London Travels - From Cupcakes to Phantoms {Business Post}

June 19, 2012 - by Preeti

Last week I was in beautiful, hectic, and rainy London. It was, as anyone could say, a typically English summer: rain, rain, wind, more rain.

But the depressing, black skies was not going to stop me from meeting some of the best wedding companies in all of the UK. Thanks to Propose PR, a wedding public relations company, they arranged a day to meet the finest in the wedding field.

It was a blast! It was packed day of meetings and traversing London by bus, train, and even a Rolls Royce. My rep, Meryl escorted me to all the meetings and made sure we were on time, despite the torrential rains.

Now to photos and a short description of each company I met. You'll be seeing more of them as they join the BF Red Book family and become sponsors. Woo!

The first company we met was William Clarke Flowers. You can guess, we met William Clarke and discussed...flowers! You should recognize him as he guest wrote about picking wedding flowers a few weeks ago.

Sneak peek in William's atelier

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William is a funny and charming person. He knows flowers inside and out and most importantly, told me that South Asian weddings are the most fun. He told me "they [Indian weddings] are so colorful and full of energy. You don't have to fall in line with particular colors or styles since South Asian weddings can be over-the-top, elegant and understated and everything in between. A true florist's dream!"

He even sent me home with a gorgeous, gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Can you FEEL the happiness from them?!

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Next, we were picked up in a Rolls Royce Phantom by David of Connect Limos. I have never been in a RR before and well, can I get one to go please?

So soft, luxurious and fabulous. It's no wonder that brides love to travel in a Rolls.

David, who was also our chauffeur told me they work a lot with South Asian weddings. From breaking a coconut (not on the car, but under!) to blasting dhol music for the bharaat, his company can help any South Asian family pull off their wedding in style and maintain cultural traditions.

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After the hour long ride, so short sadly, Meryl and I arrived at GC Couture in Hatch End, Middlesex, London. GC Couture, if you haven't guessed, is a wedding cake and bespoke company. They have a retail store in Hatch End and a meeting room for brides to be.

For those of you who know me, there are two times in life when self-discipline fails: cupcakes and champagne.

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And at the meeting, there was both. An endless supply of cupcakes and an endless supply of champagne. This was just for little me, can you imagine being a bride to be? They are sure to treat you like a princess!

I met with Sach and Marie founders of GC Couture and learned that their philosophy is not just cakes, but the best cake for you, for your wedding, for any event you want. If you want a cake flavor or frosting that isn't available, they will develop one for you.

That's great customer service!

After stuffing myself silly with cupcakes and champagne, we headed back to central London to the glorious Charing Cross Hotel. There we finished up the meetings with three companies.

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At the hotel, I met Vaishali Shah, founder of Ananya Cards. She runs a bespoke and prêt-à-porter collection of wedding invitations and specialized greeting cards. The colors of the card are bright and vibrant and can be customized to any style you seek. Vaishali is well versed in creating cards for Hindus, Muslims, and Christians and will help you navigate the right style, verse, and colors that represent your wedding.

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I then met founder Kay and her husband Jit Patel (affectionately known as Laser Man since he's the cutter) from Intricate Creations. They also specialize in wedding cards but on a whole different level: laser cutting. Every card of theirs is laser. They can either create a special design for you or you can pick from one of the ready made styles.

Oh soo elegant!

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Woo, a busy day is coming to a close. But the last company I met was Victoria Grech, photographer. She's done weddings near and far, big and small and nothing can faze her. She loves Indian weddings and loves capturing every moment of them.

I'll be featuring some of her weddings in the upcoming months so stay tuned.

All in all, I had an amazing day with all the companies and am really, REALLY excited to bring them to you as our newest sponsors. Välkomna!

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