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!

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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

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Fun & Laughter with Rosie & Dan

Elegant, relaxed, full of personal touches, and most importantly, fun! Sounds like a winning combo for a wedding doesn’t it?

Last month Rosie and Dan McKay made their vows in front of family and friends at The Arches @ Dean Clough, and our Mode for… Events ladies were on hand to help every step of the way. From the very beginning Rosie and Dan wanted a relaxed wedding with the main focus on their loved ones having a great time (and all the food and wine this foodie couple could muster!).

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Rosie & Dan. Photo by Caitlin + Jones

Having embraced the raw beauty of The Arches’ exposed brickwork and industrial style, they were keen to keep styling simple yet elegant, and as chief stylist for this wedding, Tabby didn’t disappoint. Utilising a natural and earthy tone, Tabby used eucalyptus intertwined with pops of blush and burgundy roses to compliment both the venue and the beautiful theme of the day.

When it comes to personal touches Rosie and Dan’s wedding could never be accused of lacking! From the beautiful white and copper wedding cake baked and decorated lovingly by the Mother of the Bride, to the name cards hand written by a close friend, and the birthday balloons tied to the chairs of two friends celebrating their birthday on Rosie and Dan’s big day. It was abundantly clear that Rosie and Dan were surrounded by friends and family who were more than willing to lend a helping hand, and who couldn’t wait to celebrate their day with them.

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As principal coordinator for the day Abi was on hand to make sure everything ran as smoothly as possible, and thankfully from the moment the confetti was thrown – to the sparklers being lit to celebrate the first dance, it was plain sailing.

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Rosie & Dan with the Mode for…Events girls Tabby & Abi

Congratulations Rosie and Dan! As wedding planners and coordinators it’s always a sad moment when we realise we’ll no longer be working together, but we’re so honoured to have been a part of your day and we wish you all the luck in the world as you begin married life together.

 

Love Abi xx

To see a beautiful Short Film Trailer of Rosie and Dan’s wedding from Caitlin + Jones go to: https://vimeo.com/213051091

 

It’s All About Time…

Super excited to have been asked to write an article as part of the And so to Wed (The Cafe – And so to Business) business takeover week and I think this is valuable advice for anyone trying to juggle their time, especially those with their own business. It’s completely based on my own experiences and the continual work/life balance journey Simon and I are on;

Read and Enjoy!

Lots of Love

Tabby xxx

www.andsotowed.com/blog/the-time-factor

When a Concert Just Isn’t Enough….

A week on from being in Switzerland working with the fabulous musicians of the Echo du Jorat Brass Band, I’ve been pondering why the concert Simon and I took part in had such a huge impact on me when, to be quite frank, the idea of playing in a brass band concert in the UK leaves me somewhat cold these days.

That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed a couple of the last concerts I’ve played in here in Blighty. Before Christmas I had the great pleasure of playing for the Rothwell Temperance Band in two concerts and well, what a band that is! A superb standard band with a great Musical Director that puts a little twist on the musical choices to keep programmes fresh, plus a full, appreciative audience. What a great combo!

The fact is though, I loved our Switzerland gig because it wasn’t just a concert. It was a whole performance and event packaged up with every element that made the musicians and audience happy and wanting more.

For years, bands, choirs and other musical groups in the UK have put on a concert for audiences to enjoy, but with a decline in audience sizes, less disposable income for people to spend on attending concerts and let’s face it, a general apathy towards supporting the arts, concerts are struggling to compete with other social invitations.

Maybe it’s just because groups are not offering the paying guests enough? Maybe it’s time for a shake-up and to think outside the box.

The format for our Swiss adventure went something like this….

8.30pm – Concert… A great concert in two halves with new music, easy listening music, great soloists (all of which did an encore of their entire solo again). During the interval, there was the usual drinks, raffle etc… everything you’d expect to help ‘up the revenue.’

11pm – Concert finishes. Lots of happy musicians and very happy paying guests…none of which leave the venue….

So, what happens next you may ask? Well, it was at this point that everyone chipped in and seemingly this was just the beginning of the night… A local folk band started playing, people started dancing, the local food and wine was flowing, everyone had their role to play and there was a room of the biggest, happiest party I’ve seen in a while…and they were still going five or six hours later! It was truly brilliant and a tremendous, happy atmosphere.

But it isn’t rocket science to make it such a success; quite simply the concert wasn’t just a concert. It was a whole performance event and party which became a great celebration of music, food and drink.

Now, like the best culinary recipes, surely that’s the way forward with performances…simple quality ingredients put together well to create the ultimate sensation.

Food (and music) for thought…

Tabby xxx

Eat, Pray, Love and Pizza

Do you love pizza? Well, we love Italy and all things Italian so good, amazing, properly made, traditional pizza is a must for us!

When we travelled to Naples last year we visited the oldest and best pizza shop in the city that calls itself the home of pizza. It is the L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele (featured in that amazing movie with Julia Roberts, “Eat, Pray, Love”).

We queued for hours on the streets, chatting to locals and people who had travelled far and wide and it was well worth the wait (plus it was a great atmosphere as you grabbed a beer from the local shop and watched the football in the shop window!).

But now, you don’t have to travel to Naples as they have bought this amazing secret recipe pizza to London! The all new L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele – London opens soon and it’s the place to visit so get yourself down there.

Read more about it here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/feb/01/eat-pray-pizza-londons-slice-of-the-neapolitan-revolution

Real Wedding – Nadya & Dave, Hargate Hall, August 2016

We adore our weddings at Hargate Hall in Wormhill, Buxton. We’ll be honest, it is one of our favourite venues, but then again we are a little biased as we got married there ourselves in April 2016. (We really should share some of our own pics on the blog shouldn’t we?)

We’ve had some great weddings there this Summer but last week we got some official images from the wedding of Nadya and Dave Murray, taken by the super talented Cassandra Lane.

At Hargate Hall we supply everything from coordination to full catering and at this wedding we supplied the lot, plus nailed the art of hanging floating branches! We had our ‘A’ team on the job with Tabby, Simon, Abi and Elizabeth and it was a great day. What an awesome family and guests. We also had some additional help from the next door neighbours’ cat! He’s a cutie, if not a naughty boy breaking in to the marquee at every opportunity for some guest attention.

Enjoy these selected images from Cassandra. They’re awesome.

We can’t wait to be at Hargate Hall next year for lots of weddings, plus we’ll be there in December for a wedding and a corporate event and back in February to meet lots of wonderful people.

Enjoy.

Tabby x

Photography: Cassandra Lane Photography