If you follow Whitehouse on any of our social streams, you will have seen that we have the unbelievable honour of providing all the crockery for Karen Tran’s ‘Floral Experience’, organised by Planned for Perfection, at the Savoy. [Also, if you don’t follow us on social media, what on Earth are you doing, go follow us now, links are at the bottom, I’ll wait…] Not only that, but we were also asked to join them for the gala dinner, which [of course] we graciously accepted. Leading up to the night, Karen holds a masterclass which is offered to those in the industry that are looking to learn a little more about the art of floristry, with an insight into the talented mind of Karen Tran. If you are interested in finding out a bit more about the pre-Gala preparations, as well as moment that you may not have seen in our posts, then I would suggest you keep reading…
For three exciting [yet gruelling] days, Karen’s ‘students’ get stuck in creating the floral masterpiece that allows the rest of the guests to feel as though they have just stepped into a scene from the most magical fairytale. I had the privilege of witnessing the final few hours of the process, even lending a hand in making Karen’s dream a reality [I’d like to think I played a key role in bringing it all together]. My main job was to ‘pull’ at the flowers to give them an ‘engorged’ look, whilst making sure they still held their shape. Though I had always been in awe of Karen’s work, this gave me a whole new appreciation of the time and effort that goes into just one of her projects. As I left the Savoy to get ready, the final pieces were coming together: sheeting was being pulled up, the last flowers were being expertly placed and the lighting was starting to warm up. Though I was already impressed as I stepped out the prestigious hotel, when I returned I was met with a sight that completely blew me away. The ambience of the room had completely changed, with everything somehow feeling extravagant yet effortless.
Both Karen, Jane [Planned for Perfection] and the Savoy pulled out all the stops to give us the most ethereal, other-worldly experience possible. Immediately, we were met with ballet dancers that slid elegantly between guests and tables alike, creating the feeling of being a part of some kind of interactive performance. Throughout the night, more and more entertainment was introduced, from a live band that sang classic and modern hits with a level of enthusiasm I have never seen before, to a circus performer that gracefully moved her body with the space of a small hoop. With short breaks to allow us to chew and swallow food, most the night was filled with laughter, discussion and [lots of] terrible singing [from the crowd, not the band…].
Of course, I can’t talk about a gala dinner without talking about the food. Course after course was laid in front of us, each being more impressive than the last. From oysters, to delicious risotto, by the time it got to pudding, I was so full I couldn’t even handle one bite. Every dish was experly created to be an experience of its own, with every mouthful being so exquisite you wanted to savour every second you were chewing it. Though I am a vegetarian, I didn’t feel as though I was missing out on anything, since they went to great efforts to make sure the meat-free option was just as flavourful. Topped off with champagne, and all served on Whitehouse crockery, there is nothing I would go back and change, although I do wish I could reverse to clock to eat it all over again…
Various heartfelt speeches were made throughout the night, mostly thanking everyone’s immense effort in bringing the night together. It was lovely to hear about how much people in the wedding and events industry rely on one another for support, as well as how much inspiration we draw from each other. Lots of people can scroll past photos like these, notice them for 3 seconds, then move onto the next set of photos without another thought. I used to be like that, however now I’m going to truly take the time to appreciate the incredible achievements of these florals artists, event planners, stylists, and everyone else who makes events like these happen.
The people I met were dedicated to their work and were willing to go above and beyond for a client if they needed them to. They pour their hearts into every single job they do, which, though exhausting, is ultimately rewarding if everything turns out how they envisioned it. I would highly recommend, if you have had someone work on your wedding or event who took the time to make sure everything went perfectly for you, that you should take the time to thank them sincerely. There aren’t a lot of people who will sacrifice their personal life for a client, but the people at that gala had done it again and again. It was an incredible experience to see how the displays were created, how the night pans out and, ultimately, how it is all taken down in the space of one evening. Most people wouldn’t think that working crockery is the most glamorous of professions, but after that night, I would beg to differ.
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