• The Barn in Oxenton

    Saturday 15th March 2014

    We recently met with Simon and Margie at their home in Oxenton, Gloucestershire. Their daughter is getting wedded this August.

    I wanted to write about this wedding due to its home-grown nature. Quite literally home-grown. In fact, the seeds for the wedding flowers are being sown in Simon and Margies garden as I write!

    Never have I come across such a beautiful setting which will lend itself to a wedding with absolutey no faffery!

    Rosie is going to be getting ready at her parents home before walking round the corner to the beautiful church. Once they have made their vows, they will be walking to this barn (look, you can even see the church through the opening!) and starting the celebrations!

    Simon has already started getting the barn fit for purpose, and as for Margie, she is not only growing the flowers but also planning the menus as she will be cooking all the food herself including the wedding cake!

    We will keep you posted on the wedding, but don't want to give away too many secrets for now! But needless to say we are very excited about being there!

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  • Hotel Du Vin Wedding Fayre - September

    Sunday 1st September 2013

    We welcomed in the Autumn with another wedding fayre at Hotel Du Vin in Cheltenham. Hotel Du Vin in Cheltenham (formerly the Carlton Hotel) is a beautiful venue for a drink, for something to eat, for an overnight stay...and for a wedding! That's right, they do weddings! They have beautiful rooms for both wedding ceremonies and receptions and if you are having a big do...you can even have exclusive use of the hotel.

    Swing From Paris got the event off to a great start with their fantasitc sound, whilst Rich Parsons the Gloucestershire Magician entertained all of us with magic!

    We had delicious cakes from Vanilla Pod Bakery and Yanina's Bespoke Cakes. Showing off thier beautiful Bridal dresses were Simply Bridal and Grand Jour. Bringing a bit of sparkle to the day was Fliss from Flissy Jewellery who makes the most beautiful tiaras. Gemma Gaskins photography and Lush Imaging brought along lots of examples of their wedding photography. Jessica from Earls and Co. treated Brides to be with a manicure, and Joyce Brooks lingerie told Brides about their gorgeous wedding lingerie and bra-fitting service. Sue Conboy from Fansia Tickle brought along an array of exquisite fascinators and Kingsley Leather showcased a range of handmade leather goods from bow ties to place names to belts. Simply Flowers stand looked beautiful with some very pretty table centres and bouquets.

    Every couple walked away with a goody bag which included a discount for the spa at hotel Du Vin.

    Well done on providing lot of wedding inspiration everyone!

    A few words from Rich Parsons the Gloucestershire Magician:

    "Thanks for everything on Sunday and for all of your organisation - I had a good time and have already got at least one confirmed booking so it was well worth coming...it's not just about couples turning up at wedding fayres, I like to meet other suppliers too and especially you guys to put faces to names. REAL people from twitter! Real LIVE people!...I like the fact that many Gloucestershire wedding suppliers seem so supportive of each other online and offline."

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  • Jenny and Dan's Wedding Day

    Saturday 24th August 2013

    We met Jenny and Dan ar our Daffodil Wedding Fayre and as the date of their wedding day neared, they decided to call us in, to be there on the day and ensure everything ran smoothly, so that they could just relax and enjoy it.

    Jenny got ready on the morning of her special day at Dormy House Hotel in Broadway. Sheena, who is just the bestest wedding hair stylist in the county, worked her magic, and Harriet Cook did the Bridal make-up.

    On the morning of her wedding, Jenny was handed the keys to a cintage Figaro car as a wedding present from her soon-to-be husband. Her Dad drove her to the church in her new wheels.

    Jenny and Dan tied the knot at St Peter's church in Stanway, and then afterwards guests were greeted on the lawn in front of the fantastic fountains at Stanway House with a glass of Prosecco. The day was beautifully photgraphed by Jamie Burrell. The Insiders Band entertained guests with an acoustic set whilst canapes were served by CaterCater. The wedding breakfast was then served in the Tithe Barn which looked beautiful with flowers from the Creative Flower Studio.

    In the evening, The Insiders played and the Flame Baked Pizza Co. served up mouthwatering pizzas to everyone.

    A few words from Karen (Mother of the Groom):

    "Just a quick note to say thank you so much to you and Sally for everything on Saturday. I'm just about coming back down to earth now and the house is almost back to normal.

    It was the most perfect wedding day for Dan & Jenny and with all your hard work it all just seemed to flow effortlessly. I know that's not the case and you were both rushing around to keep everything on time. You helped John & I to completely relax and enjoy the day, and I know Dan & Jenny feel the same. Topping my glass up was much appreciated!! I just keep imagining what it would have been like if we hadn't had you there! Everyone has commented on how perfect everything was. You can let me know now if anything went wrong lol!

    Thank you once again for helping to make it the wedding of their dreams"

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  • Sally and Ben's Wedding Day

    Friday 21st June 2013

    Sally, who is usually one of the planners here at The Wedding Consultancy, tied the knot in June and handed the organising over to us just for the day so that she could make the most of every minute of their special day.

    Sally is from Evesham and so they married in a beautiful church in South littleton. No detail was missed by Sally and they ordered beautiful sunshine in amongst a very wet June and thought of their guests at every step of the way. They provided transport to and from the church for some of their guests using Bennetts Coaches. Drinks and snacks were on the bus for the guests so that they were kept happy on the journey. Meanwhile, Sally and Ben were chauffeur driven in a beautiful vintage car by Nostalgia Wedding Cars.

    Graced by unexpected sunshine, everyone arrived to Hatherley Manor Hotel for welcome drinks and canapes whilst photographs were taken by Rob Wheatman Photography. Sally looked stunning dressed in her gorgeous dress from Grand Jour, and her make-up by Veronica from Pure Image.

    The 100 guests were seated for the wedding breakfast and the food and service surpassed all of our expectations. We could not fault the team at Hatherly Manor at all, they were fantastic! For starters, melon and berries were served, then the main was chicken wrapped in bacon with dauphiniose potatoes which was delicious, and then a berry filled eringue with clotted cream for dessert. The room looked striking with high vase flowers from Simply Flowers. Ben managed to get his football team colours into the wedding with Bridesmaid dresses in blue and splashes of yellow in the flowers.

    In the evening, an icecream trike was set up in the walled garden for the guests to indulge in icecream and a hog roast was also served by the hotel. Everyone danced the night away to the sound of The Abstracts and tucked into the sweet table and delicious cake made by one of Sally's friends.

    And after a fab party, Ben and Sally jetted off to New York and then Barabados to chill out! Lucky things!

    Quote of the day from Sally:

    'You don't think I'm a Bridezilla do you?'

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  • Hotel Du Vin Wedding Fayre

    Sunday 21st April 2013

    We helped Hotel Du Vin to host their very first wedding fayre. Hotel Du Vin in Cheltenham (formerly the Carlton Hotel) is a beautiful venue for a drink, for something to eat, for an overnight stay...and for a wedding! That's right, they do weddings! They have beautiful rooms for both wedding ceremonies and receptions and if you are having a big do...you can even have exclusive use of the hotel.

    We worked with Hotel Du Vin to create their first wedding fayre so that people could see what they have to offer and also meet with other fabulous wedding services too.

    As with our fayre at The Daffodil, we wanted the fayre to have an atmosphere so that wedding couples and their family and friends could treat the event as a day out and not as 'trawling another fayre for ideas'. So, throughout the event, we had various bands and performers take to the stage to entertain everyone. There was James of Pictures and Piano, demonstrating his repertoire of classical and modern music, Swing From Paris who get everyone moving with fantastic jazz music, and Steve Franks who played acoustic guitar.

    We had an array of services:

    So, here are the services that were involved:

    Gemma Gaskins who takes stunning wedding pictures

    Metamorphis Styling who will make you look and feel a million dollars with Bridal make-up and also delicious sweet favours

    Vanilla Pod Bakery who kept us all happy with samples of heavenly chocolate cake throughout the day

    Hilles House who are a new wedding venue set in the countryside near Stroud

    Sue from Fansia Tickle brought her wedding range of fascinators, and they were beautiful! They caught everyones eye! fantastic ideas for the Bride or Mother of the Bride.

    Bijou Biscuits brought along their melt in the mouth biscuits which are beautfull used as favours, place names and gifts.

    Naomi from Lush Imaging showed couples her amaing wedding photography

    Lisa displayed examples of the beautful jewellery they design and make at R.J. Spicer

    Simply Flowers created a couple of gorgeous bouquets and centre pieces

    Stuart from Every Event Hire, showed off his sparkly dance-floor, poseur tables and other hire items.

    Steve of Steve Richardson Wedding Photography brought with him a beautiful wedding memory box made up of photo's he had taken and plenty of examples of his wonderful work.

    Rather than a bridal show, we had the gorgeous Elouise and Elena modelling dresses throughout the day from Grand Jour and I think you will agree, they looked absolutely stunning!

    Every couple walked away with a goody bag which included a discount for the spa at hotel Du Vin.

    We have another fayre in the diary, also taking place at Hotel Du Vin, which is on 1st September 2013. See you there!

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