Links and Recommendations
Below are links to some of my favourite wedding industry contacts. Established and trusted business who, like me, work all over Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and the South. I have a personal relationship with everyone on the list and have experience in working with them on a regular basis. There is no better vote of confidence than to get a personal recommendation. Consider them all highly recommended!
Exceptional Wedding Venues
Amazing venues in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex
If you are looking for the perfect venue for your wedding perhaps the best place to start is For Better For Worse. Over 2000 venues listed including Castles, Country House Hotels, Rustic Barns, Gardens, Inns and City Centre Chic. Superb venues for your perfect day.
Gate Street Barn, Bramley, near Guildford, Surrey – http://www.gatestreetbarn.com/ – Not only one of Surrey’s finest wedding venues but also one the best in the country. Tucked away in the secluded Surrey Hills yet only five miles from Guildford with its superb transport links and accommodation. More than just your average wedding barn.
Tithe Barn, Petersfield, Hampshire – http://www.tithe-barn.co.uk – If you are looking for a rustic touch to a modern wedding it’s worth checking out Tithe Barn, Petersfield. An exceptional location combined with exceptional service.
Bury Court Barn, Bentley near Farnham, Surrey – http://www.burycourtbarn.co.uk – Everything about Bury Court Barn is quite simply stunning. The huge oak beams and lofty ceiling are truly impressive. This country venue, the ideal location for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions, offers an impressive combination of rustic and modern styles. The original beams are offset by a natural oak floor and clean minimalist lines. Check it out.
Farbridge, West Dean Near Chichester, West Sussex – https://www.farbridge.org.uk/ – A complete gem in the Sussex countryside but so convenient to the gorgeous city of Chichester. This venue offers some unique bonuses such as the most amazing courtyard (with stunning view) for your afternoon reception, a picturesque beamed barn for your wedding breakfast and plenty of on site accommodation too. I love working here as its an all in one type of venue. Within touching distance of Chichester it also offers accommodation opportunities for extended guests. The barn can host between 60 and 150 guests, has seven bedrooms and a special set of private room for the couple. This is the real deal.
Avington Park, Near Winchester, Hampshire – http://www.avingtonpark.co.uk – A truly stunning venue with an amazing sense of history, architecture and style. An absolute photographer’s dream and a location to remember forever.
Caterers really drive the wedding so pick a great one
Tandem Catering – https://www.tandemcatering.co.uk/ – Tandem Catering is a busy and long established company based both in Godalming, Surrey and Sevenoaks in Kent. I most often work with them at Gate Street Barn. Their food is exceptional and the service they provide is second to none. I tell all of my clients to trust their expert opinion. From the food they serve to the structure of the day. They have vast experience in creating the perfect wedding.
Jacaranda – http://www.jacarandacatering.com – Jacaranda have built a reputation for Creatively Catering and Co-ordinating dream Weddings, Elegant Parties and Inspirational corporate events throughout West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. I’ve worked with Jacaranda at countless weddings mostly at either Tithe Barn or Bury Court Barn. I feel fortunate to have such exceptional caterers on my door step and am always delighted when I arrive at a wedding to find they’re providing the food.
Vanilla Catering – http://www.vanillacatering.co.uk – Their dishes are made from the finest, freshest ingredients, and seasonally and locally sourced wherever possible. Each of our dishes is prepared with flair and skill at our professional kitchens, so your menu can be tailored to suit your exacting needs. Totally friendly people keen to make the most from your wedding or event.
For the perfect wedding dress
Sass and Grace – https://www.sassandgrace.co.uk – A Winchester, Hampshire based bridal boutique offering a sensational array of wedding dresses, bridesmaids and flower girls dresses and wedding accessories. They offer a broad range of styles and price points in beautiful and tranquil surroundings. This is a full wedding dress service that doesn’t stop until you pick up your dream dress for your big day. You’ll love the experience of working with Sass and Grace and their creative style and experience.
Get the party started and keep it rocking all night long
DJ Ashley Riggs – http://www.djashleyriggs.co.uk – I spend a lot of time getting to know DJs. We often meet during the meal when I let the guests ‘rest’ and the DJ arrives. See someone a few times and before you know you’re friends. This is exactly what happened with Ash and I. So from casually meeting him to Thursday Night Chicken Club (where a bunch of us go out and have a cheeky Nandos). So yes, Ash is a great friend. But don’t be mistaken when I tell you he is one of the finest DJs in the country. I’ve seen some basic set ups…some average DJs in my time. Spend 15 minutes watching him and you know you’ve found a total professional who is on top of his game. He even studied music theory to help him understand how songs in different keys work in tandem. He’s quite simply amazing (and his wife makes great cakes).
Brian Mole, Wedding DJ – https://dancemix.co.uk/brianmoleweddings/ – I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brian many times over the years. Brian is more than just a DJ. He also is a Master of Ceremonies. One of my most fond memories was a rapturous welcome of a Bride and Groom with Brian leading the cheers of the guests encouraging them to wave their linens in wild circles over their heads. Magic. He’s an entirely likeable guy, fantastic DJ and a commanding Master of Ceremonies. He also has one of the coolest DJ set ups around (which is new this year) in the form a split screen VW campervan front. Totally unique.
Chris Haslam, Chess DJ – http://www.chessdisco.co.uk/ – CHESS is a professional Wedding DJ company run by Chris Haslam and based in Guildford, Surrey. Chris and I have worked on countless weddings, often at Gate Street Barn, but also at other venues throughout Hampshire and Surrey. His years of experience and drive to stay right on top of the music scene ensures an excellent party for your wedding.
Adding nature, colour and life to every wedding
Gill Pike Florist – http://www.gillpikeflorist.co.uk/ – Superb and creative, Gill is not only an exceptional florist but an all around great person to work with. Dedicated, driven and friendly I always know the flowers, arrangements and styling she creates will always be incredible. I’m often finding her posting from the early morning London flower markets. She’s such an incredible artist.
Kate Avery Flowers – http://www.kateaveryflowers.co.uk – Based in Chiddingfold, Surrey, Kate offers a luxury floral design service that is completely bespoke. She’s have been flowering from her garden workshop since 2005 and in 2014 I won the “Best Wedding Florist” in the National Wedding Industry Awards. Superb service!
Heavenly Scent Floral Designs, Liss – http://www.heavenly-scent.co.uk/ – Heavenly Scent is a Wedding & Event Florist based in Greatham, Hampshire at a country workshop. Established since 1996, they have a wealth of experience in the Wedding and Event industry and regularly feature in ‘Wedding Flowers’ magazine.
Perfect Hair and Make-up
Helping you be the best you can be
Olivia Mills, Hair and Make Up – https://www.oliviamillsmakeup.co.uk/ – Dynamic and creative as well as so easy to chat to, Olivia is a top quality hair and make up artist who I have had the opportunity to work with many times. She’s calm (useful) and can deal with any situation perfectly. Let her experience help make you look the best you can be!
Natasha Wiggins – http://www.nwmake-up.co.uk – Totally professional and super nice, Natasha and her team of hand selected artists can help you find the perfect bridal makeup combination. I’ve worked with her so many times I can’t count. Totally recommended!