We were lucky enough to attend the preview of bridal designer Sassi Holford’s 2013 Couture Collection, which was held at Haberdasher’s Hall in London last week.  The evening started with some innovative canapés such as lobster hotdogs and tempura courgette flowers, served alongside hibiscus flower Champagne cocktails, which were created by Haberdashers’ Hall culinary team led by Head Chef Pawel Dolzonek.

The format of the show itself was unusual in that there wasn’t a catwalk as such, but all of the guests were seated around tables as though they were set up for a wedding breakfast.  The table centres provided a good talking point as they were small mounds of moss surrounded by dry ice which flowed across the tables.  Mini doughnut lollies and other sweet treats were poking out of the grass and chocolate dipping sauce was on the side to add to the naughtiness!

The models made their entrance underneath a pretty floral arch created by Purple Tiger Floral Design and they paraded in-between the tables so that everyone was able to get a close up look of the beautiful dresses.

Hall of Cakes exhibited a beautiful eight tier classic vintage wedding cake to showcase their design skills, sugar craft artistry and attention to detail. To taste there was chocolate cake with cocoa buttercream, lemon sponge with a lemon zest cream filling and carrot cake layered with a tangy orange buttercream….I confess that I did try more than one flavour!

The wonderful Sassi Holford is a self-taught and self-made bridal designer from Taunton, and has been creating beautiful wedding dresses for 30 years. She shot to fame when she created the dress for the royal marriage of Autumn Kelly to Peter Phillips, son of the Princess Royal.  Sassi‘s new collection is very romantic and elegant with lots of lace and applique details, lace sleeves in particular being on several of the designs.   The collection is priced from £3500 but for more information visit their website at www.sassiholford.com

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Images courtesy of James Laird from Epicurus Communications