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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.

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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Soho Farmhouse – A stylish countryside wedding venue

Levels of excitement were rather high in anticipation of looking around this wonderful new addition to the Soho House Group – Soho Farmhouse, near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. Looking around venues is pretty important to a wedding and event planner, especially ones that look like Soho Farmhouse and when you’ve heard incredible things, you know something special is in store.

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Boots and coats loaded in the car (well it had been raining heavily and we are off into the country! Being a farm girl myself, this is kind of like a standard Sunday outfit – Dubarrys and wax jacket – all prepared), Hannah and I set off on the hour trip to the Farmhouse. A pleasant journey and not too far from the M40, we meandered round a few country lanes and once the signpost had been spotted, drove off down a track towards our destination.

Welcomed by two friendly ‘gate keepers’ at the Gatehouse, we drove through and parked up. Only electric vehicles are allowed on site – all part of keeping it sustainable and eco-friendly – so we were taken up to the main site in an electric milk van. Honestly, these are too cute. A beautiful duck egg blue/green (which is throughout the Farmhouse site) little milk van that are used to transport guests around. Genius! I seriously want one, not that I would get far, but they are rather cute and vintage. Right up my street!

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Dropped off at reception by the driver/porter, we were handed a map and given directions about where everything was located. You may wonder, is a map necessary…well…yes! The site is basically a mini village. The main yard and barns are located in the centre with a farmshop and deli, this then surrounded by the two big event barns and the stables (I lingered far too long here and completely fell for a beautiful horse called Gimley…genuinely want him!) where you can ride and hack out – love that! On the other side of the yard were the Cowshed Spa, the gym, pool and sports/activities area. Some areas were still being built, but once everything has been completed, this place is going to have a serious WOW factor. Sign me up a membership now! Cabins and two stunning farmhouses surround the site on the 100 acres or so of land, each completely spacious and beautifully and thoughtfully decorated in a style that will leave you quite breath-taken and longing to come back again.

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The two main event barns are large and spacious and although the ceremony barn was currently set up as a temporary gym, you could really see the potential it has and the wonderful views. We went into styling mode, with all the wonderful things you could do – idea overload! The second barn, the Barwell Barn, more of the reception space, had a meeting in, but you could see the beautiful space inside and as we wandered round towards the back, the terrace behind was rather special. Wonderful views overlooking the marquee lawn, with a lovely gazebo type building and plenty of tables and chairs, ideal for a reception space outside and a great space for any event or corporate meeting breaks.

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The staff here are beyond friendly and helpful, relaxed, but professional. We sat down to soak up the atmosphere in the Main Barn and restaurant area and chose a comfy seat outside in the yard. The smell of a wood burner and that lovely smoky scent filled the air – kind of perfect on an autumnal day. Blankets and cushions abound, it creates quite the cosy and romantic space. A fresh loaf and yummy butter were served with our coffees and they were delicious! The menu was incredibly tempting and had some fresh, seasonal dishes on. It took a lot for us not to order, but luncheon elsewhere was awaiting us! I really didn’t want to leave, but that we had to do. So we hopped aboard the milk van, I waved a goodbye to Gimley, promising to return very soon (and I really will!) and we made our way back to our car, full of wonderful thoughts and ideas of all the wonderful things you could do there.

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Soho Farmhouse is really quite special, even when it’s still a little unfinished. But when everything is built and completed, this really will be the ultimate country escape, bringing the typical Soho House style and service into the countryside! I think this would make a wonderful event space and corporate break venue and the real ultimate country wedding venue. With two beautiful barns, ample outside space and copious accommodation, this could be YOUR venue and in my humble opinion, it really would be a pretty special place to get married! Yes, I’m biased as I love an old style farmhouse and farmyard, but these are pretty wow and I would love to plan a wedding for a couple here, so if any of you are engaged and want a beautiful, stylish, unique and special place to wed, then take a look and get in touch with us at Goose & Berry. We would be delighted to help plan your wedding.

https://www.sohofarmhouse.com/

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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.

www.gooseandberry.co.uk

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

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