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!

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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!)

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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

Immortalizing your Wedding Flowers – the Modern Way

If there is one regret I have from my wedding, it is not preserving something, anything of the gorgeous florals that my fabulous florist created. The bouquet I designed in my mind that she lovingly created for me lives on in my memories and of course photographs. I  shall not forget the scent or the vividity of colours and in deed my flowers are still one of the memories that my guests still talk about today (my bouquet was a work of art!)

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But the one thing I truly wish I had factored into my planning was how to preserve this segment of our special day – sadly i was not organised enough to arrange to have them whisked away to be dried and captured in frame, or set into a paperweight (i’m really not a paperweight kind of gal anyways)

So after a Sunday morning scroll with a latte through Instagram I came across this gem, Buttonsy Jewellery, now it has to be pretty special for me to spill a drop of liquid gold, but I did, and here’s why.

Buttonsy Jewellery provide couples with the alternative to freeze dried frames and paperweights they can set your wedding florals in jewellery – think bangles, necklaces and rings (please consider cuff links tho for the guys!) What I love about this idea is that the flowers do not in any way resemble the ‘dried flower’ look, no muted tones and flakey petals here! They look almost as real captured in the resin designs as they will have done on your day. Its the perfect memento, thank you gift and perhaps future heirloom

Here’s the dried bouquet and the finished bangle piece……….. perfection

So if your getting married or just want to check out some serious swoon worthy jewellery head on over to Buttonsy and be amazed and in awe of Anna’s beautiful craftsmanship. In fact i’m heading over now to browse (swoon) some more.

Happy Planning

Sophie xx

Anna Buttonsy runs and owns Buttonsy Jewellery alongside her husband Travis. Their beautiful pieces can be found over in their Etsy store or why not contact Anna for a bespoke custom made piece.

Buttonsy Jewellery – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ButtonsyJewellery?ref=profile_shopname

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Buttonsy/

 

 

Lavandre, Lavandula, Lavender, Love

Its that time of year again when the air is thick with the heady scent that is Lavender. Lavandre, derived form Old French means Lavender. This botanical plant with its natural perfume (a fav of your grannys i’m guessing) is as English as it gets. But does the inclusion of Lavender in your celebrations mean your old before your time? Modern meanings for lavender include purity, calmness, devotion and serenity – nothing could be more fitting for a celebration of love.

We are so fortunate in the Cotswolds to have access to some pretty spectacular Lavender fields, rows upon rows of vibrant colour ranging from the palest lilac to rich purple as they stretch across the Cotswold landscape.

All the way back when in Greek and Roman times the Lavender plant was used for its medicinal properties as a complete first aid kit and today we predominately use it to relieve stress and soothe irritation – just imagine how relaxed and carefree your wedding day will be if you use lavender! So why am I telling you this? Because scent is as important as the dress – an often forgotten element in wedding planning coming last after visual elements such as colour, styling and location. More on this under utilized sense later.

So how do you incorporate lavender into your celebrations? From sprigs here and t.here to scented confetti or inclusion with its delicate flavour into cakes or cookies as favours. Why not use the distinctive flower heads as adornments to cocktails or place cards?

 

Although not set in the Cotswolds here’s a luxury wedding in France exclusively shot at the lavender fields at Sault, in Provence.

For an experience closer to home why not check out these local Cotswold Lavender Farms and Fields:

Cotswold Lavender Hill Barn Farm Cottage, Snowshill WR12 7JY

Somerset Lavender, Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, Somerset BA3 5WA

 

If your using or have used this wonderful botanical we’d love to hear how, why not drop us a comment below.

 

Happy Planning

Sophie xx

 

Bridal Confidence – The elephant in the room

Weddings are a source of excitement and enjoy, admittedly there may be tense moments, families are a rich and diverse collection of people and on occasion may not blend together, but on the whole its against the grain to think that for some their wedding day just doesn’t conjure up quite the same thoughts of eternal elation.

The thought of posing in countless positions for photographs, to speaking in public about their undying love is enough to bring about a cold sweat and thoughts of eloping or in extreme conditions ‘calling it off’! Even the most confident bride can experience a wobble and may need alittle help to channel the beauty from within, because yes brides to be… you are all beautiful.

So whether you need a pep talk to get you going or to talk through how to stand or pose for the best pictures we have the experts on hand to help.

Two such ladies who understand the pressures of wedding planning and more importantly women are Susie Mackie and Dawn Swinley.

Susie Mackie is a wedding photographer who is passionate about photographing people. However Susie’s passionate goes deeper than just capturing your perfect day. Recognizing a need that some Brides needed a little boost she created My Sensuality  – a boudoir experience that she originally created for brides to be which revealed the beauty within, whilst giving brides an experience that they found liberating, confidence building, empowering and fun!  For some it has changed their lives forever, and for others they simply see themselves as others do – beautiful.

Susie says:

My style is timeless, emotional, and genuine; I capture your natural sensuality revealed through your eyes and body language, talking you through your poses and enabling you to feel truly liberated. To me, people are unique “living art” – the texture and tone, character and curve – and I celebrate this through my imagery.

My mission is to give you the confidence to feel good about all of you – from the inside out! If a very brief encounter with Penny and me at a My Sensuality shoot can empower you to feel good about yourself and love your images, then we have achieved what we set out to do!

Dawn Swinly is a nutrition and wellness coach , her business Mode-De-Vie provides a variety of solution’s to today’s modern women’s issues and her aim is to help you enjoy all that life can offer without you being burdened with unattractive and unnecessary body fat or health issues that drain your energy, ruin your looks and diminish your self-confidence.

Dawn says:

‘Many people don’t understand the power of nutrition and its impact on their mind, body and spirit. Or they think to be healthy, you have to live on rabbit food or starve yourself or not enjoy any treats. No Faddy Diets or Finger Pointing Here. What you will get is someone who is a qualified Nutritionist who understands what you need to feel amazing and it’s not starving yourself, being scolded or trying to sell you the next “Magic Bullet” to being slim.

So what have these two fabulous ladies who understand women been up to? and more importantly how can they help you!

They bring you – Complete Bridal Confidence

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The ultimate in boosting your Bridal confidence by dedicated experts in a relaxed, warm environment with of course complementary fizz. Helping you to look and feel fabulous both inside and out and allow the best possible version of you shine.

Susie and Dawn will be introducing their amazing new concept CBC – Complete Bridal Confidence on 8th May 2017 at The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Cheltenham.

There support network includes a private Facebook group called Brides United, you can join it HERE. This is a place of sanctuary where you can ask questions, find out information and discuss your wedding with other contributors.

Be sure to join them and enjoy a glass of fizz, soak up invaluable information, ask our experts for advice, and enjoy our short but enlightening presentation when we will outline the concept of CBC – and share a super special offer for the first 5 brides to book a CBC package!

By the time you leave, we are confident that you will be happy in the knowledge that we are all there to hold your hand during your wedding planning, and will help make your dream wedding a reality, because as the L’Oreal adverts say ‘you’re worth it’.

Get your tickets for the launch event here:   Complete Bridal Confidence Tickets

It promises to be a fun, informative and enlightening experience, why not book tickets for mother of the bride and your maids too?

Happy planning

Sophie xx