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London Olympics 2012

Well, after all of the hype the London 2012 Olympics are here and it is the opening ceremony today! I must admit, living in London, I have had mixed feelings about the Olympics being here.

On the negative side, there are a billion more tourists, roads and other transport is a million times worse than normal, I would not even attempt to go near any central London shops (which I actually need to) and I cannot get to my local Waitrose! Oh, and if I accidentally drive in a lane designated for the Olympics I get a big automatic fine!!

That all said, I am starting to get in the spirit of things the closer we get and I do want our GB Team to do well. I do also think it is very cool that Stella McCartney designed the GB team kit!

Fox On The Run

I live next to Tower Bridge and you can’t help get in the spirit of things when passing this every day with the big Olympic Rings looking fab.


Tower Bridge looks great at night too – they were even rehearsing some kind of fireworks show from it the other day, so I think that Tower Bridge is going to be playing a big part in the celebrations which is nice. This is one of my Instagram pics.

I know quite a few people are having parties and get togethers tonight to celebrate the opening ceremony. How about a bit of themed decoration and/or food?!

Birds Party

my M zone

So what do you think about all of this? Are you excited and feeling all warm and patriotic inside – or are you just annoyed that you can’t go anywhere in London for the next few weeks?!

Have a great opening ceremony x

Entertainment – Food & Drink

As first discussed last week, our clients often ask us about entertainment ideas for their weddings and events – usually wanting something different and something their guests will remember and be talking about for a while! Over the next few weeks we will be looking at various options on the blog and you may have seen our post last week, Entertainment – Celebrity Guest.

This week we are going to look at food and drink. This may not be an area that immediately springs to mind when it comes to entertainment as food and drink are usually just a given. This is true, but why not use it to wow your guests and try out a few different things?!


Drinks Station

Rather than just your traditional bar, why not have a few pretty drinks stations as well – manned by mixologists who can whip up cocktails for your guests? Frozen fruit stirrers and flower filled ice cubes can also be very pretty for a summer event.

Living For Pretty

Hostess with Mostess

Visual Photos

Late Afternoon

Unique Canapes

There is no doubt that guests like to be fed and what better to get the party started than with special and plentiful canapes. Speak to your venue or caterers about the different options and what you can do to make things look pretty as well as taste great. Use inventive ways of displaying and presenting the canapes too, as that makes a huge difference.

My Wedding Reception Ideas

the Kitchn

Martha Stewart

Wedding Cake

If your event is a wedding then you would usually have a wedding cake anyway, so why not make it a real feature!

Sylvia Weinstock

Evrim Icoz

Project Wedding

Dessert Table

A dessert or sweet/candy table is another popular way of entertaining guests and is always very popular. It is not a new thing, so just try to be inventive in what you  have on it and in the way that you display.

French Wedding Style

Segerius Bruce

Temple Gregory Event, photo by Segerius Bruce

Something Different

A few other different ideas for your wedding or event could be to use doughnuts, margarita ice lollies, heart sugar cubes, gourmet jelly shots or even Baileys (or milk) and cookies? There really are no limits – think about what you like and then how you can incorporate that into your day.


Bakers Royale

The Natural Wedding Company

Belle the Magazine

Intimate Weddings

So what do you think of these food and drink ideas? Do you have anything exciting or unusual planned for your wedding or event? x

Cowley Manor Wedding Preview

We had a wedding over the weekend, for Rebecca and Tim, at the beautiful Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds and just wanted to share a few pics with you.

I am sure you can see that these are not the professional photos, they are just a few of my iPhone photos that have been Instagrammed! The professional photos will follow.

Rebecca’s dress was Pronovias and it suited her perfectly. As you can see the bouquet is quite small, which in this case was totally right. Bouquets can sometimes be quite large and hide lots of the dress – this is something to think about when you are choosing your bouquet.

Aah, pretty peonies – my favourite flower!

More pretty flowers placed in the entrance hall at Cowley Manor. You can see from the chairs that the decor is quite quirky and modern.  

Instead of a traditional table plan, we had an escort card (or pebble in this case) table. Each guest had a pebble with their name on in front of the table number they were sitting at.

The names were actually engraved into the stone and guests could take them home as favours.

This is the wedding breakfast room and although my rubbish photography does not do it justice, it gives you an idea! We hired in Ghost chairs, which looked fabulous on the day – especially once all the candles were lit, as they reflected the light beautifully.

We arranged the napkins so that each guest had their own menu slotted in the top, tied with navy ribbon (to match the bridesmaids), a name card slotted in the bottom with a twig of rosemary to finish them off.

This is their pretty wedding cake with the flowers reflected in the mirror behind it.

Again, not the best photography but it gives you an idea of how pretty the room looked when the candles were lit! It really was beautiful.

What do you think? Some very pretty details at this wedding – as well as a very pretty couple! x

Mint Polo In The Park

Temple Gregory went to the Polo last week and we just wanted to share some of the pics with you. It was Mint Polo In The Park at The Hurlingham Club in London and apart from wet weather it was a great day!

We were there with Gaucho so got to have a gorgeous champagne lunch there, before being whisked off to the Polo. The food was fabulous and we loved the sparkly floor in the loo’s!

We were in the Gaucho tent, but were also right next door to the Mahiki tent – 2 of our favourite places! We were tempted by the treasure chest, but thought best not between 2 of us and so stuck to champagne!

Although we were obviously not complaining about having to stick to the champagne… such a hard life!

Unlike last year at Ascot, we did actually see horses this time – we were sitting right in front of the pitch so would have been hard not to! Ooh, look at that grey sky!

In between matches they put on some horse acrobatic shows – people jumping and diving all over the place, whilst on horses – amazing!

We did not actually have any Pimms, but I thought this cool Pimms bus was worth a photo as would be great for a wedding or event. I bet if it had been a sunny day, this would have been overrun at the Polo!

Another of our favourite things is Harrods, so we were delighted to find they were there supplying lots of yummy food – needed and well deserved at the end of a cold rainy day of Polo – & a little bit of alcohol 😉 !

It was a fab day, I just hope for sun next time as would have been perfect with better weather. Did anyone else go? What did you think? If it is not something you have tried before you should definitely give it a go – also perfect for a hen day or even a corporate event.

Let us know what you think x

Chez Bec 2012 Collection

I am delighted to be featuring the new Chez Bec 2012 collection on the blog today. The lovely Rebecca Doyle is the brains behind Chez Bec – who are leading and award winning designers of very special wedding jewellery and accessories.

To showcase the new collection Rebecca organised a collection shoot at the fabulous Gosfield Hall – and as well as the beautiful photos (by Claudine Hartzel) shown below, the shoot was also captured on video (by The Dreamcatchers) – a lovely touch.

Gosfield Hall Bridal Shoot from The Dreamcatchers on Vimeo.

Ultra feminine, romantic pieces with a gentle vintage twist form the body of the latest collection – with beautiful bows, vintage-inspired lace and lashings of chiffon combined with divine appliqués and a delicate dusting of sparkle.

Photographer Claudine Hartzel took these lovely images and what a backdrop they had for that feminine vintage feel they were looking for, at Gosfield Hall – perfect!

The beautiful Paloma Blanca bridal gowns were from Rebecca’s Tunbridge Wells bridal boutique Isabella Grace.

The beautiful model used for the shoot is Alice Christian who is the face of Chez Bec and has been on board since the very beginning.

Alice’s hair was done by Jo Irving from Love Hair and the make-up was done by Lara Crudgington – both super talented ladies.

Featuring an abundance of shimmering freshwater pearls, sparkling Swarovski crystals and diamantes, Chez Bec’s 2012 Collection is a sure delight for any lucky lady.

Many of my Temple Gregory brides have worn Chez Bec, as have I to several parties and I cannot recommend them highly enough!

To see more or to purchase your own sparkly delights, please visit the Chez Bec website.

Twilight Inspiration

Morning all and happy Wedding Wednesday. I am super excited about the new Twilight film, Breaking Dawn, coming out this week and I already have my ticket booked for Sunday!

In its honour I thought I would put together a bit of Twilight Inspiration – suitable for weddings or parties.

1 – Stakes Wanelo,  2 – Dress The Bijou Bride,  3 – Floral manequin Vintage Rose Garden,  4 – Flowers Little Flower School,  5 – Potions book Instructables,  6 – Skulls Choccywoccydoodah

Is it just me, or is everyone else looking forward to the film? 🙂 xx

Four Seasons Wedding Preview Pics

I just wanted to share a few preview photos from another of my weddings which took place at the Four Seasons, Hampshire in June this year – the marriage of Gail and Chris.

These beautiful pics are by photographer Eliza Claire – thanks Eliza 🙂

Eliza Claire

The very fabulous flowers are of course by Emma Lappin of Emma Lappin Flowers. The Four Seasons is such a fantastic venue – every bit the 5 star country house.

Eliza Claire

I actually had tears in my eyes when I saw the flowers that Emma produced for this wedding – you can only get a tiny bit of how they looked from photos – but I can tell you – wow!

Eliza Claire

This is a little snippet of the dessert bar we created and macaron tower produced by Genii Cupcakes.

Eliza Claire

What a gorgeous day and what a gorgeous venue! I will be posting the full wedding soon so look out for that.

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