Venue Spotlight: The Night Yard
Tell us about your venue: Our venue is unique; it’s not a barn, it’s not a field it is simply The Night Yard! It is a cloistered barn edging a huge grass courtyard, which is sited in the tranquil part of a farm surrounded by apple trees and a wild flower meadow. The farm, which has been in the family since 1928, no longer houses a dairy herd, but is now predominantly apple orchards. Charlotte, our Front of House Manager, is the great granddaughter of the original owner, giving a sense of heritage and tradition to The Night Yard. Nancy, our Back of House manager, joined the team in January 2017.
Venue Spotlight: Herons Park Wedding Venue
Tell us about Herons Park: I’m Hannah, the wedding coordinator at Herons Park- the venue is a new contender in the Kent weddings scene! We opened our doors after a major renovation spanning 2016-17. Liam (my now husband) painted the entire venue and I chose the furniture/colour schemes throughout. The first wedding here was our own, after ten long years being engaged we thought it only right we kick-start things with our own!
Supplier Spotlight: Miss B's Bubbles
Supplier Spotlight: Miss B's Bubbles
Tell us about Miss B’s Bubbles: Miss B's Bubbles is owned by Mark and Sarah.
"Miss B’s Bubbles was born out of a love and enjoyment of Prosecco coupled with Italian elegance. On ones of our Italian adventures we came across the beautiful town of Otranto, a commune in the province of Lecce, where Piaggion vans buzzed around cobbled street with effortless flair going about their work. As the sun set behind the Ionian sea we sipped Prosecce and Miss B’s Bubbles was born."
Some History: Piaggion vans have been used as a light goods vehicle in countries such as Italy and India for many years. Their function was/is to transport materials, product and passengers from A-to-B in an easy and efficient manner.
Lavender Styled Shoot
The team at Adorn Invitations along with a talented team of industry experts have come together to beautifully bring to life a styled shoot influenced by lavender and bohemian touches. The inspiration behind this shoot was to create something daring and disruptive – something truly different. Set in an enchanting lavender field, the free-spirited bride ran wild and free in renowned designer gowns by Maggie Sottero and Nicole Spose.
Date Night - HOW TO MAKE MOHINGA
Date Night Dinner: HOW TO MAKE MOHINGA
Arguably Myanmar’s national dish, Mohinga is a luxuriously rich and creamy fish-based soup with thin rice noodles, typically served steaming hot from massive cauldrons along the roadside.
1.5 kg of fresh water fish / 5 sticks of lemongrass, crushed / 100-200g ginger / 0.15g chilli powder / 0.1g turmeric / 0.1g black pepper / 0.5g chopped onion / 0.5g crushed garlic / 2 tbsp or 30ml fish sauce / 2 tsp or 10ml salt / 0.4g chopped peanuts / 0.2g rice powder / 0.5g dhal / 250g coriander / 500g rice vermicelli / oil
Optional Seasoning and Garnishes:
Fresh Lemon or Lime / Freshly chopped coriander / Hard-boiled egg / Roasted chili flakes / Crisp chickpea fritters (or) Gourd Fritters / Fish Cakes
1. Soak the dhal and peanuts in separate dishes for 5-12 hours.
2. Rinse well and cook together in a pan until the dhal and peanuts are very soft. Cool and blend into a puree.
3. Clean the fish and marinate it with a turmeric powder, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, coriander root and fish sauce.
4. While marinating the fish, place the crushed lemongrass at the bottom of the cooking pot, place the fish on top, and then add the crushed ginger, garlic and fish sauce. Ensure the fish is covered and bring to the boil, cooking until thoroughly cooked. Once cooked, allow the stock to cool and strain the broth. Do not throw away the liquid stock.
5. Cool the fish and gently fillet the fish using your hands or a couple of forks, gradually taking the fish from the bone. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the chilli powder first, before adding crushed garlic and onion over a low heat. Add the flaked fish and cook for about 30 minutes.
6. Bring the liquid stock to the boil before adding the rice powder.
7. Gradually add the dhal and peanut puree, then the fish and cook over a slow heat until well blended. Flavour with fish sauce and season according to taste.
Ready to enjoy your own homemade Mohinga!
The Wonderous Wedding Fair – Styled Shoot
The shoot was created to bring together suppliers attending The Wonderous Wedding Fair last November. We wanted it to create an alternative shoot, nothing cheesy just fun. As Southsea is synonymous with the seaside we felt it was an obvious choice to celebration the city; independent businesses with a naughtical twist.
We didn’t use a specific venue, we were ‘out and about’ and we were lucky the weather was glorious. Our base was David Western’s boutique on Castle Road in Southsea. Southsea has an adundance of creative outlets and iconic landmarks. Pie 'n' Vinly was a great location as it provided a unique backdrop with it's vinly collection and oddities. The models at the Hot Walls created a soft romantic look juxoposed against the strong stone walls that surrounds the sea.
Cabbage White Flowers created a beautiful bouquet for us. An elegant yet playful selection of blooms for a saucy seaside shoot. Lotus Floral Art provided dried flower crowns whilst Rosadior gave our quikrly silk flowers accessories.
As the shoot was held on one day we wanted to go for a look that could be used in a variety of scenes. We went for striking eyes and pouty pink and red lips. The dresses were provided to us by 4 local and unique wedding dress designers. We wanted a nautical theme without being too obvious or cheesy. Our suppliers really understood what we were trying to achieve. We wanted a nod to the sea without overdoing it with blue and white, anchors etc. We’re so pleased with the results, we feel it represents something that’s fresh, quirky and lively while still being traditional.
A VW campervan was an obvious choice for a seaside shoot. Kelly from Kelly's Cakeaways came up with more than we could have asked for in a wedding caek; a nod to naval and the sea.
The Feather Balloon Company provided giant balloons, a nice alternative to a bridal bouquet. There is a bit of our inner child wanting to have a balloon.
Choc n Truffle created some fun chocolate lollypops; we loved the red lips.
We brought all of our suppliers together to create as many unique and stlyish looks as possible. It wasnt till we has everything together that we could work out the styling.
Bridal beauty: from hair to makeup
As every bride knows, there is a lot to do before a wedding: catering to order, invites to send, family squabbles to calm down. Not only is wedding planning time consuming, it’s pretty stressful too. That’s why it’s important not to forget one of the most important parts – your own beauty regime!
A bit of pre-wedding pampering should relax you enough to truly enjoy your big day and it’ll also make sure you look a million dollars. Who doesn’t want that for the most important day of their life? To help you focus on your pre-wedding beauty plans here’s our go-to guide on everything from choosing the right beautician to trying out simple styles, like a fishtail plait, in order to choose the perfect look.
Creative Brides are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with One Media, who publish the premium glossy magazines such as So Tunbridge Wells, So Tonbridge and Malling and So Wealden. So Magazines can be found in Waitrose, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Fenwick, Hoopers and a further 24 magazines stands across key retails and leisure venues. They also have a growing online presence through their website.
With a readership of over 43,000+, we know this will give an added boost to the Creative Brides Blog, Directory and Fairs.
So Magazines will also be our media sponsor for our next wedding fair at Chafford Park which is on 7th & 8th October 2017. For more infomation about The Totally WOW Wedding Fair, please view our website, or if you would like to take part as an exhibitor then email email@example.com.
Sussex Cutting Garden: Supplier Spotlight
I've worked with Sussex Cutting Garden for a few years now and I love that thei flowers are seasonal and homegrown, which makes their arrangements individual and have a 'fresh from the garden' look.
Sussex Cutting Garden grow a wide range of traditional cottage garden flowers such as fragrant Sweet Peas and Lavendar, English Roses, Dahlias and a selection of spring bulbs for early season colour. All their homegrown flowers are grown in a paddock on an arable farm close to picturesque Hellingly in East Sussex. An added bonus is the wonderful fragrance that many of our flowers and herbs have.
Modern Romance Styled Shoot
If you’re getting married in a Village Hall, Tent and Tipi, then you have an amazing blank canvas to create something special. Starry Eyed have put together a styled shoot to illustrate how incredible these canvases can look, especially when given some thought and imagination.
Starry Eyed chose a local hall to them in Ongar - Budworth Hall, which dates back to around 1890. However, prospective brides and grooms hadn’t considered it as a viable wedding reception venue. We think it easily rivals the cool town halls of East London, at a fraction of the cost! Budwoth Hall boasts beautifully high ceilings, polished wooden floors and well-maintained original features!
Not Your Average I Do - Supplier Spotlight
I’ve always been amazed by the amount of props Not Your Average I Do have. Over the years I have seen their collection grow and it’s great to hear that Kelly and her team will be having their own showroom - Congratulations!
Tell us about the Not Your Average I Do: Not Your Average I Do was started as my own personal mission to create unique wedding days for couples. When I got married myself, I went out of my way to find things that were a bit different and unusual to style my venue and couldn’t believe how much extra work it added to the day. After 10 years in corporate events I knew that I could really help the wedding industry create some beautiful and unique weddings. I absolutely love my job!
Village Hall Real Wedding: Alicia & Luke
Alicia & Luke married on Saturday 10th September 2016. I'm really excited about this wedding as it's in a village hall just down the road from Creative Brides HQ and will (hopefully) be the venue for our 'wedding party' next year.
Alicia & Luke have given me lots of inspiration, and it's lovely to see that a village hall can look so stunning, food looks amazing and checkout that beautiful cake. I'm extra excited that the pictures were taken by Livvy Hukins Photography, who also captured our wedding in Nov!
Mini-Moon: Safari Campers
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had one, so did Kate and Andy Murray. As lives have become busier, mini-moons have become popular; the chance to get away and be together after all the wedding whirl.
At New Forest Safari Campers you can hire your own classic VW Camper for two; no restrictions, no meal-times, no interruptions and no screen-time (because our vans don’t do Wi-Fi). Just the two of you; going where you want, when you want and staying as long as you want.
VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Bassmead Manor Barns
Tell us about Bassmead Manor Barns venue: Bassmead Manor Barns has been owned by the Squire Family since 1845 and is a large moated farmstead containing a Grade II Listed farmhouse and numerous barns. A setting of choice for wedding ceremonies, the wonderful Rickety Barn is 300 years old, and has the capacity for 150 guests underneath its exposed beams and wrought iron chandeliers. Wedding breakfasts take place in the open plan space of the timber-framed Bridge Barn which overlooks the picturesque gardens. The setting provides a delightful contemporary feel and is a warm and welcoming area where guests can be served reception drinks and canapés.
Dove Cottage is an idyllic honeymoon suite and is located at the eastern end of the long barn and boasts a secluded patio area which benefits from views of the moat and morning sunshine.
Real Wedding: Charlotte & Alex
Charlotte and Alex added a few little touches to their wedding venue and it lookes lovely. Sometimes you don't need a van packed with items; simple touches can also change the venue to make it more personal to you.