Your London Wedding - July/August 2022 (Issue 84)

FLOWERS FOR KEEPS Shida Preserved Flowers has recently launched a seasonal collection to last all year. The two-piece collection features a gorgeous handtied bouquet and a Japanese-inspired Midori Ikebana flower arranging kit. The Nova handtied bouquet features deep blue hydrangeas accessorised with lush, preserved greenery. It also includes natural gypsophila, stuartina, fern, blue botao, lepidium, and parvafolia in ultramarine blue and forest greens, chosen for their mood-boosting qualities. The second piece is the Midori Ikebana Kit. This curated collection of stems, foliage and floral decorations features sumptuous greenery and pops of blue, providing a fresh take on Ikebana, the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging. The preserved arrangements will last for months after your big day and are soft and supple to the touch, giving the same enchanting appearance as fresh cut flowers and floral bouquets. Shida’s expert team of florists hand-arrange each of its blooms and lovingly place them in sustainable packaging before they are delivered directly to your door. To view the new collection and wedding offering, visit the website A SLICE OF THE HIGH LIFE The UK’s oldest British caterer is celebrating its 175th anniversary with the recreation of a royal wedding cake created by its founder, John Searcy, 126 years ago. The caterer has taken a trip back through its archives to the1896 royal wedding of Princess Maud, then the future Queen of Norway, to Prince Carl of Denmark. Considered the society wedding of the year, royal attendees included Queen Victoria, grandmother of the bride, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark. A confectioner by trade and a Royal Warrant holder, John Searcy came out of retirement to bake the breathtaking multi-tiered big-day bake. Adorned with sweet treats, the cake included fine sugar work flowers, roses and angels, along with the Royal Arms of England and Denmark. In tribute to its founder, Searcys has recreated the same cake in partnership with baker Elizabeth Solaru of Elisabeth’s Cake Emporium. Working alongside Searcys own pastry chef, Yvonne Graham, the confectioners spent three weeks tirelessly completing the bake to reflect the original design. Five-tiers of Dundee fruit cake are covered with delicate marzipan and white and gold lattice work icing before being topped with carefully crafted sugar work of flowers, fruits and cherubs. The cake will travel across Searcys restaurants throughout the summer, so for your chance to sample a slice head to 116 Pall Mall, Searcys at the Gherkin or St Pancras Brasserie from early July to early August. The Princess Maud wedding cake can also be made to order for any wedding celebrations booked at Searcys iconic venues. To find out more check out LOVE YOUR JEWELLERY Your engagement and wedding rings are designed to stand the test of time, but accidents happen so independent jewellery brand, Loveness Lee has launched an aftercare program. This is the next step in their sustainability journey to encourage everyone to care, repair and love their Loveness Lee jewellery for as long as possible and keep materials out of landfill. The aftercare program, that comes with every purchase will see their team of skilled jewellers bring your pieces back to life should they need it. The program can be utilised at any point and gives you one refresh free of charge with competitive rates after that. Loveness Lee handcrafted designs are inspired by Loveness’ fascination with abstract shapes and textures that derive from nature. These textures create serendipitous wearable sculptures with no two ever looking the same. Sustainability is at the heart with all new designs being made with recycled sterling silver and lab-grown gemstones to reduce the need for future mining. Packaging is made from recycled materials and all production materials are sourced locally at Hatton Garden. Find out more by visiting 10