Shweta is a talented event planner and with the help of her good friend and planner Hannah, with Pearl and Oak Weddings, they put together a High Tea event to celebrate Shweta’s birthday. From handwritten notes for each guest, a stunning table setting and beautiful decor, the room looked absolutely amazing. Shweta looked absolutely beautiful and Riti did a fantastic job on her hair and makeup.
History Behind High Tea
For those who don’t know, High Tea started by Anna Marie Stanhope, Duchess of Bedford. She was one of Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting. Because the noon meal had become skimpier, the Duchess suffered from “a sinking feeling” at about four o’clock in the afternoon. At first, the Duchess had her servants sneak her a pot of tea and a light snacks. Adopting the European tea service format, she invited friends to join her for an afternoon meal and tea. This summer practice proved so popular, the Duchess continued it when she returned to London.
The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald’s Wedgewood Room was the perfect location to host a High Tea. With their delightful finger sandwiches, scones, deserts; their branded teas, coffee and fruit punch, guests were treated to exceptional food and service from hotel staff. Shweta created the menu for the afternoon and did an amazing job.
I was honoured when Shweta asked me to photograph this event and capture her vision. We made sure to capture lots of candids as well as get a photo with every single one of her guests, including the adorable babies. This was definitely a birthday to remember!