Cotswold Wedding – June 2012
A year in the making, 3 strong women, tears of frustration and joy but we pulled it off!
Two of the most amazing women I know asked me in July 2011 to help make Alexandra’s Wedding perfect.
Lebanese, Middle Eastern was the spec as the bride and groom headed off to Dubai to live at the end of 2012.
It was an amazing journey as I threaded my way through the streets of North Acton/ Park Royal on wintery nights as I headed back into town to catch the Euro star. Not the most salubrious place you want to be walking around on your own, through labyrinth of Hallal butchers, bakers and well, I’m not even sure sometimes what was being sold!
It opened my eyes up to an amazing source of all my favorite spices. I met the nicest people and the bakers I finely ordered the Baklava from were simply the best. It was an uneasy feeling at 6am waiting outside a lock up on an industrial estate from the 60’s. There was a moment I did ask myself why did I always have to be such a perfectionist! Supermarket Lebanese bread is fine!!!!!! But it was worth it in the end.
The 800 pieces of freshly made baklava took 3.5hrs to construct on site in the marquee. It was so damn cold I couldn’t feel my fingers and by 11.30pm I was searching for cardboard boxes to hide my masterpiece from curious furry animals and security men who might think, ‘well just one little piece, no one will ever know!!
Despite the weather, the whole Wedding was a hit and carriages did indeed arrive at 12:30am to take weary guests away. Not to worry, we were all back on the Sunday for another 150 guests arriving for lunch.
The Bride was beautiful, the Mother the most elegant but the Chef was cream-crackered!
You can read more about this wedding on www.bridesmagazine.co.uk – featured as wedding of the week!