An Inspirational Bridal Masterclass at Nether Winchendon House

On Sunday the 21st April, I had the absolute pleasure of being invited along to the Bride & Glory Bridal Masterclass at Nether Winchendon House in Buckinghamshire.  There were so many reasons that I was excited to attend this event – not least because I happen to think that Anna MacDougall – Owner and Chief Planner at Bride & Glory is absolutely brilliant at her work.  I love seeing how she co-ordinates her events and she always has an incredible team working alongside her… more about them later.

Secondly I was desperate to visit the absolutely beautiful Nether Winchendon House – the wonderful Georgianna Spencer Bernard – Owner of this stunning Wedding Venue and I, had been in contact when Ice the Cake first launched back in 2011, but for one reason or another I’d never actually made it down for a visit.  Based in Buckinghamshire, Nether Winchendon House is a beautiful, luxury Wedding Venue.  The Carriage Barn is absolutely gorgeous and whilst full of character and history, it is a versatile space that the ‘soon to be wed’ couple can dress in to make their own.  In addition, the picturesque grounds are breathtaking and provide plenty of opportunities for some incredible professional photographs.

(Please excuse the ‘non professional’ images within this blog that I took with my lovely friend Emma’s i-Phone…)

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So on to the afternoon… I arrived at just after 2pm and was greeted with a huge grin from Anna & a glass of Pink Fizz – well what girlie event would be complete without one?  It was a pleasure to see so many beautiful items on display.  The Carriage Barn was buzzing with excited Brides to Be, eagerly anticipating the workshop ahead.

As I walked around the room there was so much to see.  Flowers, Cakes, Photography, Dresses & Beauty – cherry-picked suppliers that Anna had co-ordinated perfectly.

As the afternoon continued we took our seats and the Masterclass began.  The Wedding Experts talked about their particular genre within a very relaxed and interactive session.  I loved hearing so many fabulous top tips in such a short space of time!

So who was there on the day?…

Bridal Gowns
Ann’s Bridal Room based in Leighton Buzzard had some beautiful wedding dresses on display around the barn.

Wedding Planning
The Masterclass was opened by the lovely Anna from Bride & Glory.  She is an exceptional event organiser and her attention to detail is always perfect.  Right down to the fact that Anna will never be seen without something orange to compliment her brand – today was no exception (she was wearing an orange skirt).  She chatted about the key steps to planning your wedding and then drew our attention to her ‘Emergency Kit’ on display and invited everyone to have a rummage through.  Her kit is in fact a huge hamper and literally had anything you could possibly need from plasters to cable ties & pliers!

Bridal Hair & Make Up
The beautiful Holly Preston, a very talented Hair & Make Up artist, was on hand to answer questions on the day.  She also demonstrated for us how to wear your wedding veil.

Wedding Cakes
What a treat!  Karenanna Cakes based in Linslade, Bedfordshire, put together an absolutely scrumptious Dessert Table which we were all able to sample at the end of the Masterclass.  It included Couture Wedding Cupcakes, delicious Chocolate Cakepops and beautiful, individually wrapped, white chocolate flower wedding favours.  I have to admit I took two cake pops for my children, but I actually ended up eating them both myself… Bad Mummy!  I simply don’t know what happened… one minute I had them in my hand and the next… 😉

Karen Dickson – Owner of Karenanna Cakes, gave a talk about the different flavours and styles of cakes available.  She showcased some beautiful display wedding cakes and I love the Cake Poem that she shares on her website.

Wedding Flowers
Gingerlily Flowers not only had some absolutely stunning bouquets and designs on display to inspire us, but owner Rebecca, also had some great advice for us all.  During her demonstration she showed us how to use flowers as hair accessories and also focused on how the Mother of the Bride should wear her Corsage.  Using Anna as her ‘model’ she showed us which way up the corsage should go and where to place it on your jacket.  Not forgetting the important tip that the Mum’s wear their corsage on the right, where as the Groom’s Buttonhole is on the left.  We also looked at alternatives to the traditional design with wrist corsages which could be used instead of bouquets for your Bridesmaids / Flowergirls.

Wedding Photography
Kate Hopewell-Smith an extremely talented photographer.  Her images are truly inspiring and I thoroughly enjoyed looking through the albums she had available on the day.  Kate gave a heart-felt talk about choosing a professional photographer for your wedding.  Her passion clearly showed as she discussed her experience, the industry and reasons to have a great photographer on your wedding day.  This is something that I completely agree with.  Whilst I appreciate photography is generally one of the biggest outlays for any wedding, your images are the ones you will reflect back on for many years to come.  It should also be noted that a Wedding can take many hours to edit and that when you actually break it down a photographers hourly rate is not very high at all.  Stunning photography is a skill and just like anything you really do get what you pay for.

As you will see there are no photos of Kate – mainly because I was too ashamed to post my poor effort of images, but I know Kate had her camera so hopefully we will be able to bring you some professional images at some point in the future too 🙂

The Goodie Bag!
Every good thing must come to an end but leaving with a momento of the day is always special.  The goodie bags were incredible. They included:

The Bride & Glory SOS Kit advice card, together with some Tailors Chalk (great advice from Anna that it can be used to get stains off of your Wedding Dress without damaging it!) & straws so you don’t smudge your lipstick!

A mini goodie bag from Clarins at John Lewis, Milton Keynes including face scrub, moisturiser and perfume samples.  John Lewis have recently opened a spa and it sounds like the perfect retreat for a Hen Do or pampering for a Bride to Be.

A bottle of Dry Shampoo

A delicious CakePop from Karenanna Cakes

A lovely Viola plant from Gingerlily Flowers – I’ve replanted mine in a vintage milk jug and it’s growing beautiful so thank you Rebecca!

and a pretty wooden heart from Nether Winchendon House…

So yes visitors to this workshop were thoroughly spoilt from start to finish and what’s more the event was completely FREE to attend!  I am hoping that Anna will be arranging another one soon and I shall be able to share with you another date or two.  This was definitely an afternoon I wish had been available when I was getting married back in 2010 and I am sure that all future attendees will continue to be inspired… I know I was.

Thank you Anna for inviting me to such a special afternoon.

Sue xx

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