Posted: March 27th 2020
by Belle Hutton
On January 18th Holkham opened its doors and invited newly engaged couples planning a wedding to its wedding showcase. The event took place in the beautiful Lady Elizabeth Wing and Marble Hall which were both dressed up for the occasion to showcase what a wedding at the stately home could look like. A team of dedicated expert wedding planners from Holkham were on hand to answer guests’ questions over some delicious champagne and canapes.
Norfolk suppliers which participated in the event included:
Photography | Tatum Reid
Catering | Hall and Co
Flowers | Constance Rose
Tableware and Design | CMA Hire
Stationary | Clare Gray Designs
Hair and Makeup | Amanda Steed
Cake | Buns of Fun
Trees | Posh Plants
Catering company Hall & Co. spoke about how delighted they were to be part of the recent Holkham Hall Showcase, “We were lucky enough to work alongside some fabulous suppliers and Holkham to help create the tablescapes in The Lady Elizabeth wing, we loved working with everyone in the run up to the event and on the set up day to help create a style conscious design which showed how the space could be used for more intimate numbers. The long tables with Constance Roses stunning florals gave height to the design and this coupled with the complimentary crockery and china from CMA Hire, created a wow factor as soon as everyone arrived”.
Alongside the beautiful Constance Rose florals, Hall & Co. provided many props for the event. This helped create cosy lounge areas for each supplier, perfectly welcoming anyone coming to look around and providing a warm environment to discuss wedding day plans. Hall & Co. used pieces of furniture to display suppliers work and one of the displays included a delicious dessert station that was created by Hall & Co. plus two spectacular Buns of Fun wedding cakes.
The inventive caterers also created and served a bespoke menu for the event, working with seasonal products and fresh flavours. The menu featured everything from steamed bao buns, curried cauliflower, winter squash and buffalo mozzarella arancini plus some sweet treats including vanilla panna cotta,chocolate delice and passion fruit mousse.
No wedding showcase would be complete without a florist and Holkham was lucky enough to host Constance Rose at our recent showcase. The Norfolk based florist creates stunning designs for any bride’s style and they gave us some insight into their process of dressing two long dining tables for the wedding showcase. “The first table was a flood of colours that enhanced the rich texture of the table linens, florals were in deep clarets, vibrant pinks and subtle blush tones and sat alongside textured foliage of the season. The florals ran along the table and cascaded to the floor as well as elevated draping florals above the settings. The second table was dressed in foliage and candlelight, using winter flowering plants, low candlelight and lush green leaves to create a more natural look. The flowers used were predominantly roses and hydrangea, berries and ranunculus in addition to natural table foliage and hellebores.”
Table decor is a key component to any wedding and that’s why tableware and design hire company CMA were asked to create a version of a dark and opulent mood board for the showcase. “We started by clothing both tables with our very lovely natural grey linen, this was chosen not only for its colour but its thickness of fabric, which drops and hangs beautifully. On one table we used our gorgeous gold rimmed radial plates, with gold cutlery and vibrant pink lined tumblers. On the second table we used our very modern concrete grey matt charger plates with elegant silver Old English cutlery, smoky grey tumblers and our dreamy grey hemstitch napkins. The finished effect was unbelievably stunning. All was set in the amazing Lady Elizabeth Wing. We can safely say that every bride, groom and visitor were over-whelmed with the sheer beauty of what can be achieved at Holkham”.
Lastly hair and makeup experts Amanda Steed Makeup were invited as a recommended supplier to explore hair and makeup options with soon to be brides. “It was lovely to be invited to Holkham Hall’s Showcase for Brides and Grooms. We were able to meet some of the Lovely Brides who have already decided to book their hair and makeup with Amanda Steed Makeup and also had another couple who decided to book after meeting and chatting with us. The Marble Hall looked wonderful dressed in candles and floral arrangements; you could really get a good feel of how it would look on your wedding day. We feel very privileged to be one of Holkham’s recommended suppliers and looking forward to all the lovely Weddings we have booked there for 2020”.
With our team of dedicated wedding planners and an array of amazing suppliers on our doorstep you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands when planning a wedding here at Holkham.