Supplier Love | Retro Press

You might remember Retro Press from the Neon Hen Do shoot I recently shared here on the blog. Kate and I had a very similar introduction to the world of weddings – starting with a close friends and slowly growing the business. I love hearing about people taking the leap and striking out on their own to do something they love. It never fails to inspire me!

“My main goal with Retro Press is to combine my love of design, things and inspirations to make you, ‘the bride to be’, get as excited to receive your wedding stationery as you are about putting on that perfect dress for the first time. Incidentally, I do believe that the stationery is in fact just as important as the dress, the cake, the flowers, the venue et al, because all these little things come together to make that one day, that B I G day. If you think about it, the Save The Date’s or the invitations are the first things that your wedding guests receive, thus they totally set the tone for the day. It is essential to get these right and ensure that they create the same wonderful vibes as the wedding itself.”

As well as some really lovely stationery suites to choose from Kate offers a bespoke service and will work with you to create a design that’s completely unique. I love that the ‘off the peg’ designs are all named after types of tea. The suite below is called Sencha – so fun and summery!

And if you’re looking something a little different why not take a peak at these fun Letterpress Coasters – have them around the venue on the wedding itself or send them out to your nearest and dearest in place of a traditional Save the Date card.

Definitely keep an eye on what Kate is up to and consider Retro Press for your big day!

Not On The High Street Wedding Showcase

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Not On The High Street wedding showcase in London. All sorts of wedding bloggers and creatives were there to take part in inspiring workshops and see all the wedding deliciousness NOTHS has to offer.

 

Colour was definitely king – whether it was summer brights, pops of pastel, or glimmers of gold. Each area was styled beautifully by the team at Knot & Pop who totally transformed Clifton Nurseries for the day.

 

The welcome drinks were displayed in a vintage cabinet styled by Palais Flowers with fresh blooms and foliage. Nothing like a glass of fresh juice to set you up for a day of Instagraming!

 

It was particularly exciting for me because my close friend and business partner Helen Hopkins, of Pudding Bridge, had some of her own gorgeous creations on show including these alternative chair decorations.

 

The day was broken up by two super fun and informative workshops. The first, hosted by Little Stamp Store, had us creating our own crafty wedding invitations. Perfect for couples who want to create their own stationery with a little DIY twist! The second workshop was on brush lettering and was led by The Lovely Drawer who made something very difficult look so easy! Definitely can’t wait to get my inks out and start practising this technique. So pretty!

 

And of course there was food and drinks galore with the most fabulous lunch and tea laid out for us and a cocktail making session with Gin Tales!

 

Thanks so much for having me NOTHS! It was a wonderful day and I’m excited to see what other wedding loveliness your suppliers come up with in the future!

 

The Wedding Sessions 2016

I’m so happy to say that The Wedding Sessions will be returning in thew new year with events planned across the country!

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“Intended to be more of an extended conversation than a detached presentation, The Wedding Sessions is a constantly evolving forum in which to plot the next chapter of your wedding business. Across all four events we’ve held so far, we found equally as much inspiration from the attendees as they took from us. As independent creative businesses, we wholeheartedly endorse making genuine connections with one another and hope that The Wedding Sessions provides a platform for our attendees to create a supportive network between themselves.”

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Here’s the lowdown on what it’s all about…

WHO: Kirsten Butler of The Little Wedding Helper & Emma Woodhouse of The Wedding Reporter

WHAT: An inspirational day-long workshop aimed at fledgling wedding entrepreneurs wondering where to start and established businesses that need a motivational spanking. There’ll be practical advice, anecdotal tips and lots of little lightbulb moments. We’ll be discussing how to develop your ideas, geeking out about social media, encouraging you to dive into marketing & networking, and much more expansive rambling that leaves you chomping at the bit to get on with implementing your new ideas.

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WHEN: Throughout 2016

WHY: This is the perfect opportunity to spend a day nurturing your business using the knowledge that we’ve accumulated and the pitfalls we’ve stumbled into to make you better, smarter and brighter. We’re passionate about changing our little corner of the world and we’re keen to make sure you stand out from the crowd too.

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The next Wedding Sessions will be at the beautiful Fetcham Park on January 28th.

Tickets will be on sale soon! Other dates and venues will be announced throughout the year so keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook, and website or sign up to our newsletter for dates and details straight to your inbox!

Supplier Love | Whitehouse Event Crockery

When Helen and I first launched The Sequin Collection we knew we’d need some pretty spectacular tableware to really bring out the sparkle of our linens. The hunt for glass charger plates began. As soon as we saw the Gold Beaded Charger Plates at Whitehouse Event Crockery we knew we had to have them. I’m also completely obsessed with the gold cutlery they’ve recently added to their collection and can’t wait to use them on a shoot or at a wedding.

Natalie Martin Photography | The Little Wedding Helper

The first set of photos, by the talented Natalie Martin, are from Laura and Byron’s wedding at Eastington Park, and I think you’ll agree that these place settings and those gorgeous blooms are the perfect match.

The company is run by Marc Gough and based in Manchester which might seem a little outside my usual corner of the South West but Marc delivers nationally and internationally so I know I’ll be able to source what I need no matter the venue.

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Each year more and more of my couples are looking to source amazing plates and glasses for their tables whether it’s coloured chargers or mismatched vintage crockery. I love the fact that people are being so creative with their choices because it makes such a difference to the overall look of the day. Whitehouse have a really extensive range and great customer service so I never hesitate in recommending them.

A white plate is immediately transformed when paired with a beaded charger and can be a cost effective way of adding detail to your table and still using the venue or caters crockery.

For me a big aspect in building relationships with suppliers is knowing that they’re there when you need them. I work with The Wedding Wishing Well, a charity that organises weddings for those who are terminally ill, sometimes at very short notice. The first time I contacted Marc for help he came straight back saying ‘no problem, just tell me what you need’. It was so appreciated on the day and looked amazing.

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A Weekend Escape to Deer Park Hotel

My daughter and I first visited Deer Park in 2014, it wasn’t too far away, there was a great deal on, and we immediately fell in love with it. At the first sign of a wedding free weekend, elusive in the summer months, we knew exactly where we wanted to go. After a few Tweets we were booked in for two nights and couldn’t wait!

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There’s something really special about Deer Park Hotel; I think a big part of it is the welcoming atmosphere the minute you step through the door; one of the first things you see is a row of wellington boots and collection of umbrellas for guests to use when the weather turns. The building itself is beautiful, dating back to the mid 18th Century, and is set amongst 80 acres or beautiful parklands. Ella and I enjoyed rambling about and making the most of our surroundings. We also found out that Deer Park recently moved into the wedding industry, opening their doors for the first time as a venue! I can fully appreciate why  couples would fall in love with the place – we did after all!

Ella and I stayed in the Garden Rooms, which are separate from the hotel but right next door to the Victorian walled garden, where they’ve just started growing their own produce for the restaurant. When we arrived at the room there was a map of the hotel and grounds showing all the different places to explore including: a bean bag chill out area, outdoor pizza oven and seating, and of course the beautiful grounds. Our journey to the hotel had been a little tortuous, several hours stuck in traffic jams in the burning sun, so while Ella started planning our visit I took full advantage of the comfortable bed and tried my best not to nod off. I may have made a note of who made the mattress and linens – I need them at home!

Dogs are always welcome at Deer Park, there’s even a little pamper shed for pooches, which is great after a muddy walk through the grounds. As a household of cat lovers we didn’t have a dog to take with us but Hugo, Deer Park’s pooch in residence, acted as our canine companion and joined us on our explorations. Hugo is easily the cutest dog we’ve met – he wears a bow tie and has his own Twitter account, @HugoGodfrey

The hotel caters really well for children with a dedicated menu – proper meals and not a chicken nugget in sight! The attention to detail made the dining experience extra special. I loved the labels next to the jars of breakfast cereals. Every meal was a treat.

Obviously I wanted to have a poke around Deer Park as a venue and Mark Godfrey, General Manager, was kind enough to show us both around with Hugo in tow. As well as getting married inside the hotel they have a new outside ceremony space. There’s stunning wisteria archway and wildlflower meadow that lead you to the private garden which is licenscensed for ceremonies. In the UK outdoor ceremonies are riskier than they would be in warmer climates, but the ceremony space at Deer Park is so beautiful it would be worth chancing it.

On the wedding night you can stay in your very own treehouse. We wanted to have a nose about inside but it was in use the weekend we visited. It looks so romantic at night though – the pathway is all lit up and it looks so enticing – just what you want for weddings and special occasions. Mark also showed us the hotels collection of classic cars that can be used by couples on their special day and I think it’s these little touches that make Deer Park stand out from other venues.

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Ella wanted to help with my blog post and so as Mark showed us around she subjected him to her journalistic scrutiny and hard hitting questions.

Q: What makes Deer Park special?

A: The staff, gardens, grounds, and location. (We both agreed with this!)

Q: What three words would you use to describe Deer Park Hotel?

A: Tickety-boo, marvelous, and scrumptious!

Q: How does it feel to manage Deer Park?

A: It’s very rewarding and fun!

Q: Are you good friends with the staff?

A: Very good friends. A lot live on site and they work very hard and are really friendly.

Q: What are you working on?

A: We’re adding some new fencing to the grounds and continuing lots of new plants and flowers.

It was so nice to get away from everything and spend some much needed quality time with Ella; it really is one of our favourite places to stay and I am so excited that they’re now a wedding venue. I heartily recommend you taking some time for yourself and visiting Deer Park and the surrounding area. You won’t regret it!

Ella would like to finish by saying “When are we going back Mummy?”