Good morning everyone! I hope this finds you ready for a little bank holiday weekend enjoyment.
I'm keen to tell you about a rather fabulous event taking place on Saturday 31st May, 2014 (a week today!) at Sandon Hall in Staffordshire, when this historic venue will opens its doors for the exclusive launch of its new interior.
Sandon Hall is the ancestral home of the Earls of Harrowby, and sits astride high ground overlooking the Trent valley amidst 400 acres of rolling parkland. Completed in 1854, the imposing Hall which is offered an on exclusive basis to all wedding clientele, boasts 50-acre formal gardens, providing a grand yet tranquil setting for any size and style of wedding, at any time of the year.
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Chris Hanley Photography
I was really excited to hear about this event, and especially so because it involves a glittering array of wedding industry stars. I grew up very near to Sandon Hall and so I know all about this stunning local treasue. When I was a little girl my best friend lived just outside the entrance to the beautiful and extensive estate and I used to dream about marrying there one day. It's funny how things turn out!
This special launch event taking place on Saturday 31st May will be a celebration of the beautiful new interiors at the venue, and a rare opportunity for guests to wander the Hall and gardens, as well as view a small, but purposefully hand-picked selection of high-calibre wedding suppliers – each of them designers and suppliers of British heritage who complement the history of Sandon Hall.
Guests will be invited to enter through the conservatory from 11am onwards to experience its serene atmosphere with roses blooming, music playing and drinks and canapés served. Inside the hall exhibitors will lead the way with their creations, displaying in the library, the grand saloon, dining room and drawing room, with its original hand painted Chinese wallpaper.
The historic gardens are home to many rare and unusual species, along with the 400-acre park beyond, and are one of the finest examples of their kind still in existence. They will offer a unique backdrop for the Indian Tent Company to showcase their newly launched handcrafted tents and vibrant parasols.
I've got to give it to the organisers of this event, they've really done very well indeed in securing a team of top notch suppliers to exhibit (in no particular order):-
Flowers by Breige – talented in-house florist for Sandon Hall
Maria Senvo – statement bridal wear with a real fashion edge
Kirsty Doyle – modern contemporary bridal designs with a hint of vintage
Freya Rose – designer bridal shoes that ooze luxury and glamour
Merle & Morris – luxury wedding shoes, pretty fashion focussed designs
Gee Brothers – wedding stationery
Sarah Willard Couture – beautiful couture bridal wear
Fiona Cairns Ltd – the Royal Wedding cake makers!
Liberty in Love – brilliant online bridal boutique stocking accessories & shoes
Klaire Van Elton Adornments – brilliantly talented newcomer creating divine headpieces for brides
The Boutique Baking Company – hugely talented and creative baker
Dee Dee Bridal – beautiful bridal wear evoking the glamour and romance of a bygone ere
Heritage Wedding Cars – beautiful traditional wedding transportation for hire
Love Bridal Boutique – award winning bridal boutique
The Wedding Club – really well stocked boutique with a penchant for the best in bridal design
Eagle Eyed Bride – fabulous online paper products & wedding decor boutique, so fun to shop!
The Indian Tent Company – tasteful Indian tents to hire for weddings
April delights – charming wedding cake design
Chris Hanley Photography – crisp, clean, beautiful wedding photography
Light & Lace Photography – gorgeous fine-art wedding photography
Emma Cleveley Photo Booth – photobooth hire
Finesse Music – sound and entertainment specialists
Perched Bird Illustrations – gorgeous hand illustrationed stationery on plush paper
Catering by Jenkinsons – delicious catering options for weddings
Jules Cardozo-Marsh – bridal make-up artist
Darby & Joan – award winning wedding and event planners/stylists
Above, a collection of gowns by designer Kirsty Doyle
Pretty paper products from Eagle Eyed Bride
Elegant headpieces by Klaire Van Elton Adornments
Bridal wear designs by Maria Senvo
David Austin Roses will also be sponsoring the event as well as Sweet Peas Direct, and luxury lifestyle brand Amara will be supplying tableware. Lord and Lady Harrowby of the Sandon Estate will be present to welcome visitors – Lady Harroby will even be signing copies of her new novel, 'Burnt Norton'.
The day is set to draw to a close at 3pm.
This is such a perfect opportunity for engaged couples to gain a sense of how their wedding could look and feel at such a sensational wedding venue, with the added bonus of a hand-picked selection of some of the brightest and most talented UK wedding designers and suppliers.
Fur further information, visit sandonhall.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find Sandon Hall on Facebook and Twitter. Get there early too ladies – there will be some rather marvellous goodybags for the first 100 guests to arrive.