In the spring of 2015 Sharif and Nadia, newly engaged, began their wedding venue search and what a delight it was when they chose Corinthia Hotel London as the venue to host their special day! Nine to ten months ahead of their wedding date gave plenty of time to meet, discuss and plan all that they would need and desire for their April wedding to be shared with family and friends.
Simplicity and decor of a classic nature were key to this wedding, with both bride and groom embracing the details of the Corinthia London spaces. When Sharif and Nadia’s big day came around in the first weekend of April, Nadia enjoyed being pampered in the Trafalgar Suite with her bridesmaids and mother. Nadia, a primary school teacher, has a kindness and softness that I noticed from the moment I met her, and it was no surprise to see her friends and family make long journeys to be present at her wedding day and to see her so happy. In her beautiful lace-sleeved dress she took the time to have photos taken with her parents and her bridesmaids, who looked lovely in lilac.
Whilst Nadia was putting the finishing touches to her ensemble Sharif was being driven to the hotel in a Ferrari! What an entrance, to arrive in such an impressive car and then walk up the red carpet to the private Ballroom entrance… the groom had arrived!
Once both bride and groom had spoken to the registrars, and all guests were ready in The Courtroom, it was time for Nadia to walk down the aisle and marry her groom. Sharif, in a sleek plum-aubergine suit and Nadia with traditional veil over her face looked fantastic and Nadia took their guests’ breath away.
Sharif and Nadia, both of Egyptian heritage, have to be commended as to how well they managed to incorporate both their current English surroundings, in particular our classic Courtroom and Ballroom, and combined that with customary Egyptian and Islamic traditions. Many couples ask how their faith can be incorporated into their day when they are holding a civil ceremony, and we took the time working out the logistics and details with Sharif and Nadia. It is worth noting that in England civil ceremonies can have no religious connotations at all, therefore the way in which we kept things separate was to have the legal registrars perform the civil ceremony, before the Imam entered the room to perform the religious and spiritual blessing.
Once both civil and religious ceremonies were over this wonderfully happy couple walked down the aisle to a shower of confetti surrounded by their elated family and friends. Then it was then time for the formal group photos requested by the couple, before being lucky enough to have an intimate photo shoot in the Royal Penthouse with the added benefit of stunning views across London. Both Sharif and Nadia prior to the wedding had been hoping that we would be able to visit one of the seven Corinthia London penthouses for their photos, but when they accessed the crème-de-la-crème of suites, the Royal Penthouse, they took advantage of the spaces and allowed their photographer to take beautiful shots of them enjoying their wedding venue.
Back down to earth with their guests, we invited everyone through to The Ballroom for them to enjoy a delicious three-course wedding breakfast before starting on the speeches. The speeches were sincere and heartfelt, which is always touching, and were the perfect lead up to cutting the cake and the first dance. A song that never fails to raise hairs on necks, John Legend – ‘You and I’ was an excellent choice for Sharif and Nadia’s first dance and was very moving.
From there the party really got started with the DJ getting everyone up on the dance floor and keeping them there. In this time, our Pastry Chefs had sliced the beautiful wedding cake and displayed it with other sweet items on the top table by the dance floor. Nadia is a bride who has the most incredible sweet tooth so a wedding without a show-stopping cake was not an option!
Many people associate a good wedding with copious amounts of alcohol, however as this was an Islamic wedding we served a range of soft drinks and juices instead. This lively crowd kept dancing and proved that there is no need for drink when having such an amazing time, surrounded by wonderful people – it was great to see our hotel dance floor full!
As the night came to a close the newlyweds retreated to their suite where the groom had arranged the addition of all Nadia’s favourite chocolates to be scattered all throughout the bedroom as a personal (and delicious!) touch for his beautiful new wife.
Sharif and Nadia, thank you for sharing your special day with us at Corinthia London.
With love from Corinthia London,