It’s not everyday that team STG get to attend a Royal Gala dinner, so we are dying to tell you all about this one! We were lucky enough to attend the Karen Tran Royal Gala dinner at The Lanesborough Hotel in Hyde Park, London and we had the most wonderful time!
The special Royal Gala dinner was the culmination of the three day royal wedding inspired floral masterclass attended by students from all over the world and delivered by global floral icon and renowned floral designer Karen Tran.
Karen envisioned a grand wedding breakfast fit for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle., and the outcome was a perfect blend of outstanding American floral design in a typically English regency style setting.
Presented by Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium and Jane Riddell of Planned for Perfection along with support florist Leanne Roberts-Hewitt of Wildabout, the floral filled gala was a breathtakingly beautiful kaleidoscope of pastels, whites and gold.
Karen looked absolutely stunning in her incredible dress (fit for a princess) from one of our favourite STG Recommended Vendors The Wedding Club.
If you’re anything like us, we are sure you will be absolutely BLOWN away by the amazingness of this fabulous dinner! We’ll let the pictures do the talking now, enjoy… there is some serious pinning to be done here!
The Perfect Palette
Karen transformed the wedgwood blue Belgravia room designed by the late Albert Pinto into a floral wonderland featuring the most dramatic floral tunnel and tablescape laden with exquisite blooms supplied by Piet Van Kampen of G Fresh.
She used a combination of blush and peach roses, white hydrangeas, seasonal tulips in white and pinks, hyacinths, phaelanopsis and cymbidium orchids to create her signature tall cascading table arrangements. In between the tall arrangements were baroque gold candlelabras and along the length of the tables were low groupings of flowers in beautiful hand cut vases and gold candlesticks.
A Royal Entrance
The floral tunnel and archway of beauty that framed the entrance to the Belravia room stood at an impressive 12 feet tall and 14 feet wide and was a sight to behold! Decorated with a flower carpet made up of thousands of roses, hydrangeas and orchids, it featured a tulip canopy and was topped off by magnificent branches of cherry blossom.
A cake fit for a Princess
In the centre of the room the focal point was the impressive 6 foot cake in wedgwood blue and peach designed by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Inspired by the ceiling of the Belgravia room, it featured hand painted clouds, the signature mouldings of the baroque design of the ceiling, hand made peach and pink sugar roses, piped scroll work and a hand painted royal crest. The cake sat on table completely covered with a ‘cloth’ of peach and pink roses.
A true royal evening of dreams and one we will remember always!
Love, Team STG x
With special thanks to…
Venue: The Lanesborough, London – www.oetkercollection.com/destinations/the-lanesborough
Wedding & Event Planner: Planned for Perfection – www.plannedforperfection.co.uk
Cake: Elizabeths Cake Emporuim — www.elizabethscakeemporium.com
Support Florist: Wild About – www.wildabout.co.uk
Stationery: The Grosvenor Stationery Company – www.grosvenorstationerycompany.com
Photographer: Roberta Facchini – www.robertafacchini.com
Videographer: Vogue Wedding Films — www.vogueweddingfilms.co.uk
Hair /Make up: Diana McDonald — www.dmwmakeup.co.uk
Entertainment: Niche Quartet — www.nichelondonquartet.com
Candles: Wick and Tallow – www.wickandtallow.com
Crockery, Cutlery & Glassware: www.eventcrockeryhire.co.uk
Magician: Gloucestershire Magician – www.gloucestershiremagician.co.uk
Opera singers: Fiona Haynes & Atinuke Koyejo
Master of Ceremonies: Lanesborough Butler
Chair Hire: Great Hire – www.greathire.com/uk (Chandelle Chairs – Gold / Latte)
Linen: OTT rentals (Libby) – http://www.overthetoprentals.co.uk
Illustrator: Poppy the Illustrator – www.poppywaddilove.com
Karen Tran’s Dress – The Wedding Club www.thewedding-club.co.uk
Flower Supplier – Piet Van Kampen G Fresh