Monday 09 October 2017
Amber Lakes wedding shoot
Following on from our exciting news that we are officially the preferred supplier for wedding planning at Amber Lakes, we were presented with the dream brief. Imagine the perfect wedding venue that, as yet, has never hosted a wedding, what would you do with the space? We had the opportunity to let our romantic sides take over and create gorgeous wedding set ups. The venue is distinctive, being surrounded by water, foliage and nature. We worked to create ceremony and wedding breakfast set ups that really complimented the whole venue.
Unique to Amber Lakes is the pier that stretches out into the lakes, so it seemed natural to set up a blessing here. To make it even more special, we erected a cream and gold star lined cotton pavilion tent by Raj Tent Club. Taking inspiration from the surroundings, the colour palate for the floristry was kept simple with neutral tones and lush greens created by Hybrid Flowers.
We adorned the tent and highlighted the aisle with flowing displays to give a luxurious rustic feel. Despite being a day time blessing, storm lanterns were added to further highlight a brides’ walk down the aisle.
Whilst we adore a wedding at home, we know the UK is not always blessed with fair weather, so we took advantage of the beautiful lodge to create a light and airy indoor ceremony. In contrast to the warm rich oak wood of the lodge, the bleached bamboo style Camelot chairs complemented perfectly. Again, we highlighted the brides’ arrival with individually flower adorned chairs and storm lanterns. At Golborne we always feel it is important to create a strong focal point for a blessing or ceremony. We achieved this through framing the central windows with soft white draping, supplied by LUX Technical, and two pedestal displays sat high on Perspex plinths to give the flowers the illusion of floating. We think our brides will struggle to choose between these two stunning locations as both have incredible wrap around scenery.
Following the ceremony, our thoughts turned to the wedding breakfast, whilst guests are outside enjoying a glass of champagne to celebrate, our team turn the indoor space into the most magical dining set up, supplied on this occasion by Alexander and Björck. The real wow factor of the venue is the floor to ceiling panoramic windows which let in so much light and showcase the beautiful location. We therefore opted for classic neutral styling to highlight this. Not wanting to obstruct the breathtaking view, we opted for clear glass vases for all the tall displays, which adds a touch of contemporary elegance. The overall effect was a sophisticated arrangement for an intimate occasion.
We’re often asked to introduce personal and quirky touches to weddings we orchestrate, and Amber Lakes has these in abundance. On site there is an Italian style boat. This comes included in the hire for guests to enjoy and explore the lakes, as well as a perfect photo opportunity for the bride and groom. We couldn’t resist dressing this with cream roses and luscious green foliage to give that special touch.
Also included in the hire are two black Land Rover Defenders, perfect for a unique Rock ‘n’ Roll entrance or departure.
Other quirky touches included lining the drive with huge white balloons from Bubblegum Balloons, dressing the entrance awning with a floral archway and filling the venue with as many storm lanterns and candles as we possibly could!
It is a dream to be the preferred wedding supplier at Amber Lakes and it was a dream to set up a wedding shoot, it’s made us ever more excited for the weddings we have to come!
Thank you to our wonderful suppliers at Amber Lakes for collaborating with us.
Photographer – Noah Goodrich, Two By Two
Floristry – Hybrid
Marquee – Raj Tent Club
Wedding Breakfast – Alexander and Björck
Lighting and Draping – LUX Technical
Balloons – Bubblegum Balloons
Cake - Domino Purchas
Calligraphy – The Styled Writing Company
Thursday 20 July 2017
A Day In The Life Of A Golborne Event Planner
I love being an event planner. I love everything about it. It's because we get to work in the most iconic venues in London, brainstorm event themes and ideas. Furthermore we also collaborate with some amazing partners who we are now able to call friends.
To give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of events we thought we’d give you a behind the scenes insight. We're taking you on a journey of one of our most exciting Tuesdays. On this particular Tuesday, we started bright and early as we were off to a new venue, Amber Lakes. This was then followed by a tasting and a “Bubbles & Blooms” workshop. We then finished the day with a Summer Soirée at The V&A.
A champagne breakfast by the Lakes
Our role as London event planners is to always be up to date with the hottest new venues. We especially love this site as we have just been announced as one of their accredited event planners. The lakes & lawns can be used for almost anything - from dragon boat racing and raft building to treasure hunts, Ferris wheels or petting zoos. Our creative ideas go off the chart whenever we visit, as the opportunities are truly endless. We were treated to a buggy tour around the North Lake (past ‘James Bond Bay’ where A View To Kill was filmed). The views from the lodge and wrap-around terrace across the glistening lakes are breath-taking. It really is the perfect backdrop to any event. To find out more about having your event here, click here to read our dedicated blog.
An Autumn tasting with Rhubarb
Our next stop was with caterer, Rhubarb for a tasting with important clients of ours. We were discussing an event we’re planning under Hope, the blue whale skeleton at The Natural History Museum. Contrary to popular belief tastings aren’t just a “jolly”. Tastings provide an event planner with an opportunity to sample and choose the perfect menu for the event. The food, as always, was stylishly presented and totally delicious, it was almost impossible to pick a selection. An interactive cheese experience, ‘Cheese of the Future’ was a highlight and we cannot wait to see it in situ in Hintze Hall. If you’d like to find out what on earth ‘Cheese of the Future’ entails, drop us a line here! After tasting Autumnal classics with a twist, such as pumpkin pannacotta and the truffled mac and cheese, we found ourselves counting down the days to our Autumn and Winter events.
“Bubbles and Blooms” with Alison Price and Hayford & Rhodes
As if the day hadn’t contained enough food and drink already, we were spoilt more with afternoon tea and a bridal bouquet workshop. We made some lovely new friends from across the events industry before fashioning our very own bridal bouquets. In addition to the experience the session was expertly tutored by Joanna Rhodes herself. Everyone really got stuck in (the bubbles helped) and the team from Hayford & Rhodes were so charming and helpful. Especially so with our stem twirls (if would like to find out more about what this means exactly, we can organise your very own bouquet workshop). We were very chuffed with our bouquets that now have pride of place in the office. That being said, we think we’ll stick to our day jobs as event planners and let the professionals continue to do such an amazing job decking out our events with their gorgeous floral creations.
A Summer Soirée at The V&A
Last, but certainly not least, the champagne flowed once more. We continued the evening and caught up with many industry friends, old & new. At the same time we were serenaded by some fantastic musicians from Velvet Entertainment. The band performed on a stage in the middle of the water feature in the courtyard. It was quite a spectacle watching the musicians take of their shoes and socks, roll up the trousers and wade happily through the water to the stage. The V&A is one of our all time favourite iconic London venues and we love to plan events there. With the unveiling of the contemporary new entrance on Exhibition Road, we simply cannot wait to return.
Finally, the exhilarating day was coming to a close. It was time to hang up our heels and reflect on everything we had experienced throughout the day. As event planners in London we are lucky enough to be invited to experience exciting showcases, exclusive venues, interactive workshops and delicious tastings. We are constantly inspired by our venues and suppliers who go the end of the earth for us. This day was particularly special and we would like to thank everyone who was involved who made this Tuesday in July so much fun.
Monday 17 July 2017
Discovering Amber Lakes
Discovering Amber Lakes - Space to Breathe
Amber Lakes is set within stunning lawns, this 450-acre private reserve centres around a luxury Scandinavian Lodge. The Lodge itself is surrounded by a 100ft slate covered terrace and on the edge of 120 acres of lake. This very special venue is easily accessible from London and Heathrow. By car it’s just 45 minutes from Central London. Also, from Heathrow just 10 minutes’ drive.
A variety of events can be hosted here. From private dinners with a maximum capacity of 120. As well as conferences and weddings with a standing capacity of up to 250.
Alternatively, there is the possibility to use the whole site for your event. Increasing the capacity to 500 by erecting a marquee within the grounds. Amber Lakes offers flexibility like no other venue!
This venue is available for dry hire only. Meaning booking this venue would require specialist planning advice and support from bespoke event experts. That's where we come in! Contact us now with your corporate, private party, Christmas or wedding brief and we'll take care of the rest.
Show Stopping Summer Parties
Summers at Amber Lakes are a sight to behold. With water and trees as far as the eye can see, there is an overwhelming feel of peace and serenity. The lawns and terrace make this a perfect venue for summer celebrations. The outdoor space can be used in its entirety. Therefore, you can serve food on the terraces, alongside setting up a large bar on the arrival driveway. Furthermore, we can also create seating units on Amber Pier, extending out into the water.
Large parties can take advantage of the space and utilise all areas. Most noteworthy is the 1000sqm slate floored wraparound veranda. This is great for outdoor receptions. Amber Lakes can cater for up to 500 guests with the addition of marquees and tipis.
Weddings & Private Functions
The exclusive and private feel allows you to celebrate in style with your loved ones. As a result, Amber Lakes is a stunning location to host a wedding reception or celebrate a private occasion.
For a more intimate celebration the wraparound, slate covered terrace is perfect for an outdoor drinks reception before moving inside into the Lodge. Also, the Lodge is the ideal venue for a special private function. Finished to an extremely high standard with warm oak double height ceiling and oak parquet flooring. In addition to floor to ceiling windows the space is welcoming and impressive.
The open plan space lends itself well to larger receptions. During the summer the doors can be opened to extend your party out over the terraces and lawns. For a larger gathering we recommend erecting a bespoke marquee within the grounds. In warmer weather the open flame grill BBQ can wow your guests whilst enjoying the view of the lakes.
Please note the venue is not yet licensed to perform ceremonies. Although, it works well for receptions where the wedding ceremony is taking place locally. Contact us now to discuss your Amber Lakes Celebration!
Most of all, Christmas time at Amber Lodges is magical. The Lodge is transformed into an Alpine Wonderland. As a result, it is the perfect setting for festive celebrations, formal dinners and fun parties.
The trees that line the entrance way are decorated with festive lights that twinkle as guests make their way into the winter lodge. While, warm and inviting tables dressed in winter touches and candlelight cast a soft glow on the wood panelling. In conclusion, the space is ready for an intimate event.
The 10m marble topped bar wows guests at after dinner drinks as the celebrations continue into the night. We have a range of catering options. Consequently, we can take care of all your catering wishes. As well as including bands, DJ's, walkabout entertainers to make this coming festive season unforgettable. Get in touch and we can start planning!
Partner Retreats & Conferences
Let the stress of the city disappear into the blue skies of Amber Lakes. The perfect venue for big ideas and grand plans this venue is hugely popular for conferences. Colleagues overseas? No problem. Being only 10 minutes from Heathrow, this is an incredible first impression of England to give your guests.
The Lodge lends itself to smaller, intimate conferences. Depending on layout it can host between 40-120 guests with great areas for breakout conversations as well as outside space for smaller meetings.
In the summer the outside area becomes a perfect extension of the venue, with the terrace becoming an additional breakout zone. The lawns are perfect for lunch, where your creativity and problem solving can flourish in this natural landscape.
There is an on-site in-built PA system, four large plasma screens, the ability to accommodate a stage set and the flexibility to design AV to suit your needs.