A Little Pause…

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Image by Hannah Duffy Photography.

So every now and again I think we need to take a moment to pause and just breathe… In life, relationships, wedding planning (highly recommended!) and business… It’s the latter point that makes me write today’s post.

This will be where we pause the blog on Coco Wedding Venues, just for a couple of weeks, whilst we put the finishing touches to our revamped, rebranded and refreshed platform.

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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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It’s All About The Getting Ready!

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Images by Swanton Morley Studios.

We’re big fans of the whole getting ready thing. It’s such an important ritual of a wedding day so we say indulge!

Swanton Morley House & Gardens seem to agree with us too and created this gorgeous ‘Getting Ready’ inspiration piece with Caro London – creator of gorgeous loungewear perfect for a bride and her best girls.

Designer Caro has been evolving affordable timeless collections of loungewear and accessories using natural fibres since 2002. Designing easy, flattering and practical shapes in pure, soft cottons to wear for sleeping and lounging, often in her own beautiful prints.

If you think you and your Maids should be wafting through the morning of your wedding in something beautiful, then Caro London is offering 10% off the entire range until 30th September 2017 – please see the website for more details and quote CAROBRIDES10 when ordering.

Over to Swanton Morley to tell us more about this shoot…

It’s All About The Getting Ready!

Swanton Morley:

We were delighted to welcome Caro London to Swanton Morley House & Gardens last August for a rather special photoshoot to celebrate the launch of their new wedding range of beautiful kimono style robes.

We think that these robes and slips would make any bride and her bridal party feel extra special and are perfect to wear during the morning of the big day. They are also available in a range of luscious Caro London prints and with matching accessories and elegant gift boxes we think they would make very welcome and gorgeous gifts for bridesmaids, Mums and future Mother-in-Laws!

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Pop-Up Lounges – It’s A Thing!

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Images by Clare Kinchin Photography.

Couples are always looking for something new to wow their wedding guests. And we have just the thing!

New for the 2017 wedding season, Ever After are offering exclusively to their booked couples the luxury of their very own pop-up evening lounges. How about post-dinner whisky & cigars in an art deco inspired club lounge..? Or maybe some artisan botanicals in an opulent gin & champagne lounge fitted out with old style Hollywood glamour..? These two brand new pop up lounges are exclusive to this venue, you can’t get them anywhere else!

Each lounge comes with its own 4.5 m square white canopy with roll down sides in case it gets chilly. If the weather is dry the lounges will be set up on the lawns whilst guests are having their wedding breakfast. If the weather is wet the lounges will pop up inside the marquee during the change-over period after your wedding breakfast.

The lounges can be hired together or separately, but there’s a handy discount for hiring both.

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