Our Supplier Spotlight today is for Natasha Davies, the businesswoman and make up artist extraordinaire behind Natasha Louise. Natasha and her handpicked team of artists are just want you need on your wedding day or… More
It’s just a couple of weeks now until the next Royal wedding between HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle and as they have already announced that their cake will feature fresh flowers, it’s a safe bet that this ever-popular trend will stick around for a while longer, much to both the delight and frustration of cake designers.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some spectacular designs which can be created safely with fresh flowers (I had a stunning arrangement for my own wedding cake), but it seems that no matter how much designers shout about food safety, the power of Pinterest always wins and we’re asked to replicate designs which are fundamentally unsafe. That said, flowers have been decorating cakes since cake began so I’m hoping to set the record straight with some info, warning and general safety essentials to help the B2B. If you really want to use fresh flowers, do it safely!!
So to begin…why are fresh flowers (potentially) bad?
Decorations inevitably come in contact with the edible part of the cake, especially if the cake is buttercream-covered. Many venues also routinely decorate the ‘cut’ cake with the leftover flowers to make it look pretty… thus, they are in direct contact with what you eat….now think of this…
- A lot of fresh flowers are toxic (i.e. poisonous). Sometimes it’s only parts of the flower (the stamen, sap, petals), but, either way, it’s bad. Would you put poison on your cake?? No? So toxic fresh flowers shouldn’t go there either. Symptoms can range from nausea and vomiting, to itching/blistering where contact has been made with the skin (or worse) if ingested. Most people will now say, ‘well, I’ve never heard of anyone dying from fresh flowers on a cake’, well, neither have I (although I have heard of hospital admissions). But why risk it? While I’m no botanist, some of the most common toxic flowers include:
- Gypsophelia is disputed and contentious amongst cake designers but I personally have read enough to put it in the ‘toxic’ category.
- Sadly, many of these are very popular wedding flowers. For more information, have a look the Royal Horticultural Society… https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/Profile?PID=524
- Most (I stress most, not all) fresh flowers these days are mass produced – they are treated with pesticides and fungicides to make them last and look good. Even ‘organic’ flowers get treated. These treatments both permeate the flower and sit on the surface, meaning the treatment touches the edible cake. Again, if you fancy spraying your dinner plate with ‘rose shield’, go ahead [joke – do NOT spray your plate with rose shield!!]…otherwise, be aware that commercial chemicals designed for horticulture are not designed for human consumption.
- Have you ever looked in a florist’s bucket? Or in the stagnant water in the tubs of supermarket flower sections? Well, this is what your flowers (which will be inserted in your wedding cake) have been sat in. That is all I think needs to be said here. This picture is actually pretty good compared to many I’ve seen but there were still a few dead leaves, bit of plastic and weird residue in the water…
- We all know that flowers provide vital habitats for wildlife, but many insects live IN our flowers, especially in the tightly nestled petals of some of our favourite bouquet blooms. If you don’t want any surprise visitors emerging when you cut your cake, make other plans!
But…I saw this design on Pinterest and it’s sooooo perfect!!
Just because you saw it on Pinterest, doesn’t mean you can have it for your REAL wedding cake…not if you want to eat it anyway. Cakes used for styled shoots are not designed to be eaten so who cares if toxic flower goo permeates the sponge? This also applies to supermarket magazines advertising ‘DIY’ wedding cakes and cake TV shows. I regularly see premium supermarket brands’ magazines showing ‘styling suggestions’ of fresh hydrangea or calla lilies – some of the most toxic plants out there. Just because a brand you trust implies it’s OK, does not mean that it is.
But I really want to use flowers…
Ok, so, if reading all the above isn’t putting you off, there are basic precautions that you MUST follow. And by ‘must’, I mean that if you are serving a food product, you must ensure by law that it is safe. Read on for 5 basic rules and tips…
1 – NO TOXIC FLOWER MUST COME INTO CONTACT WITH EDIBLE CAKE. EVER.
End of. Use non-toxic species or, if a toxic breed is absolutely ‘necessary’, use artificial tiers for that arrangement and make up the servings with kitchen cakes. This is even more of a concern if you are going with a ‘naked’ cake or a coating which is sticky and likely to adhere to the properties of what it is near to (think pollen falling off a stamen).
2 – USE ORGANIC FLOWERS DESIGNED FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY
I’ve found most florists are not able to trace the provenance of their flowers or their growing conditions. This is not the fault of the florist (they are not training to be food handlers after all) who buy from wholesalers for the mass market. Their flowers are not designed to be eaten. There are a couple of companies which provide edible flowers such as Maddocks Farm. This is really where you should be looking.
3 – CLEAN YOUR FLOWERS
If you can’t do ‘2’ above, always wash any flowers which are coming into contact with the cake carefully but thoroughly and check for ‘hidden protein’ (i.e. insects & bugs).
4 – PREPARE ARRANGEMENTS
There is two things you are trying to prevent when you prepare stems for insertion into a cake:
- Leaking goo from the stem itself penetrating the sponge (eeeuw)
- Toxic/dirty/general nastiness coming into contact with the edible sponge/cake covering
To the best of my knowledge, the only ‘fully approved’ mechanism for safely inserting flowers is to tape them together using floral tape and then insert the arrangement into a posy pick.
There are some wax-based products out there which claim to do the job – I’m personally not convinced after my own experiences where the wax flaked off when the stems bent as I was inserting the flowers into the cake. I can see it working for really stiff-stemmed flowers and those which have already been taped and wired but, for anything else, I’d go for the ‘old school’ method.
A more modern technique which, I have used myself on a few occasions is to wrap the flowers individually in tape, then cover that in CAREFULLY folded tinfoil and squeeze. Fill the end of a straw with a blob on fondant and insert the prepared stem into the (open) end of the straw. The tape and foil double-ensures no drippage. The foil must not be damaged/split or it will be useless. The straw provides the food-safe barrier and the fondant blob prevents contact between the taped flowers and the cake at the end (that said, even if that fails, foil is food-safe anyway). Either way, you’ve taken every precaution and the odds of contamination are negligible.
Unless the flowers are ‘food safe’, you should also try to add a protective barrier or paper, foil or film between the flowers and the edible components. Greaseproof paper works well for ivory cakes, cellophane for white/colored designs.
No matter what happens, NEVER (I’m making hand gesticulations here while writing this), repeat NEVER simply snip off a flower head and stick it in a cake. I’ve seen it done several times on TV shows and (proper edible flowers notwithstanding), it is wrong, disgusting and illegal in the UK because it breaches food hygiene regulations. TV shows are for watching, not necessarily for actual eating.
5 – RESERVOIRS ONLY GO UNDER THE CAKE
A lot of delicate and really luscious arrangements need water to keep them looking their best – that means a reservoir. Reservoirs must never be placed above edible cake in case they drip onto the tiers below. Not only is there an obvious hygiene issue, but water will cause serious damage to any fondant-covered or royal iced design (it won’t look too good mixed buttercream or ganache either).
OK, so I’m feeling deflated at this point…where can I use fresh flowers??
FLOWER PEDESTALS!!!! These can add such an unbelievable ‘wow’ factor to your cake with the total flexibility of having whatever you want because they are below the edible components. Nothing to drip, nothing to fall. If you want flowers on the rest of the design, heed the above guidance or, even better, have your designer make sugar versions (which are technically edible). Have you considered artificial flowers which can be thoroughly cleaned and prepped in advance? We’ve created several flower pedestals in the past – take a look at our wedding cake gallery for some ideas!
ARTIFICIAL TIERS… If you want a fresh flower topper, use an artificial top tier. While you still must be aware of items falling onto the edible tiers below, you are at reducing direct contact. Trim flower stamen or anything which could fall.
PROPERLY PREPARED, EDIBLE FLOWERS…There are companies which specialise in these types of flowers which can look incredible. Just be prepared to be creative with your designs 🙂
So, that’s all I can say about fresh flowers on wedding cakes. My aim is to provide a ‘best practice’ approach for fellow designers and, especially, the brave bride who is contemplating recreating a look herself. This is a subject of contention amongst cake designers, all of whom will have their own policies so don’t be surprised if your designer requires you sign additional disclaimers if you want fresh flowers on your wedding cake.
For now, I’m off for a cuppa and to wonder what Meghan and Harry will choose for their design!
If anyone has any questions, feel free to drop me a message on Facebook, or send me an email 🙂
Lots of love – S xx
Today’s blog post is courtsey of Sarah Osbourne of Simplicity Cakes by Sarah.
Simplicity Cakes by Sarah specialises in luxury wedding cake designs. Based in Swindon, we regular deliver throughout Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and beyond. We use the finest quality ingredients to create commissions which taste as spectacular as they look and our end-to-end service makes ordering your bespoke wedding cake stress-free and enjoyable.
Phone: 07796 224 591
Most little girls start dreaming of their wedding young…. probably something to do with the abundance of Disney films where the princess/girl next door wins the heart of the handsome and charming prince who rides to her aid on his trusty stead. Here’s what happens when this dream is in the 21st Century, a modern cotswolds fairytale of course
So what happens in a modern fairytale? The trusty stead is replaced with modern day horsepower… a Nissan GTR Supercar of course. Married in a traditional church ceremony at the stunning St Michael’s and All Angels Church before riding off into the sunset (or to the reception!) at the historic hill climb racetrack that is Prescott Hill Climb.
Here’s what the bride had to say:
Our day was definitely ‘us’ – we made a pact that I could choose the ceremony venue and Ash could choose the reception – knowing his passion for cars (he’s a massive petrol head!) and being Bugatti members at the time it was a pretty sure run thing he’d pick Prescott.
Our budget was pretty strict, so a few things were created/done by ourselves and our families. At the time pocket fold invites were the ‘in thing’ for invites and I knew I had to have them, I just couldn’t justify the spend, so a lot of eBay rummaging later I found a bride selling off surplus of her invites on eBay – having designed and printed all the inserts ourselves and picking up envelopes and stock on gems from the local craft store, the invites only cost £15. We also created our Order of Services too. They were our best bargain wedding item.
We hired amazing florist Donna from a The Flower Studio to do our flowers – Donna created the exact vision I had in my head – which at the time even family and friends couldn’t see working. The florals were stunning. To complement Donnas flowers (bouquet, bridesmaids, buttonholes, top table and table arrangements) a close family friend created out church displays and then we had these moved to reception afterwards to dress the cake table and reception entrances.
The cake was made by me, having recently launched my own cake business at the beginning of the year it was a given I was going to create my own.
As Ash is into his supercars, and with his racing background we were able to secure the use of a Nissan GTR for the weekend from Dreamcare Hire. This may seem extravagant, but it was a must for us. I on the other hand walked to the church!
As we had everything crossed for a nice day – we wanted our reception to be held outside, we opted for a relaxed hog roast for the wedding breakfast. As it turned out we had the only hot weekend that July (2011). We also chose not to have a defined seating plan – this made things easier for us as no added stress and guests got to sit with who they wanted to sit with!
If you had to describe your day:
A traditional church service followed by a relaxed, alittle informal, alittle quirky reception with a petrolhead undertone!
Here are the snapshots of this beautifully unique day:
Ceremony: St Michaels and All Angels Church
Venue: Prescott Hill Climb
Dress: Sottero and Midgley
Suits: Slaters Menswear
Catering: Prescott Hill Climb
Cake: The Cheltenham Cakery
Event Decor: All About Fun
Flowers: Donna Beaver at The Flower Studio
Car hire: Dreamcar Hire
This weeks Supplier Spotlight is for wedding and events coordinator Louise Pritchard. With her trademark bob and love of sparkles, this lovely lass is just the gal you need planning your wedding – find out more about Louise, her experienced hospitality background and passion for planning below.
Tell us about you
Hi my name is Louise Pritchard and I am The Cotswold Event Planner.
I help businesses and individuals save time, money and stress when planning their events by using my industry experience, my network of the very best local suppliers and some good old fashioned hard work! On the day itself, my clients can relax and really enjoy the event, knowing I’m on site making sure all the well planned details run smoothly and any loose ends are tied.
I have been The Cotswolds Event Planner for 8 months, although my entire career has been in hospitality and events.
From my very first weekend job at 16, it’s always been about hospitality. My university years and also those that immediately followed were spent getting to know event and wedding planning in hotels.
I followed that with an incredible couple of years working for an Event Management company in Swindon, as account manager for 2 large clients. My work took me across Europe and further afield with planning and on site event management of events from 10 to 250 delegates. My knowledge and understanding grew exponentially.
A wedding and a relocation brought my husband and I to Cheltenham. After a few years in a beautiful country events and weddings hotel, an opportunity to be part of the opening management team for the Montpellier Chapter – now the Malmaison, Cheltenham – came along and was simply too good to pass up. It was a thrilling time at an amazing venue that I will never forget.
The time just felt right. Working in the events industry can be unforgiving and isn’t always easy with 2 small children- the hours don’t necessarily suit family life, but I missed the buzz organizing and planning gave me. So I decided to work for myself, this way I can control my work life balance, and I’m thrilled I did.
There is just nothing like the feeling of being at an event you’ve planned, watching the guests having a fantastic time, grins all round, knowing that you’ve been part of that. It gives me goose bumps!
I offer prospective clients a 30 minute, free of charge, no obligation meeting. With a range of services I can provide feel free to get in touch if you’ve got an event to plan. I offer event consultancy at an hourly rate, with full, partial and on the day packages, making my services accessible to small businesses and individuals.
Here’s some pics of Louise and her handiwork:
With the honor fast approaching of moi to arrange besties Hen Party i’ve suddenly entered a whole new world of ‘How to Hen’. Rewind 8 years to my own hen, a spa pampering day full of mini luxury treats (including a fish pedi), a champagne bar and full on makeover style photo shoot before a few cheeky cocktails and a nightclub boogie.
Like countless maids of honor before me I have been researching whats hot, whats not and current hen trends, to ensure my bestie has the best time. I can honestly say its been overwhelming. The hen party it seems has morphed into the hen weekend, not only that but gone are the days of celebrating the last night of singleness with a few drinks and dancing around your handbags until the wee small hours at your local night hot spot.
With almost limitless options available, catering for all budgets and tastes has never been easier and so a rise in the hen mini break has appeared. Trips to the Mediterranean for the sun seekers, rock climbing and skiing for the adrenaline junkies and of course the luxury spa breaks and wellness breaks – think yoga retreats, for the more laid back.
I was fortunate enough to experience such a break in Iceland. A geo thermal paradise that boosts not only stunning scenery and natural wonders but one of the most amazing spa experiences I have ever had. Coupled with the options of activities like whale watching, glacier walking, lava tunnelling and of course the chance to experience the Northern Lights, whats not to love! It’s no wonder it’s called the land of fire and ice.
We spent 3 wonderful days exploring Iceland’s natural scenery – sturdy walking boots are a must in the winter months. Our first day was spent taking in the location before a late afternoon spa. If you’ve seen any pics of the Blue Lagoon I can honestly say it’s way way better. Totally surreal experience being in minus temps before sliding into warm milky water. The spa offer a free mud bar experience – their own recipe silica mud mask – made my skin so wonderfully soft. If you’ve upgraded to the premium package you also get an additional mud mask – all at the scan of your wristband
Also included in all packages is a complimentary drink – again to head to the swim up bar and scan you wristband (additional drinks are scanned on your wristband and payable at the end of your visit)
Then just relax…… Float away any stresses.
our second day was spent on the famous Golden Circle tour encompassing Ireland three main tourist attractions and natural wonders – Thingvellar National Park is a wonder seeing the gorge created by the American and Asia tectonic plate shift, Geysir a hot pool that erupts approx every 5 minutes into the air and Gulfoss a truly spectacular 30meter drop waterfall. Plus these are locations where some scenes of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed.
Our last day was spent soaking up the culture and sights in Reykjavik before heading to the airport.
Iceland is readily accessible with flights for nearly all UK airports and a wide range of accommodation from AirBnBs and apartments rentals to 5* hotels and so getting their I found to be reasonably priced. Be warned, Iceland is one of the worlds most expensive countries – however costs can be reduced by shopping at the local supermarkets and researching eateries via Tripadvisor.
If we were to go again – hire a car as transfers are expensive and the main attractions are all free of charge to enter (Geysir, Thingvellar National Park and Gullfoss)- this will reduce the cost of the trips which we spent alot on! Most things in Reykjavik are easily reached via walking and its easy to navigate around (google map App). Plus we had the best ever fish and chips down at the harbour.
For things like the Blue lagoon be sure to book your tickets well in advance – they operate on a timed entry system. We had a late afternoon slot and it was perfect – sipping wine in the lagoon watching the most amazing sunset over the volcanoes.
Here’s more pics to swoon over:
So whatever your planning remember it can really be anything and anywhere!
Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but for one couple from Gloucester the day was a dream come true.
Wayne Cox and Clare Phillips, of Kingsway, were the lucky winners of the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen’s Win a Wedding competition 2017.
Their prize was a magical wedding on Friday, April 13 at The Queens Hotel Cheltenham – Mgallery by Sofitel.
The couple have been together for six years after they met while both working at Tesco in Quedgeley.
Wayne, 38, said: “It was absolutely fantastic.
“The whole day was amazing, it all fell into place on the day.
“Luckily we’re not superstitious and Friday the 13th was lucky for us.
“Friends and family being there was the important bit.”
Clare was given away by her son Ben, 16, while her daughter Paige, 27, was a bridesmaid dressed in the colour theme of the day of Cadbury’s purple.
The couple are especially thankful to all of their friends, colleagues and customers at Tesco Quedgeley, who helped them collect tokens for the competition.
Clare, 44, works on the customer service desk while Wayne now works as a store manager at the Tesco in Kingsway.
The groom and ushers wore traditional morning suits from Tuxedo Junction, Westgate Street, Gloucester, while the bridesmaids were dressed in gowns from Nina Furness Couture, in Cambray Place, Cheltenham and Clare wore a beautiful gown.
“She looked beautiful,” said Wayne, of Clare.
The ‘fantastic’ flowers in the purple colour scheme were designed by the Flower Bowl, in London Road, Gloucester.
The whole day was captured by Diamond Shots Photography.
And the finishing touches, such as the purple chair covers and sashes from Sweet Beginnings, St Oswolds Road, Gloucester, and the photo booth from Party Foto Pods, in Staunton, really added a sense of occasion.
“The guests loved the photo booth,” Wayne added.
The wedding also featured a traditional ice sculpture of two swans by Ice Creations, and Chocolate Fountain from Maggie’s Chocolate Fountains, Pershore, which the couple would highly recommend.
Guests were kept entertained by a magician from Ethereal Productions. Clare and her friends loved the hen party at De Vere Cotswold Water Park Spa while the newlyweds still have the couples’ pampering to enjoy at the spa.
The pair were whisked away to a five-night honeymoon in romantic Paris with flights from bmi regional and hotel from HotelsCombined, where for the first two nights they stayed in a hotel overlooking the Eiffel Tower before arranging their own accommodation for the remainder of the trip.
Thanks to the Win a Wedding suppliers:
The Queens Hotel Cheltenham- Mgallery by Sofitel
The Promenade, Cheltenham. GL50 1NN
Conference & Events Coordinator
Westgate Retail Park, The Island, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2RU
01452 380 066
Nina Furness Couture
The Flower Bowl
The Cheltenham Cakery
Linwell Close, Cheltenham, GL50 4SD
Diamond Shots Photography
07835 042 319
Azure Luxury Cars
(01242) 51 00 00 & (07714) 20 90 78
Chair covers and Sashes
07805 284 129
Party Foto Pods
Chocolate Fountain or Fruit Tower
Maggie’s Chocolate Fountains
Hill Furze, Pershore, Worcestershire. WR10 2NB
Hen Party and Couples Pampering
De Vere Cotswold Water Park Spa6
West Country Games
Gatcombe Farm, Weston Road, Long Aston, Bristol, BS48 3QT
0117 370 0640
Pegasus Business Park | Herald Way | East Midlands Airport | DE74 2TU
0330 333 7998
About the Writer:
Sophie Flowers is agenda editor for Gloucestershire Live, leading the team that covers the county’s big issue
Phone: 01242 278076
Having lived in rental accommodation for many years, I struggled to find some affordable, yet unique and interesting artwork for my home.
I eventually sourced a hand-painted abstract painting – with much relief when it arrived, it was of really great quality. From that point, friends and family started asking me to order pieces for them and so the ArtRocks collection was born!
What does your business offer?
I offer couples the chance to have something eclectic and memorable for their wedding, special occasion or event, i have a range of Neon signs to rent as well as being able to sort bespoke neons such as married couples often go for their surname. They also made great prop backdrops too.
How long have you been in business?
Officially Artrocks has been going a year and loving it! But i’ve been sourcing artwork for friends and family alot longer
How and why did you start your business?
Having been selling a range of sourced art for a while, i decided to expanded into neons – this fitted my brand perfectly and naturally progressed into creating bespoke neons for clients and offering rental neons as well.
Giving a personal service, running my business around my family and the enjoyment of running my own business!
Contact details to find out more:
Get in touch for a quote to rent or buy a neon sign! currently 10% off when you sign up to the newsletter
Here’s some examples of Jane’s gorgeous works of art both neon and non-neon:
I’m often asked ‘do you know……. florist/caker/stationer/decor/makeup artist etc, so starting today i introduce to your our Supplier Spotlight series. Come and meet the Cotswolds suppliers, find out what makes them tick and why they do what they do (there’s alot of love and passion coming up…. you’ve been warned!)
I’m kicking off our new supplier spotlight series with bespoke haberdasher extraordinaire Danielle Seatter.
We caught up with Danielle to chat all things biz and wedding.
Tell us about you
I create and make bespoke fabric wedding decor, including wedding table planner boards, bunting, memo boards, table number boards and wedding favours. Although I do keep a small selection of items over on my Etsy shop as well.
I’ve been trading 5 years and still love it!
I started my business from home, working around my family. I love being creative but also around for my children and family.
Making beautiful items for others to enjoy. I’m particular about attention to detail and love to make things extra special, often sourcing beautiful unique fabrics for my bespoke orders.
Following on from ‘We’re Planning a Wedding’ post and the revelation that ACW are planning a wedding here’s the first post in our Wedding Planning Series.
I touched base that the venue was booked pretty early on – way back in September 2017. As this is the generally the one element of the day that is booked first I thought a quick blog post on what to look for venue wise was order of the day and the reason behind why the venue that the couple have chosen made the cut.
Your venue will be the largest spend item for your wedding day. Therefore its an investment that needs careful consideration and hence a sizeable chuck of time will be required researching to find your dream venue that isn’t over your budget. Things to consider are:
Style of Wedding day
Maximize your budget by choosing a venue that is reflective of your overall wedding style. If your planning a country, rustic affair then barn venues will be more suitable to your needs, if your looking for a modern wedding feel then check out boutique hotels.
Depending on your style and theme for the day it may be that the additional investment in a venue may mean that any venue styling is kept to a minimum, although personally I find that fresh florals always add that extra je ne sais quoi.
Number of Guests
Venues will have a max guest capacity for the ceremony and reception, be sure to check that your shortlist can accommodate your required capacity. If your looking to cater for a large wedding say 150-200+ your options may be limited to larger chain hotels.
Do you require exclusivity – be aware you will pay a premium for this and if the budget is tight might not be something you can accommodate. Also something to consider – many exclusive use venues have a list of suppliers that you must use – mainly caterers. Be sure that you are happy with the additional tie ins before you book to avoid a costly disappointment later.
Will you need additional accommodation at venue for guests? what are the accommodation options like near the venue? Whilst not a necessity, it is courteous to provide guests with options available should they need/wish to stay overnight in order to attend your special day
Its all well a venue looking the part but whats the atmosphere like? If possible try and visit your short listed venues at varying times to get a feel of the place.
Heaven forbid that it rains but what are the venues wet and adverse weather options? Can it comfortably cater for your needs if everything has to be brought ‘indoors’? How does it feel for guests – can they flow between reception rooms freely? Is there room to breathe?
When to Book
Unless you are happy to, and your venue has the capacity to share your wedding day with another couple, if you find the wedding venue of dreams, BOOK! A small deposit will often secure your date and prevent other couples from booking. Remember popular venues can be booked two to three years in advance!
So the ACW venue for our September 2018 wedding is…. Manor By The Lake.
This venue has been chosen for the following reasons:
- its a gorgeous venue that the couple fell in love with and has it own lake and tree lined walkway perfect for those all important memory making photographs
- onsite accommodation as guests will be travelling from varying locations across the UK
- plenty of room for guests to mingle and move around – plus an option of a games room which I’m pretty sure got the grooms vote!
- the classic styling of the manor house fits the couples ideal for wedding styling and minimal additional styling /props will be needed
- plenty of onsite parking for guests
- the food was delicious!
- complimentary stay in the honeymoon suite or the option of staying in the private cottage on site
Sophie & Sarah
What a fantastic start of he year we are having over at ACW!
I found out on New Years Day that ACW was a shortlisted finalist in the UK Blog Awards Events and Wedding Category!
Just to prove it here’s our Finalist Badge!
Happy New Year (Again!) folks!
If you recently got engaged…. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
It’s inevitable when your bestie finally (it’s been a long engagement) sets a date and your asked to be Maid of Honor that planning fever sets in! I actually think I’m more excited than her – but that’s because I get to help plan a wedding all over again, it certainly wasn’t all smiles when I planned my own and you can read about that on Engaged? Why your planning needs a plan
Now the big days September 2018 – not long at all (9 Months! Ekk) and the couple have already chosen and booked their venue but that it! what about the other weddinphernalia? There’s still so much to do!
So join us and follow our exciting journey as we delve into the depths of wedding planning through the highs and lows for those hidden gems, hilarious outtakes and of course some of the best DIY’ing tricks we’ve come across
We can’t wait to share our planning journey with you
Sophie & Sarah