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Today’s feature shows behind the scenes of a recent UKAWP social event.  For those of you who don’t know, UKAWP stands for ‘UK Alliance of Wedding Planners’ and is the leading industry body for professional planners in the UK. The Alliance is a brilliant support network for both established and new planners, and each year we get together to have a catch up over a glass of wine (or two) about how the seasons been and life in general.  This year, Cranberry Blue was asked to organise the evening with the help of Dominique from Stylish Events, so we set about looking for the perfect venue and coming up with some fun ideas to make the evening a bit different.  Quaglino’s restaurant & bar, in the heart of Mayfair, is a stunningly iconic restaurant and they very kindly agreed to sponsor the event by providing a private room, Champagne and copious amounts of delicious canapés.  Brilliant florist Ruari from Pinstripes and Peonies provided some stunning bouquets and buttonholes to decorate the poseur tables and the room.    Dominique and I wanted to add a bit of fun to the evening so managed to pull in a few favours, Groovy Booth supplied a photo booth which caused great hilarity as everyone posed in hats, wigs and funny glasses.  Singer Sarah Coope and her pianist provided some fabulous background music and magician Neb from Sternberg Clarke wowed us all with some incredible card and mind-reading tricks.  Last but certainly not least, photographer Lloyd Dobbie captured the whole evening for us, so we have him to thank for the brilliant photos.

To finish off the evening everyone was given a gift bag that was filled with all sort of goodies, including – tea favour tins from Blends for Friends; sample stationery and pen from Hand in Marriage; perfume sample from Illuminum Fragrance Lounge; chocolates from the Cocoa Mistress; flavoured vodka from Howards of Kent; a make-up and hair session voucher by Janice Tee and lastly cookie Favours from Alexandra Clay.

It was such a fun evening and great to catch up with fellow planners. I’d like to say a HUGE thank-you to everyone who was involved in providing their services for free and for helping to make the evening such a success.

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Image Credits

All images courtesy of Lloyd Dobbie, apart from the photo booth shots which are courtesy of Groovy Booth.