November 28th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Last week on the blog we were thrilled to share with you the fabulous wedding day of Michelle Hudson, events manager top catering company and Brides Up North Sponsor, Box Tree Events. Today we’re delighted to welcome her back to the blog to update us on Box Tree Events’ fabulous offering to wedding couples, whilst also giving us details of an exciting new venture.
So guys, if you’re looking to impress your guests with Michelin quality food and services, and indulge in some truly delicious culinary delights, then it’s time to pay attention. Over to you Michelle…
Images provided by Box Tree Events, by Steve Moran/ Bruce Rollinson.
Can you give us a little introduction to Box Tree Events?
michelle says: We have been in the restaurant and catering industry for some 30 years; the Box Tree Restaurant has independently held a Michelin star for 15 of those years. We provided a wedding for one of our clients who felt they had never had the quality of service or food at a wedding before. This motivated us to explore this avenue and we decided that we wanted to bring Michelin quality and excellence of food service to the wedding industry and provide our clients with an exceptionally memorable occasion.
Which wedding venues is Box Tree Events the in-house caterer at?
We provide wedding catering at a variety of stunning venues around Yorkshire, including Denton Hall, Broughton Hall and Harewood House, to name a few! We also cater for smaller intimate celebrations in the beautiful Box Tree Restaurant itself.
Tell us about your outside catering service?
We can cater for larger marquee weddings as well as outside events and parties nation-wide. We have catered from many unusual structures, such as garages, utility rooms and barns, we can adapt to pretty much any surroundings!
What types of dining do you offer?
We offer a wide range of dining options, from canape receptions and formal fine dining meals, to hot and cold buffets, barbeques and afternoon teas.
What sets Box Tree Events apart from other catering companies?
We work very closely alongside the Box Tree Restaurant when training staff, creating menus and planning weddings. This enables us to deliver Michelin quality food and service at each of our weddings.
We are not just caterers we have evolved to offer the whole package, we can assist with all aspects of the day: invites, transport, accommodation, table centres, flowers, venue dressing, name cards, favors, toast master and entertainment.
November 24th, 2016 | Julia Braime
An expert in both catering and event management, some might think that Michelle would have it easy planning her own big day, but having seen so many weddings from week to week she was looking for something that bit different.
Cue a stunning lakeside wedding at the beautiful Lingholm Estate near Keswick, with a church ceremony, followed by marquee (top class) wedding breakfast and a stately home evening party. Impressed? Us too!
We must say Michelle and her beau Adam pulled off a truly elegant wedding to perfection with Michelle looking nothing short of stunning in her swoon-worthy Pronovias gown.
So let’s hand over the blog to the leading lady herself to tell us more about her dream day…
With images by Wynn Davies Photography.
michelle says: We got engaged on the 14th December 2014. We went on a weekend away with some friends on the Isle of Arran where Adam spent a lot of his childhood with his grandparents. On the very last day we went for a walk on the beach in the pouring rain and he proposed; after nine years of being together it was a big shock. I remember a lady walking past with her dog, saying “Isn’t it a miserable day” and I was ecstatic! He knew I loved all things vintage and had bought the ring six months beforehand in Whitby. The ring dates back to 1909.
We set the date for 3rd September 2016, as Adam’s birthday is on the 9th of September and he always has great weather. However, on the 3rd, it didn’t stop raining – all day!
Being a wedding planner and events caterer I have been to a lot of wedding venues so it was very difficult to find somewhere that I hadn’t worked at, or that was a bit different. Adam actually chose the venue after working up in the Lake District. The venue is owned by friends and has only been a wedding venue for a very short time. It is truly breath-taking; it is called The Lingholm Estate, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her books. It’s situated on Derwentwater, not far from Keswick.
We didn’t really have a wedding theme as such. The sail cloth marquee that we hired from Paul at Shades, had transparent sides all the way around and so I wanted the view to be the focal point. The later part of the evening was up in the house, where we just lit all the fire places with hundreds of candles, contrasting with the old panelled wood, it looked lovely.
Our colour scheme was gold and cream, with blush tones brought in by the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen’s ties.
Choosing a dress when I see them every week turned out to be hard. I wanted something less weddingy! My only conditions were no lace or sparkles, I wanted something elegant and super plain. I chose two dresses from Pronovias that they were able to combine. I had a capped sleeve, fitted, slightly fish tailed dress with a low back and buttons to the floor with a detachable bustle which made the most beautiful train. I didn’t want to take it off! I bought the dress from Eternity Bridal in Warrington.
Adam wore a Hugo Boss black suit, shoes, socks and shirt. All the gents had personal cufflinks made by Chimo Holdings, my father’s silver company in Sheffield. All the cufflinks were personalised with my nana’s hallmark.
For our wedding transport, we used my father’s car, which used to belong to my uncle, who has sadly passed away. The bridesmaids’ car was Adam’s BMW, which I had bought a personalised number plate for as a little pressie.
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August 18th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We all know that while wedding planning can be a fun and exciting, it can also be a daunting and stressful task, which is why having an expert to help can really lighten the big day load.
Contrary to what some may think, hiring a wedding planner doesn’t mean a couple are left out of the decision-making, but instead the bride and groom-to-be work with a professional who knows the industry like the back of their hand to piece together their perfect big day, saving time, and in some cases money, along the way.
Cue an introduction for our fabulous new Sponsor, wedding planner Justine Vincent of Silver Sixpence Weddings. Whether a couple just need assistance certain elements, such as venue and supplier suggestions, or instead want a professional on hand at every point of the planning journey for guidance and inspiration, Justine is the lady for the job.
Described by her clients as “amazing” and “a godsend” perhaps we could all do with a Justine to organise our busy lives, but for now we’ll leave her explain how she can help to plan your perfect big day…
Tell us a little about your background and how you came to set up Silver Sixpence Weddings?
justine says: As long as I can remember I’ve always loved planning! Whether it’s been a party, corporate event, holiday or wedding. Over the years I’ve helped many friends, family and even the odd work colleague plan their special day. Before starting my new business I worked various organisational/planning roles, however these were never as fulfilling as my passion for wedding planning – for me was the best thing ever.
After having my little boy I decided it was the right time for me to do the one thing that I have wanted to do all my life and that was to become a wedding planner. After lots of research in to the wedding industry, hard work and planning Silver Sixpence Weddings became a reality.
Do you offer full planning packages or can couples opt to just use one or two services, such as venue search assistance?
I do offer a full planning package, however this I know is not necessarily for everyone. That’s why I offer a number of services, including venue and supplier searches as well as on the day management to ensure the smooth running of the day from the bride and groom’s perspective. As I’m independent anything can be tailored to suit each and every couple. I can even help the bride to find her perfect dress!
Do you offer your services nationwide or just in a particular area?
At this moment in time my clients are Yorkshire based, however I’m more than happy to travel to any couples that require my help.
What is it that you love about working in the wedding industry?
I love all the different people that I meet in my job. These people enable and help me to create a wedding that’s as individual as my couples’ personalities. Creating ideas with them and seeing them come to fruition is truly amazing. What could be any better than being involved in the best day of someone’s life?
August 10th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We often mention on the blog how much of an important role a photographer plays in a wedding; not only on the big day itself, but also in the years that follow, with their images serving as life-long memories of the special event.
As such it’s super important that you like the style of the images that your chosen photographer produces, but with so many differing types of photography to choose, making a decision can be somewhat overwhelming.
To demonstrate the different outcome a wedding album can have depending on who is behind the lens, a talented group of North West based photographers got together at the stunning Ashfield House in Wigan, to shoot the exact same subjects in the very same location.
The results, which we’re sharing with you on the blog today, are all stunning but all rather different and, as intended, perfectly highlight the importance of couples choosing the right style and personality of photographer to suit both them and their wedding.
So prepare to be impressed and amazed as we hand over the blog to Katie Street, the owner of Ashfield House who came up with the clever concept for the collaborative shoot, plus the photographers who took part: Neil Redfern, David Stubbs, Andy Wardle, ZT Photography, and our very own Brides Up North Sponsor, the lovely Jonny Draper.
katie says: The way couples pick a photographer was something I’d been thinking about for a long time before suggesting this shoot. Each time I heard “she’s a friend of a friend” or “my cousin used him and he was good” I got more and more frustrated knowing these couples could be missing out on picking a photographer that was more suited to their style. As an exclusive wedding venue, we work with a number of trusted photographers to capture the romance, emotion and fun of each wedding day, each with a totally different approach to their work. I wanted to give the photographers the same day, same backdrop, same couple but capture each photographer’s individual creativity and the difference in each set of images for all to see.
At Ashfield House, we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to weddings and encourage our couples to be as individual and inventive as possible. We know that the best weddings at Ashfield play to the strengths of couples’ personalities, quirks and their passions. Photography is very similar. I’ve taken a keen interest in photography myself as an art form over the years, and am continually astounded by the quality and individuality of each photographer’s work who steps through the doors at Ashfield. My team and I stare in awe at the array of photographic work shared with us, and have often commented about the striking difference between styles and end results – even though the setting is the same. I wanted to show that picking a ‘good’ photographer isn’t enough, you need one that’s good for you.
Choosing suppliers who share your vision is absolutely key to an amazing wedding and, alongside your memories, photographs are the only thing you have left, so choose wisely! The photographers that took part were equally pleased with the final results as I was…
neil redfern says: Seeing everyone else’s different approaches and the way in which we each interacted with the couple was great. What I loved was that although we were all taking shots in the same location we each saw different things and that just illustrates how unique one photographer is to the next. I don’t think there was ever a time when we each wanted to take a shot the same as somebody else had.
August 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
There’s no denying that planning a wedding is an exciting experience, but it can be a little overwhelming too with so many venues and suppliers to choose from.
To help you whittle down your search to suppliers for your style of wedding, guest numbers and budget, we’re introducing you to our helpful Sponsor Perfect Planner.
This easy-to-use site offers a fairy-godmother style planning tool that matches couples with suppliers which meet their individual requirements at the click of a button. It also has an array of handy organising features to help brides and grooms keep track of everything from the table plan to the guest list.
To explain more about the benefits that Perfectplanner.co.uk offers, we’re handing over the blog this afternoon to its managing director, Sham Mahmood.
When and why was Perfect Planner set up and what does it want to bring to the wedding industry?
sham says: Perfect Planner officially launched in May 2016. Our journey, however, began in September 2013 shortly after my wife and I were married.
From our market research, we were driven to create the perfect wedding tool which would connect couples and suppliers. At Perfect Planner, our core values are to create an enjoyable experience for the wedding couple. This entails creating increased transparency between the couple and the supplier(s).
What makes Perfect Planner different to other online wedding planning sites?
Perfect Planner is the only wedding website to use key details in a single search to match couples with suppliers that meet their requirements. We ask users to simply provide information regarding their budget, the type of wedding, number of guests, location and time of year. This information is processed and the users are provided with a list of suitable service providers to contact.
As for wedding suppliers, our website allows businesses to create various packages to present to couples. This includes; summer, winter, bronze, silver and gold packages.
August 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
Perfect for those of you looking to add the wow factor to your wedding day décor, we’re catching up with our good friends at Lovelight Hire on the blog this morning.
As well as creating a cool talking point and fabulous photo opportunities, light-up letter décor, such as the wonderful products offered by Sarah and the team at Lovelight Hire, also help to create a romantic ambience and fabulous party mood for your big day celebrations.
We adore the classic ‘love’ letters but are also super impressed with the company’s band new neon “Til’ death do us party” sign. To tell us more about the fabulous products on offer, we’ll let Sarah do the talking…
Can you tell us a little about Lovelight Hire and what it offers to brides and grooms?
sarah says: A big hello from us firstly! We hire illuminated prop hire for weddings and events. You may be wondering what illuminated prop hire is? It’s a unique and quirky idea that incorporates wedding decor with lights! We hire giant (and smaller!) letters spelling out different words! The idea started in July 2013 after seeing a much simpler version in the south. A couple had made a small set of wooden letters spelling the word “love”, they had placed them outside with a floodlight behind them, after watching the wedding party gather round posing in an around the letters to get their photos taken and the visual impact and atmosphere they had created, I fell in love with the idea and so Lovelight Hire was born!
Why are illuminated letters a great addition to wedding day décor?
For a relatively low cost you can create a big impact with our letters. Standing at 1.5 metres tall with twin bulbs they are unmissable! Illuminated letters provide some amazing photo opportunities, we receive photos each week from our couples that look as though they fell out of a high fashion photo shoot! They can be used in any venue; on a stage, behind the top table, in an entrance to welcome everyone – the possibilities are endless. Our letters work really well for transforming a simpler setting, such as a barn, village hall or marquee, but look equally impressive in a grander venue.
What lights are available to hire from Lovelight Hire?
All of our letters are made to the highest specification, my fiancé just happens to own a metal fabrication company (lucky me!). Our letters are 1.5 meters in height, powder coated in cream rather than white and feature twin cabochons lights for a warm lacy lighting effect. We currently have the following available to hire:
LOVE letters – Our originals are by far the most popular, of course we have a twist on ours, the ‘O’ features a heart which can be either cream or red and is also removable.
Big Heart – A 6ft heart arch, this is just beautiful, very simplistic and unique. We have had this used as a photo booth wall before which created some excellent photos for the couple to keep and treasure of their guests and themselves.
MR & MRS – Our most majestic piece, this spans just over 8 metres whenset up and creates the biggest impact.
Initials – Personal and cute while still standing out, you get two letters with an ampersand to go between. We have a special offer on at the moment for a mini heart or star to accompany your letters complimentary.
Wish Tree – This isn’t a normal wish tree, its five-and-a-half foot tall with light up leaves. We provide the tags, pens and pegs for your guests to leave you messages and then you can create a scrapbook or a frame out of the well wishes.
Stacked Mr & Mrs – A much smaller version on top of each other, we love this original piece. Have it next to your surname initial letter (Mr & Mrs B) or stand alone!
Mini Mr & Mrs with surname – We also have a small Mr & Mrs which can be balanced on top of your surname.
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