Conceive & Create!

TRENDS

Definition:

'A general direction in which something is developing or changing'

 

Throughout the year as we welcome excited brides and grooms, same sex unions and blessings, we see a variety of styles and tastes when it comes to wedding decoration and styling. Each and every wedding is individual and unique, making our job a very exciting and happy one!

Over the past 12 months we have seen 2016/17 trends such as free-form bouquets and wild flower centre pieces, food stations, naked cakes, wooden detailing and an emphasis on pastel colour palettes.

We love and promote creativity here at the barns and love it when our couples inject their own sense of style and personality in to the big day. As with all aspects of creative avenues, trends will always come and go and come back round again, but it is what best represents you and your relationship which will make it YOUR wedding day. 

In March we played host to a group of immensely talented suppliers working in the wedding and events industry, who came together on a beautiful sunny day in Suffolk to showcase their talents and promote their services within our grounds. Using white shades against fresh, lush foliage with hints of peach tones, Jenna and Leah orchestrated a stunning shoot with beautifully executed photography to capture the atmosphere on the day. By carefully selecting particular props, flowers, foliage and colours, the team of suppliers used trends and ideas rooted in 2016 which would transition easily in to 2017, enabling the resulting images and blog to remain 'current' and as an inspiration to brides this year and in to 2018.

Here are a collection of images to inspire, excite and get those creative juices flowing! (Even Mills make an appearance!) Enjoy!

 

Photography by Leah Lombardi

Concept, Stationery, Planning & Co-Ordination by Wonderland Invites

Flowers by Clare Jones Floral Design

Styling by Elizabeth Hall Event Design

Cakes by Lucky & Co.

Dresses by Rembo Styling

Boutique by Lara B

Car by The Little Vintage Car Co.

Table Runner & Ribbons by Kate Cullen

Balloons by Bubblegum Balloons

Parasols by East London Parasols

Envelope Calligraphy by The Golden Letter

Envelopes by GF Smith

Hair & Make Up by Cambridge Make Up Artist

Wood Slice Favours by The Willow Workshop UK

Golf Leaf Hair Slides by Johnny Loves Rosie

Necklace by Maria Allen

Shoes & Bracelet by ASOS

To see the full blog on Rock My Wedding, follow the link below!

'Inspiration Shoot' at The Granary Barns

Happy reading!

The GG's x

   

Get Cracking with Christmas!

Summer only started last Wednesday but here at The Granary Estates we already have Christmas on our minds!

We are pleased to announce our 'Mixed Party Night' will take place on Friday 1st December 2017!

Enjoy a chilled glass of fizz or an ice cool beer on arrival as you make your way down to our impressive Granary Barn to start the festivities!

Our Christmas 2017 package includes:

Three Course Festive Menu

Selection of Coffee & Speciality Teas

Account or Cash Evening Bar

DJ & Disco

Additional upgrades including canapes and drinks packages are available to suit your budget

We have a limited number of tables available on the night so please get in touch to find out more and secure your place. If a mixed night isn't your preference, we also have dates remaining for exclusive use if you wish to have the barns all to yourself!

To book your appointment with our Events Team and take a look around our stunning grounds, please contact the office on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk or 01638 731230.

#tbt - Twenty Seventeen

We have welcomed many wonderful couples through our doors already this year, all unique and special in their own way!

From a whimsical moonlit forest to a medieval hall fit for a King, we have loved seeing each concept become a reality through the vision of our couples and their individual taste. We've even seen the iron throne take its rightful place in our barn, accompanied by the theme music from Game of Thrones - amazing! 

From New York, Scotland and even as far as Japan, we have welcomed family members, friends and happy couples from far and wide to the barns and we're only in June!

Here is a quick glance at some of the stunning moments captured at the barns so far this year...we can't wait to see what the rest of 2017 holds :)

The GG's x

INGE & CJ - 28.01.17

Photography by Lina & Tom

MELISSA & DAN - 13.04.17

Photography by Summer Love Photography

CHRIS & HARRIET - 14.04.17

Photography by Debbie Wallwork Photography

VERITY & JOE - 22.04.17

Photography by Jackson & Co Photography

Get Stuck In! #NationalVegetarianWeek

To mark the first day of 'National Vegetarian Week', we have asked one of our local, catering experts, The Cambridge Dining Company, to treat us to a tasty recipe from one of their fantastic restaurants.

The Cambridge Dining Company are part of an independent group of 7 restaurants and an event catering company based in Cambridgeshire, with one of their stunning eaterys being the historic Millworks located in the centre of Cambridge.

Working alongside the team at CDC, our friends over at Millworks have sent over a delicious salad recipe, perfect for a Summers lunch or light meal in the evening. Delish!

 

Feta & Pomegranate Salad with Roasted Squash & Red Onion
Serves 4 (Starter) or 2 (Main) | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

160g Feta Cheese

4 Small Red Onions

1 Butternut Squash

2 Sprigs Thyme

1 Lemon

A glug of Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

1/2 Pomegranate

Salad Leaves

Equipment

Blow Torch

 

1. Start by blowtorching the surface of the feta until lightly charred. Place the block of feta back in the fridge to firm up.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 200 °C/180 °C Fan/Gas Mark 6. Whilst the oven heats up, peel the red onions and squash. Cut the head of the squash into 1 inch squares and cut each onion into eight wedges.

3. On a roasting tray mix together the red onion, butternut squash and thyme leaves with a glug of olive oil and salt and pepper until well coated. Roast the vegetables for around 20 minutes or until soft and caramelised.

4. To assemble, place the butternut squash, red onion and salad leaves on a plate. Top with the pomegranate seeds and a little of the pomegranate juice. Crumble over the feta cheese. Finally, make a simple dressing using equal parts lemon juice and olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve.

Thank you to Millworks for this mouth-watering recipe! Better dig out the blow torch....

The GG's x

www.themillworks.co.uk

 

Let's talk business!

Next week will see the second 'Business at The Barns' networking event take place here at The Granary Estates HQ in Woodditton. After the success of the first BATB in March, we cannot wait to welcome back some familiar faces and of course meet those of you attending for the first time!

With a stunning setting, endless amounts of tea & coffee and some tasty little treats just in time for elevenses, this informal event is a great way to meet local business professionals and in some cases have a catch up with work colleagues and acquaintences. 

To register and find out more information please visit the event page on Eventbrite by clicking HERE.

As a Wedding and Event Venue, we can accommodate all areas of the hospitality industry and continue to welcome newly engaged couples throughout the year as well as hosting a variety of corporate events for local businesses. The Barns are easily accessible by road and public transport, within easy reach of the A14 and A11 commuter routes for those days when you need to get away from the office and have a change of scenery.

With exclusive use for you and your guests and Wi-Fi provided throughout the venue, the conference facilities include everything you could need for a corporate event. Wireless microphones, AV equipment and event stationary are available to use with very competitive packages and a professional and dedicated Events Team on hand throughout to ensure a seamless and professional experience. 

With our enclosed, courtyard providing a beautiful outdoor space for delegates to enjoy, The Granary Barns can offer both interior and exterior space for team building days, seminars or exhibitions. Our relaxed atmosphere provides a comfortable and calm setting for your corporate function or external meeting. 

Working alongside our culinary experts, we are able to accommodate all catering for your corporate event. From an early breakfast meeting to a sit down 3-course dinner, we work with you to make sure the catering is suited to your needs and the dietary requirements of those attending.

At The Granary Estates we like to work with you to create a tailor made package specific to your unique event. To speak with a member of our team, please get in touch on 01638 731230 or email at info@thegranaryestates.co.uk. Alternatively head to our CONTACT page to fill in our simple enquiry form.

 

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A picture is worth a thousand words...

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel

the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”

- Robert Frank

 

Hello and happy Friday everyone!

The wedding season has well and truly arrived here at The Granary Estates and as always we are loving the different set ups and personalised wedding decorations on display throughout the barns! With such a unique and flexible space, our creative couples always put their own stamp on the day and it's great to see the different trends and styling methods on display throughout the barns.

As the month of May is officially 'National Photography Month', we thought we would treat you to some beautiful images captured at the barns throughout the last year. From the beautiful Amy and her bridesmaids strolling through the Courtyard back in August, to the gorgeous Rio and Grant surrounded by a hazy, winter backdrop; these talented wedding photographers have created some truly stunning imagery that we'd love to share with you...enjoy!

The GG's x

A Barn Wedding...

Kate Gray Photography

Kate Gray Photography

Choosing your perfect wedding venue can be a difficult task when there’s so many options to choose from. Whether you can already picture your ideal setting, or you need a little helping hand, our experienced team at our luxury venue will be able to help.

We have two wedding venues in the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border. Our 18th Century Granary Barn is set within stunning countryside and picturesque cornfields and offers exclusivity and space for your big day. The Granary Barns is full of character and versatility with exposed timber beams and Suffolk Flint throughout.

As well as the beautiful Granary Barns, The Polo Club in Dullingham provides the ideal wedding venue for those who would prefer a marquee or outside reception. Set within 32 acres, this venue is available for dry hire; a blank canvas waiting for you to create your dream day from scratch.

Our experienced and award-winning Events Team will help you every step of the way.

If you would like to know more about our wedding venues in Suffolk/Cambridgeshire, please get in touch!
 

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5 Questions: Eliza May Prints

Wedding stationery can play a massive role in the overall feel and aesthetic of your big day. From the day you send out your 'Save the Dates', to the moment your guests take their seats at the wedding breakfast, the stationery can be used to compliment both the venue and your decorations. It is a chance to bring out your creative side and add those personal touches which will make the day unique to you.  

With this creative industry taking a front seat as couples look for an affordable yet 'on-trend' option, we spoke with our recommended supplier, Eliza May Prints, about how her first year in the industry has gone...

You have a number of different and equally beautiful designs available on your website. How do you find your inspiration for the different templates and do you have a particular favourite at the moment?

Thank you! I find my inspiration everywhere, it can be from nature, interiors, magazines - literally anything! I also like to keep up to date with wedding blogs to get inspiration and all the information about upcoming wedding trends. It's really hard to pick a favourite design as it changes all the time, but I do love a good floral. I've been working on lots of new collections which will be launching over the next coming months and I am really excited about them, there may be a new favourite within them but you'll have to watch this space for now! 

'Pastel Meadow'

'Pastel Meadow'

In  November last year, you won ‘Wedding Industry Newcomer of the Year’ at The Wedding Industry Awards – Congratulations! How did you start Eliza May Prints and how have you found your first year in the industry? Do you have any advice for other small start-up businesses?

Ahhh it was an amazing night held at the gorgeous barns and one I will always remember! I started Eliza May Prints last year and at the time my sister was getting married. She had asked me to put together her save the dates and invitations as I'd always been the creative type and I really enjoyed it. My sister received so many compliments on her stationery and I loved the process so much that I decided to launch it as a small business and it just took off from there. I'm so lucky that I get to do something I love every day and I get to be a part of such a special day for my lovely couples. 

My advice for small start-up businesses would be to remember where you started and look back on the achievements you've made so far. It's easy to focus on the things you haven't achieved yet and the goals you are still reaching for, but sometimes I think we forget to be proud of what we have achieved and enjoy those accomplishments, no matter how small they may be! 

Here's the lovely Eliza receiving her award at The Wedding Industry Awards last November!

Here's the lovely Eliza receiving her award at The Wedding Industry Awards last November!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Definitely the wonderful feedback I receive from my clients - it really means the world to me! I'm very lucky to have the loveliest clients who are always so kind - one of my clients recently forwarded on some of the feedback she had received from her friends about her invitations and it was so lovely to read.

Being an organised bride (or groom!) takes a lot of dedication. Save the dates, RSVPs and table stationary are all part of the big day and can set the theme and feel of the day. In your opinion, how far in advance should couples be thinking about sending their save the dates and/or invites before the wedding day?

I always advise my couples to aim to get their invitations out at least 3 months ahead of the wedding day, but I think it depends on the time of the year. If you're getting married in Summer it's best to give your guests as much notice as possible as most people will want to book their holidays throughout the summer period. With save the dates it's nice to send them out a year in advance but this all depends on how organised you have been with securing your venue! 

'Country Charm'

'Country Charm'

What are the new trends in stationery for 2017?

I’m finding that the new trends for 2017 are very minimalist and natural. It’s all about the delicate calligraphy and neutral tones -   less is definitely more! With the pantone colour of the year being Greenery, Botanical designs are very in at the moment. Green foliage and leaves are replacing traditional florals for a relaxed rustic look. Watch this space for a brand new botanical design I’m launching soon!

Thanks Eliza! To see more of Eliza's work or to get in touch, head over to her website!

www.elizamayprints.com

The GG's x

Spring has sprung!

If you’re getting married in 2017, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite wedding trends for your special day.
 

Kate Gray Photography

Kate Gray Photography

Wild Flowers
There has been a rise in couples moving away from traditional preened bouquets and table centre pieces to go for more of a ‘wild’ look. Instead of picking particular flowers, freshly cut flowers which are in season are the way forward and will look the most natural.

Ben Minnaar Photography / Clare Jones Floral Design

Ben Minnaar Photography / Clare Jones Floral Design

Cocktail Hour
What better occasion to have a happy hour than at your wedding! Some couples are replacing wine with fruit-filled, decorative cocktails made to suit everyone’s taste. Served in stunning glassware, these tasty drinks are always a hit with guests looking for something a little different.

Lottie Ettling Photography

Lottie Ettling Photography

Lighting
Lighting can be used to create ambience and atmosphere at you wedding. There has been an increase in couples using hanging lighting such as lanterns, ‘Edison’ bulbs and strings of fairy lights - particularly attractive when decorating your exterior space.

Ben Minnaar Photography

Ben Minnaar Photography

Colour
Traditionally, weddings are full of subdued, pastel colours as opposed to bright ones. But in the colourful season of spring, injections of colour liven up the look and feel of your big day. Whether it’s in the tablecloths, flowers, bridesmaid’s dresses or chair backs, we love the idea of adding a bit of colour to a spring wedding.

Lina & Tom

Lina & Tom

Wood
Natural looking table decorations, place cards and seating is one of our favourite spring wedding trends. Moving away from metal seating and glass centrepieces, features made out of wood as well as trees for decoration are enhancing the feel of a natural wedding - perfect for a spring day.

The GG's x

Get on your dancing (or running) shoes...

Last Saturday the barns was filled with nostalgia, classic hits and some epic dance moves (!) as the first Soul Reunion of the year went off with a bang! This ever-popular event was in aid of our fundraising efforts as we (GG's Lynne & Mikaela) train for the mammoth 26.2 mile run around London at this years Virgin London Marathon! 

Our Soul Reunion DJ, Richard Datson (who is also running in this years marathon) provided the tunes for the night making sure the dance-floor remained busy until the early hours :)

Working in the wedding and events industry, we are very fortunate and were able to collaborate alongside our trusted Granary Suppliers, friends of the GG's and some fantastic local businesses to put on a great prize draw on the evening. We'd like to thank the following businesses for their support and generous donations:

The Newmarket Racecourse

The Little Acre Kitchen

Thai Street Cafe

AdamsonBerekoff

Celik's Mensroom

CambsCuisine

Back on Track Injury Clinic

Powter's

The Chestnut Group

Unique Wines

We would also like to say a HUGE thank you to Rocks & Frocks for very generously donating their stunning light up 'DANCE' letters for the evening and to Elizabeth Hall Event Design who provided the 'Selfie Corner' backdrop, endless amounts of fairy lights and our favourite Soul night sequin tablecloths! Another thank you must go to Sam at Cambridge Wedding Services who, as with every Soul Reunion, provided the DJ and lighting equipment which set the mood and party atmosphere! A BIG thanks to all of you who helped make the evening such a success!

I am thrilled to announce that the Soul Reunion raised a fantastic £1700! :)

Following Saturday nights antics, we, along with Richard and Hannah, were up and out the door by 9am to start a gruelling 13 mile run - not what you need on a few hours sleep! At least we tried to look happy... ;)

Our training has been going well and as were approach the 5 week countdown, both our training and fundraising are starting to set up a gear. Even though we raised a great total on Saturday, we still need to push on and collect more money for our three charities:

The Girls Club

V.I.C.T.A

World Child Cancer

To make a donation to the GG's, please follow the links below :) Any donation, no matter how big or small, is much appreciated and will help many lives cope with illness or losing a loved one. During the longer training runs it can get hard and you do wonder why am I putting myself through this?! But when we remember WHY we're doing it and WHO for, it makes it all worthwhile. With every donation and message of support, we are spurred on and look forward to the challenge that awaits us on Sunday 23rd April! Bring it oooooon!

Lynne Marathon Page

Mikaela Marathon Page

GG's Lynne & Mikaela x

The Granary Estates | The Wedding Checklist

Check out our wedding checklist for the top things to look out for when choosing your wedding venue

You've recently got engaged and now you're on the look out for your all important wedding venue; the place where you will wed your one and only surrounded buy your friends and family...an important decision! We are proud to call our award-winning Granary Barns one of the best wedding venues in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, and welcome couples all year round to our luxury venue. But what do you need to consider when searching for your perfect location?

We've created an informative check-list to use as a guide when viewing potential spaces. What should you be thinking about when searching for your perfect wedding venue?

  • If you've already got a date in mind, one of the first things to check is the availability of the venue. Also make sure to check the days before and after your preferred wedding date, just in case the wedding venue or surrounding accommodation may be booked.

  • One of the most important aspects of a wedding day will be who you choose to share those special memories with. You may have already created a guest list and if so, make sure you let the venue know your estimated numbers to make sure they are able to accommodate you and your guests.

  • You don’t want to spend your wedding day worrying about timings or who is announcing the wedding breakfast! This is your day and you shouldn't have to worry about a thing! Check if there’ll be a Wedding Co-Ordinator there on the day. Here at the The Granary Estates we have an award-winning Events Team who will be with you from your very first viewing through until your first dance as a married couple, making sure the day runs smoothly and efficiently.

  • After the marriage formalities, you will be ready for a nice chilled drink and delicious meal. Enquire about the food and drink packages on offer and how the venue sources this, whether it be internal or external catering. Make sure you also find out prices of corkage and any additional charges as you don’t want to uncover these costs when it’s too late.

  • If you’re looking to decorate the wedding venue and add your own personal touch, ask what you can change, areas your are allowed to decorate and if anything is provided such as tables, chairs, cake stands etc. We have an extensive 'Prop Shop' here at The Granary Estates that includes many items/pieces of furniture which our couples may hire for the big day, easing the need to spend lots of money on items you will just use for one day.

  • If you have friends and family travelling to the venue or would like somewhere to get ready before hand, check if the venue has accommodation on site and if there’s suitable hotels nearby for your bridal suite, your guests or somewhere to spend your first night as a married couple. 

  • Check the financial schedule of payments such as the deposit amount, cancellation policy and if the prices are fixed or likely to increase. Remember if you’re booking your venue a couple of years in advance, the wedding venue could potentially increase their prices i.e. bar and drinks prices.

If you would like to talk about any of the above with our friendly team at The Granary Estates or learn more about our wedding packages, please get in touch!

01638 731230 | 07557 886447 | info@thegranaryestates.co.uk

Flower Fairies Workshop

The Flower Fairies descended on the Flint Barn on Wednesday evening to spread their floral fairy dust over the barns!

With endless amounts of eucalyptus, beautiful blooms of ranunculus and elegant stems of calla lilies, Clare and Julie transformed the barn in to a flower heaven for our thirteen wannabe florists.

The girls kicked off proceedings by introducing their new students to the array of flowers they were going to be working with and explaining how to prepare and condition the different types of flowers ready for assembly. It was a great insight in to the time and knowledge that florists use and need everyday to create the specific arrangements their customers require - a real art form!

After preparing and conditioning then came composition. As full-time florists, the two Flower Fairies made gathering the stems together look effortless and in a matter of minutes, Julie had produced a stunning bouquet of seasonal blooms and foliage.

After a lot of practice and starting again from scratch, our florists-in-training created 13 exquisite bouquets all of which the Flower Fairies were extremely impressed with! Even though everyone started with exactly the same stems, each bouquet was different to the next and equally as gorgeous :)

With their flowers tied and trimmed, Clare and Julie then walked the ladies through wrapping and finishing their bouquets, adding that final professional touch. 

The Flower Fairies were excellent teachers, always on hand to guide their students and lend a (strong) hand if the ladies needed it! A fantastic evening was had by all :) We hope that these talented ladies will continue to use all of the new skills they learnt from the evening in their  future floral endeavours and visit us at the barns again soon for the next workshop on Wednesday 3rd May!

Before Wednesday's Workshop took place, we spoke with the Clare and Julie about their new joint venture and a little insight in to the life of a florist....

Why did you form ‘Flower Fairies’? 

J: Me and Clare first met working in a flower shop together (The Flower House, Cambridge) and our friendship blossomed from there. We have worked together many times over the years but have always wanted a project to work on and build together. We came up with Flower Fairies as we loved the idea of sharing our passion for flowers with others through teaching. It means we can both carry on our floristry careers and have Flower Fairies as a fun and enjoyable side project. Being best friends it doesn’t even feel like work.

What ‘floral trends’ are you loving at the moment? 

C & J: More weird and wonderful ways of displaying flowers at venues and for table decorations are becoming a trend we love. We particularly like the use of copper piping framework for ceremony backdrops teamed with geometric terrarium table centres, a way to bring some quirkiness to the floral décor. Combining this with wild, natural and overflowing bouquets incorporating lots of greenery and interesting textures is a gorgeous combination, softening the harsh angles with romantic blooms.

As full-time Florists, you both have a fantastic knowledge of flowers, an understanding of composition and an all-important creative eye! What flowers are in season at the moment and what would be your favourite way to use/display these? 

C & J: In early spring the flower markets are full of beautiful bright colours and gorgeous blooms such as tulips, anemones, ranunculus, daffodils, mimosa, hyacinths, muscari, hellebores and narcissi. We especially love the striking giant-headed ranunuclus called Cloony ranunculus, so pretty! Spring flowers are great for adding splashes of colour to any room and look lovely displayed in fun, mismatched containers such as jugs, teapots, tin cans, colourful bottles and mason jars. 

Clare, we loved having yourself and your now hubby Rich (aka Biscuit!) tie the knot here at the barns last October. As your best friend and fellow FF, Julie worked alongside you to create your stunning floral arrangements (including bouquets, button holes and garlands to drape along the beams), totally transforming the venue and putting your talents on display throughout, simply stunning! Where did the inspiration for your wedding flowers come from and how did you both find the whole experience? 

C: There is so much beautiful floral inspiration in autumn and I have always loved the gorgeous flower varieties, colours and textures that are available. We let what was in season guide our flower choices and we choose designs that we felt complimented the time of year. Flowers were the main and most important décor for our wedding and we had a lot of fun working out ways to have flowers dress the barns from the floor to the beams. 

C & J: We always really enjoy working together but on this occasion it meant so much to us both. From the planning stages months before, right down until the final finishing touches on the morning. We love bouncing ideas off each other and sharing our creativity, and to see it all come together on the day was incredibly special. Walking down the aisle together as bridesmaid and bride and seeing all our creations adorning the barns, it really was magical.

Julie what was your favourite part to work on? 

J: For me, it had to be Clare’s bridal bouquet! To create the bouquet that Clare would carry down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams was a huge honour and meant so much to me. Being best friends and fellow florists, there’s a great passion for flowers that we share and have a unique bond over. I made the bouquet with such thought and love, I even put a crab apple from her garden in there for a little piece of her home with Rich. I kept Clare’s bouquet hidden from her until she was in her dress on the morning, the moment I handed it over to her was probably my most treasured memory of our friendship to date, it was such an emotional exchange for us and I will never forget it. Also, the giant flower balls deserve a mention, they looked stunning!

Images by Ben Minnaar Photography

From wreath making to flower crowns to bouquets, you have covered many aspects of floristry in your previous workshops. What’s next on the agenda for the Flower Fairies and how can people sign up?! 

C & J: We are currently in the process of putting together bespoke packages for special occasions such as hen dos and birthdays. We love the idea of making flower crowns with hens as their afternoon entertainment before their big night out, providing not only the fun activity itself but a floral accessory to wear out too! We also run regular workshops at The Little Acre Kitchen in St Ives. Our next one is a floral foam arrangement workshop and will take place on Wednesday 22nd March. We are also delighted to announce another Flower Crown Workshop at The Granary Barns on Wednesday 17th May. For details or to book onto these classes, or for more information about private classes, email us on flowerfairiesworkshops@outlook.com.

You can also keep up to date with The Flower Fairies on their Facebook page - The Flower Fairies Workshop

The GG's x

Business at The Barns

We've all heard the saying 'Its not what you know, its who you know'...

Whether you are just starting out or running an already successful business, having a network of like minded people around you is a must! Speaking with others about your work and in turn hearing about theirs will result in a greater understanding of the profession you have chosen by learning through others. Whether it be listening to an alternative view, giving your opinion or receiving invaluable advice, these mutually beneficial relationships can lead to more business connections and therefore more success which is what, in the end, we all desire.

'Great things in business are never done by a person. They're done by a team of people.'

-Steve Jobs

We are excited to be launching our very first networking event 'Business at The Barns' next month on Thursday 9th March. This event will be an informal networking session for local business professionals, beginning just in time for elevenses! Hurray! With no presentations or speaker, we simply want to encourage local suppliers to come along and say hi...

www.businessatthebarns.eventbrite.co.uk

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It is also a fantastic opportunity to visit our beautiful venue and see what our venue has to offer to our corporate clients. Playing host to a variety of events, intimate meetings and large conferences in the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border, The Granary Barns is equipped with a PA system, wireless microphones, Wi-Fi throughout and event stationery, ensuring your event is a success.   

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The Granary Barns award-winning Event Team are on hand throughout the day to ensure your meeting, event or conference will run smoothly and efficiently. 

Having been renovated in 2013, the two Barns date back from the 18th Century and proudly display the original timber beams and flint walls. For an intimate meeting, The Flint Barn is a perfect choice. Alternatively, for larger numbers the main Granary Barn is a stunning backdrop for training days, exhibitions and seminars. 

After lengthly discussions and group talks, we understand how important a delicious bite to eat can be to re-energise you and your delegates. We have a list of trusted, local caterers who can cater our delegate packages to your specific requirements, whether it be a seated lunch, hot buffet or Summer BBQ.

We hope to see you at the barns very soon. If you would like to attend 'Business at The Barns', please follow the link below to book your free place:

www.businessatthebarns.eventbrite.co.uk
 

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Guest Blog: Elizabeth Hall

As the cold wind blew, no snow fell and bells were rung, time for our Elizabeth Hall events team flew by in the mix of festivities and weddings this past December. Catering and styling for two weddings the week before Christmas and for three during Christmas and New Year, our team worked closely with the Granary Girls to give that extra sparkle on our five bride and groom’s special day.

 

Elizabeth and her husband, Dominic, took their team of waitresses and chefs to set up camp at The Granary Estates on the 10th of December right through to the moment the clock stuck midnight on New Year. From lantern installations to 3 course meals, the team were multitasking in the kitchen, juggling their canape trays and of course, boomeranging for Instagram.

 

KATIE & STEPHEN - 12TH DECEMBER 2016

Katie first came to us with inquiries about our chiffon draping she had seen at Granary. With or without fairy light’s, the simplistic white drapes give the barns an elegant touch against the flint paved walls and decadent chandeliers.

Photography by James McGrillis Photography

 

RACHAEL & GAVIN - 17TH DECEMBER 2016

Going for a fun & interactive roast dinner sharing board, where one guest from each table was welcomed with a surprise apron on their seat and asked to carve, Rachel & Gavin wanted to bring in their own reared meat to serve to their party of 80. Fairy lights draped in the Flint Barn across the beams giving that starry night light during the evening.

Photography by Neal Laver Photography

 

KAYLEIGH & NATHAN - 22ND DECEMBER 2016

With silver sparkle sequin table cloths and a candle lit corridor amongst a hot chocolate station with marshmallows to roast over Granary’s outside fire pit, Kayleigh & Gavin went for a cosy winter atmosphere with slippers available to rest those dancing feet!

Photography by Terri Brice Wedding & Portrait Photography

 

EMMA & JAMIE - 28TH DECEMBER 2016

After a winter inspired 3 course meal, mince pies followed along with a tea & coffee station. Emma and Jamie wanted a relaxed and fun evening food option, and so we circulated with our canape trays with mini beef sliders and mac n cheese bites, which did not last long!

Photography by Scotts of Cambridge

 

CHANTAL & JAMES - 29TH DECEMBER 2016

‘LOVE’ letters spread across the back wall of the barns enhancing the already romantic ambience as Chantal & James had their first dance together on Granary’s very own black and white styled chequered dance floor.

Photography by Chris Brudenell Photography

 

SOPHIE & ROSS - 31ST DECEMBER 2016

What a way to send off 2016 and dive into 2017 with glitz and glam, and a confetti canon for extra measure supplied by Granary. Starting the night with canapes and a Mediterranean inspired antipasti board, the guests were captivated by Sophie & Ross’ glamorous décor and the anticipation in the count down to the new year.

Photography by Peter Oliver Photography

 

The Granary Estates holds up to 180 guests in its stunning main barn, equipped with LED lighting and a bar to help get your martini glasses on. Up to 88 guests can experience the true beauty of an intimate wedding ceremony held in the flint barn. With rustic wooden beams cascading above and around the barns and a courtyard great for group photos, it truly is a beautiful venue and we couldn’t be happier to work with the venue and the Granary Girls.

Elizabeth & Jo x

Elizabeth Hall Event Design

Party at The Polo Club

Back in January 2016 my sister, Zoe, kindly reminded me that it was the year of her 30th (as if I didn’t know!) and it was my duty to organise her ‘best birthday yet’ in December. I greatly accepted and took on this challenge. 

When putting pen to paper, the first venue that came to mind was The Polo Club. I know what you’re thinking… why would you not chose the barns? Simply because it was already booked! But weirdly enough, I don’t think my ideas would have fitted in as well as it did down in the pavilion. With maximum numbers of 50, I wanted a more intimate setting with the space to get creative. 

Zoe and I are very similar and we both love the same things so I knew theming her party wasn’t an issue. Suggestions were made, but I wanted to do the opposite to all things Christmassy for that time of year. Following a trip to California earlier in the year, where we cruised along the west coast, we have since dreamed of going back to LA but unfortunately my budget didn’t stretch to get her there so I went with the next best thing and brought ‘Cali’ to Suffolk! 

Pinterest soon became my best friend and massively helped in blowing budgets out of proportion! Luckily I have creative friends and family in which we made a DIY Bar and DJ booth out of wooden pallets, numerous purchases on Ebay for hanging decorations and the expertise of Lynne Datson’s illustration skills for the finer details. Those that helped, saw my vision and helped me bring it to life (thank you again)! 

Having the flexibility to gain access the day before to set up was a massive bonus. The family were roped in and starting pulling everything together that had amalgamated in boxes under the bed! 

To create a Palm Springs vibe in the middle of winter, I did need to call upon the assistance of some trusty suppliers. 

I used the services of the award-winning Elizabeth Hall Event Design for her endless festoon lighting, trademark rose-gold sequin table cloths and cocktail-shaker-extraordinaire bar staff! Any excuse to visit her at Little Acre Kitchen in St Ives to eat and sample bespoke cocktails! She even advised me to select quirky glassware that I hired in from CMA to finish the drink! 

Along with putting up fairy lighting outside, I needed some accessories to complete the look, so I called upon Rocks n Frocks Ltd who I hired ten Flamingos from to line my entrance as the guests walked in, setting the theme! 

Cambridge Wedding Services started and finished the party with a minimalistic setup (as requested), an infamous disco ball, an exceptional DJ, Tom Stedman, to blast out some tunes, and Sam finished off the room with uplighters enhancing the atmosphere. A real finishing touch! 

Cake is a huge tradition within our family, and a much loved treat, so finding a tasty show stopper was a priority. Two Little Cats Bakery have been to the barns delivering mouth-watering cakes over the summers, so it was my chance to send Jenni my brief and watch her bring the cake to life. Vibrant, moist, and a real statement to the party. I couldn’t have asked for anything more! 

Before arriving at her dream party, I called on the amazing Charlotte Shaw to make the birthday girl feel fabulous! Zoe looked amazing and The Polo Club was the perfect location. I had the exclusivity, space and the freedom to create, in my mind, what was the perfect party...

The hardest thing about organising Zoe’s birthday was keeping it all a surprise from her, but it was all worth it to see her face when she walked into Palm Springs with all her family and friends to celebrate her 30th! No pressure for mine Zoe… ;)

GG Mikaela x

A Winter Wedding Venue.

With our ever changing British winter sending the temperature gauge below zero in the past week, all we want to do is stay in our cosy office with a cup of tea in an attempt to stay as warm as possible! However we are very lucky to be nestled here in the Suffolk countryside. Peering outside the office window at the frost on the grass and beautiful pale grey skies, it really can be the most beautiful season and transforms the barns in to the perfect location for a magical, winter wedding...

When the grounds are dusted with frost or snow and the trees have lost their last leaf, we have incredible photo opportunities in the surrounding fields, by the icy pond or with the rustic flint walls as your backdrop. The warm glow emanating from the barn is a welcome retreat and ensures your guests can enjoy the big day surrounded by friends and loved ones in a comfortable, cosy and beautiful setting.

One such couple who dreamt of a Winter Wedding at the barns, were Scarlet & James. With sparkly, sequin table cloths, white draping, pale flowers and the use of our roaring fire pit, this couple really embraced the season and transformed the Granary Barn in to a magical space. Expertly photographed by Ben Minnaar, the atmosphere which carried throughout the day is clear to see and made for some spectacular shots from their special day.

Scarlet & James - December Wedding

Photographer - Ben Minnaar Photography

Styling & Draping - Elizabeth Hall

Winter is always a magical time of year, but for us GG's it's even more special as we love nothing more than sequins, sparkles and a dance off or two as the festive season brings people together and ever-lasting memories are made. Following a fantastic December we are now moving in to the 2017 season and looking forward to another busy year at our two venues.

If you have always dreamt of a Winter wedding or would like to consider this as an option for your celebrations, the Granary Barns could be the one for you! We still have dates available for Autumn/Winter 2017 and are happy to discuss these with you.

To find out more about Winter 2017 dates and discounted rates, call us on 01638 731230 or email our Events Team on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend :)

The GG's x

5 Questions: Lina & Tom

Lina & Tom are two extremely talented individuals who join forces to create a dynamic photography team - being a married couple themselves they know all that a wedding day has to throw at the newlyweds! With a stunning portfolio of work from The Granary Barns alone, Lina & Tom integrate themselves in to the wedding day so as not to distract from the couple or the festivities, but to make sure they are there to capture every special moment and memory. This creative couple are a Granary favourite and are one of our trusted, local suppliers and we can't recommend them enough!

We spoke with Lina & Tom to find out more about what it is to be wedding photographers and what it is like to work at our venue...

1. How did you become Wedding Photographers? Was it a career you had both dreamed of pursuing?

Lina: Like a lot of people, we originally were on different career paths when the thought of pursuing wedding photography really grabbed us. I'd worked in theatre for ten years, in various roles such as in a theatrical agency and producing shows, before taking more administrative/programming roles, yet I was a keen amateur with a camera. Tom was a Graphic Designer doing bits of photography on the side and when I saw his talent, the agent in me took him on! I had been to a lot of weddings as I have a big family (10 times a bridesmaid!) and we decided we would love to focus on these magical occasions. With the timely engagements of two sets of friends, resulting in us shooting our first weddings as official photographers, that kicked it all off and this is now our eighth year.  

2. As photographers, what is your favourite part of the day and why?

Lina: We're hopeless romantics and tend to scoot around weddings cooing at everything, but the moment our couple lock eyes on each other for the first time is just magical, you can feel the buzz in the room and we get goosebumps all the time, even eight years on. With there being two of us there, we can get it from both angles so the couple can see each others reactions.

3. How do you find it working with your partner? Are there pros and cons? :)

Lina: The great thing about us working together is the telepathy we have, we seem to always know what each other is thinking, shooting, planning...and this is definitely a big part of our work. It's also pretty good to spend all day with your favourite person, if I did this on my own I don't think we'd ever see each other. It also means when its all getting too much, we know how each other is feeling. There are cons of course, sometimes it can get tense in the office if we disagree on something or we are just working all hours - we have to remind each other we are a couple first and business partners second. It's hard to make time for dates in the wedding season!

Tom: I love it! I get to work with my best friend, and we can read each others minds which is really rather handy! Working in the same office every day for long hours can be interesting but I can escape on the bike for some 'me' time! She's the boss ;)

4. You have shot many weddings at the barns. What are your favourite locations around the barns and why?

Lina: The Granary Barns are without a doubt a favourite venue as we not only enjoy the location but we know we are always working with lovely people :) It's hard to pinpoint where we really love, there is so much to choose from but the main barn itself is very special and looks especially awesome when the party gets started. We do also like the driveway of the house next door which comes into its own at a particular time of the day...

5. Give us 3 words to describe working at The Granary Estates...

Fun, friendly and fabulous!

Thank you Lina & Tom! To see more of their beautiful photography, click through to Lina & Tom's website: www.linaandtom.com

The GG's x

 

 

Re-brand. Re-fresh. Re-new.

Back in early 2016, we put the wheels in motion to give our website and branding an 'image overhaul'! With our logos and trusty, old website starting to look slightly dated, it was time to move forward and give our entire brand a much needed refresh. 

Our Creative & Marketing Co-Ordinator Lynne took the reins and began working on the rebrand, always keeping the Granary's identity true to it's roots but looking to drive our company and aesthetic brand in to 2017 with a current, versatile appearance, beginning with the company logos.

The website was next up and there began our working relationship with Studio 1850! This studio was highly recommended and would help design and build our new site and it was the best decision we could have made! From day one, Elaine (Creative Director of Studio 1850) understood where we were taking the brand/site and how we would like it to look and interact. Working alongside Lynne, by August 2016 Elaine had created a beautiful online presence for our company (baised we know, but it is dreamy!) that made it much easier for our audience to navigate through the different areas of the website, whilst integrating our values and brand requirements.

If you love beautiful packaging, stunning design work and all things creative, you must visit the studio's website - www.studio1850.com. 

After work had finished on the new website and back online, we began to focus our attention to our company stationary. Using the same aesthetics and brand guidelines, Lynne redesigned our stationary whilst also producing a new brochure for 2017 focusing specifically on weddings at our barn venue. Take a look...

We have worked closely with local, Suffolk based printers Leiston Press to achieve a beautiful high quality finish with both our brochures and A4 folders and couldn't be happier with the finished product.

Having already welcomed many new faces to the barns since the start of the year, its been fantastic to hand out our new brochures and stationary to you all! We have more packs waiting for those of you visiting this weekend and beyond and we can't wait to see you all soon :)

The GG's x

New Year, New Venue

The Granary Barns offers a truly unique and exciting setting for your next corporate meeting in the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border.

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The Granary Barns can be found just 4 miles from Newmarket, an established Suffolk town with thriving local businesses and trades. With excellent transport links to both Cambridge and London, we welcome clients all year round to host their conferences, seminars and team building days with us. 


The Granary Barns can accommodate all event set ups ranging from theatre style seating, cabaret formation and U shape options. We can tailor the whole event to your exact requirements and can provide additional support in event management, catering, facilities and equipment. 

Our facilities include Wi-Fi throughout the venue, wireless microphones, PA system and event stationary. Our Events Team work closely with our trusted, local suppliers to ensure everything runs smoothly both before and on the day of your event. 

If you’d like to find out more about our Corporate events, take a look at our 'Conferences & Exhibitions' page by clicking HERE.

If you would prefer to speak directly with a member of the Granary team and discuss your upcoming meeting, call our office on 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.

The GG's x