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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

 

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 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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Abbey House Hotel & Gardens Vintage Wedding Fair – Efflorescence

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 Efflorescence 

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Favourite colour

Don’t really have one … There’s too many to choose from.

Favourite movie

Its got to be Armageddon…. never get sick of watching it

Favourite song

Far too many to mention couldn’t possibly pick one

Favourite part of a wedding

Delivering the bridal flowers to the bride and seeing the reaction… so nice when we get happy tears with a big hug

Then also seeing the venue transformed with the chair covers and  room decoration… bringing couples ideas to life just makes all the hard work worth while.

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About you & your business

I Have been a florist for 8 years and became sole owner of Efflorescence 3 years ago which has been amazing, there is nothing better than going to work everyday  doing a job you actually love. Whether it be  arranging flowers for funerals, sending flowers everyday, doing corporate and charity events as well as wedding flowers it really is a pleasure and so rewarding.

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Best thing about working with Abbey House Hotel & Gardens

Abbey House is an amazing venue to work at …. the interior of the hotel and the grounds are breathe taking, each wedding is different and the hotel has the versatility to accommodate this, Staff are brilliant to work along side and make you feel at ease when you work along side them. They have a fantastic Wedding team!

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Abbey House Hotel & Gardens Vintage Wedding Fair – Adam Wing Films

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 Adam Wing Films.

Favourite colour

Purple, no hesitation.

Favourite movie

VERY difficult, but probably Jurassic park.

Favourite song

The Scientist, Coldplay.

Favourite part of a wedding

The morning/bridal prep. I love the build up and all the giddiness.

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About you & your business

I have been making wedding films for just over a year (with Abbey House being one of my first venues) and I’m still pinching myself that this counts as an actual “job”. Film has always been a passion of mine, and I absolutely love capturing people’s stories, knowing they will cherish these memories forever.

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Best thing about working with Abbey House Hotel & Gardens

I love working with the staff at Abbey House, the team here have got it nailed. They know exactly how to make a wedding run smoothly, and their attention to detail makes a real difference. It’s obvious that they genuinely care and you know they are putting in the work, and yet it looks so effortless on the day.

Abbey House Hotel & Gardens Vintage Wedding Fair – Sitting Pretty

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 lovely Sitting Pretty.

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Favourite colour

My favourite colour is grey, it’s been a very popular colour scheme with bride and grooms this year and one I used for my own wedding. It also features heavily in my decor at home.

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Favourite movie

I am not really much of a movie buff but really enjoyed the Wolf of Wall Street which starred Leonardo Dicaprio.

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Favourite song

So hard to pick one favourite song as there are so many. The album I have on in the car at the moment is Blossoms, Charlemagne always makes me turn the volume up nice and loud.

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Favourite part of a wedding

My favourite part of a wedding as a stylist is seeing everything come together on the day. I love to see the bride and grooms themes come to life and how the choice of our chair covers and sashes compliment their decor, favours, flowers, cake and wedding outfits.

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About you & your business

Sitting Pretty was established in May 2015 by myself Marie Scott after taking over the business from a busy local florist. With over ten years experience in the creative industry I decided to take a bit of time out to spend with my family and through planning my own wedding the perfect opportunity arose to start Sitting Pretty. I have always loved all aspects of design and using my creative flair so am thrilled to help couples plan their perfect day.

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Best thing about working with Abbey House Hotel & Gardens

It is a pleasure to work alongside one of the best hotels in the Lake District with every wedding  being different. It also is a very special place to me personally as I got married here in last year.

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Abbey House Hotel & Gardens Vintage Wedding Fair – Floral & Hardy

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 fantastic Floral & Hardy!

Favourite Colour

Blush

Favourite Movie

Bridesmaids

Favourite Song

How long will i love you – Ellie Goulding

Favourite part of a wedding

Our Favourite part of a wedding is seeing the brides reaction to seeing her wedding flowers for the first time, I also like the first dance (that’s my romantic side)

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About you & your business

Established nearly three years ago now, family business. Floral & Hardy aimed to filla gap in the market offering professional and friendly service in the market town of Ulverston, reaching out to all of the south lakes. Giving our customers high quality for reasonable prices. We have over 30  years of experience between our team, which we feel is invaluable. Our reputation proceeds us and we have a great customer base. We are a fully accredited florist.

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Best thing about working with Abbey House Hotel & Gardens

We love working with Abbey House Hotel & Gardens, It’s a dream venue, extremely professional and offers a range of products to suit most peoples budgets. The staff and management are always very helpful and committed to both customers and business’ alike.

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