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!
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?!
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!