Image courtesy of The White Company.
“If you’ve not heard of the term Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) then you must have been hiding under a rock. It’s the new ‘thing’ and we have the super cool Danes to thank. Considered to be among the happiest people in the world, they might just be onto something…”
That little snippet is taken from my latest lifestyle feature over on B.LOVED where I look at how to hygge. Whilst for some this may be seen as a passing trend, the actual sense of hygge has been around for many years. Hygge is all about being connected, being in the moment, appreciating the small things, sharing intimacy and belonging to a community.
All of these sentiments are so true when it comes to weddings and indeed I think the ethos of hygge is a fundamental process in our decision making, whether we’re conscious of it or not. The venues we’re increasingly seeing are those that focus on the warm, friendly, home-from-home vibes that our relaxed couples crave. Our venue choices are also influenced by our own sense of style (obviously!) and our love for interiors, architecture and design. So with all of this in mind, we asked our Gift List partners Prezola to create a seasonally inspired hygge list.
I hope you like it… I’m off to light a candle!
Hygge is probably one of my favourite words at the moment and there’s no wonder why. This Danish act of creating a nice atmosphere is all about enjoying life with good people around you. When it’s dark outside and the weather’s looking glum, we all need that extra boost so fill your home with candles, wrap a thick blanket around you and feel all snuggly for winter.
Images by Rocksalt Photography.
Garthmyl Hall is a recently opened wedding venue nestled in the Welsh countryside. Indeed, you might have already spotted our stunning Home Tour of this venue courtesy of our lovely friend Jade Osborne. Well, today we’re taking you back inside this eclectic country house with two creative styled shoots by For the Love of Weddings.
Wedding Planner Krysta uncovers the diversity of this beautiful, undiscovered venue.
Creative Diversity at Garthmyl Hall
This elegant venue boasts ten bespoke en-suite bedrooms, a grand dining room, a Gentlemen’s bar, a luxurious living room, a striking dining room – each complete with gilt ceilings and atmospheric mirrors. The concept for the shoot was ambitious; “go big or go home” was our motto as we showcased the venue’s potential to be both striking and exquisite, with two extremely contrasting styles. The Vintage Glam look in the ballroom was soft, feminine and completely timeless. Whilst we experimented with Bohemian Luxe in the summer house, gardens and dining room, and not to forget the incredible en-suite.
Couture bridal designer, Claire Mischevani, showcased some of her new collection in the shoot. Featuring embellished details, delicate lace embroidery and dreamy trains, the flowing gowns suited Garthmyl Hall seamlessly. Photographed against a dramatic red background of one of the venue’s bedrooms and in the grand majestic ballroom, this shoot really does capture the romance of the venue. The look was completed with feminine shoes from Rachel Simpson that added a subtle touch of must-have sparkle.
Be won over by the sumptuous chemise sets from Daisy Sheldon Embroidery – featuring silk satin flowers and hand-beading – perfect for any honeymoon. Glitzy Secrets provided the stunning bridal accessories, displaying dazzling hairpieces that simply ooze glamour, whilst still achieving a traditional element for the Vintage Glam look. Whilst the florist for this shoot, Pheasant Botanica, created a show-stopping floral crown made out of pheasant feathers and exotic blooms for the Bohemian Luxe twist.
Image by Hannah Duffy Photography.
Today we turn three.
Three years since I pressed the button that put these pages live. I hoped that a few people might find us, like us and use us to discover their wedding venues. I couldn’t possibly have imagined I’d be in the position I am right now just three years later.
We’re winding down the year now that December has hit and we’ll be taking a blogging break over the festivities. As always, it’s a wonderful time of year to reflect and make new goals.
I think when you have your own business, it’s difficult to build things slowly. Difficult because there’s so much noise surrounding us and if we tune in too much we can get distracted by others launching their new products, sneak-peeking their re-brands and generally just doing things bigger. My goals for this year were simple – to grow. I wanted to reach more brides, to showcase more beautiful venues and to just be consistently good at what we do. I think we’ve achieved this.
When the New Year hits we’ll be launching something pretty big for our venues behind-the-scenes, we’ll be revisiting our wonderful Survey to keep up to date with the couples and their venue search needs, I’d love a fresh lick of paint for the website & brand at some point and I’ve also got my eye on the next natural step to Coco Wedding Venues so watch this space… I’m also really excited to build on Coco & Kat – my wedding venue consultancy in partnership with Katrina Otter Weddings.
But, we’ll never be distracted. This little space will continue to be the most inspiring wedding venue directory out there!
As it’s our birthday post, I’ve rounded up 10 of my favourite blog posts that reflect what our website is all about. We have advice pieces from our lovely experts, real love stories, wedding inspiration, supplier love and beautiful venues, obvs!
Before I go, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has been a part of our story this year. But mostly, I want to send a big virtual hug to our couples, I’ve shed many a happy tear this year seeing your wedding photos. Just being a small part of your big day love story is pretty darn cool.
The A – Z of Wedding Venues (Part I)
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to the wedding venue… Right…?
Well, to break down this somewhat daunting process I’ve come up with an A – Z of Wedding Venues; hopefully this will bust some myths, make you feel well-prepped for venue visits and of course settle those planning nerves.
This feature is broken into two digestible parts so swing back Wednesday for the next instalment and make sure you pin the bookmark image at the end for easy reference!
Let’s get started… Read More.
Garthmy Hall Home Tour
Garthmyl Hall is unique, relaxing, flexible, friendly, accommodating and beautiful wedding venue in Powys Wales. We adore the eclectic charm of this country house and we sent one of our fave photographers, Jade Osborne Photography, to meet the owner Julia and to experience a sleepover at the Hall.
We asked Jade for a few words about her stay and if this leaves you wanting to know more about this unique wedding venue then read on because we have a beautifully honest interview with Julia including their ethos, prices and plans for 2017! Read More.
The 2017 Wedding Trend Report
The style of your wedding is completely up to you – it’s personal and should reflect the two of you, together. This is the whole basis for our wedding venue directory – individual style. But for this reason, the word ‘trend’ has become a bit of a controversial word to use in the wedding industry for fear it will promote a wedding that’s not honest to your style or your loves.
Whilst I completely understand this and don’t promote the cookie-cutter big day, if like me, you love to gaze at the new emerging interior trends, the latest colours and shapes hitting the high-street and have a wish list of current coveted pieces as long as your arm, then a trends feature is most probably for you.
So…. It’s back. Our BIG annual Wedding Trend Report in collaboration with our resident Wedding Planner Katrina Otter Weddings. In 2016 we coveted everything from the still bang-on-trend spring greens, oversized blooms and marble to bolder patterns, prints, palms and how can we forget… parrots! Read More.
Images by Paul Willets Photography.
Blackwell Grange celebrated it’s grand launch on Sunday 13th November and Paul Willets Photography popped by to capture the scenes. With super cool interiors, thoughtful design and breathtaking surroundings this is a current fave from the Coco Collection!
Capturing your heart from the moment you arrive, Blackwell Grange has been a family home for generations, loved by its owners and steeped in history.
Over the past 400 years, the beautiful 16th Century Thatch Barn has become part of the Blackwell landscape. Lovingly restored, it is now licensed for civil ceremonies. Say your vows in this romantic, rustic barn, before enjoying welcome drinks and canapés on the lawn.
Dining and dancing take place in the newly constructed contemporary barn, bathed in light from the floor-to-ceiling windows and doors and featuring a stylish bar and staircase, impressive dining space and mezzanine ‘chill out’ area.
Images by McKenzie Brown.
Pynes House, located just outside of Exeter, is one of our favourite wedding venues in Devon. This stunning private estate with its romantic Country House set in 37 acres of parkland, was the perfect location for this shoot by Blue Fizz Events.
For this simple & romantic shoot set against the backdrop of Pynes House, they took influence from classic novels.
A Fine Romance
The cool, calm and collected palette and light-flooded rooms gave us this soft and timeless look.
Unstructured plaiting and foliage weaved in to the hair was created by Gerschwins Hair Design. The dewy makeup with a heavy eye brings this demure look up to date, effortlessly achieved by Genevieve Satha.
The subtle palette was infused into stunning cakes that made a statement without being over the top, handmade by Cherry Blossom Cakes.