A Little Look Behind the Wedding Scenes

Taking you behind the scenes of one of our fabulous weddings with pictures and words

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I love it when you see all the official pictures from a wedding or event and some of the photographers we get to work with are absolutely fabulous, like Georgia from Happily Ever Captured who photographed the wedding of Nicola and Neil Briscoe back in June at The Arches @ Dean Clough, who gave us these beauties.

I loved the wedding of Nicola and Neil and, as well as our usual planning and coordination duties, I also supplied all the floristry and styling, collaborating with one of my faves, Catherine from The Mindful Florist.

Most of all I loved Nicola and Neil; what an amazing couple with gorgeous children and fab family and friends, and when you get to really know a couple and trust each other, it allows you the opportunity to really be a part of everything and have ‘access all areas.’

That’s why, for a little change to the usual wedding blog, I thought I’d give you a photographic glimpse of ‘behind the scenes’ at a wedding, using the wedding of Nicola and Neil as an example.

As a wedding planner and/or coordinator you get to experience every part of a wedding; from fixing bridal underwear, dressing people, sewing up dresses, tying ties, pinning buttonholes, meeting and greeting guests, being the ‘fixer’ and ‘go to’ person, checking the behind the scenes in the kitchen and so much more, and for every ‘official’ photo you see of a wedding there is so much that goes on behind the scenes to make that shot happen.

Prior to the ceremony and once Nicola was changed there was a calm 20 mins of Georgia taking photos of Nicola and her two gorgeous flower girls…The official photos are beautiful, like this one of Nicola and her daughter Hollie….

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…. Calm, serene and moving… but check out all the behind the scenes shots and actions of plenty of people, including the amazing Cheryl Walker-Askew creating fabulous hair magic, to make sure children (and adults!) are neat and tidy, smiling and interested etc etc….

…. The flowers for the wedding were an amazing array of purples, greys, greens and whites and I always love getting together with Catherine from The Mindful Florist to work (it’s a great chat aside from the wonderful creative session it is!). The finished bouquets and floral displays were superb and even made Nicola shed a tear…..

…. Luckily, for once, the day of preparing the flowers was a nice sunny one so we got to play with floral loveliness outside….

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The food at The Arches @ Dean Clough crafted and delivered by the fabulous Eat Me – Drink Me always looks and tastes divine thanks to owner and Head Chef Tony and all his team…

….. but it takes a whole lot of active, creative and experienced people to get food this good….

…. and whilst the guests are happily eating, your suppliers, such as photographers and videographers, are busy getting all the important detail shots to make their work complete….

But remember, when you see the victorious and romantic pictures of first dances like this one…

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…. there’s every chance that cheer and laughter is not out of sheer joy of being newly married, but in fact due to a fire alarm triggering just at the moment you enter the dancefloor, leading to this…

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… you just never know! (thanks to the amazing Fire team always on hand and keeping us all safe).

…. and me? Well, on my weddings I’m everywhere, seeing it all, taking it all in and making sure everything runs smoothly to make a fabulous relaxed and memorable day for my couples….

…. Oh, and grabbing a sneaky selfie with the bride and groom!

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Much Love.

Tabby xxx

 

 

From Burdened to Breezy – It’s not Stressful when you’re Planning a Wedding that Suits!

The wedding of Georgie and Michael was simply perfect and it was a journey that went from wedding planning apprehension to relaxed perfection.

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As Georgie and Michael walked into a meeting with myself and Tabby a number of months ago it was clear they’d begun their wedding planning engulfed in apprehension. Was a formal wedding what they wanted? Were they both happy being centre of attention for the day? Was it possible to have all their friends and family there within their budget?

Although their package had technically already been agreed and the wedding booked, it seemed as though the weight of planning their own wedding still lay heavily on their shoulders. But one thing that was abundantly obvious was how much they loved each other and how they were ready to make the commitment to each other which declared their love to the world! Whether they knew the fine details of their wedding or not, they knew exactly how much they wanted to be together!

Armed and ready to take that burden off their shoulders myself and Tabby chatted with them at length about the way in which we could alter what they had so far planned in a way which made them more comfortable with their day.

The first hurdle came in the form of the guest list. Georgie and Michael were eager to have all their friends and family join them for all the celebrations and didn’t like the idea of having to separate guests between the day and the evening reception. However, this meant they were looking at a total of 150 guests attending their wedding, with a price tag that obviously reflected this (you guessed it, hurdle number 2…). We spoke through a number of ways in which we could make this work, but settled on the perfect solution: Georgie and Michael would have a 4pm wedding, which allowed all elements of their day to be pushed further down the schedule, and making the need for evening catering redundant! This drastically reduced the cost of having such a large wedding, and allowed them to have the wedding day they wanted without breaking their budget. A later wedding day also tends to have a more relaxed and informal feel to it – it reduces the chance of guests becoming bored while waiting for the next element of the day and takes away the necessity for additional elements, such as canapés, to make sure that guests don’t tip themselves over the edge while guzzling the bubbles.

This recipe for Georgie and Michael’s perfect wedding day worked a treat! Working in events herself, Georgie knew the importance of delegation for the sake of low stress levels and so had some fantastic friends on hand to help style and manage her day so that she could relax. Michael excelled himself by hand crafting the stunning wooden archway and surprised Georgie with the gift of an engraved stone plaque which took pride of place as the aisle centre piece under the arch.

The day was just as relaxed as this beautiful couple – they ate great food, drank lots of booze, played games, sang songs, and listened to fantastic live music! The day was filled with personal touches. A tree trunk was brought in for the friends and family who go skiing with the bride and groom to play the beloved game of ‘Nails’ (Google it! and don’t play it with children…), the bride’s uncle took control of the fantastic live music throughout the day, and friend of the happy couple, ‘DJ JD’, took the reins on the decks to kick off the party in the evening. Even the cake was hand crafted by loved ones who flew in from Malaysia to celebrate Georgie and Michael’s special day with them.  I think the icing on the cake for Georgie in particular was when her Dad shocked everyone by putting on a pre-dinner show consisting of a song written especially for their wedding. It was a real team effort to create the perfect day for them!

It was such a pleasure to have been able to get to know Georgie and Michael throughout the planning of their wedding day! The love they have for each other was so evident that it really was a joy to help them create their dream day, and an honour to watch them make their vows to each other. Georgie and Michael, congratulations! We couldn’t be more pleased for you. We wish you many years of blissful happiness together.

Abi xxx

The Details

Planning & Coordination: Mode for…Events

Venue: The Arches @ Dean Clough

Caterer: Eat Me – Drink Me

Official Photographer: Mark Dolby

Bridesmaids and BBQs

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The wedding of Antonia and Sam in early June at Hargate Hall was a wedding with a difference for sure.

With plans to marry on the day in Bakewell with close family before a celebration ceremony at Hargate Hall for all the guests, things quickly changed in the preceding weeks when our gorgeous bride Antonia, who is from the USA, encountered Visa issues, so the couple and their close family nipped to New York to get married!

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So, with the official business out the way, it left us to organise a fabulous outdoor ceremony (even with the rain!) led by a friend before a relaxed BBQ style meal in the marquee and a night of music and dancing in the house.

This was a marriage of two amazing families and everyone chipped in getting things prepared under the watchful eye of Tabby and Sam’s mum Maura. The family created amazing floral displays and the marquee looked fabulous.

There was a huge bridal party with a selection of amazing gowns, a super-sized wedding cake hand-painted by Antonia’s mum (plus some special jiggery-pokery with fishing wire to keep the cake stand suspended!) and a relaxed atmosphere created by the many American and English guests.

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It truly was a great wedding and as the guests sat down to a feast of BBQ specialities such as brisket, chicken wings and pit beans, there was an air of happiness and contentment.

This was one fabulous and happy wedding.

Congratulations to Antonia and Sam and thanks for letting us be a part of your amazing wedding.

Tabby xxx

Get the wedding!

Venue: Hargate Hall

Planning & Coordination: Mode for…Events

Food: Mode for…Events in collaboration with Sons of the North

 

Chic, Elegant and Oozing with Ambience

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Chic, elegant and oozing with ambience – Maddie and Asa’s wedding will definitely go down in The Arches history books!

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The May bank holiday saw The Arches play host to the most weddings we’ve ever held in the space of three days, and we were astounded by how intrinsically unique they all were. If there’s one thing that never ceases to amaze The Arches team it’s how each couple interpret the space differently, making each event unlike the one before.

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Maddie and Asa saw the potential The Arches held from the moment they first walked through the door, and from the seed of potential grew the grandest of plans to transform the space into a botanical candlelit wonderland. They knew from the off that they wanted a stunning floral arrangement to take centre stage at the base of their aisle, they knew they didn’t want a traditional archway, and they knew they needed someone they wholeheartedly trusted to turn their ideas into a reality! Enter Fiona Pickles of Firenza Floral Design armed with the brief “Surprise us!” And what a surprise it was to witness the transformation of the ceremony area…

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Fiona’s creations are always individual, one off designs; using the treasures of her own garden (along with some from other English growers) the floral installation created at the base of the aisle was truly breath-taking and helped set the perfect tone for the wedding. With assistance from the lovely ladies at Moss & Stone, and Fox & Thorn Floral Design, Fiona hit gold with this dream team of fantastic florists.

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It’s rarely seen as fortunate to have thunderstorms and heavy clouds on your wedding day, however I couldn’t help but feel as though the minimal sunlight allowed The Arches to come into it’s own as the building filled with the warm light glowing from a sea of pillar candles on the windowsills, and the fairly light canopies hanging from above.

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With a Groom called Asa it only seemed fitting to have the banqueting tables lined with fresh Acer, which couldn’t have looked more elegant than displayed amongst vintage brass candleholders with black taper candles.

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But it wasn’t just about style, elegance and atmosphere. As the day turned to night the vibe changed. With a glitter ball hanging above The Arches beautiful Yorkshire stone floor, and entertainment supplied by an outstanding DJ who happened to be a friend of Maddie and Asa’s, the party had well and truly begun!

Maddie and Asa: It was a pleasure getting to know you both and seeing the vision of your wedding day come to life, however it was an even greater pleasure witnessing the love between the two of you. Your wedding was only the beginning of your adventure; the real fun has only just begun…

Love Abi xx

Supplier Details:
Venue: Weddings at The Arches at Dean Clough
Planning & Coordination: Mode for….
Catering: Eat Me-Drink Me
Floristry: Firenza Flowers – Floral Designer (with assistance from Moss & Stone Floral Design and Fox & Thorn – Floral Design)
Official Photographer: Melia Melia Photography
Tables: All Things Borrowed
Cake: Neighbourhood Bakes
Bridal Gown: Eliza Jane Howell

A Supplier’s Guide to Wedding Planning

So, you’ve just got engaged (YAY!), and you’re over the moon excited about

a) the prospect of being married to your lovely fella; and

b) planning THE best day of your life!

But hang on – you only get one shot at this, and you want to do it right. You want it to be amazing, and whether you’re the first of your friends to tie the knot or you’ve spent the last few years eating cake and toasting the happy couple every weekend in July for your besties, any and all advice on how to plan your wedding would be gratefully received!

So what do the professionals say? We spoke with a few of our friends within the wedding industry to establish the top tips they’ve discovered over the many years they’ve worked on weddings and events – take a read and take note…

“Your day, your way”

In the early stages it’s really crucial to establish what’s important to you as a couple. It’s hard to tune opinions out, but the most important opinion is yours. Jo, owner of White Rose Cake Design, advises you should “Have whatever you want, not what parents/friends/etc think you should have. Your day, your way”. “Here here” Jo – we couldn’t agree more! You will never regret creating a day catered specifically for you and your other half, but you might just find you regret compromising on what you love in order to people please family and friends.

Similarly, Louise of Fox Tail Photography suggests “Not to follow traditions just because that’s what everyone else does and expects.” If you hate the idea of slow dancing in front of all your friends and family then why do it? Just because something is traditional doesn’t mean it’s a necessity! Mix things up and do as you wish – mosh out to heavy metal, shake your thing to a bit of Beyonce, or (shock horror!) don’t do a first dance at all! Replace traditions that you’re not comfortable with with something more unique or tailored to the two of you as a couple.

Many hands make light work

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Bride Tribe’ being thrown around with regards to the squad of bridesmaids and friends surrounding and supporting the Bride before the big day, but what about the Bride tribe behind the scenes?! Your suppliers are ready and waiting to help you out and any wedding industry professional worth their salt will want the best for the couples they are privileged to work for. Claire, owner of Sweet Sugar Sixpence recommends you should “Trust your suppliers and ask them for recommendations – a team of suppliers that know and support each other will always give you the best wedding!”

The wedding industry is quite a close knit community. We’re all willing to make suggestions and recommendations of suppliers we believe are suited to you. We don’t take recommendations lightly though – we know our suggestions reflect on us and so we’d never recommend anyone we think our clients would either not get along with or who we wouldn’t trust to do an amazing job!

In a similar vein, I would always suggest lightening the work load by accepting the help of anyone offering it! DIY is great, but so is delegation. Brides and Grooms are always so much more relaxed when they let friends, family and suppliers share the work load rather than trying to do everything on their own. Anything that can relieve the stress of planning such an important day is worth doing, and realistically, what’s the worst that can happen if you pass over a little control? Even if the decorations are the wrong colour, you didn’t make enough favours, or the homemade wedding cake collapses, it’s about the marriage you’re entering into with the person you love – that’s the main thing!

A variation on a theme

When it comes to styling we’re all guilty of creating extensive Pinterest boards filled with images of the ‘perfect’ wedding. But if every wedding was a recreation of those beautiful images, then they’d all be a carbon copy of the rest! Stylist and stationer Suzanne, owner of Suzanne Oddy Design, recommends you “Tap into your stylist’s creativity. They’ve seen the same things as you on Pinterest. Share your ideas with them and watch them grow and develop into something unique to you and your venue.” No one wants a copy and paste wedding. So why not take those images you’ve found, show them to your suppliers, and trust their knowledge and judgement as they help you develop the idea!

Stay savvy!

When you sign on the dotted line to secure a date with your venue you assume it will look on your wedding day as it did when you initially visited for a viewing. However, this isn’t necessarily the case! Venues, as with any business, are always looking to develop and improve, and sometimes this will include changing the aesthetic of the venue. Lucy, commercial director of Mix & Twist Bartending suggests you “check if they are planning any work to the building/area before your wedding, or if prices are likely to change and by what percentage if they do.” Unwanted surprises can be easily avoided, and although you might feel the venue has a duty to inform you of any cosmetic changes, if it’s not in the fine print then they may not. Make sure the venue you saw and fell in love with is the venue you’ll be saying ‘I Do’ in on the big day!

Quite frankly us wedding industry professionals could talk all day about the things we’ve learnt along the way and the advice we’d love to give to each and every one of you. The advice above really is just the tip of the iceberg. But we’ll close with a top tip from Mode for… Events’ very own Managing Director, Tabby, who advises you should “Enjoy the whole process and stay relaxed and stress free” – some would say that hiring a wedding planner might help with that…

Abi xxx

PS: If you want to go DIY for your wedding, remember we offer a DIY Consulting Service, so you can hire us for a couple of hours to coach you in how to create and manage your own amazing wedding, giving you inside tips and hints.

A Little Tropical Fun at The Arches

At Mode for… Events one of our most frequently spoken top tips has always been “Don’t plan your wedding day around the weather.” The weather should always act as the icing on the cake of a wedding, it should never be dependant on the sun shining gloriously or a crisp layer of white snow creating a picture-perfect image!

At Mode for… Events one of our most frequently spoken top tips has always been “Don’t plan your wedding day around the weather.” The weather should always act as the icing on the cake of a wedding, it should never be dependant on the sun shining gloriously or a crisp layer of white snow creating a picture-perfect image!

However, it can often feel serendipitous when the perfect weather for the style of the event happens to occur…

On the 26th May we opened the doors to The Arches for the wedding of Erin and Jordan and raised a glass to both their marriage and to the hottest and most beautiful day of the year so far! With the theme of the wedding being set as ‘tropical and brightly coloured,’ it was an easy brief to meet with regards to beautiful florals and greenery. Mode for…Event’s own styling featured a mixture of splendidly colourful flowers including sweet Williams complimented by vivid greenery such as ivy, eucalyptus and a sprinkling of moss. As an out of the ordinary tropical touch the banqueting tables also featured gold  sea creatures lovingly hand decorated by the groom. As temperatures soared to a balmy 27 degrees, you could definitely forgive guests for briefly confusing Yorkshire with the tropics while sat in our courtyard catching the sun and sipping ice cold drinks!

Tabby was in her element creating beautiful arrangements with the most vivid of flowers. As a request from Erin she used striking Ranunculus with a threaded finish for the bridal party’s buttonholes, with the addition of a variety of Lego pieces for the children’s buttonholes. The Lego pieces added a fantastically fun element to the buttonholes and allowed the suited and booted toddlers to have a bit of fun!

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Erin and Jordan had aimed to have a fun and relaxed day to mimic both their character and their relationship. We think it’s fair to say that all involved would agree that they by far exceeded their initial brief, and blew their guests away with the additional detail they went into to assure all guests had an amazing day. From glitter face painting supplied by ‘Wish Upon a Sparkle’, to fantastic live music supplied by ‘Bare Brass Band,’ from flamingo topped naked cakes supplied by ‘Sweet Sugar Sixpence’ to our favourite VW camper van photobooth, Herman, supplied by ‘The Volkswagen Wedding Co.’ guests were entertained at every stage throughout the day! Plus, two ‘Arches firsts’ as we even welcomed a dance troop (featuring Erin’s Aunty) who kicked started the party in excellent fashion and a doggy ring bearer called Jack (the family’ Border Terrier) who also acted as Chief Videographer with a Go-Pro camera strapped to him (and he did an awesome job!).

Here’s to Erin and Jordan – may their marriage be as fun as their wedding, always entertaining, and with plenty of sunshine!

Love Abi xxx

Get the Look:

Venue – The Arches @ Dean Clough

Wedding Planning & on the day Coordination – Mode for…Events

Styling & Floristry – Mode for…Events

Food – Eat Me – Drink Me

Cake – Sweet Sugar Sixpence

Meringues – The Meringue Girls

Photographers – The Twins

Photobooth – VW Wedding Co.

Live Music – Bare Brass Band

Glitter Face Paint – Wish Upon a Sparkle

Tables – All Things Borrowed

 

 

 

Hit The High Street for your Dream Wedding Dress

Come on ladies, admit it! We’ve all lost a good few hours over the years mindlessly ogling the beautiful gowns featured on programmes such as ‘Say Yes To The Dress.’ We watch the conveyor belt of designer dresses being pulled from the racks and tried on in glamorous stores and we formulate our opinion as if we were sat in the waiting room helping the lucky lady make her decision. However, anyone who’s ever tuned in will know there’s one golden rule that all girls wedding dress shopping should adhere too; never try on a dress out of your budget – it’ll only end in either disappointment, or a lack of food in your fridge for the foreseeable future!

But what if your budget is limited to whatever you can scrape together? Or if the reality of spreading your budget across the venue, the catering, the transport, the flowers, the suits and everything else that goes along with building the foundation of a fabulous wedding day, means that you have to sacrifice the flow of cash towards the dress? You still deserve a beautiful gown. You still deserve the style you’ve dreamed off. You still deserve that dress shaped piece to complete the jigsaw of your wedding day.

Fortunately, while the price of weddings is definitely on the incline (reportedly reaching an average price of around £27,000), beautiful wedding dresses have never been more affordable! As Gok Wan raved of on the fashion segment of ‘This Morning’ today, thanks a few trusty high street brands identifying the gap in the market for affordable yet stylish bridal wear, Brides all over the UK can now purchase beautiful dresses from as little as £69.99. Even Primark is jumping on the bandwagon with the introduction of their own Bridal range, currently including lingerie, nightwear, accessories and other novelty wedding related paraphernalia.

Here are a few suggestions on the shops to hit for the latest stylish yet affordable Bridal Wear:

  1. If you’re trying to keep your Bridal outfit below £100, then take a look at this pretty number from Quiz and Debenhams… With an on trend plunge back and a fishtail hem, this dress is sure to extenuate your beautiful curves! And guess what? It’s only £69.99! That’s right. You heard it here first ladies.
  2. If you’re looking for something with a little more sparkle then cast your eyes over this Little Mistress Dress… The embellished belt coupled with the layered tulle skirt creates a stunning silhouette. This £200 dress is perfect for any bride who wants to keep things classy and understated, but doesn’t want to hide her inner princess too much!
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  3. Did you know good ol’ Dotty P’s are now designing wedding gowns too? They have a range of lovely dresses, but one of our faves has to be this LBD (little bridal dress!)…. This vintage inspired design featuring a sweetheart neckline under semi sheer lace is both dreamy and romantic, and for only £150 you can’t go wrong!
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  4. ‘What about something a little different?’ I hear you ask. Maybe something a little more festival inspired, with an edge of ‘Rembo Styling’ thrown into the mix?… Enter the ‘Bodyfrock Bridal Pleated Maxi Dress’ by ASOS. At the price of a mere £300 we can’t fault the delicate lace and the flared pleated cuffs.
  5. Always dreamed of a jewelled 1920’s style show stopper? Feast your eyes on this… You’ll find this beauty in Phase Eight, and although it’s one of our pricier recommendations at £595, we’re sure you’ll agree that the flattering silhouette and the dazzling embellishments warrant the price.

Although Bridal gowns have been found in the likes of Debenhams, Monsoon and lest we forget, BHS, for a number of years, it seems as though the high street in general has been slow on the uptake when it comes to the need for affordable bridal wear. However, I can’t help but feel as though this spluttering of brands joining the wedding industry is merely the beginning. I’d like to doth my cap to the brands making the bold move into budget bridal wear, and I’m super excited to see how the affordable bridal wear market will grow in the next few years. After all, everyone deserves their perfect wedding dress, regardless of their budget!

Love Abi @ Mode for…Events

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Stairway to a Perfect Wedding – Brooke & Arron, April 2017, The Arches @ Dean Clough

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For me, an empty space is a bit like a playground. The only thing an empty space can be limited by is a lack of imagination. However, not everyone has the ability to look at an empty space and realise that the possibilities are endless, and that with a little hard work and TLC you can create anything you want!

Working as the in-house coordinators at The Arches @ Dean Clough, myself and Tabby often have the privilege of watching a couple fall in love with the venue, and when we saw this moment with Brooke and Arron (who married in April), we also witness their minds beginning to race with ideas on how they could use the ample space and beautiful industrial backdrop The Arches offers to create the vision they had for their wedding day.

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You could tell that throughout Brooke and Arron’s planning they were thinking of how they could create a wedding like no other their guests had attended. There was nothing that this beautiful couple hadn’t thought of – the detail they went into was superb, and their guests LOVED it! I think the most touching of their decorative features was the ‘Stairway to Heaven’, which featured images of loved ones who were no longer with them. I think it’s safe to say they’ll have made everyone watching very proud that day!

However, for those of you who know the Mode for…Events Team, you’ll know that the key to our hearts is always food! They kept their wedding both fun and on trend with special features such as the increasingly popular ‘donut wall’ and the timeless cheese board as a late night snack. Not to mention the beautiful menu for the day created by our in house catering team, consisting of: Chicken Liver Paté served with Rustic Bread and Spiced Apple Chutney, slow cooked Featherblade of Beef with Mashed Potato and a delicious Glazed Lemon Tart with Clotted Cream and Summer Berries.

Alongside Herman the Volkswagen campervan photo booth (from The Volkswagen Wedding Co), Arron and Brooke also created their own photobooth using beautifully painted door frames and a basket filled to the brim with props!

With well over 150 candles featuring in the décor for the day, the venue really came alive as the sun went down and the guests lined the dancefloor with sparklers, perfectly framing Brooke and Arron’s first dance to The Courteeners “Take Over The World”.

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From both myself and Tabby, along with the team at The Arches, we’d like to say a massive congratulations to Brooke and Arron. It was an honour to have been involved in their wedding and we’re so happy that they’re now beginning married life together!

Abigayle xx

 

The Barcelona Story…

Sometimes, one of the most valuable things you can do as a human is invest in experiences. Experiences are things you remember forever, that shape you, guide you and inspire you and I would take experiences over material things any day of the week.

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This ethos applies to what we do here at Mode for…Events too. We take every opportunity to grab experiences to help us learn and develop for the benefit of ourselves as individuals, for our colleagues that we work with and for our clients. So, Tabby jumped on the idea of taking Abigayle and a group of fabulous girlie wedding industry friends and heading over to the world-renowned Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week last week.

Joined by the lovely Katherine and Lisa from The Bridal Market, The Bobby Pin and Hook Box and Charlotte from Love Lights the Way, this was an opportunity to explore an area of the wedding industry that is not as familiar to us… wedding fashion; and we saw everything from the absolutely sublime to the totally ridiculous!

Attending the catwalk shows of Isabel Sanchis and Inmaculada Garcia, our eyes were opened to all the new fashions and some of the most amazing gowns I have ever seen came from the fashion house of Inmaculada Garcia. They are stunning, beautiful, feminine, high fashion but yet totally wearable by a wide variety of brides, unlike the gowns of Isabel Sanchis which, whilst stunning and high fashion, would not be what you would find worn at a standard UK wedding.

See the links here to videos of the shows:

Inmaculada Garcia

Isabel Sanchis

The trade fair was an experience too. A hive of activity of buying and selling wedding gowns to the global market. It was fascinating watching key buyers in action, designers chatting through new ideas and concepts and models parading in the latest gowns from around the world and the gowns were all about the sparkle! More glitter, crystals and beading than you’ve ever seen in one place.

For me though, it was interesting to note the lack of accessories, menswear and even bridesmaid gowns…. this was all about the outfit for the main lady, and still it was those Inmaculada Garcia gowns that stood out for me (and some gorgeous ones from House of Mooshki).

I was also really struck by the lack of imagination of each ‘boutique’ area of the trade show. Having been to numerous trade shows and wedding fairs, exhibitors always make an extreme effort to make their areas stand out from the crowd, but here (with a few exceptions of course) the designers stuck to stark white and just their gowns on display; no window dressing, design or anything more…it left me a little saddened that in such a glamourous industry such as weddings very few were going for the eye-catching display…but this did at least make the main spectacle the gowns. But to be honest, in a sea of rows of hundreds of mini boutiques behind glass walls, one dress merges into another unless it is amazingly special. Moral of that story…. Come on boutiques, get the stylists and florists involved and make an impact!

I also can’t help but think this show offers a great opportunity for young British bridal designers to exhibit their collections, maybe as a collective of UK fashion designers to give it all more impact.

The overall experience of Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week has been incredible, from the VIP shows and soirée to trade fair and research opportunities. Whilst not directly our part of the wedding industry, it’s definitely been educational to go and I think there is so much scope for people from all parts of the wedding industry to be involved in an event which is purely fashion focused. It’s all about networking and making more of opportunities and I think shows such as this offer a great platform for that.

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From left to right…My #tribe… Charlotte Tomlinson (Love Lights the Way), Tabby Kerwin (Mode for…Events), Abigayle Freeman (Mode for…Events), Lisa Steane (The Bobby Pin), Katherine Cocksedge (The Bridal Market).

But the best thing about the trip? The time I got to spend with industry friends sitting and developing our collective businesses. Chatting through plans and ideas to develop, extend and fulfil every dream we have for our individual businesses and I got to advise on ways for each of us to flourish going forwards, something I love doing. Now that makes any work trip worthwhile; coming home inspired, stronger and continually developing…and with even closer awesome friends… priceless.

Lots of Love

Tabby xxx

A Sun Shining Festival Affair

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The sun shone beautifully in early April and it was out to stay for the wedding of Anna and Mark at Hargate Hall on 8th April. What more could you need for a festival inspired wedding in the middle of the Peak District for the most fantastic couple and their party loving friends?

But this was a wedding with a difference as Anna and Mark had legally married two years before in Gretna Green when the couple discovered they were pregnant with their super awesome son Zeph; so this was the party to end all parties which they had always planned….and my, what a party it was!

It was late 2016 when Anna & Mark contacted us at Mode for…Events as a recommended catering and coordination supplier at our favourite Hargate Hall and they came to visit us at home for a meal and chat through all things ‘Hargate Weddings.’ It was so great to get to know Anna and Mark and little Zeph (who is the most amazing little guy!) and soon we were on hand to not only supply some fabulous food, but to also help plan and coordinate the whole wedding, including design, styling and all the floristry, with bouquets, buttonholes and much more.

Anna wanted lots of colour and fun to be evident and with a brief of colourful lantern canopied ceilings and festoon lights, Tabby got to work planning the big event. There was colour everywhere with giant paper lantern instalments in the marquee with ‘floating bottles’ with single stems of blooms and the tables were filled with different bottles and vases of Spring blooms.

In the main house, we created a canopied ceiling of paper lanterns (all with individual LED bulbs) and festoon lights and hanging coloured bottles up the staircase with Spring blooms and fireplace was trimmed with a range of different brightly coloured flowers.

The bridal and bridesmaid bouquets reflected the fun, relaxed, colourful nature of the day but also worked well with the pastel pink hue of the bridesmaid dresses. In terms of fashion, the whole bridal party looked immaculate and full of style and grace, Mark complete with his feather adorned top hat and son Zeph looked like the most handsome trendy little guy and a heartbreaker!

anna and zeph

As Anna and Mark were already legally married, the ceremony was a truly personal event led by ‘Uncle Bill’ complete with his anvil in a nod to the Gretna Green tradition. The ceremony was full of love, laughter and fun before guests emerged into the sunshine for drinks, canapés and photos with photographer Steven Rooney Photography (plus his wife created an awesome photobooth in the evening! What a super talented couple).

Next it was time to head along the lantern lined path to the marquee for speeches and a relaxed meal of Antipasti sharing boards and Red Pepper Pesto stuffed Chicken with Dauphinoise Potatoes and green beans. The weather was so fabulous it seemed a shame to stay indoors so we then served dessert on the terrace in the sunshine with sharing boards of lemon and chocolate tarts. Every crumb of food went…it was a triumph!

With hot tubs and slip and slides there was plenty to keep people occupied but these guests were all party goers, so with the biggest festival ready sound system you’ve ever seen at Hargate, it was time to party, party, party….in fact, when Simon and I returned at 9am the next day to pack-up, guests were still partying! Oh, what a night!! There night time fun was accompanied by some simple perfect grazing food of pork pie cake, pies and a cheese tower.

This was such a fun wedding party and we have loved every minute of working with Anna, Mark and Zeph and so proud of everything we created from planning to coordination, food and styling, plus some lovely flowery fun. Congratulations Mr & Mrs & Master Sekree from all of us at Mode for…Events.

Love Tabby xxx