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January, 2013

Location: Horticulture Center  
Images by: Philip Gabriel Photography
Catering by: Stephen STARR Events
Tenting by: Eventquip  

We were honored to work with an amazing couple on their amazing wedding at Horticulture. The ceremony was held in a tent on the grounds in December. As guests arrived, different flavored popcorns were provided in the cutest boxes. We labeled them; “He popped the question and she said yes!” After the guests moved into the reception area,  we did a full makeover of the tented space to become an after party lounge. This was THE wedding to attend if you wanted to have uncommon fun!

I have the duty of finding “the perfect” spot for a client to relax and unwind in an area outside of London. As you can guess “outside of London” covers a whole lot of territory. After much thought and investigation, I came up with Chewton Glen for many reasons. First it is a Relais & Chateaux resort, that speaks volumes in and of itself. Secondly, the grounds and rooms are just stunning. The staff is incredibly gracious. It has a relaxed English style that is contagious. To host a wedding weekend at this location would be fabulous. You can do everything or do nothing. It is within walking distance of the beach and has all kinds of traditional English games available.  If you are in the UK – it is a “must go”.

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I love to meet new Photographers
  • by Melissa Brannon
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Especially across the pond! I met Xander Casey today. A lovely gent who has a fabulous creative eye. See his attached images. Gorgeous.

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MORE…. of the UK
  • by Melissa Brannon
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Today’s visit was to Windsor castle, Cliveden and Fat Duck . Windsor Castle, built in 1060A.D., is located about 30 miles outside of London. It is the Queen’s Residence at this point.  Buckingham Palace is her “second home”. It is quite a beautiful castle site and situated in an adorable town. Our visit was brief but informative.

Next stop was to Bray,  where the very famous, 2 time BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD, The Fat Duck is located. Heston Blumethal is a world renowned chef. His sensory food creations are his signature. We lunched at his sister restaurant, Hinds Head. Lovely, perfect pub fare.

Next stop Cliveden – a stunning, elegant country estate located on the Thames River. The drive up alone is worth the trip. The mansion was most recently home to the wealthy American Aster family. Prior to that, British aristocracy was in residence. The tapestries, paintings by Singer-Sergeant, oriental rugs, wooden beams and boughs give it the elegant feel of a Downton Abbey. The perfect place for a fabulous wedding. The house has 38 rooms and booking the entire residence is the key. I hope to plan a wedding there one day soon.

Inspiration for our soon to be STORE!
  • by Melissa Brannon
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One of the things I am placing in our future is a store where we can sell all of the things we love to make as well as some stunning fresh cut flowers.. Jessica makes incredible candles; heirloom tomato scent is my fav. She also makes wonderful succulent trees and other gorgeous things. My creative team is happiest when they create. Our store will give them the opportunity to be their happiest. These images from London are exactly what I would like our store to resemble. It is my inspiration to find the right space and location.

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Event Planning in LONDON!
  • by Melissa Brannon
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I am lucky enough to be planning a client’s 40th birthday celebration in London. The party isn’t until 2014 but the planning is in full swing now. I arrived about 18 hours ago and already feel completely comfortable with London. I made amazing contacts and set up lots of meetings before my departure so I could hit the ground running.  It helps to be able to speak the language! The host hotel will be The Berkeley. It is simply amazing!

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