Wine fit for Christmas (or any event)

Selecting a great wine should be a major priority for any discerning food and drink lover this Christmas, but selecting the perfect wine to pair with your perfect Christmas dinner does not have to be overwhelming.

We’ve chatted to our friend Barry Groves, the Yorkshire Wine Rascal, for his recommendations on wines.

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Selecting a great wine should be a major priority for any discerning food and drink lover this Christmas, but selecting the perfect wine to pair with your perfect Christmas dinner does not have to be overwhelming.

We’ve chatted to our friend Barry Groves, the Yorkshire Wine Rascal, for his recommendations on wines.

Hand selected by him, these wines are available to order from this fabulous company that supplies wine from families, not factories, so it has the very best selection of lovingly produced wine at reasonable prices for you to enjoy.

“My selection of wines for this festive season has everything that you will require for a joyous Christmas and a very happy New Year,” said the Yorkshire Wine Rasca.

“Christmas should always start with some bubbles and this year I am recommending a Cava, a Prosecco and Champagne.  All are excellent wines and each feature the uniqueness of their geographical region.”

CAVA – 1+1=3 Cava Cygnus Organic Brut a Blend of Parellada, Xarel Lo, Macabeo grapes. Clean, fresh with touches of strawberry, cherry and raspberry with red fruits in the mouth and a long finish.

Price: £9.66

PROSECCO – La Farra Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut 100% Glera grape.

A fruity prosecco, with refreshing citrus notes that complement the ripe nectarine and peach flavours.

Price: £8.88

CHAMPAGNE – Thierry Triolet Brut 60% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier

Triolet Brut is a great balance of a light champagne with fruitiness and a touch of toastiness too.

Price: £18.11

“Any of these are suitable to celebrate Christmas Day and also to help you ring in the New Year,” explained the Yorkshire Wine Rascal

RED WINES

The Yorkshire Wine Rascal says: “Relax with one of our carefully sourced wines. I know it is difficult to choose, but try between my New and Old world selection:”

Argentina –  Terra Malbec 100% Malbec. – Hand-picked mid-April. Six months in French oak barrels followed by 6 months ageing in bottle. An intense red ruby colour with violet hues.  Clean with varietal aromas of mature red fruit, spices, vanilla and coffee.

Price: £7.20

Spain –  Marques de Castilla Crianza 2010 – 100% Tempranillo. Good aromatic intensity, with red fruits, toasty vanilla and sweet, soft tannins from the American oak. Round, well balanced and a sweet soft finish from the tannins.

Price: £7.60

South Africa – Aaldering – Lady M Pinotage 100% Pinotage. Initial notes of Mulberries, raspberries, Bing Cherries, cinnamon and spice on the nose.  Clean, fresh and elegant with touches of plum pudding and silky tannins.

Price: £15.69

France –  Chateau Croix Des Pins – Ventoux Bio rouge – Les Trois Villages – Blend:  Grenache 80%, Syrah 10%, Mouvédre 10%. Hand harvested. Aromas of dark chocolate, liquorice, evolving towards spicy and peppery notes.  Palate:  Soft, round tannins, berries and strawberries with notes of dried fruits and nuts. £8.58

WHITE WINES

Chile – Casa Donoso – Evolucion Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Citrus, lime and grapefruit together with notes of freshly cut grass with an aromatic finish.

Price: £7.94

France – Francois Millet – Sancerre.  The aromatics hint at smoky preserved lemons with a rosemary and sage twist. Palate is fresh and bright, with forward citrus fruits that drive the energy to the finish. It’s stylish and generous, but with some austerity to keep the fruit in check.

Price: £13.19

South Africa – Chenin Blanc – 100% Chenin Blanc. A really fruity dry wine, oozing with tropical fruits such as pineapple, combined with hints of citrus and dried apple.

Price: £5.99.

Australia – Churchview – Estate Range Chardonnay – A wonderful example of the purity of a Chardonnay. The aromas are fresh and lifted, dominated by orange blossom, white peach and fresh nectarines, with a lovely citrus character. The palate is full of those white fleshy fruits, with loads of flavour. The finish is soft and fruity, with long lingering flavours.

Price: £11.32

Thanks to the Yorkshire Wine Rascal for these recommendations that really hit the mark for taste and price.

What will I be drinking? Well, from this selection, it has to be the Champagne followed by the fabulous Argentinian Malbec for me.

Merry Christmas Everyone! Remember to drink  responsibly and drink quality.

Tabby xxx

Looking for a great wine event where you can taste fantastic wines from the Yorkshire Wine Rascal? Then click here to grab your tickets for our fantastic Wines of the Wars event on 24th March.wine night 24.3.18

 

A Little Look Behind the Wedding Scenes

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

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

 

 

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.

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

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