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The 2016 London Mix & Mingle

Photo by Kate Nielen

Thank you so much to all of those who joined us for the London Mix and Mingle at One Belgravia at the end of September. We had over 150 people come along, which is the largest number of guests at a London Mix and Mingle ever! It was fabulous to see so many UKAWP colleagues, good friends and wedding suppliers mixing and mingling at this stunning venue.

We would like to send a massive thank you to those who took part and made the night such a great success.

Some of you may not know that the suppliers who take part in the event do it all complimentary, and it all starts with the venue.

A huge thank you to Jemimah and Molly at One Belgravia, our hosts for the evening, and Phillipa and the team at One Catering, who provided the drinks and canapés and took amazing care of us all.

Many UKAWP members mentioned how beautiful this venue is, the stunning staircase gives a real wow entrance and the venue itself is a great blank canvas for any wedding or event.  To top it off it’s in a fabulous location and a two minute walk away from Hyde Park Station.

The amazing Larry Walshe never fails to disappoint, creating a handmade Swan to display his lovely flowers – lucky enough for the swan (who was without it’s lake luckily) our friends at Wow Grass provided real grass for it to sit on.

 

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The central focal point in the room was the fantastic real “grass bar” from Wow Grass. We cannot thank Caroline and Roger enough for providing the bar at short notice and for Roger’s good humour and patience in getting it up the stairs and in place. They are such a lovely team to work with and can turn their hand to almost anything you need covered in grass!

As our guests arrived they were treated to bespoke badges designed and produced by the uber-talented Kay from Intricate Creations.

We cannot thank Sach and his team at GC Couture enough for creating such a fantastic display of deliciousness with their ‘Indulgence Bar’. With so many treats it was hard to pick a favourite, but we know the cake pops are always popular. Lucky for us all, we had goody bags to take away (or devour on the return journey home!)

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If you managed to tear yourself away from chatting to your fabulous industry colleagues you would have discovered a few more surprises.  Drawing some fun (and very accurate) caricatures was the extremely talented Simon & Sheba from Bitter & Twisted, providing us all with the coolest handbag mirrors we have ever seen.  The speed these were being done was just astonishing

Who would have failed to miss Sam Sam the Bubbleman and The Bubble Wizard, the award winning, entertaining bubble showmen with some clever tricks up their sleeves.  We had so much fun playing bouncing bubbles and many people found themselves inside giant bubbles.

Mark at Demograffix was there to showcase his talents, displaying his artwork for us all to enjoy and sign. Mark can create bespoke art at your event and is great for a clients looking for something different for their guest book.

Our lighting, sound and DJ sets were provided by the ever reliable and brilliant Mark at Mighty Fine Entertainment, who are also UKAWP Supplier Members.

We are so grateful to the talented singer songwriter and guitarist, Pete Winwood, for sharing his upbeat indie music from his latest album, Million Ways, and Tony from a production, events and entertainment company, Gorilla Street Promotions, for making this happen.

Any event wouldn’t be complete without a fabulous photographer and for the second time we were honoured to have the lovely Kate from Kate Nielen Photography. Thank you for capturing the evening so beautifully.

We were also lucky to have Chloe from Takes2Videos film the event for us – which is coming soon and will be posted on our facebook page.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your pictures from the event on social media. Please feel free to join in and if you wish to add anything please use #ukawp or #ukawpsocial.

Much love and appreciation to this year’s organising team:

Dominique, Stylish Events

Cristina, The Black Sheep Wedding Company

Jennifer, Raspberry Bespoke

Stephanie, Safe and Sound Event Childcare

Natalie, Natalie Hewitt Weddings

All photos courtesy of Kate Nielen Photography

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