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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!

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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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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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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.

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Westwood Society Dinner

A couple of weeks ago saw the second Westwood Society Dinner held and once again we had the pleasure of designing and catering for the event. Westwood were thrilled to introduce Mike Roddy, their new interim CEO at the dinner, quite the special occasion! The last dinner had a very feminine and bright feel, so we wanted to do something a little different this time around…something a little unexpected. Cue succulents and drift wood!

We wanted the feel of the dinner and centrepiece to have a more natural and slightly more masculine feel to proceedings. Gone were the abundance of big blousy florals, in was texture and lighter, more pastel and earthy colours. Lily’s Flowers were the florists extraordinaire once again, who understood our brief perfectly. Driftwood framed the centre of the table, mixed with wooden logs and pots. Succulents and Cactus filled the space and added a tougher edge to the centrepiece. Lilac and blue hydrangea softened this and bought in an element of colour, which contrasted and paired beautifully to the earthy green napkins. Mercury glass tea lights and votives added that touch of glam that any Westwood Society Dinner needs! The guests commented how different and wonderful it was…we couldn’t have agreed any more!

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The lilac of the hydrangeas harmonised perfectly with the menus that doubled up as name cards. A soft and flowy font that reflected the twists and turns of the driftwood, sat on a water-coloured effect background to the name. A simple but stunning design by Printed Love, that captured the feel of the evening charmingly.

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The menu was a sumptuous affair and the starter a particular favourite of ours. All of the produce was seasonal and the menu designed to make the most of the ingredients at their peak, including heritage candy beets and micro rocket in the starter. Guests were served Champagne on arrival, with a few nibbles to whet the appetite. Upon seating, the first course was served; Beef carpaccio, parmesan, pickled radish, artichoke, rocket and truffle oil. A beautiful dish to start, not only on the palette, but on the eye. Each dish was paired with a specially chosen wine. The accompaniment to the beef starter was a deliciously fruity and earthy red; Beaune Cent-Vignes 1er Cru Albert Morot.

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For the main we served Free-range breast of chicken, roasted glazed heritage carrots, swiss chard, girolle mushrooms, pomme puree and a thyme jus, served on earth stoneware. A popular dish, and one that was paired to a crisp and fresh white; Puligny-Montrachet 2013 Jean-Louis Chavy, Burgundy.

To finish the evening, guests were served a summery and fruity pudding of Lemon posset, blueberry crème, vanilla tuille, meringue and shortbread. A wonderfully light and zingy dessert that certainly tickled the guests taste buds. The wine paired with our dessert was a Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007 from Marlborough. A stunning and velvety sticky with notes of apricot, honey and orange blossom that lingered on the tongue and enhanced the citrus and fruity flavours within the dessert. A glorious combination!

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All in all, another fabulous evening, enjoyed by the Westwood Society. We can’t wait for the next!

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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