#UKBA18 Finalist

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!

Happy Planning

Sophie

Xx

Venue Spotlight: Elmore Court

Let me take you back to the balmy summer nights which on warm breezes the scent of honeysuckle flows….. it seems like these midsummer nights were so long ago, but for those of you having weddings in summer 2018 I bet it feels like its around the corner.

Well it was on one of these beautiful evenings that I was invited to an exclusive event at Elmore Court. Its sad to say but its a venue I hadn’t actually been to before so i didn’t need asking twice!

Elmore Court (64)

Situated above the banks of the River Severn in Gloucestershire and with views across the Cotswolds, this stunning stately home has been lovingly passed down through the generations since the land was granted to the Guise family in 1274 by Henry III.

Reaching its current keeper Anselm Guise in 2007, Anselm and his family (who currently live on the estate) are passionate about preserving the property and the family’s long history, via extensive renovations they have assured this beautiful homes future and subsequently opened Elmore as an exclusive use wedding and events venue in 2013.

You’ll Love This Venue If

You love the comforts of modern entertaining but adore the original period influences that only 800 hundred years of history can bring. Take the ceremonies room as an example, wonderfully light and bright room but with feature fire places and one heck of a stained glass window!

Can my guests stay

Elmore offers a choice of 16 bedrooms with all mod cons which guests may utilize. Each bedroom has an equally stunning view across the surrounding countryside too. Perfect for today’s modern families, allowing you to all gather under one roof and reconnect without the worries of time pressures  – and the added bonus of being able to catch up again at breakfast the following morning.

 

This is in addition to the ‘Coach House’ a purpose built 2/3 bedroom property, situated a stones throw from the main house and offering Brides and their maids the chance to hide away the night before the big day.

 

How many guests can it hold?

The great hall is the perfect place for ceremonies and able to hold 200 guests, whilst dining capacity is at a healthy 250 in the purpose built Gillyflower (what an awesome name!)

Elmore Court (8)

 

 

The Gillyflower is essentially a purpose built party pad – care has been taken to ensure that this addition is practical yet unobtrusive to the rest of the venue – its meadow roof allows it to blend seamlessly into Elmore’s perfectly kept grounds.  As for noise pollution,the state of the art sound system and sound proofing means you can party your hardest to the wee small hours without fear of upsetting the neighbours.

Did I mention that the Gillyflower has a wonderful outside area with fire pit!

 

Why chose this venue

Aside from its exclusive use, meaning it is yours for the duration – the house, Gillyflower, coach house and meadows,  it offers couples and their guests all the home comforts that you could want alongside original period features making this venue super special and unique not to mention a photographers dream.  Anselm and the team here are on hand 24/7 and from the event they through for us they certainly know how to party!

Here are some additional pictures to swoon over:

 

For more details and information of Elmore as a Wedding Venue Anselm and the team would love to hear from you. You can contact them here:

www.elmorecourt.com

Elmore Court

Elmore

Gloucestershire

GL2 3NT

+44 (0)1452 720293

life@elmorecourt.com

 

Featured image courtesy of Cotswold Pictures

 

Happy Planning

Sophie

xx

When life gives you lemons………

I write this as I am sitting in the trauma waiting room waiting for hubby to go down for surgery (severed his thumb tendon in a work accident)

And as I sit here, listening to bells pinging,  trolley wheels whizzing by its got me thinking and reflecting on some pretty big events that have happened in our lives;  buying a home, birth, death and of course marriage.

Back when we planned our own wedding, I remember the utter feeling of disparity and dispondment, the date was getting nearer, the budget was stretched to breaking point and I felt a huge weight of all the things that we still had to organise, and pay for.  It took a mini meltdown for me to take stock, re-evaluate what was important. Cutbacks and changes to your minds eye plans are always tough and any deviation from ‘the plan’ can feel like failure, but by celebrating the positive and embracing the negative you can adapt and move forward. You’ll be an amazed at your own inner strength and what you can achieve – styling your own flowers, venue decorations, cake making, stationary etc


In reality the importance of place names or favours, whether you’ve had a flora extraganzena or hired the latest big boy band are in many respects the ‘small stuff’, you know the bits that aren’t really important, (the important bits are your commitment and vows to one another) but you’d dearly love to have. And please don’t  get me wrong if you’ve the budget and it’s there then go for it! But if things are tight and it’s getting you down re-evaluate what important to you, what is important to you both as a couple.

And being actually married…. yes there’s the fluffy honeymoon period but life goes on.. it doesn’t remain fluffy and there will be trials and tribulations along the way (gosh that sounds bleak!) but there’s all the fun amazing stuff too that will define you as a couple and strengthen your bond.

So I think what I’m trying to say is don’t sweat the small stuff and when life throws you a curveball, or a lemon,  it doesn’t mean panic, disappointment, disaster. Embrace that lemon and definitely make lemonade, of course  with extra sparkle 😉

Sophie xx