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Our beautiful couple story about Damian and Thiago
Eat, drink and be MERRY!
As managing director of The London Kitchen, Damian Clarkson is used to planning premium event catering. So when he began planning his civil partnership with Thiago, his thoughts soon turned to how to give their own guests a night to remember. The ingredients were interesting – Damian’s traditional Englishness and Thiago’s flamboyant Brazilian; throw in plenty of relaxation, a good dash of glamour and mix it all up in the beautiful setting of 45 Millbank, blending Edwardian classic with Chelsea modern style.
From the minute guests arrived they were treated to a seemingly effortless experience – with no hint of the careful planning that had gone on behind the scenes! As they entered the hallway they were met by Damian and Thiago and ushered towards the stairway to take a glass of champagne or Caiprinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail. As they made their way through to the subtly lit reception rooms, The Bellinis played ‘50s style music and Sav the Deceptionist wove through the guests with seemingly impossible magic tricks. a constant supply of tasty treats accompanied the champagne, from foot-long cheese twists to exquisite canapés. Tiny beef burgers with all the trimmings, miniature Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish sauce and good old sausage and mash went down well with hungry guests, with a sushi bar making sure there was something for all tastes.
The hosts then addressed their guests with heartfelt ten-minute speeches, before the doors were flung open and Yes!!!Brazil took the floor in an explosion of music and colour. As the drink flowed the dancing began in earnest, with an array of Brazilian sweets on hand – churros, cinnamon doughnuts, brigadeiros and truffles – for guests to refuel their energy. At midnight the bacon butties appeared, to restore the danced-out guests for their journey home, and they left with macaroons, brownies – and a Damian and Thiago printed tea towel to remind them of an incredible party.
The couple’s guests had travelled from all over the UK, as well as from as far afield as Singapore, Brazil, Portugal, The Netherlands and Germany, and for them the party wasn’t over. The London Kitchen in Lambeth opened up for guests to enjoy brunch with coffee, bloody marys and bucks fizz. Fruit and pastries were followed by Sunday roasts, finished off with Eton mess, sherry trifle and banoffee pie. And just in case it was all getting a bit strenuous – or there were any pulled muscles from the night before’s dancing! – there was a masseur on hand to smooth out any tension. Have any guests ever been better catered for?
Seeing the celebrations unfold into a carnival of vibrant taste, variety and colour was everything Damian had hoped for… We first got together in a bar, followed by old-fashioned courting believe it or not! We just knew it felt right and things soon fell into place. He had been back home in Brazil and we made plans when I returned from seeing him. Neither of us had actually proposed and I mentioned this the day before we married, as a gentle reminder. He then tried to propose to me in the lift at home on the eve of our wedding. So there was no proper proposal, not even wedding rings, but it’s not really important. I did think of asking him on the plane to Australia but resisted!
Thiago is very laid back so when we were thinking about the style of our wedding I thought we should mix influences in a playful way, so the Brits could see something they perceived as Brazilian – dancing girls with feathers and fishnets, and cocktails – and something equally British – bangers and mash, mini Yorkshires with rare roast beef. We both love sushi so we had a sushi bar, with it made to order!
We chose 45 Millbank as it’s a lovely venue, just 500m away from my home and office, on the site of Millbank Prison and is a part of Chelsea College of art that’s quite undiscovered. We ‘unwrapped’ the venue to open different rooms, which had dancing, a photobooth and a Brazilian pudding buffet. We did Canapés, bowl foods and bacon butties at midnight, but also added ribbon-wrapped brownies for guests to nibble on the way home – and our tea towels based on the invite!
Our outfits were relatively simple compared to the food menu – velvet dinner jackets from M&S, costing £99. We wanted our ceremony to be very understated, and just about the two of us. So we took the shortest version possible – four words each.
It was an evening of surprises and our guests loved the food, the music, the dancing and the photo booth. Brazilian guests also loved the pudding buffet!
Seeing our day come together was amazing. it was everything we had hoped it would be. Sharing a bottle of champers on our minimoon – we went to Bath for a few days with the in-laws – brought home how happy we were. Keep your day focused on yourselves, rather than bowing to any external pressures, and you’ll have the day of your lives.
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