Saturday 2nd July 2016 was not only the penultimate weekend of Wimbledon, nor the Euro quarter-finals… it was Craig and Lesley’s wedding day here at Corinthia London.
With such a fantastic and happy couple, a year in the planning had been nothing but a joy with both bride and groom excited and keen throughout. Craig and Lesley knew the hotel well prior to hosting their wedding with us that it seemed the perfect choice for them to welcome their friends and family to share their special day.
On the day of the wedding Lesley was wonderfully calm as she got ready in her suite, whilst her groom, Craig made sure he was completely ready to take his place with both his and the groomsmen’s tuxes looking sharp, and their floral buttonholes perfectly positioned.
From day one Lesley knew the exact look that she wanted for her wedding, taking inspiration from the With Love From Corinthia Instagram and blog…..she knew the style and ran with it. Making it modern yet classic, simple yet detailed, beautiful yet fun.
The tables were covered with dove grey linen and surrounded by silver camelot chairs, which work perfectly in The Ballroom, and each was dressed with an array of floral arrangements. The team at Grandirosa Floral Design provided a balance of tall arrangements in clear vases, with lower candle-centred displays, all of which completed the overall look of the room. As pretty wedding favours for the guests, each place setting had a personalised box of macarons, which was a really lovely touch, and most certainly appreciated by all!
Once The Courtroom was also prepared with two large arrangements at the front of the room and petals strewn down the aisle, Craig was ready to marry Lesley with their friends and families present to witness their special moment. Craig’s ten groomsmen and Lesley’s ten bridesmaids remained standing in position at the front of the room to watch the beautiful bride walk down the aisle. Lesley looked absolutely breathtaking in her backless, figure-hugging dress with lace detailing, combined with a delicate veil and bouncy curled hair. With her brother holding one hand and her other hand holding her cloud-like bridal bouquet, she walked down the aisle to her delighted husband to be.
Following a ceremony full of smiles, happiness – and most importantly a signed marriage certificate – we were only too happy to congratulate Craig and Lesley with a glass of Champagne prior to the group photography and drinks reception. It was then time to welcome the guests into The Ballroom for the wedding breakfast and lots of fabulous fun.
Both the bride and groom are currently very much London-based, however Craig’s South African roots and Lesley’s Iranian roots were key areas for us to look to incorporate and embrace at their wedding. In planning it had been decided to break up the dinner in a way that combined both Craig’s Jewish heritage and Lesley’s Persian traditions…. wow this was a fun wedding!
Between the starters and main course, guests took to the dance floor for an enthusiastic take on the traditional Jewish Hora where the bride and groom are carried on chairs, and male guests skip with a twisted sheet, with one guest managing to touch the chandelier when thrown so high into the air! It was quite the occasion to watch, and when all were standing firmly on solid ground it was time for the brother-0f-the-bride speech before the main course.
Following the main course it was now time for the Persian dance, which was lead predominantly by Lesley’s uncle, who sang and encouraged guests to dance to traditional music. This particular crowd needed minimal encouragement, in fact they were relatively reluctant to sit back down after all the entertainment!
This said, when it was time to press pause on the dancing and for the groom to do his speech, all eyes were on him and what a memorable speech it was. Craig’s speech is definitely one that I will not forget and was a special moment for all present. Apart from thanking his beautiful bride for being wonderful, amazing and all the other things that Lesley is, Craig also had the delight to reveal to those not in-the-know that the stunning bride was in fact four months pregnant. This of course was received by delight and a solid round of applause, but he then went on to reveal the second part… Following a premature call from the clinic just the night before the wedding, Craig had been informed of the sex of the baby and, allowing Lesley to do the honours, they announced then and there that they would be expecting a baby girl in the months to come! What a moment to reveal this to their guests!
Revelations over, we moved onto the dessert and the Best Man’s speech before the traditional Persian knife dance which takes place in time for cutting the cake. The Raghse Chaghoo is when the couple have to earn the knife in order to cut the cake, which is done by a female family member or friends dancing with the knife and the bride and groom have to offer them money in exchange for it! Once the battle had been won and the knife earned, the cake was cut and the guests followed the Craig and Lesley to the dance floor for the real party to begin.
As with the rest of the wedding activities, this crowd needed no prompting to join the bride and groom on the dance floor, and they were a fantastic group who danced until the bar closed and the lights came on. The same enthusiasm was shown for I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys as it was for Roll Over Beethoven and Let’s Twist Again… the music spanning the varying generations was great fun and at times, hilarious. The main thing that can be said is that when looking around there wasn’t a face without a huge smile on it – and surely nothing can be better than that on your wedding day.
Craig and Lesley, you were Corinthia London regulars and now you’re officially a Corinthia Couple! We had an amazing time both helping you to plan your wedding and on the day itself, and we hope you enjoyed every moment. Now we just can’t wait for your bundle of joy to arrive and celebrate the next stage of your happily married life with you!
With Love from Corinthia xx
Venue: Corinthia Hotel London
Penthouse: Musician Penthouse
Photographer: Cameo Photography
Chairs: Jones Hire
Cake: Pretty Cakes of London
DJ: Wedding Smashers
Photo Booth: Fred Hill
Bride’s Dress: Dress Dreams – Naama & Anat
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: DIYdress.co.uk
Craig’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Craig’s Shoes: Hugo Boss
Makeup Artist: Nisha Davdra
Hair: Emily Hunte
With love from Corinthia London,