This year we can honestly say we’ve worked with some truly wonderful clients to help transform their dreams and plans into a reality. It’s a privilege to be a part of such a memorable day for our couples and their friends and family. We are also incredibly proud of our three beautiful venues which have seen some absolutely amazing big days throughout this year.
From rustic and quirky to romantic and vintage, we have loved seeing our brides put their stamp on our fabulous spaces creating personal and inspiring ceremonies, wedding feasts and parties to end all parties! Here at Honeysuckle & Castle HQ the champagne bottles were also popping for our very own Helen who tied the knot at Kedleston Hall in the summer.
Last year we were very kindly nominated by a bride of ours into the Best Wedding Events Team category in the 2015 Wedding Industry Awards. We were both touched and thrilled to have been put forward for the award and felt as if we had already won when we received such lovely feedback and comments from our couples. To our amazement, we went on to win the Highly Commended Award and it was a really fantastic way to round of a very successful year of weddings.
Well….we’ve only gone and done it again this year! In addition to the Best Wedding Events Team category, we were entered our beautiful exclusive venue, the Riding School, Calke Abbey into the Wedding Venue of the Year (Countryside) 2016 category. We are so pleased to announce that the Riding School went on to WIN the Highly Commended Award and we couldn’t be happier.
Its thanks to our fantastic couples and their very kind words and testimonials that we have been lucky enough to enjoy another brilliant and successful year at Honeysuckle & Castle and we cannot thank them all enough for their vote. Here are just a few of the comments received by our clients this year….
“Honeysuckle and Castle were absolutely brilliant. They helped us enormously in the build-up to our wedding, answering questions whenever we had them and making suggestions for the things we’d failed to consider! On the day they get the exact balance of help and letting you get on with things, and the venue is fantastic; made better by the decor and finishing touches the guys at Honeysuckle provided. They made sure our special day was as special as we hoped it would be!”
“Amazing venue with wedding coordinators that know what you need as a bride before you even know yourself! Very flexible and added some great ideas! Sophie was great on the day, she remained calm when a few things didn’t go to plan, and quickly resolved them with me before anyone even noticed! I would highly recommend!”
“Calke Abbey is a gorgeous wedding venue run by people who care about your dat as much as you do. They made our ceremony so easy to arrange and it was lovely having sophie with us on the day. It felt like she really enjoyed it as well. I would not hesitate in recommending calke as a wedding venue”
“We fell in love with the Riding School the minute we stepped through the doors. It is such a beautiful old venue, totally rustic and untouched, exactly what we were looking for. Helen and the team at H&C were awesome. The building and the surroundings speak for themselves, there were so many beautiful locations available for photographs. All of our guests have commented since on how beautiful the venue was.”
“Honeysuckle and Castle really understand what makes brides happy – they can do as much or as little of your wedding planning as you need. The team were always on hand to answer all our little questions and gave us fantastic advice on suppliers. Our wedding day was perfect because they made sure everything happened the way we hoped it would and the venue was completely stunning.”
“The Riding School was the prettiest blank canvas for our wedding. The perfect mix of laid back barn-style rustic wedding and the elegance of a stately home. The suppliers Honeysuckle and Castle used, and Honeysuckle and Castle themselves, were all very knowledgeable and on the same page as to what we wished to achieve for our Wedding Day. It was absolutely spectacular from start to finish and we couldn’t have been more happy.”
“From the moment we drove down calkes impressive drive way and walked through the riding schools doors we knew it was the wedding venue for us – infact we didn’t look anywhere else and booked straight away to secure our date! Helen and the Honeysuckle team were so helpful and supportive – answering my endless wedding questions and giving me their advice to make my wedding one to remember – and it certainly was! Every single one of wedding guest commented on how beautiful the venue was!”
“Helen and her team are just fabulous and they are always there to guide and advise you to help make the right choices for your special day. They have put a lot of thought and work into The Riding School to make this such a special venue. Every little detail has been thought of down to the seating and the way the ceremony is laid out. My day was spectacular and it was through all the hard work that H&C did before and during the day. They can transform an old riding school into something magical.”
“We had a fantastic wedding day – the Riding School was beautiful and we can’t fault the professionalism and dedication of the Honeysuckle and Castle team who helped us through the planning, accommodated our spur of the moment visits and guided through the whole process in a speedy 5 months. Would highly recommend this venue and this team to any couple.”
“Our wedding at Calke Abbey was truely above and beyond all our expectations and hopes. From the moment we first enquired about the venue Helen and her colleagues were always on hand to help and offer advice and support. The venue looked beautiful on the day which was due to the a huge amount of hard work from Helen and a lot of flexibility to allow us to make our mark on the room. The wedding day itself flew by without any hitches, and so many guests commented what a wonderful day it was.”
“The girls at Honeysuckle gave us all the possible information we needed and were very thorough. They were prompt with emails and appointments and liaised with our suppliers on our behalf. We felt so relaxed during the build up as everything just fit into place. The girls were so accommodating and more than helpful and open to ideas. We felt as though we could approach them about anything and built up such a fab relationship with them all. I wish we could do it all over again.”
Why They Booked The Riding School, Calke Abbey
“As soon as I walked into The Riding School without a doubt it was the place I wanted to get married in. It’s a blank canvas where I could bring in my own suppliers. The wedding ceremony guest list was too large for other venues so this was perfect. I also have a long love for Calke and the history surrounding the place. As a family we have visited for many years so this was always going to be very special.”
“The Riding School is an idyllic setting. You have to take a 2 mile drive through the picturesque grounds of Calke Abbey before you get to the venue, taking in quiet woodland followed by expansive, rugged countryside. It really does create quite a unique scene as you arrive in your wedding car! The Riding School itself is a fantastic combination of old and new, with light streaming into the old barn and making for some really beautiful and interesting wedding photos. The decor is simple but well thought-out, and the drapes they use for the wedding ceremony give an intimate feel to what is an otherwise large venue.”
“Because as soon as we walked in, I was blown away with how beautiful it was. Shabby chic at its best. The idea of having a blank canvas and the flexibility to be creative without too many restrictions was great. Absolutely stunning venue.”
“We loved it’s rustic charm and the beauty of all the surroundings – which is everything that I wanted from a wedding venue! It offered me so much potential to decorate and put our personal touch on and that’s exactly what we got! All out guests said that the riding school was a true reflection on my and Luke as a couple 🙂”
“This was the first venue we looked at, and we knew there was no need to look at others, Calke is very close to our hearts so we knew we wanted to be there on such a special day. The venue is truly beautiful and when it came to decorations we knew we wanted the beauty of the venue to shine through.”
“We loved the space and the setting. There were no other venues we saw which were in the middle of a beautiful country estate, with rolling hills and meadows, wildlife and life stock everywhere and stunning oak trees. It felt like the perfect English wedding venue. We were also thrilled that we didn’t have to rely on good weather in a marquee- the Riding School is a beautiful Victorian building which we loved the feel of.”
“A unique venue in a beautiful location. A room which is fantastic and we could see the potential it had to be amazing. Staff and catering were all second to none”
“As soon as I walked into the Riding Stables I knew it was where we’d get married. The venue as a whole is stunning and we loved the fact that it’s been untouched. We didn’t want anything formal and when the girls said we could do what we pretty much wanted, in terms of decoration, then I knew it was the one. Also the photo opportunities Calke offers was too much to pass up on knowing that we could go pretty much anywhere was so exciting. The girls made it so easy for us to pick Calke by providing us with all the necessary information we needed. Amazing amazing amazing.”
“The venue is close to my parents home and I grew up coming to Calke Abbey for walks – as soon as I heard the Riding School was being used as a wedding venue it was my first choice.”
“Gorgeous venue run by lovely people. Our day was a dream.”
“The venue is perfect by the way they split the room into 3 – you never have to leave the venue for it all to be changed around and move chairs etc. Setting of the location is just beautiful within the countryside.”