Karen and Keeley are a one-of-a kind pair; an excitable, enthusiastic and entertaining couple; and most definitely memorable for all the right reasons.
This said, the first time that they came to Corinthia Hotel London to view the spaces for their wedding, they were somewhat downhearted following their previously confirmed venue falling through and leaving them dealing with uncertainty. From the initial meet, we got on so well and they felt so comfortable at Corinthia London that they decided instantly this was the place for them to hold their wedding and they confirmed straight away. Even though it must have been so stressful for them, it is proof that everything happens for a reason and set-backs can turn out to be favourable.
Karen and Keeley were incredibly relaxed throughout the planning, yet their busy careers didn’t allow much free time to focus on the wedding, which in turn pushed them to ensure that each planning meeting was productive. They became so decisive that it allowed us to move forward quite quickly with their plans, making it a really pleasurable and easy process.
Simplicity was an important element within the wedding vision of this bride and groom, whilst the priority for both of them was valuing their guests. They both seemed so grateful for the journeys that many of their guests had made, and cherished this gesture and wanted to ensure their guests were warmly welcomed and had a lovely time.
On the wedding day, Keeley and his groomsmen arrived at Corinthia London ready to go to Karen’s suite for the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. This is an important part of Chinese culture on wedding days and one that the couple were keen to embrace and incorporate into their own special day.
Following the tea ceremony, the real fun began with the traditional Chinese door games, putting Keeley and his groomsmen to the test with lots of weird and wonderful questions, challenges and games. They all had a lot of fun and embraced the tradition which for many of the bridal party was a new concept and something they had never participated in before.
Door games over and Keeley being accepted as an agreeable suitor for Karen, both bride and groom were then able to get ready for the civil service and reception to take place in a couple of hours.
Upstairs in her suite, Karen was having her hair and make-up done, with her bridesmaids around her to keep her company. They were a jovial bunch and were thoroughly enjoying the experience of being pampered and spending time together. For so many brides, they find that their best girlfriends getting ready together is one of the best parts of the day, and this was clearly the case for Karen – they made her laugh, calmed her nerves and just helped her with all final details.
Nearing the time of the ceremony, Karen put her dress on and she looked incredible. She had chosen a stunning Jenny Packham dress which was both elegant and glamorous with a bohemian twist. In classic Jenny Packham style, the dress was created from a range of different fabrics and adorned with delicate yet statement embellishments which gave Karen a beautiful silhouette.
In The Courtroom, with the wedding guests seated in rows waiting patiently, Keeley was dressed in a beautifully-tailored three-piece blue suit and standing with the Westminster Council registrars in anticipation of his bride’s entrance. The bridesmaids looked fabulous and all lined up, before they lead the bride down the aisle. Karen looked fantastic and all her friends and family were in awe when they saw her make her walk down the aisle to marry Keeley.
Marriage certificate signed, we popped the Champagne and got the drinks reception going. During this time there was group and formal photography taking place outside on The Ballroom steps especially as the October London weather was being so kind and remaining beautifully sunny and dry.
For some intimate couple photography we were able to take Karen and Keeley to our Royal Penthouse where they could take advantage of the stunning 180 degree skyline over London and allow their photographer to use this as the perfect backdrop.
Since both the bride and groom were eager to get back down to their guests and greet them formally, the photography was kept short and sweet with some excellent shots taken, but not keeping them away from their wedding reception for too long.
Following a delicious selection of canapés, washed down with flowing Champagne, it was time to invite their guests into The Ballroom. They were very appreciative of the little touches that Karen and Keeley had added to their wedding including the mini chalkboards on easels with the guests’ names and the personalised chopsticks at every place setting as favours.
With the guests settled at their tables, dinner was served to everyone’s delight. The food had been carefully chosen by the bride and groom a few short months before their wedding day, and by all the empty plates being cleared it was clear to see that they had made the right selection!
Peppered throughout dinner there was an array of speeches from various members of the bridal party including the fathers, the groom, the best man and even the bride’s sisters. They were tearful in parts and they were funny in parts but most certainly they were memorable. At one very unforgettable part of the speeches there was an impressive reveal of a tower of pot noodles! But not just any pot noodles I hear you cry… no, bespoke packaged pot noodles with pictures of the bride and groom on them, shipped especially from Hong Kong – now that is dedication!
Moving on from the dinner, cutting the cake and the first dance, we found ourselves in a lively party where the guests did not hold back when it came to the dancing – the enthusiasm was palpable!
Then continuing with the noodle theme, to make sure that the guests were well fed and for late-night ‘munchies’, the chefs at Corinthia London had created a Noodle Bar to satisfy Karen’s cravings. Karen’s friends and family know how espeically fond she is of noodles, so it seemed only correct to have her favourite food on the most important day of her life! It is fair to say that they didn’t last long due to overwhelming popularity with not only the bride but the guests too.
Away from the noodles and back to the dance floor, we witnessed the conga and various other old-school favourites which kept both the guests and the DJ amused. The party went on until the early hours, and was of course always going to be a raging success with such a fun crowd!
Karen and Keeley, such an outwardly fun and delightful Corinthia couple and we loved having them spend their special day with us. From all here at Corinthia London, we wish them a wonderfully happy life together and can’t wait to see them back here again soon!
With Love From Corinthia London xx
Venue: Corinthia Hotel London
Penthouse: Royal Penthouse
Photographer: David Christopher Photography
Florist: Lisa Shuttleworth
Cake: Marks & Spencer
DJ: Signature Sounds
Bride’s dress: Jenny Packham
With love from Corinthia London,