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BRIDAL FASHION SHOW FEAT. TERRY FOX & GRACE HARRINGTON / KENTON HALL ESTATE, SUFFOLK

bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk

I recently had the opportunity to document the bridal fashions that were showcased in the fashion show at The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair, held at Kenton Hall Estate in Suffolk.‘The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair’ is a unique, forward-thinking take on the conventional wedding fair, incorporating informative workshops and a host of other interactive events that run throughout the day to educate and entertain the modern bride.

The exquisite pieces on display were courtesy of some of the top designers in the UK including Terry Fox & Grace Harrington and were kindly supplied to the show by Bury Bridal Rooms,Moss Bros & Bowtique.

I had such a blast at the show and so really wanted to share some of the images with you guys today.

bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk
bridal fashion show / the truly marvellous wedding fair / kenton hall estate, suffolk

LUXURY WEDDING VENUE INSPIRATION IN SUFFOLK / KENTON HALL ESTATE

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In the past,  I have been in the fortunate position to have worked with some of the most amazing wedding suppliers in Suffolk and across the UK, with many of which becoming great friends.  I know that many of my prospective and current clients check out my blog from time to time to see what I’ve been up to, which got me thinking.  What better way to introduce some of my trusted vendor friends to my clients than to give them the spotlight for 5 minutes here on my blog where they could tell us about their business, their inspirations and what makes them tick.  So here you have it, a new series of interviews has been born, I hope you enjoy them. Today I had the chance to sit down with the amazing Emily McVeigh from the stunning new wedding venue 'Kenton Hall Estate' in Suffolk, UK.

 

Luxury wedding venue inspiration in Suffolk

Photo Credit: Rufus Owen

 

Ross: For those readers who may not have come across your business before please can you tell us a little about your background and how you got into hosting weddings?

Emily: I run Kenton Hall Estate, a wedding venue and glamping site in the heart of the Suffolk countryside.  My background is in hospitality and I have had also had worked as a Personal Assistant. I really enjoyed the organisational side of planning large events so I decided to move back to Suffolk start my own wedding venue and event planning business.

Elm Occasions is the bespoke event planning division of the company. I settled on the name ‘Elm’ for various reasons, it is my initials, but also according to myth; the tree essence energizes the mind and balances the heart, I thought this was apt for a wedding and event planner!

Kenton Hall Estate Weddings and Glamping provides the highest quality service in the most relaxed setting. Our exclusive venue offers only eight events per season creating an entirely individual experience for you and your guests.

 

Ross:  In three words how would you describe your brand/business?

Emily: Weddings, Occasions, Glamping!

 

Ross: Who or what inspires the creativity in what you do?

Emily: The setting here at Kenton Hall is truly magical, although it sounds cliché, it inspires me every day. It is such a great location for a venue providing a completely relaxed atmosphere, I particularly love seeing the cattle grazing in the fields as you walk down the drive.

When a couple first come to view the venue I like to find out their original vision for their day.  I love to creatively think about how to put individual personality into a couple’s day. My job is to marry personalities to the venue to ensure a couple’s vision is realised.

 

 

Ross: What trends are you currently seeing and how do you predict the future looks for hosting weddings in the UK?

Emily: There are so many exciting wedding trends at the moment. As a venue there is high demand for a venue with a relaxed setting. Smaller, more intimate weddings are becoming poplar with a larger amount of evening guests invited. Outdoor blessing ceremony areas are also being chosen. Although civil and religious ceremonies cannot take place outdoors in the UK, couples are still opting for blessings. At Kenton Hall Estate we offer a blessing ceremony area in the woodland and formal gardens which is truly romantic.

 

Luxury wedding venue inspiration in Suffolk

Photo Credit: Nick Illot Photography 

 

Ross: How far in advance do you suggest couples come talk to you about their wedding day?

Emily: As the venue, we are usually the starting point for newly engaged couples. Couples usually come to talk to me about a year in advance of their chosen date. However, there is no set wedding planning period and couples shouldn’t be afraid to approach venues with shorter notice. We still have availability for 2013 dates and there is still plenty of time to organise the perfect day.

 

 

Ross: Which wedding blogs or magazines do you recommend that couples check out?

Emily: My personal favourite is a wedding blog based in South Africa called ‘The Pretty Blog’. The photography is incredible and the styling of the weddings is fantastic. For UK brides I would recommend ‘Rock my Wedding’. On a more local basis, ‘The Suffolk Wedding Showcase’ is new blog to Suffolk and is one that promotes Suffolk suppliers. This year this blog will grow into a fantastic resource for Suffolk brides so watch this space!

 

 

Ross: What advice would you give couples when choosing their wedding venue?

Emily: Choosing your venue is one of the most important parts of planning your big day. I would advise couples to view more than one venue to ensure they make the right decision. How can you know you’ve chosen the right venue until you have seen the wrong venue?!

Finding the perfect setting and location is incredibly important but it is also essential that you have a good rapport with the events manager and team at your venue. Creating a good relationship with them will make your planning and your day completely relaxed.

 

Luxury wedding venue inspiration in Suffolk

 

Ross: Finally, what's the best thing about being a wedding host/venue owner?

Emily: Hosting weddings at a fabulous venue is a dream job for me; many people think my job is very glamorous, it is on the day when everything comes together but for me its about a lot more than the décor on the day!

At its core a wedding is about the union of two people who love each other, and have chosen to pledge their commitment in front of their loved ones. While I love the creative side, the best thing to me is that I get to play a part in creating a once in a lifetime moment, and that my clients have chosen our stunning venue as a location to create these moments.

 

My thanks to Emily for her time taken to chat with me.  If you would like to speak to Emily about Kenton Hall Estate, please visit check out her website at www.kentonhallestate.co.uk You can also follow Emily on Facebook & Twitter.

The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair: Video Recap, Kenton Hall Estate, Suffolk

Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair - Spring 2012 on Vimeo

Last weekend I had a great time at The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair at Kenton Hall Estate in Suffolk. Kenton Hall Estate is a beautiful new venue in the heart of Suffolk and is home to some of the most stunning grounds, making it ideal for anyone looking to hold their big day in the heart of Suffolk tranquility.  It's also one of the only venues in the region to offer 'Glamping' for their client's guests, giving a fun, quirky alternative to the usual accommodation choices.

Their first wedding show was a huge success, sourcing some of the most creative and revered wedding vendors Suffolk has to offer and I can't wait until the next one.  I also had the opportunity to chat with some really fun couples, so thanks to all you guys too, whom I had the pleasure to speak too.

Please take some time to watch the below video charting the day, courtesy of the ever-awesome Camera on Films.

RD