and sat beautifully underneath their purpose built hopper and all white stage. We spent a lot of time on the details as this was very important to them.
The couples had loads of fun with our usual hype man MC simply Andy, music from DJ Neptizzle who had their guest partying all night, hair & makeup by the talented Edee Beau & here amazing team, their wedding photos captured by Tom Needham and Urbancinematagraphy also captured their special day in motion See more of the setup....
We have so much fun coordinating this special day, our lovely bride & groom along with their bridal party put on a performance for their guest which had everyone wow'ed and entertained. We wish this couple the very best and a big thank you to the awesome team at the Hilton Syon Park
Rising star Gbemi Okunlola, the young fashion designer and creative director of Alonuko, currently holds the title of Britain’s youngest bridal wear designer. The young designer has been designing and creating evening wear for ladies and gents for a few years but recently decided to venture off into bridal wear. She started making a few wedding dresses and then decided that she was going to tackle this industry and boy has she done just that. We first came across the young designer’s work on instagram and knew she was onto something great. We also attended the Alonuko Bridal Collection Launch this summer where Gbemi showcased samples of her first bridal collection. Recently we had the pleasure of interviewing Gbemi, we asked her the following questions and were able to hear from the designer herself on how she describes details of her brand.
What is the inspiration behind this collection?
The Bridal collection was heavily inspired by Growth and new beginnings. If you pay close attention to the embroidery detail and embellishments, you will notice the flowers, stems, roots, buds etc. This was my focal point when designing, as this collection was the start of a new chapter in, not only my career, but my life. As much as I like to play with shapes and different silhouettes, where most of the detailing came from was the texture on the fabric which is symbolising growth through blossoming of flowers.
What made you want to specify in bridal wear as appose to Couture or Ready to Wear?
When I made my first ever AloNuko wedding dress, it wasn’t something I had planned or was looking to go in to. I received an email from a lady who had seen my work on Instagram and was so sure that I was to be the person to make her wedding dress. I was quite shaken up at first, that she had never seen me make a wedding dress, but wanted me to make her one anyway. I didn’t think too long on it before my excitement led me to saying yes, I can do it. In the same summer of 2013, I received another wedding order, which I took on again. Working with those two brides, was extremely challenging, as the process of a wedding dress is completely different to that of the regular evening dresses I do. Considering I had never been taught anything in bridal, and taught myself most of the things I knew on fashion and garment construction, I literally just did what I thought was right to do. Lol. But the reward that came from seeing their faces when they came for collection was so satisfying. At this point, I considered the idea of going in to bridal, but didn’t take it to bridal, but didn't take it too far.
The summer of 2014, was the busiest summer yet, working on over 15 bridal parties and my sister’s wedding dress. It was working on my sister’s wedding dress that I realised the zeal I had for fashion, art and garment construction, not just bridal. The most challenging and nerve-wrecking challenge I could ever take on, but once the dress was executed, the way she loved it, and the way everyone else loved it- I got to a point where I surprised myself with my capability, at that point I realised that I hadn’t yet reached the fullness of my creativity, and when working on major projects such as wedding dresses, I get the opportunity to explore my full potential, and through doing that, I feel satisfied. But what made me say “I want to go in to bridal”, was the fact that when working with brides, it is their big day so they are excited, devoted, hands on. The energy is mirrored. It makes the job more interesting for me. They have just as much passion for their dress as I do in making their dress. Everything becomes that much more worth it. The compilation of passion and necessity is art. Making dresses is fun, seeing the look on a brides face when she is absolutely in love with her wedding dress gives me goose bumps, but making art- that’s like making history.
How would you describe your consumer?
I would describe my consumer as a creative, set-apart, adventurous, bespoke bride. To say you would like to have a dress designed and made for you. A dress that has never ever been made before, is major. You have never seen it before in real life, but you have this image in your head that to you is the definition of beautiful, and that’s what you want to look like, that is creative. But to actually go ahead and let me make you something that you have to allow your trust in AloNuko take the wheel, that is adventurous. It’s also exciting though. Lol. Adventurous and exciting, but more exciting.
What are the 3 top bridal trends that you currently would advise future brides to adopt on their special day? Lace, embroidery and ridiculously long trains.
How would you like your audience to describe your brand?
Classy, detailed and out of this world
What are you hoping to get out of the launch of your first collection?
Lots and lots of bridal bookings.
Which current designers inspire you creatively?
Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Maison Yeya are my top 3 designers at the moment.
If you could design a wedding dress for any celebrity who would it be?
It would have been Tracee Elis Ross, but I’m not sure she actually wants to get married, so I’ll say Lupita Nyongo, she is absolutely stunning, and her dark skin would look incredible in a pearly ivory AloNuko gown.
Describe your dream wedding dress?
Lol, this is interesting, because I have no idea how I would want my wedding dress.
What future projects can we expect from Alo Nuko and how can your audience get in contact with you?
I have quite a few projects planned out for the next few years, but I’ll let them play out as the months go by. Stay in the loop with me and AloNuko, and it will all be unveiled in due cause.
To stay connected, I’m on facebook, twitter and Instagram as @alonuko and @gbemiokunlola
My website will be up and running soon which is alonuko.co.uk
We enjoyed interviewing Gbemi, and are excited to be working with her next year as she will be designing a few dresses for some of our brides and cannot wait to see the look on their faces. Be sure to follow the new buzzing designer on her social media outlet listed above and stay tuned to see what’s in store for Alonuko in the near future as we are confident that her best work and projects are yet to come.
At Just As Planned, we have had the privilege to join a very special couple as they embarked on their journey to their wedding day. Sarah and Kwaku are a couple we hold dear to our hearts. We have been there since Sarah said ‘yes,’ all the way until the last wedding guests left the dance floor.
Their lovely Engagement shoot hosts a range of loved up shots against some of the most romantic backdrops the city of London has to offer. The couple gave us an invitation into their e-shoot and we graciously accepted.
Apart from the amazing views, Sarah and Kwaku share a mutual love for London because it is where their love story began. Although Kwaku was originally a resident of Ghana and Sarah is a Brit (with Caribbean roots), they are proof that long distance relationships can have a happy ending. What started out with persistent phone calls and an embarrassing moment on their first date has now blossomed into what is just the start of a long and happy.
The couple chose to get married on a weekday, which is a fast-growing wedding trend. The day was blessed with beautiful weather hints of rouge and smiles all round. Of course our bride looked beyond stunning and chose to sport another trend of a jewellery headpiece, while the groom looked very dapper.
Picture Highland House on a sunny August day, can you say amazing?! Sarah and Kwaku’s reception was a lovely relaxed affair which started with a cocktail hour in the Drawing room of main house and led into the Grand Pavilion for dinner. The night was filled with fun food and joy as well as a special acapella number from the groom and his former school chums and a wonderful fireworks display. We could going on about this spectacular occasion, but we’ll stop right here and let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
When I saw that international code pop up on my phone +234 and I knew it was going to be an important call. Ada rang us all the way from Nigeria to organise her dream wedding here in London. She told me she had been referred to us at Just As planned by one of our previous brides. With less than 9 months to plan this wedding we got to work straight away looking for their ideal venue.
I remember vividly the conversation I had with Ada on one occasion asking when both her and Obi would be in the UK, the team and I were keen on lining up all their vendors, cake tasting and dress fitting.
The couple flew down to London in September 2014 to see all their vendors, which were selected by Just As Planned. The wedding took place on the 21st Of March 2015 and was held at the very lovely Selsdon Park Hotel. There were shuttle buses at the church that took the family and guest to the venue. The family were very excited, as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen who were fun to work with. Some of the bridal party flew in especially for the wedding.
This wonderful Nigerian Wedding had 250 guests, who were just as stylish as the couple and they all came to celebrate the newest couple in town.
The Just As Planned Team had so much fun designing the wedding and hand picking the vendors especially for this Nigerian couple getting married in London. The wedding photos were taken by the talented Adebayo Deru, our resident comedian Simply Andy, and DJ Mir who had them dancing all night long.
There’s nothing like looking for your wedding venue…we find clients really struggle at this point as there are so many factors to take into consideration especially if you have your heart set on using a lovely hotel venue. We find most of our Nigerian & Asian clients struggle with things like space and the other big factor having their own cater. We assist lots of couples in finding their ideal venue so for us it’s a piece of cake.
Things you should look out for
One of the downsides to using a hotel for the wedding reception is you might not be allowed to be very elaborate with the décor. The hotel could have a strict policy on this fro example no naked flames, meaning no candlelight.
The hotel you choose might not have a big enough room to fit all your guests forcing you to split them between two rooms. Ideally you would like for all your guests to be in the same room and not have some feel like unwanted stepchildren.
Most (if not all) hotels charge a Corkage fee. Corkage is a fee charged at a venue for serving wine or liquor brought from outside. See if there is room for negotiation.
Ask if you are allowed to bring your own caterers. A lot of hotels do not allow outside catering due to health and safety, hygiene etc. but they may have a list of approved caters (and hopeful one caters for your taste) or they may charge a little extra for someone not on their list. If you do not have a wedding planner/coordinator speaking on your behalf this can sometimes be tricky if you don’t ask all the right questions upfront. Like any other type of venue hotels get booked quickly, so find your wedding date make an informed decision and as soon as your sure book that venue to avoid disappointment.
Finally, a hotel is not exclusive to you. Guests will be lodging at the hotel and there is the possibility that another wedding or function might be going on.
Things you should know
If you plan on having guests travelling from far distances, having a reception at a hotel can be convenient for your guests and put you at ease.
Another advantage of a hotel reception is a lot of features are usually already included from crystal chandeliers to fancy silverware. The tables and chairs are also provided and if you ask nicely they might just throw in the table linen and some other bits they own!
With all these extra features provided there is little left to do but add personal features to make it your own.
Hotels can provide special treats for your big day from a substantial discount on the overall cost of the venue to a free nights stay for the bride & groom in the honeymoon suite! These benefits vary from hotel to hotel so the key is to ask. Hotels staff are usually great as they have plenty of experience dealing with weddings and events. Hotels are usually well looked after so be sure to ask if they have any planned works and if the carpet will be cleaned before your big day, which it usually is.
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