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Spring ’17 Summaries

Food

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.

Summer Pud

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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!

Botanical Greenery

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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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Delivering December & our 2017 Wedding Trend Predictions

Happy New Year you lovely lot! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. 2017 has arrived and we are back at work and ready for all of the exciting events and weddings ahead of us. Our December was full of Christmas parties galore and lots of super fun events.

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In amongst the canape and drinks parties, we had some dinners mixed in and some festive lunches too. Christmas parties are all about the fun and the festive treats, think mulled wine, Christmas cocktails and a few hundred or so mince pies to boot! Turkey, trimmings, beef wellington and some seriously tasty sticky toffee pudding. We were lucky enough to be back at Windsor Guildhall for a Christmas Dinner and it really was a beautiful setting. We also got to provide some cute Christmas canapes for the lovely ladies at B.loved for their festive mingle.

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We were also invited to a few Christmas parties and gatherings ourselves where we got to catch up with fellow wedding industry pros and celebrate the year with some festive cheer. One of the highlights included a scrummy afternoon tea at The Bingham – such a beautiful hotel in Richmond, with a riverside setting that is ideal for weddings.

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December certainly flew past and we can’t believe it’s another year and January already! As event and wedding professionals, people always ask us what we think will be popular in the forthcoming year…well here is our top 5 predictions for weddings and catering.

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  1. Greenery – Pantone’s colour of the year is Greenery – quite a vibrant bold green which is quite the contrast to last year’s pastel hues. Whether used as a theming throughout your wedding or event, we think foliage will be used in abundance and in a loose, wild and natural way.
  2. Tropical – The tropical trend was popular last year, but mixed with the Greenery, we think this will really take off. Long reign the pinks, oranges, flamingos and pineapples!
  3. Industrial Luxe – Think copper, marble and warehouses with metal, stone and metallic elements, mixed with geodes and geometric contemporary designs and décor.
  4. Foodie Heaven – couples want to go BIG on food and splurge a little. Food after all is a big part of the day! Choosing their favourite food and going all out, matching wines and drinks too. P.S – keep any eye out for completely raw, vegan and gluten free menus too!
  5. Food stations and informal catering will be key – as will drinks stations. We have no doubt that artisan gins and craft beers will be big as will botanical drinks.

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Are you getting married in 2017? Will any of the above be featuring? We would love to know and find out more about your plans. We have a busy January ahead – focusing on some upcoming weddings and events and finalising plans, also prepping for a Valentine’s wedding too – how romantic!

Until next time…Emma. x

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November Noted

Festivities have well and truly begun and party season is upon us. November has kicked off the season in style and we have had some seriously fun filled weeks and we are now fully in the Christmas spirit. Largely because we have spent the weekend surrounded by Christmas spruces and decorations galore at the Country Homes & Interiors Christmas Show, but more about that later…

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Food and Events

November has bought a wonderful mix of lunches, dinners, weddings, Christmas parties and a big country show, all completed by a super exciting award! We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to have been voted the English Wedding Awards South East Caterer! How fabulous! This has made our month and year, so thank you very much. We have some lovely events this month. November has certainly seen the festivities begin and we’ve had a few seasonal gatherings – from brunches, to lunches, buffets, canapes and cocktails and some elegant dinners. We get to incorporate some festive and seasonal produce and our cinnamon and mulled wine poached pears are proving popular as is our Venison main. Towards the end of the month saw a couple of weddings at Micklefield Hall. The barn lends itself beautiful to Autumnal and Winter weddings and we had rich reds and some elegant navy and white tones used as the décor. Berries were still popular as ever and our winterberry mess went down an absolute treat! We took the mid of the month to finish off some tastings for events early next year and also start to look ahead to December where party season will truly have its hold on us.

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We also released our full raw, vegan and gluten free menus for wedding guests. We are the first caterer to do so and can’t wait to get creating some raw magic in the new year for our couples and their guests.

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Finishing off the month we catered for 3 days and thousands of visitors to the Country Homes & Interiors Christmas show at Stonor Park. Visitors were treated to seasonal and Christmas coffee’s and hot chocolates, festive sweet treats and savoury snacks such as our local pies, which were raved about by the end of the weekend! We absolutely loved being there and being part of the show, enjoying getting into the Christmas spirit. It’s fair to say we could have spent a small fortune on some of the wonderful gifts on offer – our office may be featuring some of the decorations on show.

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Weddings

Following on from last month and quote gathering, November saw a little more and finalising some suppliers for next years’ weddings. It’s so good when everything falls into place and means that our couples can relax and enjoy the festive season, assured that all is booked and the fun of the details and styling lies ahead.

As members, we attended an NAWP event too, which are always good fun; getting to catch up with some familiar faces and meeting new. Networking events are always good to make some industry friends and catch up; all whilst trying some drinks and nibbles at a new venue which you may have not yet discovered. This was the case on this occasion. The event was held at the Museum of the order of St John and wow, it really is a stunning place. Hidden in Farringdon, we had no idea it was even there, but are so pleased we are now. It’s so beautiful and the spaces and history are quite magnificent. We also got to visit ‘Elevate your senses’ Wedding showcase at the Shangri La hotel at the Shard. Even on a slightly rainy day, the views were incredible and it was lovely to see some of our faves; Armorial, Emmy Shoes, Twobirds Bridesmaids and Abigail Bloom Cakes.

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Last month we mentioned how delighted we were to have our Autumn Copper inspiration shoot featured on B.Loved and we are still loving the tones and autumn vibes the shoot brings. We’ve had a bumper month of features and we have been featured once again in Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding Magazine for a styling feature and earlier in the month we had our stunning Jane Austen Georgian Serenity shoot featured on top US blog Burnetts Boards – how amazing! You can see a little more here. It brings back fond memories of Spring, which was a warm welcome in these chillier times!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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September Shenanigans

Here we are, Autumn has arrived and with it the leaves start to fall, temperatures drop and we are getting cosy. That said, haven’t we seen some stunning weather in Sept – holding on to the last bits of summer but ready for the cooler months ahead, or maybe that’s just me ( I LOVE Autumn!) So, our September has been a truly wonderful month, filled to the brim of awesomeness in the form of some stunning weddings, one of which we planned and a couple of super fun corporate events. Mixed with a few tastings, some super exciting meetings and an interesting morning filming, this has been one busy but enjoyable month!

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Food and Events

We started off the month in wedding mode. One at Micklefield Hall and one at The Walled Garden at Wasing Park. A&S had their wedding at Micklefield, which we were also entrusted with our on the day management. Full of beautiful rustic and whimsical details that worked so well within the barn and luckily the weather held out for a pretty outdoors ceremony. We created a delicious menu for them where guests were treated to a yummy three course meal all followed by pasties galore – proving popular with the Cornish family members! N&B’s wedding at Wasing again had an outdoor ceremony and their wedding had quite the festival vibe with a fab tipi and cute details at the bar and on the dancefloor, with a rather unique drinking game – wheel of misfortune anyone? Their patisserie station was quite simply divine and not a pud was left in sight.

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Mid-month saw a flurry of corporate events. One being at Windsor Guildhall with a very royal theme. All British produce and theming for the menu and drinks and a thoroughly elegant and regal affair. We also hosted one of our regular clients re-branding soiree. Plenty of delicious canapes and copious amounts of champagne were flowing. They always know how to throw a good party!

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Ending the month nicely saw S&A’s wedding and us return to Micklefield Hall. Pretty pastels and purples filled the barn and a rather scrummy menu of fig and goats, cheese, lamb and choccy pud followed, to the tune of “best wedding food ever”…we’ll take that!

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In between catching up with some wedmin for weddings next year and a couple of styled shoots – keep those eyes peeled – mid month saw the floral fantasia wedding of H&A at Wickham House, within the walled garden. With a brief of natural beauty that exudes happiness, we set about creating a floral work of art within the most gorgeous of gardens I ever did see. Taking inspiration from the blooms around us, we created a space in the sunken lawn that merged into the space beautifully. Using a stretch tent to do so and create a dining space worked so well and allows the flexibility that was desired. Florals were key; bringing in a rich and slightly woodland and forest feel with some richer tones and mixed with the ethereal beauty of the pastels; all mixed with feathers, butterflies and mushrooms. Honestly, just wait until you see! We created a humanist ceremony space underneath a tree within the grounds and dreamcatchers flowed in the breeze before a butterfly release, which was just magical to watch.

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To end the month we also were treated to ‘Enamour’, Amie Bone’s absolutely magnificent and breath-taking display at The National Wedding Show – just look at the pics, need we say more!

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As we sign off, we are finalising plans for something rather exciting and 2 shoots in October – one foodie based, one wedding based…all shall be revealed soon!

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.

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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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June Japes

I can’t believe it’s already mid-July and we haven’t even told you about all of the exciting things June held for us…so I shall fill you in. One of our busiest months, but we have loved every second! Despite the dreary weather (where is summer!), we have had events and weddings galore and a lovely mix of corporate and social events interspersed with weddings at the weekend and one even mid-week! Who says you have to get married at the weekend anyway!

We also got the very exciting news, that we have been approved as an Associate Member of the National Association of Wedding Professionals, an organisation promoting professionalism and integrity within the wedding industry. We are so very privileged and honoured to be a part of the NAWP and if you would like to find out more, you can do so here.

Food and Events

The month started and finished with corporate events. The first being a launch at Nicholson’s Shopping Centre in Maidenhead, with some VIPs, including the now Prime Minister, Theresa May. Drinks and canapes were flowing and we got to see some familiar faces who we met at another corporate launch event earlier in the year. It’s always lovely when people remember not only you but your food!

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We were lucky enough to cater for an event at Bugaboo at their Henley Regatta hospitality event. Although the weather wasn’t the greatest that the Regatta has ever known, guests were treated to canapes and champagne, followed by a sumptuous buffet lunch and finished with that great British classic – strawberries and cream. Who can resist! The offices are right on the river and it was an absolute joy to catch some of the rowing too, that’s what Henley Royal Regatta is all about right?

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The next day we were treated to some more Regatta hospitality, courtesy of one of our preferred suppliers, Eight Ray Music. They put on quite the show at the Redgrave Bar and it was lovely to mix with fellow event professionals, take in the sights and enjoy some top class music. You can read a little more about it here.

The middle of the month brought us a couple of anniversary and birthday parties. We got to show off our ladder drinks stall, which got renamed the ‘Elderflower ladder’ by one guest. Clearly our Elderflower cocktails and concoctions were legendary by the end of the day! We love creating drinks stalls or dessert stalls on our ladder and it creates quite the talking point between guests.

Drinks!!!

Sprinkled between the corporate and social events were our weddings which we have catered for. A mix of venue and marquee weddings and fine dining and BBQ’s, we loved each and every one. Our first of the month was at Micklefield Hall, a venue which we adore and we are lucky to be one of their preferred caterers. We’re already looking forward to the next. We were also treated to a marquee set up at Mapledurham House…what a location! The mill is pretty as a picture.

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A few tastings took place too, mixed with some final event and wedding meetings. These are a great chance to catch up with our couples and clients and are usually a lot of fun!

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Weddings

Boy has it been a busy month wedding planning wise. With two weddings that we have done full planning for taking part in the first part of July, lots of final prep was underway through June. We cannot wait to tell you all about them in our next post and will keep you posted with a few pics in the next few months. As you can imagine, a fair amount of work has to go into planning a wedding and once all the major decisions and organisation has taken place, the final few weeks are key in bringing everything together. We have been contacting the suppliers, organising timings and creating final schedules. Looking at table plans, collating all of the stationery and making the added décor look pretty and polished. We love this time of the planning though, it’s great seeing everything come together and you can really start to envisage how it will all be on the day.

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Final meetings and skype calls took place with both couples too. These are so important and give us a chance to go through absolutely anything and everything you can think of and polish anything you need to or create final actions. They are also the time when I think it becomes real for the couple and I love this moment, you see a little change; of excitement and nerves and ‘ok, so this is happening!’, it’s so lovely to see and you really the see the connection and love between the couple. Seriously heart-warming!

On that happy (and slightly slushy) note, we shall round up June and leave feeling super excited about July and all that it will bring…it’s going to be another good one. Until next time…

Emma. x

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May Musings

So another month has passes, all too quickly I might add and this one seems to have been even busier than last (not that it is a bad thing!). As the wedding seasons picks up, we’ve had some wonderful weddings and events, which we of course love.

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We’ve had a lovely mix of events to cater for this month. A few weddings, a milestone birthday and a corporate VIP function. To start the month, we created a rather delicious patisserie station for some super lovely clients who were brought to us by the amazing Dominique at Stylish Events. A patisserie station adds a bit of a wow and fun factor to any event and if you want something a little different to just a plated dessert or a trio of puds, then this is the way forward. The clients and their guests loved it and it’s always good when you get feedback such as “the best ever” when describing our Chocolate Trifles.

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One of the perks of our job is seeing some special moments, which we were lucky enough to witness at one of the Birthday parties this month when the Birthday boy’s sister surprised him, coming all the way from Australia. A few tears may have been shed by Team GB; yes we love a good sentimental moment! The setting was also a treat too; a beautiful picturesque cottage and the marquee looked super pretty with colourful garden blooms. The water glasses we chose picked out the colours beautifully.

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As mentioned, wedding season is well underway and we had a biggy in the middle of the month. A dreamy marquee setting (despite the horrid weather) and a fab bar space. We love working with clients to design their dream wedding and give ideas about how everything will look. The menu chosen for their wedding was also a particularly good one and the feedback we received about our fillet of beef – well it was something else. Beaming with pride is an understatement!

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Corporate events are always fun to do and mix up the social and wedding side of events. We catered for a 100 VIPs at Windsor Guildhall, which is a seriously impressive dining space; imagine eating supper overlooked by all of our previous Monarchs. That’s one way to impress all the big bosses of the organisation!

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Weddings

The month started in the most wonderful of ways . We had organised a styled shoot at one of the most super stunning country houses (serious swoon worthy status right here) in the Cotswolds, Cornwell Manor. Obviously I can’t give much away, but you are in for a treat when the images are revealed, so keep those eyes peeled! The following day we got to spend the day there again, in the most glorious of sunny weather, at their Wedding open day, launching the newly refurbished Ballroom and Walled Garden. We met some wonderful new suppliers who were all lovely and so much fun to spend the day with, also some fab couples who were just in instant love with the venue and gardens. Simply cannot wait to work here again, soo many ideas and it really is the most glorious of country wedding venues.

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The remainder of the month we’ve been a busy little bee’s putting final touches to two summer weddings we’re planning. We just love confirming all final details and creating the final schedule. Just over a month to go for these lucky couples and I know they are excited and the same can also be said for me…roll on a few weeks’ time!

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The big wedding we catered for in the middle of the month, we also wedding managed on the day. I ADORE on the day wedding co-ordination and managing. This is what I know inside out from my background at venues and I just love it. Even if you aren’t having a wedding planner to do the full planning, it’s so worth hiring an on the day co-ordinator. It means that you have someone there to take away all the work in the morning from you and your family, meaning you can relax, enjoy the getting ready and not worry about suppliers arriving and things being set up. That is our job; there to take away any stresses and organise suppliers, staff and set up, ensuring all goes to plan, on time and everything is smooth and seamless and that you get the wedding of your dreams. Seriously worth considering!

That’s about all for now, but we are looking forward to the summer months and praying for some gorgeous sunny weather and warm temperatures in the weeks ahead. Until next time…

Emma. x

 

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2016 Wedding Trends

So the New Year has arrived and with it arrive the latest wedding and event trend predictions. We were fairly accurate with our trends last year, particularly on the foodie side of things (you can take a peek here) So what trends do we think are in store for 2016.

Well catering wise, we believe being interactive will continue to be key – food stations, food created in an instant, ethnic food, pizza ovens, wood burning stoves and ‘low and slow’ – think beef brisket and fall apart shoulder of lamb. Combined with lots of salads and buffet style sharing platters. Lots of food, big flavours but less formal. Heavenly!

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Personalisation will also be huge. Not only when it comes to wedding food and drink, but also in the wider wedding planning world.

You can also read a little more in depth about our trend predictions on Amara Weddings where we have given our foodie trends for 2016, as well as on Love My Dress  and we also feature on the Wedding Academy, International Wedding & Event Planning ‘Wedding Trend Report 2016’.

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Goose & Berry’s sister company Goose & Berry Weddings have a few ideas about what will be popular this year and what wedding and event styles and trends they think they will see.

More intimate and personalised ceremonies and receptions are really starting to show prevalence amongst weddings. Making your wedding day about you and showing off your personality as a couple is increasingly popular. Couples no longer feel the need to satisfy every single person in their life and show off, they want the day to showcase them but not in a showy, ‘look at me’ way and they want to celebrate their special day with their nearest and dearest, instead of every single person they meet in their life, like Mr Jones from the corner shop. With couples often footing the bill themselves, costs and budgeting are so important and keeping the guest list down is a way of managing this. In addition, do couples really want to spend time going around 200 guests and not spending quality time with them, not the greatest fun I can think of!

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The informal trend is certainly starting to take over and with this I think styling will follow. By this I mean formal table settings and florals. Round tables may develop into some being round, some being square, some being long. Informal banqueting is a serious trend in the wedding and event catering world, and this is filtering through into how tables may be set up and styled. Food could be set up on stations or at the tables themselves and therefor having a formal table plan isn’t as important as it would be should couples have food service. Where and how people sit isn’t as important and so tables can be placed in an informal manner and dressed that way too.

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I’m sure it’s been said many times, but I do love a good cocktail. Especially if they are signature ones! If you have a favourite cocktail or you perhaps create your own, I love to see these served. However, for me, I am a HUGE tea fan. My favourite personal touch I have seen is a couple creating their own blend of tea and using it, not only as favours, but served as their tea with dessert and also used to cure their smoked salmon starter and infuse their panna cotta dessert, whilst also incorporating into one of their cocktails. I really would love to do this! Such a dreamy idea.

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Another little touch I love is using materials or belongings from family members that may have been passed down. It fits the ‘something old’ or maybe ‘something borrowed’ phrase perfectly and adds that sentimental touch, which I adore.

We have seen bouquet trends demonstrate a wild, loose, natural and flowing style recently and centrepieces and table arrangements are following suit (which is absolute heaven for me!). Rustic is still incredibly popular and the wild, natural arrangement works beautifully well with this style, however burlap and mason jars will slowly fade out and more natural, perhaps mismatched vases will be in and would pair so well with the informal table set up and arrangements.

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The wonders of technology and the ‘I want It Now’ nature of this modern age command new and evolving services and products. 3D printing and same day edit videos of weddings are just starting to emerge and are giving couples the entertainment and interactive edge on their wedding day. I have seen mini models of guests being made on a 3D printer recently – who needs a characteurist or silhouette artist! Couples also love seeing photos and now videos of their day as soon as possible. Developing on from Instagram, polaroid and photobooths, there are screens displaying photos and a video of the day, turned around in a matter of hours, if not minutes.

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Whilst trends are great to gain inspiration from and follow, it’s best to follow loosely and take snippets of inspiration from, perhaps in the form of colours or a menu design. Trends are wonderful and help us wedding stylists and planners out, however trends do come and go and you want to look back on your wedding in years to come and still have the fondest of memories, not left thinking ‘why did I choose that’, especially if it doesn’t represent you as a couple. In addition, yes, you have guests and you want them to be entertained and enjoy themselves. However, remember the day is about you two and the day should show this off. You don’t have to go completely ‘me, me, me’, however think about little touches you can give to your day that you know you will both thoroughly love, from the music, to the flowers or the food and drink. Most of all have fun in choosing these and pick a strong team of suppliers, they will make your wedding day into the magical day it should be.

 

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Tablescapes – Setting the Scene

So I’m sure you’ve heard of table settings or dressing the table, but what exactly is a tablescape? Well in fairness, not that different from table settings or dressing a table. The difference lies in that every item upon your table tops – such as centrepieces, linen, crockery, cutlery, glassware, place cards, menus and décor were all chosen specifically and for a reason.

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Tablescapes are designed, planned and created to add that WOW statement to your event and wedding. They are focal points, they can change and impact upon the feel and mood of your meal and they set the scene, showcasing objects or enhancing and projecting an overall theme to your day.

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Pinterest and Blogs are filled with images of tablescapes and there are so many to take inspiration from. They really are like mini landscapes of tabledoms (ok I made that word up, but a table kingdom doesn’t quite sound right!) created by marvellous vision and style. Budget dependent, these can be things of absolute marvel and wonder, or kept clean, simple and stylish.

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If you want to build tablescapes into the styling of your wedding, knowing where to start might be quite a daunting thought. Fear not! Help is at hand. Firstly, you need to think about a theme or colour scheme you may have. This will help guide you in a direction, so all elements join and flow seamlessly together, making each eventually feel as if they belong in one big tablescape harmony (I get carried away easily I’m afraid!)

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Secondly, think about what flowers you are having and whether you can use these as your centrepieces. Centrepieces are a big part of the tablescape! They don’t always have to be floral, but (and if you’re anything like me and adore all things floral) they help create a focal point and look simply stunning. Yes, they are tradional but if you have a vision in mind or have seen something you want to create, ask your florist or whoever is doing your flowers, if you can do something similar, traditional, modern or otherwise!

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Thirdly – what linen will you be choosing, or will you be having the table surface on show? There are so many new and wonderful linens on the market, so you don’t have to settle for just plain white or ivory. So many textures, materials, effects and colours are on offer, so do a little research and have a play around; matching different materials, layers and colours. Mix and match tablecloths with napkins and order samples, see what you can create. Also play around with napkin folding and styles. It sounds daft, but honestly, there are sooo many ways of folding a napkin! If you don’t believe me, look it up, or look at the way different restaurants display theirs. (Working in a 5* hotel has certainly given me good napkin training…ok…observation…my folding skills leave a lot to be desired!) Depending on the type of starter you are serving or where you have place cards / menus, and the type of plates, this could impact the fold of the napkin too.

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Next up is the crockery and cutlery. Some venues may have specifics that they require you to use, but you can add the creativity into the centrepieces etc. If you have the flexibility to choose your own, then see what you can find and order. Look at images and blogs, find hire companies or ask your caterer/planner to help. Order samples and see what works. Yes, it’s a slightly painstaking task, but it doesn’t have to be, it can be fun…and if you don’t want to do it, then having a wedding planner and stylist who does this kind of thing for a living, may be just the right option for you! There are so many shapes and styles out there; including charger plate options and cutlery now comes in different styles and metals too. Think about your theme and overall style of the day and pick what you think will work with the rest of your items on the tables.

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Glassware may again be restricted by venues, but depending on what drinks you are serving, you can have as many or as little glasses on the table as you wish. There are many options available to you and if you are wine experts…and I don’t mean you manage to get through a bottle a night…then you will understand the type of glass the wine is served in has an effect on the taste. All little details, but this is where tablescapes come into their own…the details are all important!

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Stationery…the design and style may well have already been chosen and that is fine! The placement of these can be what you have fun playing around with. Set up an example table at home and place the table number, menu and place cards (you may have joined the two together) in different places – above, on or to the side of the plate. Again, think about if the food is already going to be served at the table (don’t then put anything on the plate or charger plate as guests won’t see it!) and make sure it’s visible.

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You may have other décor such as props, table crystals, quizzes or photos that you would like positioned upon the table. If you have kept the table quite simple, these may look great, however if you have gone quite floral and crockery / cutlery and glassware heavy, then consider how much you need on there. You want everything to look polished and that it all belongs, not just thrown together and everything piled on there just because.

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Remember, the idea of a tablescape is to be planned, designed and created to add that wow statement to your wedding. It needs to evoke emotions and really set the scene and enhance the styling. However, you don’t need to spend all your time planning the design and creating it and getting stressed about it, but some thought does need to go into it. Have fun in the design and really show off your style!

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