60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London

Fionas Surprise Birthday cover

60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London

I was booked to photograph this amazing party almost a year ago when Sue called me to book the date in.  I have worked for the family on many occasions photographing their weddings, celebrations and some of their children in the studio so we all know each other really well.

The day itself started with me arriving to take the pictures at The Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, London. I arrived at this amazing hotel at 7 pm and walked in to the foyer and through the main part of the hotel to the  suite where the party was taking place. As I walked in right by the staircase leading up to the suite was a beautiful mirrored piano.. which I was later told was Liberaces Piano and one of only two in the world,  a very rare and valuable piece of history…later this was to be played and used as part of a huge surprise for Fiona towards the end of the evening.

7.30 pm.  The guests started arriving and were given a mask of the birthday girls face – this was so that when the doors opened Fiona would see all her friends in masks and then they’d cheer and drop them and reveal themselves.

8pm. Everyone gathered at the staircase masks in hand and very quiet. It was at this point that the doors opened and Fiona came in..her face was an absolute picture she was speechless, she never had a clue. Fiona came in and saw her friends and family, everyone was cheering, Fiona was speechless. We did some pictures with the family and friends. At about 8.45 another surprise happened.  The Diamond boys who Fiona had seen in Italy had been booked by Sue (Fionas other half) to play for her during the evening. What a great band they are… brilliant guys and fabulous musicians.

The Dorchester then continued to bring out the food which was absolutely fantastic….the champagne flowed all night.   The disco was buzzing and everyone was on the dancefloor. At 10pm the Diamond Boys did their second set of the evening. The party was going great, the speeches then started and finished with two of Fiona’s closest friends performing a song they had written for her using a drum and acoustic guitar.

It was at this point that Sue said some beautiful words and then announced that everyone needed to make their way down to the famous piano. Fiona led the way and to her absolute shock – she saw CASSIDY JANSON leading lady in Beautiful the Musical in Londons West End.  Beautiful is Fiona’s absolute favourite show of all time and Cassidy performed some amazing songs for her. The atmosphere was UNBELIEVABLE  you cannot imagine how good this was… the guests surrounded Fiona.  Everyone was alongside the pianist Adam Dennis from the show. He played Liberace’s famous piano beautifully… better than the man himself,  people were leaning over the staircase to see this amazing Leading Lady sing You’ve Got A Friend … Fiona’s all time favourite song…of which everyone was invited to join in at certain points.

Everyone then went upstairs and carried on partying and it was at this point that I said goodbye and headed to the tube to get the last train home.

I would like to say thank you to Sue for booking me to photograph this amazing party.  Ive got to know you and your family really well and although I was working you and Fiona made me feel like a guest.  It was an amazing evening and I dont think I’m ever going to see a better party than that… it really was fabulous.  JP x

Here a few pictures I have selected from the day. Enjoy!

 

60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
Liberace’s famous Piano
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
The Diamond Boys
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
The Diamond Boys
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
The Diamond Boys
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
The Diamond Boys
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
Cassidy Janson
60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London
Cassidy Janson and Adam Dennis from the show Beautiful in The West End

Credits to

John Paul ODonnell Photographer

Dj

Michelle from Ritzy Events

Diamond Boys

Cassidy Janson (Beautiful in the West End)

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60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London

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6 thoughts on “60th birthday at Dorchester hotel London

  1. JP is an amazing photographer and an amazing guy. I would highly recommend him. Makes everyone he photographes feel like a supermodel

  2. Thank you JP for being part of Fiona’s birthday and taking some absolutely amazing pictures as only you can do. You are not only the best photographer you are a very special person and part of the Family xxx

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