Burloes Hall Wedding Fair April 2019
Pulling my front door shut behind me as I stepped out of the house, I shot a glance at the sky. Heavy dark clouds obliterated the few rays of sunlight seen earlier. Oh dear, I thought. Not today, not now.
Sophie and I were off to Burloes Hall to visit their big Open Day, the prelude to their season of weddings where prospective brides could see the venue, look at many options for catering, hair, beauty, dresses and photography.
Neither of us knew what to expect but were eager to see what today’s bride wanted for the most wonderful day of her life. I looked at Sophie slyly but she ignored me.
The drive through the estate to the parking area was beautiful. Rolling fields as far as the eye could see, peacefully grazing horses here aand trees in their first leafy bloom set the scene for a large marquee strategically erected to capture the stunning views.
In the background, an imposing Queen Anne house surrounded by beautiful formal gardens gave the scene a magical air of other world elegance. Even a shower of rain could not detract from the ambience, in fact it had added glittering diamonds to the shrubs and trees. What a wonderful setting for the beautiful bride!
We walked towards the marquee. It looked stunning and pristine with great windows overlooking the rolling parkland. I was told the side could be raised in hot weather to give an al fresco feel.
We stepped into the marquee and were taken aback by the beautiful and elegant interior. The ceiling was draped in soft material and globe lights hung and sparkled in the folds . We had entered a world of happy ever after.
At the entrance Sophie was asked if she was a prospective bride….”no”, she squeaked.
If you were a prospective bride there were many talents on display to tempt you. The bar for example; do you want a mobile bar? That looked fun. How about an ice cream bicycle with delicious home made ice cream? Not just for your younger guests either. The venue’s caterers, CDC waited discreetly ready to discuss options and offering a nibble or two.
The wedding cakes were stunning, so many talented young chefs. How could you choose?! Then to the hair artists and make-up artists who offered so much. There is even a company called The First Dance which will create a dance for you and teach you so you don’t fall over each other or stamp on each other’s toes for that first dance.
I have saved the dresses for last because the wedding dress is the culmination of all your girlish dreams. It defines you, it turns you into the most beautiful woman in the world for one day. There were lovely dresses on display, presented by Burr Bridal. Romantic and floaty or dramatic and bouffant. Whatever your dream you will find it. A slender young model drifted through the marquee dressed and coiffed to perfection. Her beautiful lace train swishing behind her.
I glanced at Sophie murmuring “lucky brides”, but she was too busy photographing a dress….really?
Thanks to Sally for this lovely piece on our recent wedding fair. We really did enjoy our first wedding fair and hope to have many more. Thanks too to Kim from Burr Bridal for all her hard work and to all the suppliers who came. You are all so talented!