Milbridge Court – Wedding & Events Venue

Milbridge Court – Wedding & Events Venue

I love visiting venues for events.  One day I’ll have one of my own, and it will be fabulous! Don’t you just adore all the little details, the special extras, the interior design & cleverness? We all love a plump sofa, posh soap in the loo, the smell of fresh flowers and beautiful artworks adorning walls. When seeking a wedding venue or a place to hold that special event we want to fall in love at first sight and then marvel at all the little details. I am often asked about venues and I consider the couple before me when giving them my advice and sharing my experience. Having spent many years organising events and weddings, previous to picking up my camera I have amassed a large knowledge of all things wedding! My first encounter with Milbridge Court was their showcase event, alongside Kalm Kitchen their in-house caterers and a collective of esteemed wedding personnel, they created a stunning visual, entertaining & edible display. Despite being busy, gossiping all things bridal with all the guests you couldn’t help but be amazed at this great space and what you could do with it..and the vast amounts of food from Kalm Kitchen, they always look amazing and taste even better. But on a day to day basis without the countries best wedding designers at your fingertips (or budget) what does Milbridge Court offer to the every day bride & groom? This is my take on the venue and how I would present it to my couples. Milbridge Court to me is like being married at home, albeit a very, very, nice home, only so much better and...
The Wisley in Bloom

The Wisley in Bloom

I love this time of year.  Full of hope and promise.  The smell of blossom flowers, cut grass and G&T’s! Theres no better time to get out with your camera and create a few works of art. Just last week I spent the morning at The Wisley with Pedro Sanchez, Head Gardener. Pedro has been working hard landscaping the gardens at The Wisley Club, ensuring the Members are treated by a fury of colour, wonderful scents and varieties that are so unique and distinctive it really makes you feel like you are somewhere special. Pedro has been with the Wisley for well over 6 years, his career at the club has seen him promoted from Assistant Gardener, to Senior Gardener and now to Head Gardener..clearly doing something right. I like Pedro a lot, not because he is a handsome Spaniard (that helps!) but because I was with him to capture his wedding at Epsom Race Course the day he married his gorgeous wife Lorraine.  They are a sweet couple and have two stunning kids, I’m so glad to see him doing so well at The Wisley. Pedro is proud of his work and takes it very seriously, constantly learning, The Wisley provide him with the tools he needs not only to do a good job for them but also to develop his skills and expertise within his role and for his future career. Pedro informs me most of the plants that you see in the post are available at good garden centres, The Wisley often purchase their bulbs and plants from Chobham Nurseries and Dingly Dell. Over the coming weeks...
Exclusive Luxury Venue…..

Exclusive Luxury Venue…..

I’m not one to tease but I will on this occasion. There will soon be a new wedding and event venue in the Hampshire area and let me tell you, its absolutely stunning. Private and exclusive, in the prettiest & most charming grounds I have ever come across. This venue will be for the discerning bride where only the best will do and no distractions or uninvited guests are allowed. Not only will weddings be hosted here but also private parties and commercial get togethers with a host of activities available for your stay. With plans for sumptuous rooms to eat, sleep and entertain I am having trouble making any comparisons. Hopefully you won’t be kept in the dark for much longer as plans are underway for a wonderful showcase event…I do hope you are invited.  😉 In the meantime my wonderful friend, Paula and I were invited along for a preview and to make plans for an exciting photoshoot to whet your appetite for all things Quintessentially English in weddings!     This is Paula in the newly created reflection area…running her wedding empire!  ...
Paula Rooney Weddings & Events at La Perla! #valentines

Paula Rooney Weddings & Events at La Perla! #valentines

My lovely friend, favourite florist & later this year one of my Brides is as we speak knee deep in gorgeous Red Roses. Of course we all know by now its Valentines Day.  A very busy day for all the flower fairies and having been there myself a few years ago I know just how crazy it is.  I’ll never forget standing in my shop ‘Oops A Daisy’ in Cookham and being surrounded by 1500 stems of Roses in a rainbow of colours and feeling exhausted but also loving it! Paula Rooney Weddings & Events was invited this year by the Luxury Lingerie Specialist La Perla to have a ‘pop up’ shop in their Sloane Street & Bond Street stores.  A perfect relationship for these two luxury specialists. Paula’s display looked fabulous and very at home in amongst the silks, lace and finery. The girls at La Perla were lovely, they looked fabulous in the black dress and red lipstick.  It was a busy day whilst I was there, so many ladies coming in to buy themselves lingerie, I was quite surprised..clearly I am not treating myself enough.   There was a particular range of Lingerie that was a bit special.  The Maid to Measure range with its 18 carat gold thread and 18 carat gold fixtures and fastenings, quite incredible, if not a bit extravagant!  But in the area of Knightsbridge I am sure that the clientele here would not be put off or even consider the cost. I loved the portfolio La Perla had created to show the design and detail that goes into their ‘Made to Measure‘...
Maids to Measure – #Girls Night Out!

Maids to Measure – #Girls Night Out!

  The gorgeous girlies over at ‘Maids to Measure’ design and create wonderful gowns for bridesmaids. After discovering how difficult it was for Brides and their Maids to find suitable, fun & gorgeous gowns the girls have set up their own beautiful boutique. Armfuls of awards later, a wonderful collection of stockists and a portfolio of very happy Brides and their Maids you can safely say the girls knew exactly what was missing in the marketplace. Wednesday evening the Maid to Measure crew hosted a fabulous girly soiree for all the Brides and their Maids to come and see wonderful suppliers, check out their offerings and see them in action.  The Maids were given food, drink and armfuls of hospitality all on top of fabulous Roof Gardens in Kensington. What a fabulous place!  I wasn’t expecting this.  Great Bar, huge space, then out onto the roof top partially covered by marquee (and very cosy) There were gorgeous brickwork tunnels filled with the wonderful aroma of the abundant BBQ!  Then out to the most exotic looking garden you would never expect to find on a roof in Kensington..can’t wait to go back.  Loved it. I took a handful of pictures whilst there.  Just enough to give you a flavour of the evening.  It was busy, lively, entertaining, certainly a wonderful event and one that wedding service providers should do their upmost to take part in, in future.  I hope they do it again!   Please see below a list of the suppliers that featured, click on the names to go to their websites. Suzanne Neville, Freya Rose, Charlotte Mills Bridal, Eagle Eyed Bride,...
Andrea Hawkes Bridal & Occasion – Clerkenwell

Andrea Hawkes Bridal & Occasion – Clerkenwell

This year for me is all about getting out from behind my desk and putting my foot in the door of the wedding industry.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been firmly working in ‘Weddings & Events’ for well over a decade but have only tentatively trod in the social & networking scene of my associates in the industry.  Of course you make friends and work colleagues over that period of time but in order to be remembered and referred to by people, you need to be present, you need to make an effort, especially as a photographer because they are so many good ones around! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shy..its just that the industry, as in most, can be quite overwhelming, sometimes intimidating & often fiercely competitive as well as (what you’d expect from weddings)…beautiful, fluffy and romantic! There are some incredibly creative and quite charming people out there and through my recent endeavours I have managed to meet them and in some cases work with them.  This helps me refer wonderful people to my brides & clients who are also overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice and who have occasionally suffered at the hands of bad service.  It is good to go out & seek the current trends, source new suppliers & find innovative new services that are springing up everywhere! I met Andrea Hawkes, Bespoke Bridal Designer, recently at the Icetank Studios in Convent Garden where they held their fabulous #weddinginatank event.  Andrea was showcasing her designs, modelled by the delightful Sophie, who incredibly isn’t a professional model but one of Andreas lovely part-time assistants, this is a great advert for...