Host with the Most

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Image by WOOKIE Photography.

Last year when I was designing our Classic Elegance styled shoot at Pynes House there was only one person to call on for a tablescape-to-die-for. Step in Ali and her Prezola team! With their interiors expertise, eye for detail and exquisite brands I just knew it would be perfection.

In fact, it was this beautiful scene that was the inspiration for my very first ‘grown up’ gathering and this gathering just so happened to be on Christmas Day (*gulp*). Panic most certainly set in when I realised I was missing most of the elements that go into a picture-perfect tablescape like this one; serving dishes, matching cutlery, napkins etc. etc. However, having invested in some simple, classic pieces I now feel like I’m ready at any moment to host our friends & family!

Although this particular tablescape is rather elegant in style, the fab thing about Prezola is that they have so many different styles and home brands to suit your individual tastes. Here’s Ali to explain how to create your own ‘Host with the Most’ Wedding Gift List…

Notes from Prezola

Ali:

Tableware is one of the most popular wedding gifts people ask for when getting married. We all have a rosy fantasy of hosting a grown-up dinner party for all our friends, laying out the perfect table settings just like our favourite blogger’s Pinterest board with everyone laughing and smiling. Then comes the thundering nightmare of using plastic cutlery because you’ve run out or adding a rusty old garden stool to the seating plan, making up for the lack of chairs.

As one of the more traditional wedding presents, tableware needs to be special enough to last a lifetime, just like when your parents bring out “the posh china” at special occasions. With 36 categories in our Tableware section there’s something for every couple’s taste, and here we’ve chosen a few stylish must-haves for your wedding gift list.

Copper Feel

Copper is a huge trend right now and adds a real luxurious feel to your table setting. Brands like Cox & Cox and Canvas Home do this really well, and don’t forget those upmarket Mauviel copper saucepans! For a big impact, team up your tableware with marble accents and neutral items (such as white or grey) that have a hint of copper to them.

Canvas Home metallic dinnerware adds glamour to any dinner table.

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Golden Romance Collection from Liberty in Love

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Images by Helen Roscoe.

I’m so excited to be presenting the brand new 2016 Collection from our friends at Liberty In Love – With on trend pieces in gold and rose gold, new designers and a dreamy bohemian luxe style – the new collection has everything and it’s all fabulously showcased in the award- winning online retailer’s latest photo-shoot.

Whether you’re looking for classic timeless pieces, contemporary accessories or a mix of the two, Liberty in Love really is the only place to visit to feel bridal beautiful.

Siu, founder of this beautiful brand, is here to tell you a little more about the shoot, the designers for 2016 and which venues inspire her big day style choices! If you spot something you love, simply click on the image for product details and prices. Now, go get your covet on folks…

Notes from Liberty in Love

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Exclusive Deluxe Christmas Weekend at Houchins

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Image by Big Fish Photography.

A few weeks ago I was treated to a lovely homemade lunch in the rather unique farmhouse at Houchins in Essex. I was the lucky guest of Adam, owner of Houchins, and Fi, who also happens to be a pretty great cook! Her Quiche + Superfood Salad = YUM.

This rustic yet contemporary, almost industrial wedding venue is absolutely stunning in the ‘flesh’ and after having spent quite some time staring at the images online via my own directory, it was truly a pleasure to see it all come to life as I made my way down their long tree-lined driveway.

Houchins comprises a stunning farmhouse for guests to stay and a modern, airy and sympathetically restored barn space for civil ceremony, reception, dinner and dancing.

The farmhouse accommodation, which overlooks the barn, is Grade II listed and can sleep up to 14 of your closest friends & family. All the rooms have been most elegantly refurbished and have a wonderful stylish appeal with natural fabrics and wonderful light.

This venue is absolutely perfect for a summer wedding, but actually I think it would also be quite magical for a festive celebration! Read on to see how Houchins could be your this Christmas…

Your 2016 Christmas Wedding

Houchins:

Exclusive Deluxe Long Christmas Weekend, 22nd – 26th December 2016.

If you’re planning a Christmas wedding we would love for you to consider joining us at Houchins. To welcome you, we have an exclusive festive offer so why not make it an event to truly remember with a few days staying together with your family & friends at our family-owned estate.

Arrive the day before your wedding on 22nd December, marry your love on 23rd December and then enjoy a Christmas in luxurious style relaxing around the roaring log fires in the house before departing for your honeymoon on Boxing Day.

The house and barns will be beautifully and tastefully decorated for Christmas with trees, wreaths and lights ready for you to add your personal touch for the wedding and make it a celebration to remember.

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The Kiss of Spring at Eaves Hall

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Image by Lyndsey Ann Photography.

This simple yet lovingly curated shoot mixes a touch of ‘classic bridal elegance’ and the wonderful magic of Spring in one of Lancashire’s finest wedding venues – Eaves Hall.

Eaves Hall stands proudly at the heart of the Ribble Valley; a magnificent Georgian mansion available for your exclusive use on your wedding day, the gardens and grounds are beyond compare, superb in summer sunshine, sublime in winter snow and enchanting in Spring.

Annmarie, the lady behind The Beauty Concierge, and a team of Lancashire’s finest wedding suppliers have created a little peek into what a Spring wedding could be at Eaves Hall, all captured by Lyndsey Ann Photography

The Kiss of Spring

Annmarie:

I’m delighted to share with you our stunning piece of bridal inspiration created by an amazing team of wedding creatives from across Lancashire. There really is something special about Spring, each year nature provides us with this wonderful decadent season, bursting with new life and fresh pops of colour. The Kiss of Spring showcases the beauty of Spring weddings with a youthful, romantic vibe…

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A Testimonial for The Fable, London

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Images by Umbrella Studio.

We love the chaps over at Drake & Morgan and it appears we aren’t the only ones!

Indeed Shania & Nainik chose one of their city locations, The Fable, for their wedding reception and here’s what they have to say about this rather eclectic, unique and cool London wedding venue…

Notes from the Bride & Groom

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