On a glorious September weekend this summer there was a beautiful wedding at The Grange! Matt & Mel’s Vintage/Festival Wedding. With an outdoor blessing there is an element of tension and finger crossing willing the weather to behave. Once the morning clouds had dispersed it was blissfully warm.
The majority of the planning & details came from the couple and there were some lovely unique touches and activities for guests to enjoy. The couple embraced the space in the Orchard and with guests camping over there was a lovely relaxed vibe to the day.
From fire jugglers to the vintage pig bar there was a lot of thought and planning put into the day, the reward was everything ran smoothly. The couple celebrated their marriage in style with family and friends.
So excited to share this beautiful & unique biker wedding that I was lucky to be apart of! Tracey & Jon had their wedding on a gorgeous June weekend at the stunning Elmore Court. They were keen to have ‘a bit of them’ at the venue with personal touches and flowers to match the brides striking colours of red, yellow & black. Not too ‘weddingy’ was requested, the bride was so lovely having some clear ideas of what they wanted but being very generous and allowing the odd surprise and playful notes from H-Coo. The wedding proceedings started with a entourage of the wedding party arriving on bikes, they approached with a satisfying roar.
The couple walked up the asle together which was a very romantic touch. The ceremony hall at Elmore is very beautiful & stricking in a warm welcoming way and was in keeping with the brides colours and themes. As well as opulent hints the venue has a lovely rustic & laid back feel which again complemented the themes we used such as wood, stone & lace. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed being a small part of the day and working with the lovely couple!
Comments from the happy Bride; “We were so pleased with everything you did for us. The venue looked simply wonderful, just what we wanted, not too showy or opulent but perfectly proper for us. We loved it, so did everybody else and the flowers were stunning . We had so many positive comments. – Thank you so much”
Below Pre-Wedding Flower Stations for H-Coo; Billy Balls, Leucadendron, & Peter Brand Peonies.
The Hewish, Puxton & Wick St Lawerence Harvest Home.
Preparations, Harvest Hoops.
The Harvest Home makes me feel all nostalgic having been most years since a nipper & waiting on tables since knee high. One of the many long held traditions is the making of the Harvest Hoop. In days gone by it was always my mother that would make a Harvest Hoop and as children we would ‘help’, or add a finishing touch here and there. The idea is the hand made creations help decorate the rather large marquee that can seat around 700 people, and also a bit of friendly competition is involved.
Nephew Charlie getting involved.
This was the 141st Harvest Home. The event brings together farmers, locals and anyone who wants to join in. The day event delivers a harvest feast, with local farmers meats & salads prepared by the voluntary committee. Traditionally this was to celebrate the end of the Harvest time & bring the local community together for a shin dig. The evening ‘do’ has become very popular thanks to all the hard work of the committee, with bands playing and a bustling bar to enjoy.
This year was the first year I tackled a floral hoop! Just for fun. I did my best to forage the produce such as; barley, thistles, teasels, poppy heads & added a few sunflowers. The result a rustic harvest/floral hoop.
I was pleased with second prize. Mothers harvest hoop came first! With home grown vegetables from The Grange. I’d like to keep the tradition going and do another next year, just for fun!
The weather may have been rather up and down so far this spring! This hasn’t stopped some beautiful spring bursts from blossom to bunnies. I can’t remember the last time I saw so many baby bunnies bouncing around at The Grange. There has been a family living in the bushes of the vegetable garden & many more not too far away.
I love spring time, it’s a great time to plant seeds in every sense of the word! and summer is just around the corner too, can’t wait! Heres hoping the bunnies don’t eat the purple carrots by then.
Last Sunday was the Off To Wed Fair held at the Paintworks in Bristol. This was my first ever fair to exhibit at! I would have expected the run up and the day itself to be a bit nerve racking but was pleasantly surprised how easy and enjoyable it was. This was no doubt thanks to organisers Lizzie and Paul Tschornow’s careful planning of the event.
The fair was a step away from the big impersonal and commercial fairs out there, instead it set out to be relaxed and informal, an event to enjoy, which it was. There was an eclectic mix of exhibitors and the atmosphere was a buzz all day. With welcome drinks for the visitors from the Cocktail Caravan and food from Minno Kitchen. To add to the party feel live music from The Beehives, Will Blake Band, also Matt Bee.
I met some lovely approachable fellow exhibitors who where obviously talented to boot. It was great to meet some like minded creative suppliers offering something unique. I also had some nice chats with couples and visitors, meeting couples at the early stages of their planning is one of my favorite parts of what I do.
H-Coo Event’s Stall at the fair. (You can just make out a snippet of Betty Bhandari Photography in the background.)
Many thanks to neighbours and exhibitors I met at the fair for making the day that bit more enjoyable;
Betty Bhandari Photography. Beautiful work creative and rustic capturing personal touches. Pearl Bespoke, Dress Maker. Love the bodice dress with so much detailing. Eclectic Avenue, Vintage prop hire, handmade fabric flower bouquets & accessories. Lovely broach bouquets. Amber Persia, Floral Design. Great display and thanks for the lend of the matches.
Forget Me Not Events, Wedding Styling. Great to meet fellow stylist Leah, very friendly and talented lady. Peachie Vintage, Vintage crockery, tea party catering & styling/prop hire. Mother and daughter team Chris & Anna.
The Brolly Shop, Wedding Umbrellas. Perfect Umbrella’s! Whisk, caterers. Gift The Day, Gift list. Making your day affordable by asking your guests to contribute.
Just a month to go until the centenary celebration event at The Grange, and preparations have been in full swing. With invites out and rsvp’s in, with about 100 people expected to come. The pressure is on to give a bash that honours, The Grange, and the many people that have fond memories of the house and farm. Many generations have childhood memories of growing up or visiting there, playing hide and seek and making dens, while others have memories of the farm, being involved or from working there. Little bits of digging and research has re-reminded me of the draw The Grange has as a family and social hub.
The event will be an excellent chance for family and friends to catch up, but running through the core of the event is the nostalgia felt towards The Grange, and a common interest for it.
We know from documentation that The Grange was bought on ‘Lady Day’ which is the 25th of March 1926, a few years after the family moved in as tenants in 1913. This is new to me but there are quarter days in March, June (Midsummer), September (Michaelmas) & December (Christmas). It is likely to assume then that the move to The Grange would have been at Michaelmas, 1913. For farming and all such leases, they would tend to start on a quarter date. This was especially more common for farmers to move in at Michaelmas, being at the end of September the harvest would be in and this was the best time to value a farm with the hay and produce in the barn. These were the days when the house, on a farm, was of no and little value and the focus was on the farm, land & stock. Saying that, whoever built the farm house 450 years ago was pretty extravagant and must have been quite wealthy, with some well thought out attention to details even in the servants quarters.
Bearing all this in mind the styling and prop sourcing for the event has been really fun, and there will lots of lovely rustic details, including; a tip of the hat at tradition by decorating a vintage bike harvest style (a lot of the guests will have memories of this from the Harvest Home). My two little nephews will be in charge of this, keeping the tradition alive! ; A childhood style den may make an appearance, weather being well. Lawn games too..praying for good weather.
There will be lots of archives to display, a memory box will make an appearance too for guests to leave messages or drawings. I’m really looking forward to hearing more stories of The Grange and the people who have been in and out there over the years. I’m sure Aunty Ruth (below) will have a few.
Great Aunt Pam & Ruth in the early days.
Oh, and, we are doing all our own catering! So H-Coo Events & family will be pretty busy the week before, which will be a Harvest Supper buffet, with no shortage of meat, cheese & salads.
The event is also a launch for H-Coo Events @ The Grange, double excitement! Plus 2013 marks lady & Gentleman of the house being 60 & 65 so an extra reason to celebrate.
Not only is the The Grange at Hewish a great venue to have a marquee reception for your wedding, but nesting in one of the refurbished barns is Debbie Locke’s Health & Beauty Spa
I can remember when the barn was used as a cow shed. Almost a decade later and with The Grange’s award winning diversification, one of the barns houses Debbie Locke’s beautiful Health and Beauty Spa. The Grange was recognised for its sympathetic and eco-friendly approach winning the Green Apple Award for environmental best practice, Green Champion Farming & Agricultural. (The Green Apple is an internationally recognised environmental award.) A relaxing setting for the Spa, inside the stone barn building you can’t help but admire the original oak beams.
I recently paid a visit to Debbie Locke’s salon, and was greeted by the very welcoming Debbie. Debbie Locke is a highly experienced and well qualified beauty therapist (BABTAC) with over 25 years experience in the industry. She employs four very skilled beauty therapists and works with two hair stylists. The salon was located in Cadbury House Country Club for over 12 years before moving to The Grange in December 2005; the business itself has been in existence for more than 20 years. Facilities at the salon include; a Spa Pool, Finnish Sauna, Aromatherapy Thermal Cabin, Dining , Changing Rooms, Showers, Relaxation areas and six treatments rooms, plus a specialised colonic hydrotherapy treatment room.
The salon offers a wide range of health and beauty services ranging from Top To Toe, Spa Days and Pamper Days to Manicures, Pedicures, Reflexology, Massage, Tanning, the list goes on.
Whilst chatting to Debbie before I knew it I’d been persuaded to try the Garra Rufa Fish Pedicure. This involves the little fish sucking and gently nibbling away at dry and dead skin. The end result is said to leave your feet feeling refreshed and healthy, I can vouch for that, my feet felt a bit lighter and defiantly smoother. It was a bit of a shock at first and quite an odd sensation. Finished off with a relaxing foot massage, what a treat!
There are a range of treatments to choose from at Debbie Locke’s. It’s perfect for group bookings with a range of packages, great for Hen Dos. There are also packages for wedding day make up & manicures. The Bridal Service includes a practice make-up and make-up on the day with a french manicure included. Using the latest range of make-up from Jane Iredale, “Beauty with Benefits”. Hair styling is available on request.
A pretend bride at the salon. Using the latest range of make-up from Jane Iredale.
A real bride at The Grange visits the salon for her special day, for, french manicure & hair styling. (florist Lucinda Ogden, photography Zid of the Image Centre, Bath.)
The place to go for pre pampering treatments or for help getting ready on the day of your wedding. If you are staying at The Grange B & B, or having your wedding at The Grange it couldn’t be easier, the salon’s only a hop away. Final words? “Come and see us at The Grange for a really enjoyable and thoroughly relaxing experience.”
The Grange hits a milestone this year, 2013 marks the Redding families one hundred years at The Grange, Hewish. I’m excited to start plans for a celebration event. There will be an agricultural theme to the proceedings, as up until relatively recently the place has been a farm. I wonder if the wurzels would agree to play at a discounted rate..maybe not.
Its only in the last 6-8 years that the stink ditch has gone, no more pongs! the cattle and chickens sold, and the very rustic looking stone barns have had a make over. They are now eco offices, very smart too. As you can imagine there where lots of adventures to be had growing up on a farm, and it was sad to see everything change so much. Built 450 years ago or so the house and farm have seen many changes in their time. All in all the more recent deversifcations have turned out to be positive, and its a buzz now to see the much loved house and landscaped orchards look so incredibly smart, a real transformation.
I look forward to get going with the plans for the celebration in August. My next stop is the library to try and dig out some old photos.
The ‘100 years’ event, will also be a launch event for H-Coo Events & H-Coo’s collaboration with The Grange. Did I mention it’s a great spot for wedding receptions and events!