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July Jaunts

How much have we loved this month – a whole lot, that’s how much! It has been our busiest and maybe best to date and has taken some serious hard work from our team but it has been so much fun! July has been jam packed full of so many wonderful weddings with a smattering of some fabulous birthdays in between and we can’t wait to tell you all about them…

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Food and Events

Well July really was the month for Weddings and we have catered for some rather wonderful ones and all in some seriously amazing locations. This month saw a mixture of marquees, gardens and stately homes, each providing their own merits and we have been lucky to work in some seriously fabulous venues.

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In the earlier part of the month, we catered for a wedding that we also planned (see more below). 150 guests were treated to some delicious canapes and one of our favourite desserts finished the meal; you really have to try our Lime Posset – yummy!

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The rest the month saw a mixture of formal sit down meals, some fancy buffet’s and a couple of Gourmet BBQ’s with some seriously tasty treats on offer. If you have a more informal wedding and it happens to be a beautiful summer day, then our Gourmet BBQ’s are the best; they work so well in an informal setting and provides the taste and presentation without the formality of a plated service. Great for a festival or more boho affair and also amazing for Birthdays.

The Birthday’s we catered for opted for a relaxed BBQ too and we were thrilled to plan and style one of these too. The clients had a joint birthday and anniversary party with a customised bar (and champagne flowing until the wee small hours) and opted for a stylish Mediterranean feel to their décor. Banquet style tables were dressed in stunning foliage wreaths with herbs mixed in and foliage chandeliers hung upon the entrance, creating the most stunning welcome for guests. Thank you to Lily’s Flowers for these!

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We ended with a rather grand affair at the most picturesque of venues and can’t wait to work there again. Guests were treated to the most splendid of views whilst sitting for dinner and the ceremony space – serious WOW factor. A wonderful way to end the month!

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Weddings

What a month! This one has quite simply been wonderful! So so lovely. We had two weddings that we have fully planned and styled and although July has been our busiest month so far, it’s been really quite dreamy, with two of the loveliest couples that I hope will remain friends with us for many years to come.

We started the month with the wedding of C&R, a super stylish couple from the States who fell in love with England and particularly Windsor on a visit a few years back and once engaged, knew that this would be the place for their wedding. With this in mind, we opted for a slightly formal English garden party affair with a Gatsby edge; think Downton Abbey mixed with the Gatsby party vibe and style. Hosted at various locations at Windsor, all 70 guests were flown in from across the States to join in a weekend celebration of fun, food and partying. A proper English pub meal on the riverside was the order of the day on the Saturday evening, with the main event on the Sunday. Dressed in garden party lounge style dress, the glamorous couple and guests attended the ceremony at Windsor Guildhall before heading to the river and setting sail on board a beautiful launch from the French Brothers. Guests enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea whilst listening to Jazz and enjoying a lazy trip along the Thames, taking in the sights of the English countryside. After this little jaunt, guests made their way back to the Sir Christopher Wren hotel for cake, cocktails and canapes, all followed by a fabulous feast. The highlight of the evening was a 10 piece swing band (The Mini Big Band) who really got the party started, they were serious fun!

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We worked with some wonderful suppliers including Patrick Collins who is an ace Toastmaster, Abigail Bloom – just look at that cake, David Bostock – photographer extraordinaire, Classic Crockery (fab cutlery and charger plates which really highlighted that glam Gatsby feel) and Lavender Green who provided the most stunning of florals!

A couple of weeks later saw the wedding of M&L. They chose to celebrate in the bride’s family home which had the most stunning of gardens and prettiest church right next door – how picturesque! The style and feel of the day was a relaxed garden party, with a botanical and classic colour scheme of whites, greens and greys. A traditional church ceremony followed by canapes, champagne-a-plenty and garden games (which were an absolute hoot), with the beautiful sound of piano playing in the background that took place in the glorious gardens, all under the most stunning sunny day! The marquee was decorated in simple white florals from Lily’s Flowers, grey linens and place cards were leaves taken from the garden to bring all elements of the wedding together. Guests enjoyed a beautiful three course meal with the yummiest of puds and this then was followed by the cutting of a serious WOW factor cake – seriously, just wait until we have the pics and then dancing, with the band and DJ getting the party started and provided by the fab Eight Ray Music.  Cocktails were flowing in the bar tent, all done by the marvellous Box Seventy Seven and it’s fair to say these were super popular and with some fab personalised names, created a talking point amongst guests…as did the quiz (boy did I have fun marking that one!)

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We can’t wait to show you more pics from these weddings and particularly the video, which we already know will be A M A Z I N G!

There is so much to tell, but we shall keep it brief for now and once the images are back, we will share the love with you lovely lot. A huge thanks to all the fab suppliers involved, serious dream team’s right there!

In other news, aside from finalising some fab plans for a Sept wedding, which is going to be soo floral and fabulous, a couple of our wedding inspiration shoots have been featured and we could not be more thrilled! Check out the links for the full description and suppliers for this wonderful Rustic Botanical and Romantic look at Le Manoir featured on B.Loved and for the other, well you have to go and buy the most recent You & Your Wedding Magazine!

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Oh yes…and we just happen to be now be one of Stoke Park’s preferred wedding planners and stylists!

Phew! What a month and we are still buzzing from all of the excitement and activity! Until next time…

Emma. x

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Easter Eggstravagance!

Who can resist the temptation that these lovely oval chocolate goodies bring. The Easter Egg has long been enjoyed by many generations and continues to do so (I bet you can’t wait until Sunday!). However, we’ve noticed a bit of a change in the offering that the chocolatiers are bringing us at this time of year. Eggs are becoming fabulous works of art, with wild and wonderful flavours, leaving us with serious hunger in our eyes and belly. Check out the Easter Eggstravagance we have discovered in the shops.

Fortnum & Mason

Beehive Egg

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Artisan du Chocolate

Balloon Egg

Geode Rocks (ok not quite egg shaped but close!)

Booja Booja

Around Midnight Espresso Easter Egg

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Marks & Spencer

Lattice Egg

The Artisan Egg

Betty’s

Imperial Easter Egg

Not on the Highstreet

Anges de Sucre – Unscotch Eggs

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Chococo

Honeycombe Egg

Waitrose

Heston’s Golden Egg

What will you be tucking into on Sunday morning? Will you be dining out on an Easter Eggstravaganza or keeping it simple with egg and soldiers? A clue as to how our Sunday will look…surrounded by packaging and a room that Choccywoccydoodah would be proud of!

 

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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Wedding Favours – A little Thank You

Sugared almond anyone? Cute and traditional but I think today’s weddings call out for something more personal, maybe a bit more fun and something that is maybe a touch more edible. I actually am quite partial to a sugared almond or two, but I know there is so much more on the market! Favours are those things that seem to cause everyone a little bit of bother and not everyone is sold on them. It’s lovely to give something as a gesture and if budget allows, but are they really necessary? Well I like to think they are quite cute and your guests are sure to love getting a little something…but maybe something a little more adventurous than sugared almonds! Shall we take a look at some ideas?

I have to say my personal fave kind of favour is of the edible variety. I could go into quite lengthy detail about these, but I will just highlight a few that I love. If you want to have a look at a few more ideas, then take a look at our blog on Edible favours here.

  • Homemade Jams and Chutneys – Ever popular and seriously yummy. Guests will love that you have made these yourself and it’s something personal for them to take home. Go with your favourite flavour and ‘spread the love’…sorry couldn’t help it!

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  • Mint to be – Yes, another little play on words, but whether in cute little tins, or old fashioned sweetie bags, mints are a great little touch and are handy too…especially if you’ve chosen a garlic based main!

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  • Infused Olive Oil – I adore this idea and especially if it’s a truffle infused oil (I’m obsessed and goes so well on a porcini mushroom risotto….I digress!) – you could infuse your own or buy. Maybe add a little tag with a recipe on to use it. Who doesn’t love a little something they can take home and use!

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  • Tea – Let your love brew! Yes, for all of those tea lovers, how fab would it be to create your own special blend, package it up in cute little bags and give to your guests as favours. Served with a name tag and in a vintage china cup, these are delicious ideas for those whimsical and rustic weddings, and perfect if you are having an afternoon tea based meal. Yum!

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  • Shots – A slightly more alcoholic approach and maybe only adult appropriate, but you could serve a shot of something in a personalised shot glass. Doubling up as a drink, name tag and gift. Liking this multi-tasking idea a lot.

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So I think it’s fair to say food rules my heart, however as long as something is personal, thoughtful and pretty, it also gets my vote. There are several wonderful favour ideas that you can’t eat sadly, but are just as wonderful!

  • Candles – Personalised, scented or just a token of your appreciation, candles are a cute way of saying thanks.

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  • Seeds – Whether on paper, in a little hessian bag, or in a jar – watch your love (and plants) grow! I love the fact that you can plant these and the products will remind guests of your wedding. Very sweet.

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  • Mini flower pots and plants – So you’re impatient and you don’t like the seed idea – then why not give your guests a mini plant in a pot. You could even use these as name tags. A lovely little souvenir.

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  • Handmade soap – Another little DIY task for you to try. Yes, soaps can be bought, but perhaps you could make your own, with your favourite scents and ingredients. The personal touch will be sure to leave your guests smelling sweet!

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  • Vintiquities – Why not use vintage keys or compasses as your table plan and name tags? Guests can then keep these and take them home as a reminder of your magical day. And…some keys even double up as bottle openers –genius!

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  • Lottery Tickets / Scratch cards – Hey! If one of your guests wins big, they are going to be so thankful!

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  • Raffle Ticket – Fab if you have a festival/fete themed wedding. Give each guest a raffle ticket and either have a selection of goodies or one big prize to win. Make it an add on to the speeches and get everyone involved in the fun!

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  • Perfume – Ok, so this might be one for the bigger budgets, but if you adore beautiful scents and perhaps you are having your own made up for the day, why not make up some mini bottles (altering the scent a little – you want to individual right!?) and give to your guests.  Maybe you want to get interactive. Set up a scent station, where guests can create their own signature scent to bottle up and take home. The sweet smell of love!

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  • Handmade Thank you Notes – Actually one of the simplest and cutest ideas and mainly because it’s so personal. Write a little card or note for each of your guests, sharing a memory or thank you. Warning – may cause some blubbing –add a pack of tissues in for good measure!

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So what do you think? Still want to stick to those sugared almonds or are you going to be a little bit more daring? Go on, give something different and try, your guest will most definitely thank you.

Words by Emma

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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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