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Spring ’17 Summaries

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How is it possibly May already? Typing away, the sun is shining and the birds are singing! Spring is most definitely here and that can only mean that Summer is just around the corner and with it event and wedding season is upon us. Although we’ve already had quite a few events and a wedding, summer is the traditional time to say ‘I Do’, however our season starts mid-April and continues through to September. Busy (but fun) times ahead! Intermingled with some corporate events (one tomorrow actually) and a few big birthday’s and special occasions this year looks set to be a big one.

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Before we have all these though, let us recap a little over the past 3 months. So what have we been up to…well you would think that these months are the quietest; not exactly! Although not literally, we have been making hay whilst the sun shines, in other words prepping for the many events and weddings that the year holds. We have been busy with tastings galore, looking at our menus and re-jigging them, coming up with some exciting new menus and ideas and organising ourselves and our staff ready for when it’s all systems go.

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We also have some exciting plans for our premises and are hoping to create and install something quite special! You’re going to have to wait for a few more details, but let’s just say it’s going to good!

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Amongst all of the prep and admin, we’ve had a weddings and events galore! It’s never really quiet for us! One of our lovely weddings fell on Valentine’s Day – how romantic! Guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet full of goodies and brimming with food. “I just wanted to touch base and say thank you for helping our wedding day be amazing! The lamb was the hit of the day as were the burgers and chips and the puddings were also super yummy! I wish I could do it all again and sit and eat it all again! You and your staff were wonderful on the day and really helped with the smooth running of things.” Such fab feedback received too, which always makes us smile!

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Weddings

It’s fair to say we have been busy little wedding planning bee’s at the start of this year. As with the food and events side, in the ‘quiet’ months, it’s great to get everything in order, planning, prepping and generally making sure you are being productive and finalising plans for your summer weddings. All this, mixed with meetings and some tastings keeps us busy, but we do love this part when all the plans start to take shape and the couples can really start to see their big day coming together. Absolutely love seeing that!

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In addition to all of the planning, we’ve also been asked to help style a few wedding inspiration shoots and organise a couple of our own. We sadly can’t give much away yet, but once we know when they are published, all shall be revealed. We also had a few previous shoots feature on Bridal Musings, Fine Art Wedding Boutique  You & Your Wedding Online and in Perfect Wedding Magazine and You & Your Wedding Magazine. The feeling you get seeing your work really is quite special; getting to be creative and working with some fellow amazing industry pro’s is just amazing and is something that we just love to do and help other suppliers do too. We don’t just plan, we also style and that seems to be quite a popular request currently; not only for fellow suppliers, but for couples who have the planning side nailed, but need some help with the creative side and bringing a vision to life. In this visual and social media driven world, couples are wanting to be more and more unique and décor and styling is one way to do so…mixing up linens, the way you fold a napkin or have a runner, installations and florals and various lighting effects. There are so many ways to inject personality and style and we totally love this part of weddings and events. Another biggy is on the day management, which we have a lot of this year. From doing over 500 weddings, we like to think we know a thing or two about the wedding day and if it means our couples can relax the whole day through, knowing we have everything sorted, then it works for us! We always aim to please!

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We also received some exciting photos this week from the fab Melia Melia Photography from a wedding we planned and catered for last year at Wickham House. Seriously dreamy images and we are so excited! We can’t wait to share these with you all soon.

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However with all this in mind, we have to get back to a final few plans and finish prepping! The smell wafting from the kitchen is H E A V E N L Y!

Until next time…Emma & Team GB. x

Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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October Occurrences

So the clocks have gone back and the mornings are rather dark and dreary…but that doesn’t mean we are! Far from it! We are now on the countdown to party season and whilst wedding season seems to have calmed down, we’ve still had plenty to cater for this month and are in the full swing of planning ones for next year. Amongst some big birthdays and a corporate to end the month we are planning something super exciting for later this year and we can’t wait to reveal all.

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Food and Events

October has bought with it the usual mix of weddings, social and corporates in amongst planning something fabulous for the next couple of months. But that’s for another time. The month started off with a fabulous 50th. We catered for a fancy but informal tipi based party at the client’s home. Bowls of yumminess were served followed by some sweet treats and bountiful amounts of cheese, all washed down with champagne, wine and some local beers. Sometimes a slightly more informal feel to the catering for a birthday works just as well. We love bowl food – guests get to mix and match with various dishes and it saves on the formal sitting down; you can mingle and chat whilst eating and no formal seating plan is needed!

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The midst of the month saw weddings take place, one back at Micklefield Hall. We loved the menu for this one – wood pigeon followed by wild bass, topped off with salted caramel and peanut butter cheesecake – yes pleasseee!

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Spread throughout the month we had corporate events, ending in one biggy at Windsor Guildhall for a lovely group of hoteliers. Impressing 70 top hoteliers takes some doing…but luckily we managed! Go Team GB!

Weddings

This month we have mainly been in full planning mode for next year, gathering quotes and presenting them to our clients. This part of planning is always the most time consuming but it pays to get it right, particularly matching the right supplier to couple and ensuring that they have the vision and style that is designed and wanted for the wedding day. It’s actually quite fun and we love presenting all information to the couples and are then on hand for advice.

In between all of the quote gathering we were at Stoke Park’s wedding showcase mid-month where we got to meet some wonderful couples and thoroughly enjoyed chatting about their weddings and plans; it’s always such an exciting time!

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This time of year brings various networking and industry events, some of which we have been lucky enough to attend recently and others are coming up over the next couple of months – hello Christmas party time!

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We were also super thrilled to see one of our inspiration shoots that we planned and shot earlier in the month featured on B.Loved blog – you can see more here. So much Autumn loveliness!

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With that in mind and the fact that we are (I shall say it very quietly) only a few weeks away from Christmas, we have lots to do ready for parties and events, so we best carry on…

Until next time…Emma. x

Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

www.gooseandberry.co.uk

Did you know we also Plan and Design Weddings and Events!

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Wedding Accessories – Focus on Kelly Spence Hair Adornments

One for the women this week (although I will get to the men soon!) and what woman doesn’t love accessorising! No, it definitely can’t just be me…my friends do label me as a bit of a magpie, I have a penchant for all things shiny, sparkly and rose gold…and then there are the shoes, scarfs, bags etc. but I digress. Accessories are the key to adding a little bit of your own sparkle to your wedding day attire and add that extra something to your look – the perfect finishing touch!

This week, we have a focus on hair adornments and in particular those from our very talented and wonderful preferred supplier, Kelly Spence. Kelly, who is the 2015 winner of the Best Bridal Accessories Designer at The Wedding Industry Awards, has the most fabulous collection of hair accessories that you could ever wish for. Honestly I’m in heaven! The amount of work, attention to detail and passion that goes into every piece in quite something. Kelly has a range of products that will suit any bride, no matter your style, whether you are choosing a more boho approach, or a glam, Gatsby feel, you will feel elegant, classy and simply wonderful!

I talk you through a few of my favourite pieces, but make sure you take a look at Kelly’s website – you may be there for some while!

The Fern Headband is quite the statement piece. Stylised leaf of freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals, set asymmetrically on a ribbon wrapped band. I love how it sits and looks and is perfect for a slightly more glam feel. If you have a Jenny Packham dress, I would choose this to really add to the glitzy vibe.

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Photograph by Kat Hill

One of my favourite pieces is the Oak Cluster Half Circlet. A semi-soft circlet of golden oak leaves with ‘acorn’ clusters of freshwater pearls with organza ribbons at the back and loops for pinning in to the hair. An elegant piece, this looks beautiful and delicate and would work for many styles. Perhaps if you are having a woodland feel, or more rustic affair, this would be the piece for you as it highlights the natural oak and acorn elements.

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Image by Ben Wetherall

Another piece that I love is the Harvest Comb. Sweeping golden leaves accented with budding tendrils of freshwater pearls set on a gold plated comb. Again, one perhaps more suited to a more boho style and one that I think would work well with a lace dress, similar to that of a Claire Pettibone style. I love the versatility of it and how you can wear it in the hair many ways – that’s the joy of a comb!

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Image by Lucy Davenport

The name sells it for me (Jane Austen obsessive!) – The Darcy Comb is perfect for that vintage touch. A versatile comb with trailing fronds of freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals set on a wire comb. Anything that combines pearls and crystals and has Darcy in the name is a winning combination.

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Photography by Kat Hill

The Delilah Vine is a delicate strand, jewelled with tiny freshwater pearls and/or Swarovski crystals tied with an organza ribbon. Can be worn in the hair with ribbon tied at the back or pinned in the loops at the ends. Can also be worn as a necklace/choker. How fabulous is that! I adore this piece and when it’s worn as in the image, it adds that extra touch to your look. I can see this paired with a loose, flowy tulle dress, a dreamy combination.

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Image by Claire Graham Fine Art Photography.

I think if I had to pick just one item it would be the Amandine Halo. A stunning vintage inspired halo with tri-strand front section of golden leaves and freshwater pearl blossom. It really does have the wow factor! Used with a veil, or on its own, it really is super stunning. I love it!

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Image via Kelly Spence

An increasingly popular choice for brides is the hair necklace. Ideal for a vintage Gatsby feel or for those boho loving brides. The aptly named Gin Fizz Headdress is a beautiful piece, which I’m quite in love with and sure you will be too. A 20s inspired Boho style headdress accented with Swarovski diamantes & freshwater pearls.

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Image by Lucy Davenport

Kelly also creates the most fabulous collection of veils. I think of all, my favourite has to be the Charleston Veil. A 20s inspired, side gathered single tier veil in fine soft tulle with French lace edging around the front and 2 small clusters of freshwater pearls at the sides. Held in place with two tiny hair coloured snap clips at the sides. This would work beautifully well with a lace or sequin dress and has such an ethereal nature to it, but keeping that vintage feel, so as to not make it too boho. Adore!

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Photo by Naomi Kenton Photography.

And just because I love this style veil so much, how fab is one of Kelly’s real brides, who wears a bespoke pure silk Juliet style cap veil. Photography by Craig+Kate Photography. So so stunning!

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I asked Kelly what she thought the top trends were and what her favourite item is:

“The nature child trend is still very strong in hair adornments at the moment with floral style circlets and halos very popular. Hair chains also tap into this bohemian trend and are perfect for the bride wanting a slightly more glamorous look. Veils are long and flowing in pure silk or soft draping tulle with the Juliet cap style still very on trend.

My favourite piece from our hair adornments at the moment has to be the new Prudence Halo. It is a full circle of vine-like tendrils, made with freshwater pearls and just the finest sprinkle of Swarovski crystals, enough to catch the light without looking too sparkly. It is actually a really versatile piece as it radiates out from a denser cluster which can be worn either at the back or the side and looks good with hair down or up. It is secured with a single comb meaning it is extremely light and is delicate enough to work with either lace or plain dresses.”

So…how gorgeous are all of these! You can really understand why Kelly was a very worthy winner. Such pretty pieces and so super stunning. I want them all! Hair accessories and adornments are such effective additions and can really make that wedding day look! Will you be having one? Or are you sticking to just a veil? Whatever your preference, it’s definitely worth taking a look at Kelly’s website (she also does jewellery too…seriously just as stunning – actual heaven) and believe me…you will be tempted!

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Words by Emma.

Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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Did you know we also Plan and Design Weddings and Events! http://www.gooseandberry.co.uk/event-design-goose-and-berry

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