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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

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August Activities

Can you believe that summer is over (we’re hoping for an Indian Summer though as we have been loving this hot weather! Shame about the storms though!) and it’s September. August has continued in the same way as June and July started and it’s been another good and productive month for us. A mix of weddings and events, interspersed with tastings and meetings, we are settling into the swing of things and ready for what September is going to bring. That’s for next month however, so what has August provided…

Food and Events

August has given us two of our biggest events and two rather big weddings…which have been super fun! The first biggy was mid-way through with a glorious marquee wedding set in the most picturesque of gardens. It had a midsummers garden theme and the florals were so impressive! Guests were served from a rather salubrious gold bar –what else and sipping champagne and gin cocktails, it set the scene magnificently. A delicious feast of figs, beef fillet, a trio of puds and our delightful edible garden were served, along with a selection of cheese and a round of fish & chips to finish the evening. Our kind of meal!

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The second biggy was just at the end and set in a quintessentially English setting, was just truly scrumptious in every way! This wedding had a more relaxed and informal feel in the way of our gourmet BBQ’s, which on such a beautifully sunny day was just super and guests loved it!

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Amidst these two, we’ve had a few other smaller events and afternoon tea galore, which has proved popular this month. We do love afternoon tea and if you’re having a garden party, then this is the perfect fit!

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Weddings

After a rather busy July, our August is keeping up the momentum and we are still going strong through Wedding season. This month has mainly consisted of finalising plans for a beautiful intimate wedding in September and we’re really looking forward to this one. Set in a beautiful walled garden with the most glorious planting and florals, it’s going to be an absolute floral fantasia – that’s what we’re calling it anyway!

It’s going to be filled with some wonderful DIY detailing and an abundance of colour and a serious flower fest with some amazing food. We’re particularly looking forward to a bit of a vegan and health vibe which we can’t wait to try (perks of the job and all!).

Mid-month we were treated to a wedding breakfast at the seriously stunning Corinthia Hotel in London. Along with several other superstar planners, bloggers and editors we enjoyed a glass of fizz followed by a delicious breakfast and cake. We also got a tour of the spaces, restaurants and a penthouse. We’ve already decided that we are going to move in –it’s so us! Great Hire provided some fabulous ghost tables and chairs which looked amazing within the Ballroom setting and paired with some wonderful tableware from the amazing Duchess & Butler and some beautiful florals by By Appointment Only it created the perfect setting. It was lovely catching up with the gorgeous Abigail Bloom who provided the most amazing of cakes. We also got to chat about the super tasty cakes she provided for one of our couples in July – the chocolate cake was DIVINE!

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The remainder of the month has been filled with venue visiting at the glorious Stoke Park (where we are a preferred supplier and will also be at their Wedding Showcase in October)  and Wisley Gardens and  gaining an abundance of quotes for a wedding next year and we can already tell it’s going to be a good one!

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Until next time…Emma. x

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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.

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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.

Food and Events

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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April Adventures!

So it’s been a little while since the last Blog article and as well as detailing certain events and useful tips we thought it might be quite nice to give a monthly update about what is happening in the world of Goose & Berry.

This year has already been a busy one, probably our busiest yet and whilst we get a chance (and a kind of belated New Year’s resolution) we have given ourselves a little task of making sure we write a monthly blog, no matter how busy we may be. It’s never ending I’m sure! However luckily we love what we do at G&B and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, I hear you ask, what have you been up to! Well, read on…

What’s New?

The big news this month is our new premises! We have moved into bigger and better premises. It’s looking amazing and we are ready for the busy season ahead. What I personally am most excited about however is my desk. Yes, I am a full on desk accessories and stationery geek and rather proud of it. That added to my rather ridiculous obsession of all things copper and rose gold. Now I know these colours and metallic are everywhere now and seem to be a key trend but let me tell you…I have loved them for years. I love their warm and rich tone, whether it be in accessories, clothing or jewellery. I guess this love has stemmed from my background working in property and interior design. I’m fascinated by the way certain fabrics, colours and shapes all work together and have a different effect in different settings.

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Stationery

The joy about our new premises is that is a rather industrial warehouse chic appeal to it. Yes, it will have a working kitchen (like we don’t already struggle enough to try and resist eating ALL THE TIME!) but it will also feature our desks, a tasting space and meeting space. Multi functioning dream space right here! With this joyous space, which I might add is super light and airy, brings a natural lure to all things copper and metallic, to contrast against the white walls and hard industrial shell. Just you wait until I get started on the soft furnishings…I can’t wait to look at the various fabrics, chairs etc. and then the shelving units…basically we’ve all gone interiors crazy and it’s only just started with the desks.

Food and Events

Aside from moving into our new pad, we’ve been keeping busy on the catering front with many events and weddings already this year. We’ve had some lovely end of winter and Spring weddings and lots of fab dinner parties. April has been a busy month for tastings, confirming final choices and entertaining clients with our tasty treats. We love tastings and seeing what couples and clients choose and seeing the look on their face and hearing their feedback when finished. It also gives us a chance to learn lots about the couple, particular tastes, wants and needs, whilst also giving me a chance to understand and learn more about our menu…i.e. taste everything on our menu!

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Weddings

I get the fun job of heading up Goose & Berry Weddings. This month (and at the end of March) I have been quite the busy bee indeed. At the end of March I had one of the highlights of my year so far. Part of my job involves organising styled shoots with some other fab wedding lovelies and superstars. I had arranged for 2 shoots to take part in one day (mammoth task!) at the simply breath taking and world famous Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons (quite the privilege). Now I won’t spoil the fun and tell you too much about it until the shoots get published (fingers crossed!) but I met a serious all time hero of mine – the one and only Raymond Blanc. Fair to say I was a little star struck, but he was a true gentleman and had such charisma. He was genuinely interested in what we were doing, polite and just an all-round lovely man. For a serous foodie like myself, this was a huge highlight, not only of my year, but yes…my life.

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At the start of the month, we were invited to Quintessentially Atelier at The Dorchester Hotel. G&B adore this luxury wedding and bridal show; it has the perfect mix and selection of suppliers for the luxe market and you will always see a few fellow wedding suppliers and lovelies there, so it’s always nice to stop and have a catch up over a glass of fizz. It’s a wonderful showcase, not only showing off a stunning venue but also the crème de la crème of wedding suppliers, from photographers, bridal designers, florists, cake designers and entertainment. Several of our preferred suppliers were there and it was great to see our local neighbours Eight Ray Music who had several acts performing. Can’t wait until one of our summer weddings has one of their bands playing; it’s going to be super!

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This month has also involved quite a few final meetings for 2 weddings we are planning this summer. One couple few in from America to sort out all plans in a week, so we had a fun time meandering around Windsor, from one meeting to another, all amongst the backdrop of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. What an experience for them it was…although getting around Windsor was not so easy. Last week has also seen final plans taking place for another couple and involved my favourite discussions…no not food, but flowers. Aside from copper and rose gold, my big passion is all things floral. I have taken a wedding floristry course because I am so fascinated by the world of weddings and floristry. (Next on the agenda is calligraphy, excited much!). We went to visit Lily’s Flowers and boy do they have a dreamy workspace. Surrounded by horses, flowers and then the cutest office dog, I genuinely wanted to take up residence (I know…new premises, excited, etc.…but they lack horses!). That aside, flowers are all finalised, followed by wine tasting and then a good old run through and chat over a cuppa…and wine…of course!

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One of the most fun points of my month involved taking a couple of days and mixing work and pleasure, oh yes, it can be done! G&B Weddings went on a little Cotswolds tour…and in this case what happens on tour doesn’t stay on tour! The visit started at a favourite of mine and having a delicious lunch at Dormy House. After followed a tour and also a little jaunt to Foxhill Manor, one of the three hotels on the Farncombe Estate. This one is a serious WOW factor – 8 sumptuous bedrooms with the most magical views. Honestly, true escapism and bliss, ultimate luxury. If you want true exclusivity and a hidden away retreat, event or wedding, look no further than Foxhill Manor and look at taking all three hotels. They are all divine and the attention to detail is superb.

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Next up was Thyme, the most idyllic rural Cotswolds retreat. I had booked to stay in one of the Cottage Suites and wowsers, it did not disappoint. Beautiful furnishings, super cosy and comfy and just beautiful! Fun, herb infused cocktails (my fave) in the Baa…such fun! Followed by a super tasty dins in The Swan, which is a couple of minutes’ walk along the village. Imagine a true country pub and you have The Swan. Returning to my cottage, I was welcomed with a hot water bottle in bed and the cutest little nightcap. Little touches like this were so spot on and make Thyme a beautiful luxury country retreat. Breakfast was served in the Tythe Barn and served was some of the most delicious sausages and granola (not together I might add) I have tasted. The service was faultless – friendly, smooth and efficient. Heaven for a lazy morning! I was treated to a tour of the beautiful space where ceremonies can be held, Thyme House – an interiors dream– antiques and rustic but classy furniture. I also took a little wander past the lambs to the kitchen garden. Full of wonderful offerings and lots more to be grown and used at Thyme; clucking chickens, quails, some feisty pigs and then my new friend, Salty the family pig. Such a cutie, although I did feel guilty after eating those sausages!

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After a tough goodbye and a promise to visit again soon, I made my way to Barnsley House, stopping off at The Village Pub. It was definitely a foodie Cotswolds Tour as much as a venue one. Barnsley House is a true masterpiece. A stunning Cotswold village manor house, set amongst the most picturesque gardens and a blissful spa hidden in the grounds. The temple and gardens offer the most perfect ceremony spot, whilst you get the use of the restaurant and lounges for the wedding breakfast and reception, or a marquee at the bottom of the garden. Just so dreamy! These signs were the sweetest, so sweet and a great fun, talking point for guests. Fully in love with all venues, I then had a little jolly around Cirencester, Bibury and Daylesford Farm – I couldn’t resist and definitely bought my other love – gin. Always have to invest in gin wherever I go. Feeling rather tired after a relaxing, but rather fun packed couple of days I returned home longing to return and full of ideas for the dreamiest of weddings I could plan at the venues.

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So there you have it….quite a fun packed month, full of excitement! Next up is May…which we will update you about in a few weeks’ 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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VIP Dinner at Windsor Guildhall

At a venue as prestigious and stunning as the Windsor Guildhall, you know the guests will be in for a treat when they choose to hold their dinner there. A beautiful building dated from the late 1600s, situated by Windsor Castle, famed for the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, you can get married here and also hold receptions, dinners and events.

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Goose & Berry are proud preferred caterers at Windsor Guildhall and one early October evening saw our first event held there. We catered for a VIP corporate dinner of nearly 40 guests from Vapotherm, visiting the UK, where a fine three course dinner was served, after the guests had been treated to a tour of Windsor prior to their dinner.

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Once the guests had sat and the wines poured, starter was served. A beautiful and light Nicoise Salad was the dish of choice for the first course. Followed by a sumptuous and rich Beef Bourginon. Perfect on an Autumnal evening and sure to please. The dessert was a deconstructed seasonal Eton Mess. Quite appropriate being located metres away from where the pudding originated and a perfect ending to dinner! Coffee’s followed to round off the evening and lots of lovely comments ensued, which is always a delight to hear!

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Windsor Guildhall is such a fabulous setting for a dinner, event or wedding. Grand, but not too imposing and such fabulous rich history. We’re already looking forward to the next event there!

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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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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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Perfect Picnic

Picnics and summer days go hand in hand and are quite the English summer activity to partake in, whether it be as a couple or as a family or a group of friends, on days out or special occasions. Picnics can be really quite special, wonderfully romantic or super fun and evocative of childhood memories. Many of my own childhood memories feature being outside with family, along river banks and under shady trees, eating, drinking and laughing.

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I used to love packing up the picnic hamper with my Mum and my Nan, planning on what food to take and looking forward to eating it! Getting the right picnic contents is a personal preference but you can’t go wrong with a few essentials.

Practicalities first. A good blanket or two is necessary. You don’t want to be sitting down on damp or muddy ground do you! Napkins or wipes are also quite handy for any spillages or foody fingers. Glassware, cutlery and crockery (plastic or the real deal) will also be useful if you really want to make it a special occasion, as opposed to picking it out from the wrapping. Some hampers will come prepared and filled, which personally I rather like! Matching sets all packed neatly are my idea of heaven! A wicker hamper or basket is a beautiful thing and quite perfect for a picnic. You can see a few of our top picks below.

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Now…onto the food and drink. Cutesy finger food and sandwiches are the way forward for picnics. Think afternoon tea but less posh and slightly more savoury. My childhood picnics used to consist of a variety of ham, cheese and tomato, egg and jam sandwiches, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, quiche, crisps, slices of apple, cupcakes, chocolate bars, cartons of squash (for the adults Pimms, Wine or Cider) and water. It was bliss…and quite frankly a full on feast, or so I thought at the time!  The picnics evolved as I grew older; a few salads, olives, crudités and dips were thrown in for good measure and I loved a cup of tea (I’m sure my love for tea stemmed from here – which reminds me, flasks – another essential!)

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As with food trends in general, picnics seemed to have developed over time. Yes, the basics are still there, sandwiches, scotch eggs, quiche and salads and such like…but there is a whole plethora of yumminess available to us. Yumminess in the form of mezze platters or charcuterie selections, quinoa, tabbouleh and other ‘healthy, trendy’ foods. This extends to the drinks available to us also, new flavours and concoctions that are bottled and canned up, ideal for carrying around, on the move! Supermarkets sell these to us already packaged and ready to go, which I have to say is super handy if you are tight on time and are lacking in Tupperware (ahem! Something I need to invest in). However I do still believe that the joy in picnics come from the preparing and packing and surely we can all now attempt to make these newer and trendy foods, surely we can all be a little more adventurous than just a sandwich or too, which only extends in the joy of picnics; preparing some seriously tasty treats that you can’t wait to eat, packing it all up and enjoying the great outdoors with loved ones. Personally you really can’t beat a perfect picnic on a Summers day!

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Our Top 5 Picnic Hampers

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John Lewis

John Lewis Luxury Willow Striped Picnic Hamper, 4 Person. £150.00

Not On The High Street

NOTHS luxury-dove-floral-two-person-picnic-hamper by Dibor £112

Joules

Picnic baskedt Joules 4 person wicker picnic baske chocolate blossom £99.95

Amara

Amara Flamant Home Interiors Picnic Basket Farah Brown

Fortnum and Mason

Fortnums Ascot 4 person fitted picnic basket £460

Written by Emma.

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