Jess and Samuel’s Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

December 12th, 2017|

Jess & Samuel | Calke Abbey | D&A Photography When we first caught sight of Jess and Samuel's wedding photographs, we knew that there were so many amazing shots we had to share with you. D&A Photography captured the day wonderfully. Jess and Samuel were married in a church before continuing their celebrations with us in The Riding School, where  guests were greeted to champagne and canapes from the lovely caterers at Black Peppermint. The decor kept a natural, minimalistic theme, with gorgeous calligraphy signs on perspex and lots of greenery complementing the rustic vibe of the Riding School. The exterior of the Riding School made for some stunning group shots with the bridesmaids, as well as the new Mr & Mrs, of course! Jess and Samuel also got to take advantage of the gardens at Calke Abbey and the incredible seasonal backdrops they had to offer. The Orangery is a favourite setting amongst many photographers who visit Calke Abbey, and we love the shots D&A Photography took here. Jess and Samuel were able to enjoy speeches and the Wedding Breakfast with friends and family before carrying on partying into the night... But not before a few more photo opportunities, [...]

Kirsty and Ryan’s Hardwick Hall Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

December 6th, 2017|

Hardwick Hall | Kirsty & Ryan | Samuel Docker Photography This week, we're bringing you this stunning wedding from Kirsty and Ryan. They had their wedding ceremony with us here at Hardwick Hall, which was filled with bright and colourful decor - including Kirsty's bright blue hair! It was the perfect juxtaposition against the traditional venue. Photography by Samuel Docker. Kirsty's bridesmaids were kitted out in bright, summery colours which perfectly matched the flowers. Kirsty's gorgeous blue hair worked wonderfully with Ryan's blue suit. These splashes of colour worked beautifully with the contemporary decor of Hardwick Hall. The couple wanted to take inspiration from their favourite film - Harry Potter. There are a number of scenes from the movie that were shot in the grounds of Hardwick Hall, and Kirsty and Ryan definitely took advantage of this. We particularly love the shot above. To see more of Kirsty & Ryan's wedding, take a peek at their feature on Rock n Roll Bride here.

Scott & Hollie’s Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

November 28th, 2017|

C A L K E   A B B E Y | Scott & Hollie | Rosie Kelly Photography Scott & Hollie were married on 16th September 2017 at St Andrews Church, Skegby, prior to hosting their reception at Calke Abbey's Riding School. Rosie Kelly was on hand throughout the day to capture some incredible photos which we couldn't wait to share with you. The Bride wore a delicately laced double strap dress, and a veil which showed off her silhouette perfectly. The Groomsmen wore a dark teal suit and brown brogues which coincidentally matched the Riding School natural decor perfectly! They said: "Thank you Honeysuckle & Castle for being the perfect hosts in the most amazing setting! You were absolutely fantastic, going above and beyond to make us feel as comfortable as possible and making the day go so smoothly."

Zoe & Tom’s Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

November 21st, 2017|

CALKE ABBEY | Zoe & Tom Zoe & Tom were married on 22nd July 2017 at The Riding School, Calke Abbey. Humpston & Bull captured their day perfectly, showing smiles on their faces from start to finish. Zoe wore a gorgeous strapless silhouette gown and veil, whilst Tom wore a navy blue suit featuring blush pink buttonhole to compliment the bridesmaids' dresses. There are lots of amazing photograph opportunities around Calke Abbey, not only in the riding school but in the grounds' out-buildings and fields. Humpston & Bull did an amazing job of capturing this couple on their big day, and making their minimalistic, rustic decor stand out. Here are a few words from the Bride & Groom: “We just wanted to send a little note to say thank you so much for all of your help and hard work towards the best day of our lives! Our wedding really was everything we dreamed of and we couldn’t have done it without you – you ladies really are amazing at what you do and you deserve medals for dealing with all of our guests and keeping the day running so smoothly. Thank you x”

WEDDING FAYRE | The Clumber Park Wedding Show | UK Wedding Blog

November 2nd, 2017|

As you may know, we have held an array of wedding fayre's across our venues this Autumn, and last weekend was Clumber Park's turn to host. Guests gathered to take advantage of the stunning Clumber Park grounds, as well as take a peek at a great selection of wedding suppliers. Even the sunshine made an appearance, with blue skies making a great backdrop against the marquee... We had lots of lovely suppliers joining us on the day, with the lovely Rose Devine singing vintage tunes as guests wandered around the venue. There was bridal gowns by Elizabeth Malcolm Bridalwear, videography by Ian Dearman, and beautiful flowers from Maria's Flowers. Not to mention the marquee where the event was held, which was supplied by our exclusive marquee provider, Every Occasion Marquees. MISSED OUT? If you missed out on any of our wedding fayre's this season, don't panic, we still have one more to go, with our Kedleston Hall wedding fayre being hosted this Sunday 5th November. We aim to bring you the best of the best when it comes to wedding suppliers, so it really is a great opportunity to meet some wonderfully talented people who can help turn your big [...]

REVIEW: The Luxurious Wedding Show at Hardwick Hall | UK Wedding Blog

October 24th, 2017|

We take a closer look at The Luxurious Wedding Show at Hardwick Hall... Last weekend, it was Hardwick Hall’s turn to host our Luxurious Wedding Show, and it definitely did not disappoint. Even the slight drizzle of October rain didn’t put guests off as they gathered to catch a glimpse of some serious wedding inspiration. We had lots of lovely suppliers joining us on the day, with Adam Thomas and The Souljers providing entertainment, plus the lovely Rose Devine singing vintage tunes too. There was stationary from Page + Looker, cakes from The Lavender Whisk, flowers from Avant Garden, photography from Ben Pollard plus many more... The marquee was supplied by Every Occasion Marquees – who provide the stunning marquees for weddings at Hardwick Hall – so it gave guests a great idea of how a Hardwick Hall wedding will really look. Plus, it made for a lovely backdrop whilst our guests strolled around for the day. If you missed out on The Hardwick Hall Luxurious Wedding Show, don’t worry, we still have two more wedding fayre’s to host this year, at Clumber Park on 29th October, and Kedleston Hall on 5th November. We aim to bring you the best [...]

Wedding Themes: Yes or No? | UK Wedding Blog

October 18th, 2017|

Carina & Zeyad's wedding had lots of rustic bohemian charm, which complemented the Riding School at Calke Abbey perfectly! Image by Dale Weeks Photography. Theme weddings are like Marmite; some people love them, some people hate them. It is such a broad topic that a wedding can range from being 'vintage' themed, with classy and glamorous decor, or 'pastel' themed, like you saw in Tom & Andrea's wedding last week, to Disney themed; which is right at the other end of the 'theme wedding' scale. Choosing a Theme Choosing a theme should be dependent on the venue you choose to have your wedding. Grand, vintage decor may look out of place in a modern setting; a Disney wedding may look out of place in a vast stately home laced with antiques. It's all about finding a balance between what you like, and what will work in your venue. If you're simply looking for a colour theme, then think about the season in which you get married. Spring and Summer are great for bright colours, pastels and fresh neutrals, whereas Autumn and Winter weddings work well with warm, burnt oranges, or crisp white blues. Sophia & Gurpreet's wedding [...]

Andrea & Tom’s Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

October 5th, 2017|

Andrea and Tom got married in Calke Abbey's riding school earlier this year, celebrating their day with a host of close family and friends. It truly was a day that was filled with smiles from start to finish. Andrea stunned in her gorgeous strapless gown. Embellishments sat at her waist, and her veil fell elegantly at her face. Tom and his groomsmen wore a royal blue suit and accenting soft blue tie. The bridesmaids were dressed in mint green floor-length gowns and the pastel theme continued throughout the riding school. Hanging lanterns, bunting and floral touches graced the beams and walls to complete the look. Photos by Ben Pollard.

The Calke Abbey Wedding Show – Round-up | UK Wedding Blog

September 27th, 2017|

Last weekend, we hosted our first wedding show of the Autumn at Calke Abbey, and it was a great success! The Riding School was filled with industry suppliers from photographers, to venue styling, to entertainment and catering - it really was every Bride-to-be's dream! We wanted to share with you a few snapshots from the day, so you can see what a Honeysuckle & Castle Wedding Show looks like. If you missed out, don't worry, we have so many other amazing shows coming up over the next few weeks across all our venues: Stancliffe Hall, Clumber Park, Hardwick Hall and Kedleston Hall, so there are still plenty of opportunities to stop by and meet potential suppliers for your big day. All of our events are FREE to attend, but you will need to register in advance for tickets. To find out more information, take a look at our Dates For Your Diary blog post from a few weeks back.   Salute were on hand, serving glasses of prosecco from their quaint renovated horse trailer! An amazing display of photographs from A Big Neon Glitter. For brides who were looking for floral arrangements, Maria's Flowers were at hand! Check out these stunning bridal gowns [...]

Carina & Zeyad’s Calke Abbey Wedding | UK Wedding Blog

September 9th, 2017|

Back in May we had the pleasure of hosting the wedding of Carina and Zeyad at Calke Abbey. Upon initially meeting the Bride and Groom, we could see that they were two creative souls who had visions of a classy yet bohemian-inspired wedding day. With the bride’s flair for styling and the groom’s technical knowledge, the pair crafted most of their wedding decor themselves, calling upon help from their family and friends to get involved with the most intricate details that made their day so special. This included growing the flowers in their garden, to the gorgeous letter lights, and even the table linen. […]

Dates For Your Diary | UK Wedding Blog

August 29th, 2017|

Calling all brides! Are you newly engaged or planning a wedding? Then make sure you save the dates for our upcoming wedding show’s, hosted in our stunning venues across the East Midlands. We understand that planning a wedding can be an overwhelming feat – and maybe all wedding-planning brides are guilty of scrolling through Pinterest a little too much – that’s where we come in! A wedding fair is a great place to begin your wedding planning, with everything under one roof from entertainment, to caterers and florists, you’ll be ticking things off your ‘to do’ list before you can say ‘I do’! […]

Part 2 : Majestic. Magnificent. Magical. Wedding inspiration at Hardwick Hall

August 17th, 2017|

If you read PART 1 of our photoshoot at Hardwick Hall last month, you’ll know what a wonderfully diverse wedding venue it can be, and with the help of Every Occasion Marquees and some fantastic styling from Peaktipis, we created a magical, majestic setting. […]

A relaxed & intimate Clumber Park Wedding with heaps of heart, soul & fun!

August 11th, 2017|

Today we’re swooning over Laura and Jim’s botanical love affair which took place within the gorgeous setting of the Glasshouse here at Clumber Park. Witnessed by their immediate loved ones, and the odd tropical looking butterfly wanting to get in the action, Laura and Jim said ‘I Do’ with the idea of keeping their day simple, creative, relaxed, intimate with heaps of heart, soul and fun! […]

Reasons to love Hardwick Hall

July 12th, 2017|

WEDDINGS AT HARDWICK HALL // Hardwick Hall has been described as the finest and most spectacular Elizabethan ‘Palace’ in the country and we feel very lucky to exclusively manage weddings at this truly special venue. Dramatically situated on its own hillside (and built for a queen in waiting), it has played an integral part in British history and the Hall is jam-packed with unique and priceless treasures that are internationally renowned and can be found nowhere else. Our couples and their guests will are  awestruck by its magnificent and totally unique atmosphere, here are just a few reasons why we love Hardwick Hall. […]

Part 1 : Majestic. Magnificent. Magical. Wedding inspiration at Hardwick Hall

July 10th, 2017|

Todays wedding inspiration is a cracking celebration of when we at Honeysuckle & Castle have the pleasure of working with a group of extremely talented and inspirational East Midlands Wedding experts. […]

Sophia & Gurpreets Glamorous Wedding at Kedleston Hall

June 14th, 2017|

I first had the pleasure of meeting Sophia & Gurpreet here at Kedleston Hall in the January of 2016. I vividly remember how besotted they were with one another. I instantly knew that this wedding was going to be special and that I would thoroughly enjoy being a part of the planning process. […]

Stancliffe Hall – A Truly Unforgettable Wedding Experience

April 6th, 2017|

{STANCLIFFE HALL WEDDINGS} There’s a new and exclusive wedding venue on the scene and we’re very proud and excited to share it with you! This venue offers so much more than a stunning location to say your ‘i do’s’, it offers the chance to make somewhere ‘uniquely yours’ for the whole weekend and enjoy your celebrations in complete privacy and luxury. We would like to introduce the latest venue added to the Honeysuckle & Castle portfolio, Stancliffe Hall. […]

Highlights from The Hardwick Hall Wedding Show

April 4th, 2017|

A look back at the Hardwick Hall Wedding Show set within the grounds of the historic and exclusive  National Trust wedding venue.  We have been looking forward to sharing these fab images captured by Daniel Hughes Photography since we were sent a sneaky peak. The day would not have been such a success without the hard work of some very clever wedding experts who helped transform the brand new transparent marquee from  Every Occasion Marquees into an inspiring space filled with wedding prettiness. […]

Every Occasion Marquees – The Marquee Wedding Experts

March 14th, 2017|

The team at Honeysuckle & Castle HQ are very happy to be collaborating with the marquee wedding experts, Every Occasion Marquees on several events in the coming months. Just to give you an idea of what’s to come, we’re  sharing a  snippet from a recent shoot at the stunning Hardwick Hall. […]

{Reasons to love Kedleston Hall} – Helen ‘Honeysuckle’ explains why Kedleston Hall is such a magnificent venue & why she chose it for her own big day.

February 24th, 2017|

Here at Honeysuckle & Castle HQ we are immensely proud to have the breathtaking Kedleston Hall in our exclusive portfolio. Well known for it’s awe-inspiring Robert Adam architecture and grandeur and set among acres of rolling parkland, the view from every window is like a painting in all seasons.  It really is no wonder why our very own Helen chose Kedleston for her own big day, here she talks us through just some of the reasons why. […]

Dates for your wedding diary – Honeysuckle & Castle Events to Inspire

February 21st, 2017|

Whether you’re recently engaged? A Valentine’s proposal perhaps?  Or are you well on your way to planning your big day, congratulations!  We know that planning can sometimes seem overwhelming so we’ve put together some exciting events over the next few months to not only showcase some of our stunning venues, each with their own charm and character, but to inspire you with plenty of wedding loveliness. We will also be on hand to chat about how we can make the process as easy and stress-free as possible, all of our venues have a dedicated and experienced wedding coordinator who can guide you through the process from initial enquiry to the day itself, settling any wedding day nerves.  So grab your diary and be sure to come and say hello! […]

New Wedding Venue: Stancliffe Hall and our first brief encounter

February 7th, 2017|

So, it doesn’t seem so long ago that we dreamt of being the exclusive wedding coordinators for a fine portfolio of venues. Who would have thought back in 2013 that we would be where we are now – where does the time go? Back then (when we only specialised in venue styling, prop hire and floristry) Sally and I had the great pleasure of working with the adorable Dawn and Craig who celebrated their special day at Stancliffe Hall. ​ […]

Reflecting on the winter Wedding Open Day at Derbyshires finest barn wedding venue, Calke Abbey

February 5th, 2017|

Prepare yourself for some serious wedding eye candy as we reflect on our Wedding Open Day at the unique and characterful barn wedding venue, the Riding School, Calke Abbey. To bring the stunning barn to life we enlisted the expertise of some of the very best wedding suppliers in the midlands, The Wedding Event Design Studio,  Wild Thyme,  and Rose Press as well as Oehlers Photography who kindly captured the styling, Executive Linen who provided the lovely chairs, Distinct Event solutions and wait until you see the jaw-dropping display created by Fabric Theatre. […]

{REAL WEDDING} A Bright & Cheery Big Day To Put A Smile On Your Face.

January 28th, 2017|

We were so glad when this beauty of a wedding popped into our inbox! Back in the summer we had the privalige of hosting the big day of Rikki & Sam and we knew if the photos relfected the atmosphere on the day we couldnt wait to share them with you…and they did not disapoint. Beautiful images by Andrew Coeley. […]