A Glamorous Evening Wedding At The Hurlingham Club In London
28th June 2017
by Marina Licht
Have you always wanted an evening wedding like Caroline and Layth had? The couple got married on the 13th May 2017 at The Hurlingham Club in London.
Caroline, who runs a lifestyle blog, Biteappy (about living gluten free), first met Layth on a double blind date in Dubai. ‘I was living there at the time and Layth has a business over there, so he was visiting with work,’ explains Caroline. ‘We met and he ended up extending his stay for a month. We decided we couldn’t live without each other. After a year of a long distance relationship, I decided to move back to Brighton.’
The couple dated for three years before Layth proposed on holiday at The Baynan Tree in Koh Samui in Thailand. Layth had organised a private dinner for them on the beach, with all of Caroline’s favourite foods. The table was surrounded by rose petals and lots of candles. ‘Little did I know that he had a photographer taking photos of us the whole way through,’ says Caroline. When we got up to dance on the beach, he got down on one knee. The photographer jumped out. Layth had organised 10 minutes of fireworks on the beach. It was incredible.’
For her glamorous evening wedding, Caroline found a suitably glamorous Riki Dalal bridal gown. Caroline decided to have a few things altered. The neckline was smoothed out, the pattern on the front was dropped further down, and the sleeves were made three quarter length. Pearls were also added down the back. Caroline accessorised with Jimmy Choo’s. Layth’s parents bought her a full diamond set (necklace and earrings as a wedding present from Liali.
According to Caroline, she was very keen that their guests dressed up for their glamorous evening wedding. ‘Our wedding was a mix between an Arabic and an English wedding,’ so it was important to get the theme right,’ says Caroline.
Their glamorous evening wedding was planned by Isobel Weddings.
Emma Walker Flowers was responsible for all the floral arrangements. Caroline’s bouquet featured white Cala lilies. At the ceremony, the aisle was decorated with fresh petals, lanterns and dome flowers on plinths, along with palm trees lining the top. At the reception, the tables either had a dome or a candelabra, with a cascade of flowers.
Caroline’s bridesmaids wore full length gold dresses from Ariella, just perfect for the couple’s glamorous evening wedding.
When guests arrived at the wedding, they were offered fresh cucumber and mint water. Both Caroline and Layth had traditional entrances. Layth came in with a group of Arabic drummers. Caroline walked into a pianist playing ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri. The couple were also led out of their ceremony by the drummers.
The dinner featured a traditional Arabic mix of salads and a Quozi lamb dish. ‘Everyone commented that the food was so good and different,’ says Caroline.
The wedding cake (gluten and dairy free) was made by The Organic Wedding Cake Company.
According to Caroline, the highlights included the belly dancers from Tevec Dance ( between the main course and dessert). ‘Little did we know that the Arabic side of the wedding party would go wild,’ says Caroline. ‘It resulted in everyone dancing on their chairs, it was wonderful).
The couple also had indoor fireworks for their first dance, which was a surprise for their guests. An 11 piece band played for the rest of the night, mixing in some Arabic music.
Caroline and Layth’s glamorous evening wedding was photographed by Paul Toeman Photographers. ‘I knew within five minutes, I wanted him to do my wedding,’ says Caroline. ‘We will use Paul and his team for life. He also came to my hen do in Ibiza and captured our weekend. I would highly recommend him and the videographers, Denee Motion.’
More photographs from their glamorous evening wedding in London
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