Mark Niemierko and Darcy Miller - Afternoon tea at the Dorchester

Mark Niemierko, the UK’s leading luxury wedding planner, hosted a decadent champagne afternoon tea in honour of Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings, last week on Friday 13th January. The intimate afternoon tea was held within the Oliver Messel designed Penthouse and Pavilion at The Dorchester, Park Lane. The home of the Niemierko Wedding Academy.


Upon hearing that Darcy Miller was visiting London for a brief trip, Mark Niemierko insisted on throwing event giving the British wedding industry a chance to meet Darcy as well as celebrate how Martha Stewart Weddings is the most influential Bridal magazine not just for American and British Brides, but for Brides all over the world. 

Mark Niemierko comments “Martha Stewart Weddings is always at the forefront of wedding trends.  I remember when I first started planning weddings 7 years ago and reading my first copy of the magazine, every page I turned just gave me more and more inspiration.  When talking to not just other planners, but dress designers, florists, cake makers they all agree with me that at some point Martha Stewart Weddings has inspired their work.” 


The event had a quintessential British twist throughout.

Handsome soldier waiters served afternoon tea sandwiches along with mini scones, washed down with Rosewater cocktails alongside Dorchester Iced teas.    The sweet side of the menu included chocolate éclairs, fruit tarts, chocolate dipped strawberries and Chocolate Lolly Pops as well as Peggy Porschen strawberry and champagne and sticky toffee flavored cupcakes.

As guests entered the Penthouse they were instantly wowed by Peggy Porschen’s cake, a design she created especially for the event.  The 5 tier cake was a mix of white and ivory blooms, and inspired by Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted forest, which is the theme Oliver Messel used when he designed the Penthouse.  Peggy is the UK’s leading cake designer, having recently designed model Kate Moss’ wedding cake.

Florist Rob Van Helden arranged an abundance of flowers in a variety of pink shades to fill the fireplace and table tops, clothed in gold linen. 

As guests walked through the Penthouse to the Pavilion within the Ladies waiting room dresses by some of the biggest names in British Bridal design were on display.  Including the forward thinking David Fielden, the Queen’s couturier Stewart Parvin and established Sassi Holford. 

Once in the Pavilion guests were again wowed by large white floral displays by Rob Van Helden.  From the fireplace, windows and the bar urn arrangements.  Whilst guitarist Matt Smith played subtle jazz. The perfect setting to enjoy a very English afternoon tea.


Guests included bloggers Kat Willams of Rock N Roll Bride and Charlotte O’Shea from Rock My Wedding, photographer Julia Boggio, Ian Carmichael the Queens Hairdresser, dress designers Caroline Castigliano, Sassi Holford, Elizabeth Emanuel, Ritva Westenius, David Fielden, Phillipa Lepley, Bruce Oldfield and Stewart Parvin.  Newly engaged jewellry designer Lauren Adriana, Henry Taylor the Head of Personal Shopping at Reiss and Mich Turner of Little Venice Cake Company.

Darcy Miller and Mark Niemierko

Stephanie Balls and Tory Louth from Peggy Porschen Cakes together with Sassi Holford

Elizabeth Emanuel, Bruce Oldfield and Mark Niemierko

May Clee-Cadman from Maisie Fantaisie, Mary Jane Vaughan, Darcy Miller, Mark Niemierko, Elizabeth Emanuel and Bruce Oldfield

Suzanne Neville, Ritva Westenius and Chenca Williams

Stephanie Allin and Chanelle (Sergerius Bruce Photography)

Sassi Holford, Darcy Miller and Mark Niermierko

Andrew Prince, Katy McGhee from Vera Wang at Browns Bride, and Lauren Adrianna

David Fielden

Fong Ee from Matthew Williamson, Paul Antonio, Mark Strefford and Johanna Hehir

Walter Koller from David Fielden, Darcy Miller, David Fielden and Mark Niemierko 

Darcy Miller and David Fielden

Caroline Castigliano and Ritva Westenius

Charlotte O'Shea from rockmywedding, Kat Williams from Rock'n'Roll Bride), Mark Niemierko, Alexia Cuddyre from OMG I'm Getting Married and Anna from Anna and the Ring

Neil Penlington and Jenny Holland from Jasper Conran with Mark Niemierko

Madeleine Macey and Petrina Nystrom from Temperley London with Harriet Walker from Mustard Catering

Bessy Moufarrige and Tania Samonas both from Etoile de Mer

Debbie Dwek from Niemierko and Mich Turner from Little Venice Cake Company

Mark Niemierko and Phillipa Lepley

Mark Niermierko, Darcy Miller and Mark Strefford from

Julia Boggio, Mark Niemierko and Emmy Scarterfield from Emmy Shoes



All photography courtesy of Jeremy Enness at


Mark Niemierko – Wedding Planner

Darcy Miller – Martha Stewart Weddings

The Dorchester

Rob Van Helden – Florist

Great Hire – Chartreuse French Chairs

Peggy Porschen – Cake

Stewart Parvin

Sassi Holford

David Fielden


Paper Cloud Creative – invitation design

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