The Great Styled Shoot at Hales Hall & The Great Barn

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Image by Bigphatphotos.

This styled shoot started life as a bit of fun for some friends and colleagues to show off their creative skills to each other. But before they knew it, it had grown into a full-blown showcase of some of Norfolk’s finest talent in the wedding industry… all hosted at one of East Anglia’s most prestigious venues – Hales Hall & The Great Barn.

The passion behind these suppliers is lovely and I’ve even included some behind-the-scenes peeks as I just think it’s fab to see how these styled shoots are created!

Here to tell us a little more is Makeup Artist Amanda Steed.

Notes from Norfolk

Amanda:

As a make-up artist, I love to experiment all the time, working to create the freshest, most beautiful looks for my brides. I was chatting to my photographer friends Janie and David – the husband and wife team behind Bigphatphotos who like nothing more than to push the creative boundaries – and a plan began to form.

Janie knew of the most incredible venue in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, the historic Hales Hall & The Great Barn that had just relaunched with luxury accommodation. We asked if they would like to be part of our creative ‘display’ and they agreed.

Of course, we all work with wedding couples up and down the land – from London to Cornwall to Yorkshire and beyond – but we’re passionate about where we are all based and this was a great opportunity to show off the best of what East Anglia has to offer.

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Bespoke Wedding Cake Designs by The Enchanting Cake Company

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Images by Gooch & Gawler.

So last Friday we brought you a Gin Bar and this week we’re serving up cake! We know what makes you tick…

We’re currently swooning over award-winning London based cake designer The Enchanting Cake Company and their stunning wedding cakes which are almost too pretty to eat (almost!).

The Enchanting Cake Company specialises in creating magnificent, truly bespoke cakes and dessert tables that become the centrepiece of events, using only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world. A commitment to exceptional flavour ensures the designs look and taste spectacular. The extensive flavour options are ever evolving based on client preferences, including classic favourites such as Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Lemon Drizzle to more exotic sponges infused with Caramel Dulce de Leche and Masala Chai tea.

Ramla offers a truly bespoke service far exceeding what is traditionally expected of a cake designer. A contant source of ideas, inspiration and support throughout the wedding planning journey, The Enchanting Cake Company work closely with not only clients and planners but other suppliers such as florists, stylists, venues and caterers. This closeness allows them to draw inspiration from wedding details such as décor, invitations and flowers to create show-stopping cakes that are the perfect interpretation of the wedding theme.

Ramla is offering our readers 10% off wedding cakes that are booked by the end of the 2017 using the exclusive discount code COCO2017.

Read on to discover the story of founder Ramla and her top tips for choosing your wedding cake… Also just click in to any photo to see the name of the cake, the price and the number of portions it provides!

Notes from Enchanting Cakes

Ramla:

I started my journey into the wedding cake business just over 3 years ago having left behind a career in dentistry. I always had a passion for baking and art from a young age but decided to pursue a more practical career before my creative side took over again! In 2013 I decided to take the plunge and make it a full time business. The more artistic and creative nature of the job suited me much better and I very quickly ventured into the world of wedding cakes.

I was drawn to the opulent statement style wedding cakes and started designing my first collection. I love working with brides and bringing their ideas to life, from the very first consultation I spend time with the couple to understand their vision of their big day and design something truly unique for them. I love how no two cakes are ever the same. The bespoke nature of the design process means every cake is unique to the couple and even when choosing a classic design there is always some personalisation for the couple. 

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Wedding Flowers Part III: Emergency Floral Tips

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Images by Hannah Duffy Photography.

I’m back (it’s Katrina, resident wedding planner for Coco Wedding Venues BTW!) and taking over the introduction reigns again from Emma as today marks the third and final part of our practical and pretty three-part series about wedding flowers in collaboration with the inspirational, honest, creative and award-winning Jay Archer Floral Design.

In Part I, Jay provided an essential guide to wedding flower budgets (a MUST read for anyone planning a wedding or involved in wedding planning!) and in Part II Jay once again dished up a healthy dose of planning advice with another meaty topic – seasonality.

If you haven’t already done so, then both Part I and Part II are well worth a read and whilst you’re at it, don’t forget to pin the relevant bookmarks so that you can return at a later planning date.

Today’s topic, emergency bouquets and buttonholes (wrist corsages also get a shout out too!) is actually the main reason why this series even exists.

You see, a couple of years ago now I was providing on-the-day support for a marquee wedding in the peak of Summer and when I say peak, I mean no breeze, no shade, sticky skin, excessive sweat… nice! As the Groom approached the Church with his boys I noticed that their buttholes had wilted in the heat and in all honesty I had absolutely no idea how to resolve the situation other than delving into my emergency wedding kit and propping them back up with a healthy covering of sticky tape and safety pins.  At the time, it worked, but it also made me realise that I really should learn what the more professional solution was, just in case that situation ever arose again.

Cue my road trip to the Jay Archer Floral Design Flower School (alongside the lovely Hannah Duffy who was there to capture the experience – pretty pics from the day (apologies for my concentration face!) above / below) to expand my horizons, learn more about wedding flowers and most importantly, what to do if I was ever faced with a similar situation again.

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Unleash your Inner Bohemian – Top Tips from The Boho Booth

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Image by Dottie Photography.

Dreaming of escaping the daily grind of conventional living in search of a more free-spirited lifestyle..? Yep, us too! While running away to the hippie hills may be off limits, injecting a little Bohemia into your life is a great way to express your inner soul.

Bohemian Beats is one of our fave venue style categories and if you find yourself being drawn to these barefoot locations then Zoe Wells, founder of The Boho Booth, shares her seven steps to being more boho.

Unleash Your Inner Bohemian

Zoe:

Rock the boho look, Bohemian fashion is a means of expression and nothing says boho chic better than braided hair, floaty florals, ripped denim, fringing and brightly coloured clothing embellished with glitter and jewels.

Go barefoot when the weather permits, kick off your shoes and enjoy the freedom of going barefoot – not only is it good for your feet, it’s great for the soul.

Embrace the great outdoors. A walk in nature is often referred to as the best medicine. Escaping the four walls and electrical havens of our homes and offices for a stroll in the park is a sure-fire way to de-stress and reconnect with our inner selves.

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Meet Prezola – The Ultimate Wedding Gift List

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Images by Heart Full of Tea.

Choosing the right partners and brands to work with is super important to us. Much like our carefully curated collection of wedding venues, we want to be surrounded by wedding suppliers who inspire us and suit our own ethos because we feel this will inspire you, our readers.

As well as providing wedding inspiration and good solid advice, I think it’s important you get to know our venues and chosen partners so today, we’re having a little nosey around the new Prezola HQ which is located in the truly beautiful City of Bath.

Prezola is the UK’s leading independent wedding gift list service, designed for modern style-savvy couples who want the widest choice possible. We love their creative heart and knew a little peek inside their office would set the interior-pulse racing! Bath-based Wedding Photographer Emma from Heart Full of Tea popped round to take some snaps for us and it’s all rather lovely.

Notes from Prezola

Ali:

My husband Dom and I launched Prezola in 2010 from our house and since then, we’ve grown to include more than 30,000 products from 300 top brands on the site. Couples can mix gifts, experiences, charity donations and honeymoon funds on their list with free delivery of their gifts after the wedding. We now have a large office in the centre of Bath with over 50 members of staff – the business has grown so fast in the last seven years!

Our new Prezola HQ is a traditional Georgian townhouse where the windows and ceilings are huge on the ground floor, and get smaller and smaller as you go up the stairs – typical build for when there were servants on the top floor back in the day! As the company has expanded, we needed to move to a larger location since we were all cramped in the warehouse in Wiltshire. We still operate the packing and deliveries from the warehouse (and even expanded into a few more!) but the majority of the company now works in Bath.

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