The Who's Who...
I understand that there's a lot to think about when organising your wedding, and maybe there are some things you haven't even thought about yet! Over the years, I've met some absolutely fantastic people within the wedding industry and I thought that you should know about them too- I can highly recommend each and every one of these below...
the barn at upcote
Wow, The Barn at Upcote is absolutely stunning and I strongly urge you to go there and check it out! It boasts a fantastic location, it's surrounded by the most idyllic views, with REAL life pheasants and such just casually wondering around; it's a venue absolutely perfect for a rural/vintage affair. Owners of the Barn: Andrew & Jo, have done an incredible job at renovating it into a modern, fresh delight. With their years of expertise, they are both very accommodating, welcoming and they will ensure that your day/evening runs ever so smoothly. 2017 is nearly fully booked and 2018 is filling up quickly! Have a look at their website to find out more: www.thebarnatupcote.co.uk
THE little wedding helper
If you haven't been introduced to the marvellous Kirsten Butler, then let me introduce you! Kirsten is The Little Wedding Helper, based in Bristol who can help turn your dreams into reality. With her fantastic eye, attention to detail and contacts in the industry; Kirsten is a specialist in wedding venue styling, making your special day even more unique. Kirsten has had years of experience and knows exactly what is needed to create that magical day you have always wished for. To get in touch with the lovely Kirsten, go to her website: www.littleweddinghelper.co.uk
If you've already had a look for your perfect wedding photographer, you've probably discovered an abundance that work within and around the Cotswolds. I want to make your life easier because I can, and with confidence, refer you to one of the finest Wedding Photographers there is; Marcus Ward of Bigeye Photography. Marcus provides a very personalised service, which is very important in making the couple and guests feel at ease on their Wedding Day. He is fantastic at capturing all moments, from the laughs and smiles to the more sensitive and private ones. Go on, check out his website: www.bigeyephotography.co.uk
Recently I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Tracey for some Bespoke Invitations for Eckington Manor. The Manor is quite simply, a magical place to get married. Hidden away in the Worcestershire Countryside this beautifully restored manor has been specifically designed as the perfect setting for the perfect occasion. The Barn and adjoining Apple Store are light and airy and cater for up to 70 guests, both open out onto the Spectacular Worcestershire Countryside and beautifully designed terrace and garden. It’s perfect for al fresco aperitifs & canapés, with a wide choice of award-winning cuisine to choose from as well as an extensive wine list. Lovingly restored, the hotel offers 17 luxurious bedrooms and suites that blend country house chic with the highest standards of contemporary comfort and design to provide the ultimate boutique experience in a charming rural location. Be sure to visit their website for more information – you won’t regret it. www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk
The Great Tythe Barn
Being located in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Great Tythe Barn is definitely one of my favourite wedding venues that I can highly recommend. Rebecca and the team who run the events there are so helpful, organised and fantastic. The venue itself is surrounded by a very picturesque landscape, only adding to it's wonderful historic roots and charm. It is one of the most popular venues around Gloucestershire, so I would get in touch as soon as you've got a date in mind as they get booked very quickly! Visit: www.gtb.co.uk for more info.
Eastington Park is a beautiful Grade II Georgian Manor House set in 8 acres of gardens in Gloucestershire, providing a unique opportunity for you to exclusively hire the property for your Wedding. In addition, they have 32 bedrooms that can accommodate approximately 70 overnight guests and a 24 hour license on the bar! They are able to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships inside in the beautiful Morning Room and outside in the garden under the Pergola, as well as having a local church just a 5 minute walk away. To request a viewing visit their website: www.eastingtonpark.co.uk
If you’re looking for a photographer with heaps of experience and a wealth of knowledge of all the top venues in an around the Cotswolds, then Noel from Cotswold Pictures is your man. Noel is based in Cheltenham, and predominantly focuses on Cotswold weddings but also travels all over the UK too and if lucky sometimes overseas. Noel specialises in a very relaxed form of documentary or reportage photography. His approach is ‘creative with a non-obtrusive nature capturing the very essence, fun and personality of you and your wedding, leaving you with beautiful lasting memories of your big day.’ And that’s straight from the horse’s mouth! Needless to say, you’re in safe hands with Noel, so check out his website for more info: www.cotswoldpictures.co.uk
Kingscote Barn is set in the stunning Cotswold Hills near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The Gale family are proud to have farmed Binley Farm for more than 80 years. The native limestone grassland, ancient beech woodland and grazing sheep make this the picture-perfect location. The original farm once part of The Kingscote Estate underwent sympathetic restoration in 2006, to become a unique and exclusive wedding and events facility in Gloucestershire. With interior Cotswold stone walls, exposed beams, flagstones, under floor heating, and plentiful natural light, the finishing touches in the now resplendent Kingscote Barn embrace an eclectic mix of rustic charm with modern 21st century aspects. I can’t recommend this venue enough, but you must see it to capture just how incredible it is. So, don’t hesitate and see for yourselves! www.kingscotebarn.co.uk
Cotswold Vintage Scoop
Who doesn't love a good old fashioned ice cream van? Cotswold Vintage Scoop are the guys you want to hire for your event if you're looking to add something a little different, fun and unique to your big day. They do tailor made packages and serve all the way through the year- that's what we like to hear! Find out more on their website: www.cotswoldvintagescoop.co.uk
Fordham Hair Design
I met Chris of Fordham Hair Design at a Wedding Fair for one of my favourite venues. Not only was he passionate about his work, but so approachable and a genuine, lovely guy. On the morning of the wedding you need someone to put you at ease, keep you calm … and ultimately someone you can trust to make you look absolutely fab! I highly recommend Chris as the man that can. Visit his website for more info: www.fordhamhairdesign.co.uk
Clare Bryce - Makeup Artist
I actually met Clare as she was showcasing with Chris of Fordham Hair design at a Wedding Fair recently. As I understand it they tend to work in partnership for brides on the big day. Clare was chatty, so friendly and extremely professional – not to mention having a face of beautiful, understated makeup! Make up styling is a really personal preference and you need to find someone that can listen and work with you, and that’s exactly what Clare does. Have a look at her website for more info: www.purepampering.co.uk
When I think of a Wedding Day … a couple of things pop into my head immediately; the Invites (of course!), the Venue… and the Flowers! Aqua flowers is a Cotswold based company who thrive on bespoke ideas and focus on advising customers on to how to get every detail right for the Big Day. Jo is fantastic, lots of fun and a hugely talented designer. I’ve worked alongside Jo on a couple of photo shoots and she’s just fab, take a look at her website and see for yourself: www.aquaflorist.com
THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE MAGICIAN
It’s always fun to consider something extra special and unique for the Big Day, and I can highly recommend Richard – The Gloucestershire Magician. Based in the Cotswold’s (the clues in the name!) Richard is an award winning and talented close up magician, table magician and pick pocket. If you’re looking for professional entertainment – then look no further. Head to Richard's website: www.gloucestershiremagician.co.uk for more details.
In the Wedding industry - one of the real perks of the fairs is meeting the foodies of the trade! I don’t consider myself to have much of a sweet tooth, but I must say I do love to sample Wedding Cakes...! In fact, the Cake can be as in important as the dress, so it’s good to have some personal recommendations. Claire from Cake Day Dreams really does deliver masterpieces. Claire has won awards for Cake design, and you only have to take a look at her Cake gallery to see why. Visit www.cakedaydreams.co.uk and get salivating!
MARTIN & CO
When it comes to your Big Day – there is so much that you would class as ‘important’ – and with every couple that list varies! But something that’s always high on the priority list is jewellery – it’s your Wedding after all and it’s the one time to really indulge and get away with it! I would highly recommend the amazing Martin and Co in Cheltenham for all your jewellery needs. Martin and Co has an incredible heritage dating back to where it all began in 1806, it’s steeped in history. Its location on the Promenade in Cheltenham has been established since 1830. From the incredible range of luxury and classic jewellery – to the fantastic personal service, Martin and Co will be all you need to perfect you Big Day. www.martin-and-co.com
Within our very competitive industry, it takes something special to stand out. Kate from Little Cheltenham has mastered that art. Kate likes to shoot intimate moments; from family portraiture, to corporate celebrations and Weddings. Wedding photography has become an extensive industry now, and it’s all about finding that style of photography that really epitomises you both, and I can highly recommend Kate from Little Cheltenham if you’re looking for something a little different: www.littlecheltenham.com