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“It’s all worth in the end!”

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Makeup By Charlotte Benson

 

Tell us a little bit about your business…

Bridal & special occasion makeup artist, trained in Manchester Trafford college have been working in the south Cumbria area for three years, freelance and home-based, using a variety of high-end makeup.

 

What is the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

Working the in the wedding Industry is one of the best things I love about doing makeup, I find it very satisfying once showing the finished result to the bride and also the outcome of the photographs.

 

Why do you think it’s important for couples planning their special day, to visit wedding fairs?

It’s very important for couples to visit wedding fairs to see the different varieties and packages that business can offer

 

Do you have any new products you will be introducing in the new year?

I am constantly updating my makeup kit with the best high-end product once something new is available.

 

Do you have any special offers available at the Wedding Fair?

I do offer a special discount when a group booking is made.

 

What is the BEST piece of advice that you can give to a couple planning their wedding?

Be very prepared, book in advance and don’t stress it’s all worth in the end!

 

“Your wedding day is YOUR wedding day”

 

Haven’t found your photographer yet? We spoke to the talented Teresa C Photography ahead of our Winter Wonderland Wedding Fair to find out a little more about her past and what she has to offer…

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Teresa C Photography

Tell us a little bit about your business…

11 years strong, Teresa C Photography has taken me from Newcastle to New York. Surrey to Santorini and many many more amazing places both in the UK and abroad. Natural, laid-back and most importantly FUN is the approach both in shooting your special day and in life for me. Having come from a documentary/ journalistic photography background people watching is something I have done my whole career. This means those often missed moments on your wedding day get captured forever for you to look back on a relive. I love to get to know my couples and most importantly have a laugh with them which means I can shoot your fabulous day with ease, grace and most importantly fun! Let’s create something you will want to hang on your walls. Covering Lancashire, Cheshire, the Lake District and beyond I want to bring a fun, natural and relaxed feel to your wedding photography.

What is the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

I am around happiness ALL THE TIME! I wake up happy, I go to sleep happy. I spend my weekdays looking at the happy, smiling and sometimes tearful (in a happy way) faces of Brides and Grooms. I get to laugh and joke with the boys and have a play with the girls on a wedding morning. I get to hear how people met, got engaged….. I live in a Romantic comedy. Oh and I get to eat Cake! We all love Cake!

Why do you think it’s important for couples planning their special day, to visit wedding fairs?

Wedding Fairs are a great way of see what is out there without the “fear factor” when looking around online. You can see your venue dressed at an amazing potential. Meet the suppliers face to face and get to know them a little more and best of all snag yourself a few cheeky offers that wouldn’t be available else where!

Do you have any new products you will be introducing in the new year?

I have beautiful new albums to share along with now offering Post-Wedding sessions which you can add on to your package if the weather is less than kind on your wedding day! A great excuse to trash the dress or just get done up again for an hour or two after your big day!

Do you have any special offers available at the Wedding Fair?

I am offering a shiny 10% off any bookings made before the end of 2017!

What is the BEST piece of advice that you can give to a couple planning their wedding?

Remember that your wedding day is YOUR wedding day. We all want to keep our friends and family happy and want them to have as much fun on the day but sometimes this can overshadow the who point of the day and that point is the two of you! If you don’t want something to happen or be done then don’t do it. If you want to throw away with tradition….throw it as far as you can. The day is yours and yours alone so do what you want to do and if you happen to touch a few toes don’t worry……they will still love you in the morning

 

“See first hand what professionals have to offer”

 

Music can be a great way to set the mood for your wedding ceremony or breakfast, whether it be classical or something a little more modern it’s bound to set your day with a fantastic impression for your guests! We spoke to Paul Heptinstall Romantic Piano and Smooth Sax ahead of our Winter Wonderland Wedding Fair. 

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Paul Heptinstall Romantic Piano and Smooth Sax

Tell us a little bit about your business…

I offer live music from the ceremony through to first dance.

What is the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

Meeting new clients and families and working with great venues and staff.

Why do you think it’s important for couples planning their special day, to visit wedding fairs?

To see first hand what professionals have to offer.

Do you have any new products you will be introducing in the new year?

I have just completed a new promotional DVD which Brides and Grooms can take away and view.

Do you have any special offers available at the Wedding Fair?

I don’t offer discounts because I set my fees at a fair price for what I offer clients.

What is the BEST piece of advice that you can give to a couple planning their wedding?

If you like what someone does book them – don’t leave it and then be disappointed because your date has gone.

Have fun and enjoy your planning!

Want to add a ‘Vintage’ touch to your Wedding? The Teeny Tiny China Company is the company for you!

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The Teeny Tiny China Company 

Tell us a little bit about your business…

About Us Based in the beautiful are of Morecambe Bay I’m a vintage loving married mother of two teeny tiny people. I was already in the wedding industry creating bespoke bridal flowers and stationery for my wonderful couples. I was asked on several occasions during our initial consultation if I hired my vintage china out? The answer had always been a no. This was to change when my friend wanted to ask his partner to marry him, so with a vintage picnic complete with linens, china and glass wear he asked on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Williamsons Park. I’m pleased to say the two are to be married. This was the start of The Teeny Tiny China Company. Offering beautiful vintage pieces for all sizes of event, from a romantic proposal for two to an event for 200 people.

What is the best thing about working in the wedding industry? 

I love working with my couples as they plan their wedding day, as it is a pleasure to join in their excitement.

Why do you think it’s important for couples planning their special day, to visit wedding fairs?

I always advise my couples to attend fairs so that they can get ideas and save money

Do you have any new products you will be introducing in the new year?

I will continue to expand our selection of beautiful china and props, as well as complete packages to include full artificial flower and stationery packages

Do you have any special offers available at the Wedding Fair?

Our 10 person complete setting is available at £50 for couples at the wedding fair, with 10% off flower and stationery orders.

What is the BEST piece of advice that you can give to a couple planning their wedding?

As a recent bride and a supplier, don’t worry about the small things. Remember your wedding is about your love for one anther and sharing this with your family and friends. They will honestly will not notice, nor will they care if your sweets don’t match your chair sashes. Have fun and enjoy your planning, then enjoy your wedding day even if it isn’t quite right.

“Relax and enjoy every moment…”

 

The best thing about wedding photographers is that every single one is unique yet, they want the same outcome – To capture those special moments throughout your wedding day that you will cherish forever… We spoke to the talented Ladybirds Photography ahead of this year’s Winter Wonderland Wedding Fair…

 

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Ladybirds Photography

Tell us a little bit about your business…

Specialising in Wedding and Family Photography aiming to capture those natural moments

 

 

What is the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

The rush, the pressure, the change, the people and much more. It is a different experience with every wedding, it is never the same which makes it exciting every time.

 

 

Why do you think it’s important for couples planning their special day, to visit wedding fairs?

It is always best to meet as many suppliers as you can before booking anyone for your big day so you know you got the right one for you.Wedding fairs are the best place to see, meet and compare all different suppliers.Don`t forget the freebies and drinks 🙂

 

 

 

Do you have any new products you will be introducing in the new year?

I have a brand new wedding package coming in the new year, I am planning to introduce it in January 2018.

Do you have any special offers available at the Wedding Fair?

I will be giving a complimentary pre-wedding photoshoot with any bookings made on the day.

What is the BEST piece of advice that you can give to a couple planning their wedding?

Just stop stressing!Relax and make sure you enjoy every moment from start to finish…

 

Book early!

Deciding on a wedding cake that’s right for you can be difficult with various styles around… Speaking to a professional may help you narrow down your ideas and give you a better inkling in what you want. We spoke to the lovely Corr’s Cakes about her tips and tricks ahead of our Winter Wonderland Wedding Fair…

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Corr’s Cakes

Tell us a little bit about your business…

Corr’s cakes is a award winning cake design business that has been creating beautiful and bespoke cakes for over 8 years. Each order is unique to the couple and is created with the upmost care and attention to detail. The taste is just as important as the look which is why we offer over 12 delectable flavours. Despite the many hours of hard work that goes into each beautiful creation, our prices are always reasonable.

 

What is the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

Meeting and working with all my lovely couples and their families. Many of them will come back time and time again for other important celebrations cakes. Some of my past couples have even become friends, there is nothing nicer than meeting two people so in love and excited to start they married life together. It makes me feel very honoured to be part of something so special.

Why do you think it’s important for couples planning their special day, to visit wedding fairs?

To shop around and gain ideas, most businesses are online theses days but it’s always nice to meet theses people in person and see their work up close. Plus there will be many ideas at the fairs that you didn’t think of or know were possible. And sometimes there are discounts on offer, which is always a bonus.

 

 

Do you have any new products you will be introducing in the new year?

I am always trying out new techniques and keeping up to date with current trends. Plus there are always new flavours being cooked up in the kitchen.

Do you have any special offers available at the Wedding Fair?

Yes, I will be offering 4 tiers for the price of 3 plus a free couples cake!

What is the BEST piece of advice that you can give to a couple planning their wedding?

Book early! Once you have decided on a supplier, book them early. No one wants to be disappointed by missing out on their preferred supplier.

Winter Wonderland Wedding Fair

Step into your very own Winter Wonderland at Abbey House Hotel & Gardens this November! Be blown away by our carefully selected wedding suppliers chosen to inspire, inform and excite you about your special day… Guaranteed to be our best wedding fair yet, you will leave feeling inspired and excited about your big day…

EXPLORE

Why not take this opportunity to explore what Abbey House Hotel & Gardens has to offer? Take a walk through our 14 acres of private woodland and gardens or even stroll further and visit the romantic ruins of the Furness Abbey, one of the greatest Cistercian foundations in the country.  If its the WOW-factor you after the Furness Abbey is a breathtaking location for your wedding blessing or even wedding photography.

DISCUSS

Not only can you discuss your dream wedding with the fantastic wedding suppliers to hand, you can speak to the talented Abbey House Hotel & Gardens wedding team… there to make your wedding dreams into reality.

Find out more information about our fantastic wedding packages and take advantage of our special package offers available on the day.

MAKE A WEEKEND OUT OF IT

Why not make a weekend out of the event? We not only have our Winter Wonderland Wedding Fair on the day but we also have our exciting ‘Firework Extravaganza’ – celebrate Guy Fawkes night in style… be amazed the spectacular fireworks in the Abbey House Gardens. Delicious food and entertainment are available on the night!

Don’t fancy that? The heart of the Lake District is only 20 minutes away from the Hotel and is definitely one for the bucket list!

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WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

Abbey House Hotel & Gardens has been 6 times winner of the best wedding venue in Cumbria, servicing in excess of 140 significant events a year. The wedding service team are highly experienced from the point of conception to the event itself and do their utmost to ensure that your event is one to be remembered.

Planning a wedding can be difficult, so let us help you as much as possible. No matter what stage of planning you are at with your wedding, the Winter Wonderland Wedding Fair is the perfect event for you!

Step into Spring

Step Into Spring with abbey House Hotel & Gardens

From big blooms to seasonal fruits, Spring is a fantastic time to tie the knot especially in Cumbria! It’s not only a season full of life but can also bring lovely weather, giving you the perfect opportunity for those cherished moments to be captured in the picturesque grounds of Abbey House Hotels & Gardens.

Booking Early

Spring is a very busy time for Abbey House Hotel & Gardens – by booking your wedding a year in advance, it will not only help you avoid disappointment but will give you a better range of available dates and plenty of time for you to plan the perfect day !

 

The Planning

When planning your wedding, it’s a good idea to think about what style you want to go for and your perfect colour theme; taking in the season is an excellent place to start… For example, when you think of spring most people think of Easter, pastels, and lots of colourful flowers beginning to bloom.

Using a pastel colour theme will keep your wedding feeling fresh, bright and timeless. Give it that little extra pop by including a metallic colour to highlight throughout your day or perhaps use a bold floral print as an accent.

Pinterest can be a fantastic source for inspiration but can also overload you with too many ideas … try and keep it simple! Stick to a few key ideas which you love and work around those.

 

Flowers

There is a very wide variety of flowers in spring, some of the best in fact! Think hessian tied bouquets of Hydrangeas or Tulips, Ranunculas, Sweet peas, Nigella, Hyacinth, Delphiniums and wild garden Roses, only a few of our favourites. Perhaps petals or dried flowers instead of confetti.

Not wanting a veil? Flower crowns are a perfect boho alternative for spring! There are so many beautiful options that you can have. Speak to your chosen florist for ideas on flowers that will work for you, and bear in mind some flowers can struggle without a water source and end up looking very wilted.

With spring, in full swing the Abbey House Gardens will definitely be full of colour!

 

The Wedding Cake

The cake is always a tough one to think about… do you have something small, tall, tiered, square or round? Going for something more simple can not only be cost effective but it can also be a show stopper! Barely naked cakes look fantastic in spring, they are very simple yet can be dressed with seasonal fruits or flowers that match the bouquets to give it that wow factor!

At Abbey House the wedding cakes are included in selected Abbey Wedding Packages. You can select your favourite supplier from our Ideal Partners list to create your perfect wedding cake with your guidance and ideas.

 

Details

Why not keep in with your theme running though out the day? Here are a couple of SPRING wedding ideas for you…

Wedding blessing outside – Why not tie the knot outside, amongst all of the beautiful budding spring flowers and lush green grounds in the Abbey House Gardens on the edge of the Lake District? This can be a beautiful way to share you vows surrounded by your loved ones in a relaxed setting, however there is always that chance of bad weather. Here at Abbey House we like to make sure the day runs perfectly and always have a contingency plan up our sleeves! To find out more about Wedding blessings outside contact our wedding team on weddings@abbeyhousehotel.com.

Pastel chair sashes and matching table top swag – These are a fab way to add that pop of colour into to your day. Chair covers, sashes and to table swag can be included in your wedding package at Abbey House Hotel, provided by the fabulous Sitting Pretty.

Table plan – Why not try using spring flower plant pots? Paint your table number on to each pot and have your guest’s names spilling out of the table number they are sitting at … this is a lovely twist to the traditional paper table plan, or perhaps try something as simple as flower themed table names.

Guest favours- How about a gift that keeps on giving, a succulent or even flowers seeds, something which is a reminder of your day for years to come.

 

 

We love new ideas at Abbey House Hotel & Gardens, if you have any new creative ideas feel free to share them with us #abbeyhousespringweddingideas.

Happy (Spring) wedding planning.

Abbey House Hotel & Gardens Looking Ahead

In January 2017, we will be renovating 15 bedrooms throughout Abbey House Hotel & Gardens. This is a very exciting time for us as it will complete the rebrand of the hotel. Future guests staying in hotel, whether it be a short break, romantic getaway, corporate stays or the end of your perfect wedding day, will experience the best luxury comforts that Abbey House Hotel & Gardens have to offer.

We decided to keep everything as local to the Furness area as possible including suppliers and contractors. This means that we can keep the renovation for the beautifully designed, luxury rooms on track to be completed by the end of February 2017.

Artist impression. 

Enjoy a work out? In 2018 the hotel also plans to have a fully working gym, complete with state of the art equipment, which will be available for exclusive use of our guests.

Why stop there? We will also be welcoming a new treatment room for both residents and non-residents. The treatment room will be fitted out with two transformable private rooms and completed with the top of the range beauty parlour and products.  The Elements team will be here to make you feel pampered and relaxed throughout your stay at the hotel, with a range of massages from an Indian head massage to a full body lava shell massage, we believe you will walk away felling the best version of yourself!

The hotels rebrand will be completed with eye-catching garden landscapes and a further extension on our Cavendish Suite, defining Abbey House Hotel & Gardens as THE wedding venue of the North West.

Abbey House Hotel & Gardens Vintage Wedding Fair – Fairclough Photography

On Sunday 30th October 2016 Abbey House will holding a ‘Vintage Wedding Fair’ from 10am untill 2pm. Come down and explore our unique venue, chat to suppliers and discover lots of inspirational ideas!

We asked each of our suppliers a series of questions, for you to get to know a little bit more about them and their business’.

Today’s supplier is the talented Fairclough Photography

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Favourite colour

Purple. We both met with a mutual love of Purple, and that hasn’t changed in the years we’ve been together. We even have a purple fireplace in our home!

Favourite movie

Edward Scissorhands – at our wedding, Katie walked down the aisle to the Ice Dance 🙂

Favourite song

The Ice Dance from Edward Scissorhands – for our first anniversary, Katie commissioned the INCREDIBLE Leos Quartet to record a one-off arrangement of this for strings – let’s say it holds a rather special place in our hearts.

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Favourite part of a wedding

We love wedding mornings! As a husband and wife team, we get to spend the whole morning with ‘our half’ of the wedding party, capturing the excitement, nerves and last minute emotional moments before the ceremony. We both love to see what the other has been up to when we meet up after the ceremony to shoot the rest of the day. We love all of a wedding day, but the morning preparation is where we can really start to create an authentic story personal to our couples, and is the foundation of the way we work to capture the rest of the day.

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About you & your business

Hi, we’re Katie and James, a Husband and Wife wedding photography team from Lytham St Annes in Lancashire, and we travel all over the UK and internationally for our couples. We have a very relaxed and natural style, and having us both means we can shoot from two unique perspectives throughout the wedding day. We focus on the emotion, the connection between family and friends at a wedding, and our aim is to create an authentic visual story of the wedding day from beginning to end.

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Best thing about working with Abbey House Hotel & Gardens

Definitely the staff. There’s a lot to love about Abbey House, but the staff just make everything run like clockwork, in a friendly and fun way which we LOVE!

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