When planning a wedding or special celebration with a group in London, a Double Decker Bus tour is a must. It is a fast and convenient way to orient your guests to the beautiful city of London. We added Champagne and Mimosas to our morning adventure. Two Blue Badge Guides added the story behind all of the sites.
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”.
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.
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!
This was a simply exquisite celebration for a 50th birthday. The perfect theme: Venetian Masquerade, the perfect venue: University of the Arts Dorrance Hamilton Hall, a fabulous caterer: 12th Street Catering. We had such a fun time designing this party. I bought the masks in Venice this summer while visiting so they were “real” and just stunning. We added lots of old world touches along with gorgeous linens, breathtaking flowers and vintage furniture.
I found this very small hill town in my travels in Italy this past summer. I loved it so much I visited three times. It has a fabulous history and many, many stories all told thru the art and architecture of the town. There is a fabulous juxtaposition of medieval ruins against very modern art. The grounds are perfect for an outdoor wedding located inside the remains of the original castle, built long, long ago. There is a breathtaking spot for the ceremony and many different spaces for the reception. Imagine a wedding “sotto le stelle” (under the stars). An adorable church is right across the piazza for a formal church service. A comfortable breeze is constant in this hilltown as well as some of the most amazing views.
I was lucky enough to spend the month of July In Italy. While there, I visited a favorite vineyard of Moore Brothers; Corzano e Paterno in San Casciano. It is the kind of experience where you are traveling down a dirt road wondering if you are in the right place, then you come upon a bucolic setting. Aljosha and Toni are the owners. The farm is not only a vineyard but they also produce olive oil and the most amazing cheese. They have guest houses. I am planning on returning for a 2 month internship during my slow season. Will be such a wonderful experience and I will learn a few new things. Why not!
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