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Magic Touches

To Have and To Hire

With their expansive stores of wedding decorations, props, lighting, hay bales, garden games and so, so much more Sara and the team really do know everything there is to know about creating the perfect atmosphere for your wedding.

Whether they are decorating your whole venue or you're dry-hiring specific items, you'll find them so easy to work with and so knowledgeable, you'll feel the stress lifting from your shoulders.

Panda and Owl Weddings

Organising a wedding is pretty daunting.  I know, I've done it.  There were so many things to remember, and no matter how well I thought'd got it planned, there were quite a few things that got away from me.  Thankfully I had a bit of help to bring it all together and to keep me (vaguely) sane.

The lovely Bev at Panda and Owl is just the person you want in your corner to make your plans go smoothly (and stay on budget). 

You can hire her for a couple of hour's advice, hire her to marshall the troups on the day or hire her to organise the whole thing.  

Anyway you look at it, this lady is worth her weight in gold and she has a smile to match!

Venues

So good we had our own wedding there! 

 

Situated on the Surrey / Sussex border, Ridge Farm is an amazing and sumptious 16th Century country house you can rent exclusively for the whole weekend with 12 bedrooms, a pool house with Jaccuzzi, tennis courts, camping fields and gorgous gardens with plenty of room for a marquee, etc.  

 

This is the perfect venue for bespoke celebrations without the limitations of having to conform to the traditional, allowing you to create a completely unique wedding.

 

The relaxing atmosphere is hard to explain until you've been there, but a big part of it is that the owner and staff are so lovely and so accomodating.  With accomodation for 20+ people within the house, camping for guests, and no compulsary extras, you have three days to spend celebrating and relaxing with your guests in the house, pool and grounds at a price point that rivals what other venues of this quality can charge for a single day.  

 

For the music fans amongst you the history of the Ridge Farm Studios is worth looking up too!

 

 

Ridge Farm

A fabulous barn restoration set in the rolling Sussex countryside.  This venue has been beautifully and lovingly converted to create the perfect venue for your wedding.  

 

As well as a gorgeous, licenced ceremony space, with open beams, it features a wonderfully bright function room with, balconies, high visible beams and capacity for up to 150 seated guests.  There is also a separate space for the bridal party to prepare in (and escape to), a wonderful enclosed courtyard and even room for a marquee.  

 

The attention to detail at Long Furlong shows in every touch.  You can tell this has been a labour of love and the overall effect gives both great style and a truely relaxing atmosphere.

 

 

Long Furlong

 

Dresses

Kara April Blatchford

Amazing and unique wedding dresses with a vintage twist designed completely to suit you and your perfect wedding day.

 

"My unique bridal gowns, bodices & corsets are especially designed to suit your style, be it vintage, elegant, quirky or theatrical. I work closely with my client to produce a quality garment & to help them make their day truely memorable.
 

Vintage fabrics & trimmings are used in some of my garments which give a genuine feel of vintage glamour, this is particularly special for the bridal gowns, as it incorporates a mixture of old and new.

 

I specialise in combining historical and modern techniques to create corsetry and period style gowns for weddings, proms and special occasions, as well as performances in theatre, film, dance, burlesque."

 

 

Oh My Honey

Beautiful 1950's inspired dresses for Brides and Bridesmaids.  

 

Featuring high quality fabrics and intricate designs, Oh My Honey's Louise is known for her beautifully detailed Wedding and Couture collections.  Perfect for the 1950's inspired bride that wants something a little different.  

 

For Bridemaids there is a ready to wear collection, as well as something a bit more oo-la-la!

With several features in top UK wedding blogs and in national and international fashion and bridal magazines, this is a brand that is gathering a following creating dream gowns for brides and making women all over the world dresses that they feel absolutely fabulous in! 

 

 

 

Photography

Jessica Milberg Photography

Jessica's inspired natural approach and relaxed artistry are immediately evident when you look at her work.  She has that magic touch that allows her to capture the moment and the personalities with seemingly effortless ease while adding a certain style that creates a beautiful respresentation of your day.

 

 

John Dominick Photography

John's experience and eye for detail give him a real understanding of how to effectively document your day. Your wedding should be about you and about your enjoyment, John's abilty to unobtrusively reflect this with a mixture of traditional, contemporary and reportage styles ensures that the finished portfolio really is a cherished collection of pictorial memories.

 

 

 

 

Jewellery

The Mobile Jewellery Workshop

An exceptional idea which I find really inspiring.  With this service you can actually make your own wedding rings...now you can't get more personal or meaningful than that!

 

"Wedding bands are the lasting commemoration of your special day, a solid and warm reminder of your lives together and a lifelong symbol of commitment. With the Mobile Jewellery Workshop, you can be taught to hand-craft your own wedding bands, so that you can each wear a ring made by your loved one.

 

We are mobile! Our workshop is a fully-equipped, solar-powered studio-on-wheels. This enables us to come to a location convenient to you.

 

You will be guided through the process from start to finish by your tutor, who is on hand to make sure the day goes smoothly. Rebecca has taught jewellery classes since 2009, with a 100% happy-couple-success rate!"

Chalk Designs

I'm a huge fan of Charlotte's work.  She is an award winning Jeweller and Silversmith with an eye to creating sculptural work with a nod to natural and historical forms.  

 

It's worth noting here that she makes great cufflinks as well as pieces for the whole bridal party.

 

As well as her existing collections, Charlotte can personalise the pieces or create entirely unique pieces for you.  

 

Do call and have a chat, she's honestly lovely.

 

Millinery

I met Abbi at a wedding fair and was blown away by her stunning fascinators and hats.

 

Specialising in Sinamay design, Abbi's inspiration is taken largely from vintage archives and her work reflects a time when headwear played a central role in femine style.  

 

As well as her existing collections, which can be recreated in a colours to match your theme, Abbi is able to create never repeated, bespoke designs to suit your needs.  

 

 

Abbi Ling

 

Flowers

Fig Tree Flowers

Zuzana's arrangements are so beautiful and so sculptural.  I absolutely love her use of vintage colours and elegant foliage.  She's a true artist.

 

"Fig Tree Flowers is an artisan free-lance florist based in Mid Sussex, run by the florist Zuzana Hewer. 

 

Offering natural, enchanting and unique flower designs for weddings, funerals and events. 

 

Zuzana's work is inspired by the seasons and nature. With the love of combining textures, scents and colours she creates arrangements which are elegant, bespoke and always compliment the essence of the occasion, venue and most importantly your personality."

 

The Enchanted Florist

Ellen cut her teeth working as a florist on designer weddings in Bermuda (sounds divine!) for 6 years, before moving with her family back to the UK.  After re-establishing herself on these shores and getting a foothold in the industry, she went out on her own and has quickly gained a reputation for being a bride’s best friend!  

 

With great experience, Ellen can bring you a truly polished, professional and stunning service, ensuring that your special day will be absolutely magical.

 

 

Bettie Rose Flowers

Lib at Bettie Rose has a real talent with flowers, added to an understanding of colour that really sets her apart from the field.

 

"I am influenced heavily by my obsession with colours, textures and patterns. I am always on the look out for new inspiration and gather ideas everywhere I go.  A passion for beautiful flowers alongside my love of art, nature, colour, travel, food and all things vibrant inspire my work and help influence my design process.

 

I love nothing more than collaborating with a couple and helping to create an important part of their special day. I like to work closely with you to ensure your wedding dreams become a reality. It is important to me that your flowers truly reflect your personalities and not some idea of how wedding flowers ‘ought to look’.

 

 

 

String & Stars

Stationary

Really charming stationary with a relaxed, hand-made edge.

 

"Fun, fresh designs for your wedding stationary. If you're looking for something a bit different we have something for you!  Handmade with love, we can customise your colours and wording. 

Designer Kelly is a lover of all things bright, quirky, creative and fun and genuinely interested in making wedding days pretty, individual and as stress free as possible!

Feel free to get in touch if there is anything you specifically require."

 

 

Bar Services

Lovely chaps who provide a superb mobile bar service from their classic car.  An idea who's time has definitely come!

 

"Thanks to our classic Morris Minor, Aubrey, Gin and Bear It! supply a professional mobile gin bar service for your special occasion. If you need a birthday bar, wedding bar, corporate bar or any other type of event bar, we have it covered.

 

Don't like gin? No worries. Though we specialise in gin and gin based drinks we are very happy to design a package to fit your needs. Be it wine, beer or other spirits just talk to us and we can organise it for you."

 

 

Gin & Bear It!

 

Fantastic Food

Delicious authentic Naples style, sourdough based pizzas, topped with top quality toppings all served straight from a proper wood fired oven... and as if that isn't enough you can choose from a Gazebo style trailer with built in oven or a really stunning vintage Citroen H-Van!  

The ultimate crowd pleaser served from a stylish vintage van.  Honestly, what could be better for a relaxed wedding reception.  

 

"We use only the best quality ingredients, carefully sourced from Italian and British producers and suppliers.  We also try to use locally sourced produce where possible.  

 

Available to hire all year round, our delicious authentic pizzas will be a huge hit with your guests"

 

 

Woodbox Pizza

 

Transport

VW Events UK

We're big fans of VW Campers (in fact we have our own, rather raggedy one) but the vans available for hire from VW Events UK are polls apart from the average.  These are absolutely flawless, adapted specifically for wedding hire and are the perfect way to travel in dreamy vintage style.

 

With 5 original 1960's Camper vans to choose from, all of which have been lovingly restored with fantastic attention to detail, you can't help but fall in love with this idea, plus they look great in the wedding photos too!

 

 

 

Entertainment

Marvin Ford

Marvin's performance credentials are as flawless as his voice.  

 

He's been singing since he was tiny in his Grandmother's church, has sung with bands and as a solo artist he has the ability to both command a space and create an atmosphere.  


We first met Marvin at a local open mic night, where he can be called upon to up the ante if the volunteers are...shall we say... eager but not talented.  He's an absolutely lovely man, with a stunning voice.  

 

Marvin specialises in soul and romantic anthems. We can attest that his calypso and reggae are guaranteed to make a rainy day feel brighter too!

 

 

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sometimes when you you see someone perform, it's like everything around you stops.  That's what happened the first time I saw Millie perform.  She was absolutely brilliant.  Then I met her and it turns out she's really lovely too :)  

 

"Add an air of Great Gatsby glamour to your wedding or event by inviting time travelling jazz singer Thoroughly Modern Millie to accompany your champagne reception, wedding breakfast or evening celebration. You and your guests will enjoy  popular standards from the roaring twenties and later decades, as well as jazz renditions of 'thoroughly modern' pop and rock hits.

Millie's hand-picked selection of familiar songs is guaranteed to bring that vintage feel to your special occasion, and provide the perfect soundtrack to your memories for years to come."

 

 

Dawn Gracie

Dawn is a firm favourite in wedding circles.  I've seen her perform many times and she never disappoints!  With the perfect combination of musical talent, showmanship and warmth, Dawn is sure to have your guests laughing and dancing.

 

"Dawn Gracie is a born performer and has spent over ten years in the entertainments business. Developing her skills from rock to retro, Dawn has a particular skill which is hard to find. She loves interacting with an audience, be it a wedding party or a group of her Starlet Daze students, she is most at home when she can involve, encourage and entertain."

 

 

Curtis Skinner

Let's face it, if you're looking for a wedding singer, you want a really, really good one... Curtis is an absolute star!

 

"With his easy listening, smooth and rich voice he brings the sound of artists such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Michael Buble to life."

 

But don't take our word for it, you can listen to him on his website, just click the link button below.

 

Children

Dotty The Children's Entertainer

In her colourful spotted costume, the multi-skilled chidren's entertainer, Dotty, enthralls with a mixture of hilarious slapstick, puppets, comedy routines, magic, balloon models, interactive storytelling and traditional party games.  If you are creating a Kid's Zone at your wedding, Dotty's your girl!

 

"All action show, where the children's attention was constantly kept engaged! Very funny and entertaining for adults as well as the children. I would highly recommend Dotty for any function.  Wonderful!" - Ian

 

"Dotty is just great! I have to say that for the whole time Dotty was at our wedding party we did not hear a peep out of all the children which meant all the adults had time to relax and chat! Dotty is someone I would definitely 
recommend, the kids loved her and she made the day much more fun for them. They all went home happy and excited having had a lovely time". - Julia 

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