With hundreds of candles shimmering and beautiful white bouquets reflecting their flames, The Dorchester was transformed into an elegant backdrop for a stunning society wedding, between Sara and Saalim last September, who met while Saalim was studying at Harvard in Boston, two years ago.


The wedding reflected the desire to have a traditional Persian wedding but with a London twist. Guests were treated to a pre-wedding party at Kensington Palace, (complete with live Persian and Pakistani music and a fireworks display) and during the wedding reception, waiters were dressed as Royal Guards to celebrate the fact that as the couple had been living apart for a time, they often met in London. Sara works as an orthodontist in Boston, while Saalim splits his time between Karachi and London.

For Sara and Saalim’s spectacular wedding, which even made the pages of Hello magazine in Pakistan, the Dorchester was turned into a stylish cacophony of shades of white - with a showstopper of a cake, almost as tall as the bride, from cult London baker, Rosalind Miller who has twice been voted wedding cake baker of the year and is regularly hired by royalty.


Stunning Cake by Rosalind Miller with detailed handcrafted flowers



Every detail of the wedding breakfast was geared towards creating a romantic atmosphere that fizzed with excitement and style even down to the monogrammed napkins.

A-lister favourite London florist, Wild About, combined modern elegance with enormous bouquets that lent themselves to the evening’s romance, without overshadowing the gorgeous architecture of The Dorchester’s standout ballroom, which is after all right at the heart of London life.


The spectacular details of the ballroom, arranged by the expert Bruce Russell



The brands involved in this stunning extravaganza read like a who’s who in wedding attire. The gorgeous bride wore an off the shoulder Carolina Herrera number from L’elite Bridal and teamed it with René Caovilla shoes and a clutch bag from Marchesa. Sara also wore family heirloom jewellery which sparkled and shone in the candlelight - a truly sensational bride.


A detailed clutch bag from Marchesa & a beautiful René Caovilla shoes



No less important is the groom, who wore a suit from Ermenegildo Zegna and they cemented their love with rings from luxury romantic jewellers Harry Winston. Guests tried not to be outdone as well, there was a definite fashion flair in the air - even the wedding invites had an air of Vanity Fair about them.


And of course none of this very special magic would be possible without the expert organisation and style of Bruce Russell, one of the capital’s leading wedding planners, who was responsible for planning this most spectacular of weddings in a one of the prettiest wedding venues in London.


Please see below for the beautiful promotional film setup of the wedding we created for Bruce Russell