Hall & Co - Onwards & Upwards!

The award-winning Hall & Co. Event Design have recently under taken the task of re-branding their company, formerly known as Elizabeth Hall Event Design.

As one of our recommended suppliers, we love the creativity and energy they bring to an event; whether it be through their catering options, styling methods or the enthusiasm of their wonderful team! We asked Elizabeth Hall (Owner and founder of Hall & Co.) how the re-brand has gone and how this will continue to propel their growing business...

Why have you chosen to change your name?

It’s been on the cards for a while. Four years ago Elizabeth Hall Event Design was started as a small prop hire and styling business that I did in evenings and weekends, after a year I went full time, head first into it allowing me to offer additional services and really develop the business.

From the moment, we launched catering in the summer of 2015, the business changed direction and from Summer 2016 to summer 2017, we have grown far beyond those original plans and name. We have a full-time team of amazing and talented individuals and this new brand really represents us as a whole and our plans for the future.  

 

How did you go about changing your ‘brand’?

I knew I didn’t want “Elizabeth” in it anymore, so it was then just working out how far we wanted to move from the rest of the name…turns out not that far. We had established a reputation and won some awards under the original name, so it didn’t make sense to have a complete change and name it something like golden pineapple or elegant events. Also, any of this style of name suggestions just weren’t us.

“Event Design” remained as it’s us in a nutshell and encompasses all of our service elements, and “Hall & Co” represents not only Dom & I but also everyone in our team.

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Image by Jackson & Co.

Image by Jackson & Co.

Did you have a logo idea in mind?

We wanted something bold and timeless with a clean look and the flexibility to look good on everything from the website to vans, aprons and stationary.

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How does this represent your company?

Our strapline has always been “Fresh. Imaginative. Personal.” and this needed to come across in the branding.

We’ve kept it understated and fuss free with a nod to the team behind the finished product. Our new colours and the imagery used throughout the website and new brand materials, really represent our style and the style of weddings and events that we love to be a part of.

Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

Who did you task to work on the re-brand? 

After receiving some ideas from external designers we decided to take on the task of re-branding in house as we are lucky enough to have Cara, a former stationary designer, as an event manager.

As a team we all looked at the internal and external perception of who we are as a brand, different logo designs and discussed colours that best represented our style. 

Cara took the lead and instantly came up with logo ideas that were more “us”, we are so glad we went down this route and feel like really have an end product that truly reflects who we are.

We see you also have a shiny, new website...:)

Also designed and built by Cara! We love our new website and will be continuing to add new sections to it over the coming months. We are currently working on our prop catalogue and a look book section to give everyone lots of inspiration.  Our blog will be a key feature as well used to document what we are working on, industry trends and beautiful weddings.

In terms of branding and design we wanted the website to have a fresh new look with clean lines, new images and bold black fonts.

www.hallandcoeventdesign.co.uk

How has using social media helped your business?

We love a boomerang! Instagram is our jam and we love it! We have left the old Elizabeth Hall Event Design account up and as it was but with a message to come and see our new one. We wanted to start fresh with Instagram but not delete all the old images and comments. We are committed to only posting images of work that we have contributed to and use it as a mini portfolio.

The team Instagram page is still live and we have big plans for it in the new year, along with our Pinterest account and a new YouTube account. Follow the team Instagram feed for behind the scenes snippets, 4.00am van loads, over caffeinated ramblings and dog spam. 

Facebook & Twitter roll along, we aren’t really fans of these two platforms, but realise that not everyone is a passionate about Instagram as we are.

@hallandcoeventdesign

Has it been hard to leave EHED behind?

No! It’s not who we are anymore and this new stage really represents the company and the team as we continue to grow.

What does 2018 hold for Hall & Co.?

Cara is still very busy on branding materials, all of which should be finished in the new year.

For the kitchen, 2018 means expanded facilities and we will also be adding additional members to the kitchen team.

We are also renovating the showroom, meeting room & tasting room to reflect our new style (and the need for more storage). Once complete we will be holding two open days to showcase the new branding, our décor hire catalogue and of course food samples!

Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

We love the re-brand and can't wait to see what 2018 holds for this talented and professional team! Check out their new website by clicking HERE!

The GG's x

A night to remember!

Hi all! What a week its been for us at Granary HQ!!!

This time last week we were gearing up for the fantastic evening that is The Wedding Industry Awards Regional finals for the East of England!

We have been honoured to host this prestigious event in the awards calendar for the past 2 years and couldn't wait to make this years our third time lucky! We were in the running for 'Countryside Venue' and 'Best Events Team' and it was sure to be a tough decision for the judges choosing between all of the excellent nominees.

As guests collected their chilled bottle of Prosecco on arrival, our recommended supplier and friend of the barns Hall & Co Event Design, provided delicious canapes and nibbles as our Granary Barn began to fill with industry experts from across East Anglia.

As with all awards evenings, the atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation and excitement as everyone who was in attendance had worked so hard to achieve their nomination and to have the chance to meet their peers and celebrate with work colleagues after another busy and successful year. It's not every week you get to attend an awards evening so we took the opportunity to get glammed up! With the help of talented make-up artist Kate McCabe, we had a quick spruce up and headed over to the barn to welcome our fellow nominees to our beautiful venue!

After another wonderfully crazy, busy, fun-filled year at the Granary Estates, we were yet again overwhelmed by our bride and grooms support and generosity in voting for us in both categories. We love our job and helping to make your dream wedding day a reality, which is why we were over the moon to have won the accolade of 'Best Event Team' in the East of England for the second year running!!! AMAZIIIING!!!

To top what was already a fantastic evening, we were then awarded with 'Highly Commended' in the 'Countryside Venue' category too....to say we were ecstatic is an understatement! Thank you to every single one of you beautiful couples from the past 12 months who voted for our team and venue, we love you all!

We'd also like to pass our congratulations on to all of the winners and nominees on the night. We know how hard-working and dedicated you all are in this, our chosen industry and are proud to have shared the venue with you all last Wednesday.

You can see the highlights video of the night below with some more pictures of what was another great event at the barns...

Thanks TWIA! We'll see you at the Nationals in January :)

The GG's xx

Images & video courtesy of The Wedding industry Awards

Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

RIO & GRANT

16.12.16

We love a Winter wedding here at the barns and instantly fell in love with this couple and their vision last December. 

Rio and Grant knew that they wanted a wedding around Christmas time with lots of greenery, hessian and candle light; the perfect rustic theme for our Granary Barn. With unique decorative features and a wonderfully festive theme throughout, this couple created a stunning wedding day captured beautifully by the talented Tom Halliday.

Check out the bridesmaid dresses and stunning bursts of red in Rio's flower crown and lip colour...gorgeous!

PICKING THE DRESS

I always imagined myself having a big princess dress but I ended up having the opposite. The first day I went to try dresses on I tried on my dress & thought it was beautiful but quickly moved on to others not taking much notice of it. I ended up putting a deposit down on another dress that was completely different, a princess dress. Over the next few weeks I kept looking at photos & just didn’t think it was ‘the one’ so I went back to Bride All in Exning & Lynne & the team were brilliant & let me try on lots more dresses. When I came back to my dress I knew then it was the right one & couldn’t believe I didn’t choose it in the first place. I absolutely loved the detail on the back of the dress & the long lace sleeves. It was perfect for my winter wedding. On our wedding morning Grant had bought me a gorgeous pair of Pandora earrings that I wore, my bridesmaids had got me a garter from The Wedding Garter Company as my something blue & my parents bought me a Tiffany horse shoe necklace for good luck which I wore too. I had Jenny Packham heels & a plain floor length vail which made me feel like a real bride.

 

SUITED & BOOTED

Grant, the groomsmen, Grant’s stepdad & my Dad all wore the same dinner suits which we hired from Moss Bros in Cambridge. We bought each of them a pair of silver cufflinks to wear too, personalised with their initials on. My Dad’s cufflinks had ‘Father of the Bride’ & ‘I loved her first’ on & Grant’s had our wedding date & the name of our first dance song ‘Let’s Stay Together’ on the other. I wanted Grant to look a little different from the others so he also wore a half moon black velvet waistcoat from ASOS to make his suit a 3 piece & he wore black brogues from Dune. I also bought him a brooch containing a picture of his late father in which he wore on the inside of his jacket throughout our day. Originally I wanted the men to wear tweed suits but it was Grant who chose the dinner suits & insisted on having them. I am so glad he did as I think they looked so smart & matched the winter wedding theme perfectly.

 

THE BRIDE SQUAD

I had 4 bridesmaids, my 3 best friends & my little sister. They are all gorgeous girls with lovely figures so it was easy to find a dress to suit them all. I ended up choosing their dresses from Chi Chi London. They were backless & had long lace sleeves similar to my dress. I wanted the girls to all look slightly different so they all had their hair styled differently but all incorporating plaits which I did myself. I bought them each a pair of Pandora flower stud earrings to wear on the day that matched their dresses. The morning of the wedding Grant had bought me & all the girls a large white umbrella in case it rained which was so thoughtful. Luckily the weather held out & we didn’t need them but we did use them to have some great photos taken in the evening which was a lot of fun. I had such an amazing day & having my 4 special girls to share it with made it all the more perfect.

 

THE VENUE & DECORATION

Grant & I both love Christmas so much so we knew we wanted a Christmassy, winter wedding & we wanted a venue that would look beautiful in the colder months. The Granary Barns was the first & only venue we looked at & as soon as we saw it we knew it was where we wanted our reception. We loved the huge barn with flint walls & thought it would go perfectly with our winter, rustic theme. The grounds are so gorgeous too & with all the trees we pictured them looking gorgeous in our winter wedding photos.

I had no colour palette in mind when planning the wedding I just knew I wanted it all very natural & rustic with lots of greenery, hessian & candles. The small barn was decorated with fairy lights provided by the barns & I provided 2 large free standing silver stags which the GG’s placed in front of the large mirror which looked gorgeous as you walked in. I had lots of small decorative tables that had lots of candles in lace jars. We also used the Granary’s wooden ladder to display framed ‘love’ quotes from my favourite Disney films. In the large barn the tables all had hessian runners & had lit up twig trees on log plates as centre pieces surrounded by lots of candles & pinecones. We named each table after one of our favourite Christmas songs, these were displayed on wooden stands in the middle of the tables, and they matched everyone’s name cards which were also made from wood. The top table centre pieces were made by Grant. They were long planters that had lots of large pillar candles in surrounded by pinecones, ivy & holly leaves & winter berries. Grant also made our table plan which was a large wooden plank surrounded by ivy & decorated with snowflakes. We wanted something different to a guestbook so Grant made a wooden guest board that I decorated with our names & wedding date & everyone signed it with white sharpie pens. The barns all came together so beautifully on our day, we really couldn’t have imagined it to be so perfect. One of the massive talking points of the day was the ginormous Christmas tree in the large barn, it was absolutely stunning & it completely made our Christmas wedding perfect. It looked amazing in our wedding photos too.

 

FLOWERS

Fiona Pilcher did our wedding flowers. The bridesmaids all had large bouquets of gypsophila tied in hessian bows & the groomsmen had matching buttonholes also tied with hessian. Grant & his best man had white roses with some winter greenery. My bouquet was a mix of white roses, pinecones & winter greens all to tie in with the other flowers. My favourite flowers from the day were the red roses I had on my head piece. I absolutely loved them & they finished off my wedding outfit.

 

THE VOWS

Grant & I always knew we wanted a church ceremony in the village where we live. It means a lot to us as its where my parents were married & it is where Grants Father lays to rest. With that in mind it was always going to be very emotional for us. The morning of the wedding was so exciting for us both & it just flew by. The nerves for me really kicked in during the time I was alone with my Dad waiting for the car to collect us. I think this is also when the nerves kicked in for Grant too especially as I was nearly half an hour late! When I stood outside the church waiting to go in with my Dad I was extremely nervous & emotional, I could barely hold back the tears. I was actually like that throughout most of the ceremony. One very poignant moment for us was the giving of the rings. Grants wedding ring was made from the gold of his father’s wedding band so that was very special to him & a very emotional moment for me when I gave it to him. Once the ceremony was finished turning around to all of our family & friends smiling, clapping & cheering was such an amazing feeling & walking down the aisle as Mr & Mrs is a moment I will never forget.

 

CATERING

To start we had ham hock with homemade piccalilli & quails egg. For the main we wanted a traditional Christmas dinner but to make it a little different we had the joints of pork served on a wooden board at the tables & 1 guest from each table was given an apron with their name on & asked to carve the meat for everyone. This was a lot of fun & had everyone up & talking. To finish off we had Grant’s favourite, sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce. We also gave each guest their own individually wrapped Terry’s chocolate orange cupcake. For our evening food we had sausage, bacon & fish goujon baps with little pots of chips being handed around to guests in baskets. Everyone loved this idea. The caterers were also kind enough to wrap up some food for Grant & me to take back to the hotel with us. We had been so busy with our guests so had no time to eat anything so this was lovely.

 

PARTY TIME!

We had a fantastic party with around 60 additional evening guests coming along. We loved how the dance floor & the bar were all in the same room as it meant everyone mingling in the same area all night. It was also lovely not having to move tables to clear the dance floor as guests could sit around & watch others dancing. We used the company Letterhire.com to have a huge lit R & G on the dance floor which looked great as you walked into the barn & went lovely with the black & white dance floor. We had Soundwaves Disco DJ for our evening entertainment & he did great at playing ours & the guest’s favourite songs. For our first dance we had the song ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green. We always knew we would use this as it had been ‘our song’ for years. It even started playing the first time we went to taste our wedding menu. We had such a great time during our party, lots of laughs & dancing with our friends. It would be amazing to relive the whole day!

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

We used Tom Halliday for our wedding photography & he was the perfect choice. He had done a couple of friend’s weddings before & when we saw his pictures they were just stunning. They looked so different to any other photos we had seen. They looked more like art rather than the generic wedding photos we often see. We had so many compliments from guests at how gorgeous our photos were. During the evening Tom put up a slide show of photos he had taken of us for all our guests to see which was a lovely touch. When we first saw the photos we were over the moon. Since having them I have created a wedding album myself using a website & we have a huge collage of framed photos on our wall at home. It would be so hard to just pick a couple so we went with lots instead.

 

TAKE MY ADVICE...

One thing I would say to any future bride & groom’s is if you have it in your budget to get a videographer definitely do so. The wedding day goes so quickly & having a video to watch back really brings the whole day back to you. It’s especially lovely being able to re-listen to the speeches & see your wedding from others point of view.

We cannot believe our wedding day was almost a year ago. The year has just flown by so quickly. Looking back on our day there is honestly nothing we would change. The day ran so smoothly & everything looked so beautiful. All our guests along with ourselves had such an amazing day filled with love & laughter. It really was our dream wedding. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

Bambinos at The Barns!

Hello Granary friends! We hope you're all well :)

At the barns, we are host to many weddings, celebrations and corporate functions throughout the year and in recent months we've been so happy to see many of our friends and past brides and grooms become parents which got us thinking...

We have been busy planning away and are thrilled to introduce 'Bambinos at The Barns', a chance for local parents to come and have a good old natter for a couple of hours in our warm and cosy venue this December! The event will run from 10.00am until midday and will be held in our Granary Barn which will be overlooked by our spectacular 18ft Christmas tree!

To register your place, please click HERE.

This event will be the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends old and new, and let your little ones have a couple of hours playing together in what will be our mini fun house!

We have been lucky enough to play host to a number of children's parties and christenings over the years (an example of the lovely Othelia's 1st birthday party below) and cannot wait to welcome you all in December!

If you have any further questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact out team on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk or call us in the office on 01638 731230.

The GG's x

Christmas Party Countdown!

Today marks just one month until our Granary Christmas Mixed Party Night!!!

Three course seasonal meal in The Granary Barn

Three course seasonal meal in The Granary Barn

The Granary Barns is THE perfect venue to hold your Christmas Party! Whether it be celebrating with work colleagues after another fantastic year, meeting up with old friends or having a drink and a dance with family, we provide a beautiful, warm and atmospheric setting in which to hold your celebrations.

Arrival drinks in The Flint Barn

Arrival drinks in The Flint Barn

We have tables available which can seat 8-10 guests. On arrival you and your guests will receive a chilled arrival drink of either beer or Prosecco to start of the festivities. A delicious three course seasonal meal awaits you in the main Granary Barn, followed by drinks, dancing and good times!

With the barns being located just 3 miles from the racing town of Newmarket, we have fantastic transport links to Cambridge, Ely, Bury St. Edmunds and looking slightly further afield, to London.

If you would like to know more about the packages or to book your Christmas party in our Suffolk/Cambridgeshire venue, call our team on 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.

The GG's x


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR CHRISTMAS EVENTS

5 Questions: Rocks & Frocks

As a Granary Supplier and friend of the barns, we recently spoke with Vanessa of Rocks & Frocks; a specialist Wedding and Events Planning company who also supply a variety of props including the ever popular light up letters. After another successful and busy year (working alongside husband and co-Director Dominic), we wanted to hear Vanessa's thoughts on current trends and how she sees the industry progressing...

 

Hi Vanessa! For those who are unfamiliar with R&F, what services do you offer and Which of these have proved the most popular in the last 12 months?

We provide premium aluminium 5ft light up letters and we are also wedding planners; both our light up letter hire teams and our planning teams have been super busy in the last 12 months.

Have you seen a major shift in what customers require/like with regards to your light up letters?

In the last 12 months we have have seen a definite shift from couples wanting generic words such as ‘LOVE’ or ‘MR & MRS’ on their wedding day to wanting their initials as a way to personalise their wedding further. (They also make for some great photo opportunities!).

Photography: Neal Laver

Photography: Neal Laver

Photography: Pete Denness

Photography: Pete Denness

Photography: The Granary Estates

Photography: The Granary Estates

Photography: Neal Laver

Photography: Neal Laver

As we approach 2018, what have been your favourite trends this year and which ones do you think will continue through to next year?

We love the soft metallics such as rose gold and copper especially when mixed with fresh greenery and geometric shapes – kind of industrial meets soft and sparkly!  I’m sure that a Brides love of metallics and sequins will continue into 2018 and I hope to see more of what I would call ‘loose, wild florals’ – less structured bouquets and arrangements giving a more Bohemian/1920’s feel to a Brides floral styling.

Photography: Pete Denness

Photography: Pete Denness

Do you have any stand out moments/weddings in 2017?

We’ve been to lots of great weddings this year but our stand out moment was when one of our couples held a 2 day festival wedding complete with flamingos, a hot tub bus and a 12 hour music festival the following day as the ‘wedding after party’. 

We also had a fantastic couple who wanted to hire our letters for their wedding reception saying ‘sh*t just got real’ – we thought they had a great sense of humour but unfortunately our letters were just to big for the venue space they had available – it would have definitely been a talking point for the guests!

 

We love having you up at the barns! What’s your favourite thing about working in our venue?

We genuinely love working at the barns and with the GG’s – we know we will always be greeted with big smiles and warm hello’s from everyone and set up is always so easy as we are all familiar with how the other works!  It’s also lovely to feel like you are part of the team working together to make that day’s wedding super special rather than just an external supplier dropping off something for the wedding – the GG’s make you feel involved which is great!

Photography: Pete Denness

Photography: Pete Denness

To see more of what Rocks & Frocks can offer, visit their website:

www.rocksandfrocks.co.uk

The GG's x

Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

CLARE & RICH

01.10.16

Working as a florist in the wedding industry, this bride had big plans for her special day and wanted to use her incredible talents to style the barns, bringing out the rustic charm, elegance and beauty on display.

With personal touches including Rich's man cave adorned with Welsh flags, apples picked from their garden and displayed in Clare's bouquet (by florist extroadinaire and best friend Julie) to wearing her Grandma's pearls, Clare's creativity shone through. We personally loved the tables being named after different biscuits, a not so subtle nod to the groom's nickname! After looking at this array of images captured by Ben Minnaar, were sure you'll agree this autumnal wedding was a perfect reflection of this unique and happy couple...

 

PICKING THE DRESS

I bought the first dress I tried on (I only tried 4 dresses in total!). I always knew that I wanted something simple and timeless and hopefully found that in the dress in wore from Heart Brides - a mobile dress company specialising in dresses under £1000). I teamed this with my Grandma's pearls and jewellery Rich had bought me for my birthday.

Rich always knew he wanted to wear a traditional morning suit so we hired a lovely navy blue one form Cadge Menswear in St.Ives.

My bridesmaids looked stunning on the day in their lace dresses from House of Fraser. I was so honoured to walk down the aisle with them.

 

THE BARNS & DECORATION

Having worked at the barns before I knew as soon as we got engaged that this had to be the venue where we tied the knot! Luckily for me, Rich fell just as quickly in love with the barns and we didn't even need to step foot in another venue.

We received so many compliments on the venue and on how much everyone enjoyed themselves at the Barns. We had the most magical day and the barns provided the perfect, warm and friendly setting. We will always be so grateful for the part the GG's played in helping to make our day so special.

As well as catering our wedding day, Elizabeth Hall helped with the wonderful styling and decoration. We couldn't have done it without her and nothing was ever too much trouble! Elizabeth and her team are a dream to work with!

 

FLOWERS

There is so much beautiful floral inspiration in autumn and I have always loved the gorgeous flower varieties, colours and textures that are available. Julie (best friend, bridesmaid and fellow florist) and I let what was in season guide our flower choices and we chose designs that we felt complimented the time of year.

Flowers were the main and most important decor for our wedding day and we had a ,lot of fun working out ways to have flowers dress the barns from the floor to the beams. Seeing it all come together on the day was incredibly special and walking down the aisle seeing all of our creations adorn the barns really was magical.

 

CATERING

The food was incredible and being big foodies, this was such an important part of the day for us! Elizabeth and her team really are wonderful and were so helpful throughout the whole process. As well as being super delicious, the food was so beautifully styled which was a massive bonus. We can't recommend them highly enough. 

 

PARTY TIME!

When it came to the evening, Festival Nights Band provided the music and they went down a storm! The dance floor was packed with guests of every age, all night long. They performed our first dance request beautifully and dancing to the band was one of the highlights of the whole day.

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography was really important for us and we knew this was something we were happy to invest in for the day. 

I remember coming across Ben Minnaar's work a few years before we got engaged and have always loved his style. The way he captures those unique, candid moments is really special. I contacted Ben immediately after we booked the date and thankfully he was available! Ben (and Sam) captured the joy of the day and we have the most stunning pictures which we'll love forever more.

 

 

Catering & Styling - Elizabeth Hall Event Design

Floristry - Clare Jones Floral Design & Julie Zimmerman

Photography - Ben Minnaar Photography

Band - Festival Nights Band

Dresses - Hearts Bride & House of Fraser

Suits - Cadge Menswear

Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

INGE & CJ

28.01.17

When a couple take the barns and put their own personal touch on things, it makes for a unique and beautiful setting. When your brides profession is a wedding planner however, the resulting wedding is nothing short of spectacular!

Meet Inge & CJ, our wonderful bride and groom from January this year. With a background in the wedding and events industry, Inge took the opportunity (albeit with some challenges) to transform the barns in to a whimsical, moonlit forest; the perfect setting for a wedding breakfast and reception unique to herself and her husband-to-be. With tree lined walls, a canopy of twinkling lights, delicious food and wonderful friends and family, this couple made sure their special day was one to remember.

The photography, by Granary Suppliers Lina & Tom, captured the ambience of the day perfectly, making sure no detail was left unseen. We spoke with Inge about different aspects of the day, from the flowers to the first dance and how all of these touches made the day unique to them as a couple. We particularly loved their church reading and Inge's advice at the end.....we couldn't agree more. 

PICKING THE DRESS

So I’ve never been a ‘THE dress’ kind of person - I mean I've watched my fair share of “say yes to the dress” as much as the next but I've never been one to worry about the way I personally look on the day (I’m more about the styling and the overall look and feel for everyone rather than what the dress looks like). I also had the added complication of being six months pregnant on the day and so I was never going to be able to wear whichever dress I wanted to. One thing I knew for sure though was that I would never, ever be seen dead in a Grecian style tent of a dress!

I’m a big believer that you should wear a dress which you feel fantastically fab in no matter what it looks like or what your pre-conceptions of a style may be and so I never had a set style in my head and I also didn't want a ‘too many cooks’ situation. So one Thursday just before heading off to work I took myself into town and had a browse of some nice high end high street stores and wandered into Coast. My eyes fixed onto a two piece with a blush sequinned crop and a lovely blush skirt; I tried it on and that was it! I walked out with it that day!

The skirt sat just on top of my bump and the top was gorgeously sparkly! It wasn't white, but who cared and I bought it on my own, but then I've always been a strong decision maker and I love it. I still do! The great thing about my wedding dress is that I can whop it out at any snazzy occasion either the skirt with a simple top or the top with black jeans and I get to relive a little piece of my wedding whenever needs must!

 

SUITED & BOOTED

CJ was never going to be told what to wear by me and even though I tried once (or twice) I got told very firmly from the beginning not to try to tell him what to wear. He told me that if my dress was going to be a surprise so was his suit. And I'm glad it was. He picked out the most stunning blue three piece from John Lewis and when I saw him down the aisle my heart skipped a beat and I couldn't believe I was about to marry the most handsome man I had ever met.

I was told after the wedding that the size shirt they sent over was huge and way too big - a detail that was only noticed only the morning of the wedding. But Tom (from Lina and Tom) stepped in as the pro he is and helped CJ to tuck and adjust it to make sure it sat just right! Phew!

 

THE VENUE & DECORATION

The barns was the one from day one. After working in a fair few venues in the area I had always been impressed by the professionalism and care of the Granary Girls; partner this with a venue that ticked all of our boxes and after dragging CJ along to have look we booked on the dot! We needed a venue which had the separate space for a creche (our daughter was 4 and had invited a couple of close friends so we set up a fun cinema den for them); the cleanliness and the space was spot on and the fact that we could host everything indoors made it the perfect venue for our winter wedding.

In all honesty we didn't book the barns because we wanted a barn venue or look, we booked it because it was spacious enough for us to create an indoor Narnia style forest. When we were younger we carved our names into a tree in a small forest which was half way between our childhood houses, around 12 years on it was the spot where CJ proposed and so we were adamant we would re-create this for our wedding day.

We enlisted the help of Elizabeth Hall and set about hiring in live trees to create the forest, festoon and lanterns to create a night sky and succulents and candles for the table to reconstruct a forest scene. I must say it was pretty tricky getting those trees in and out of the side doors but once it was all set up the look came together and blew us away.

 

FLOWERS & FOLIAGE

As I said our priorities lay with creating a forest rather than focusing on table top decorations. Elizabeth Hall styled in some succulents for our tables but we didn't go for any floristry displays apart from my bouquet. I opted to go with the Tayler Studios for my bouquet and got a glorious winter flower arrangement from Grace. After seeing her workshop I held every trust in her that she had great style and the know how to great fantastic flower pieces. So after showing her a couple of pictures of some wintery bouquets I had in mind I left it to her to create the final piece. 

I don’t like to step anyones creativity and I like to trust the suppliers I work with and so even though she was surprised I gave her full creative control (not something most brides do) I was not disappointed and she delivered a stunning bouquet fit for a forestry winter wedding.

 

THE VOWS

As a wedding planner I am of course a big believer of doing things properly and seeing everything through and although some may disagree I am in the camp that if you're going to get married it should be in a church. I am not religious and my husband isn't overly, so the decision to get married in a church wasn't a traditional or religious one. I believe that the day should be separated out into the more formal and contemplative church service to be followed by a celebration in another space and so this is why we opted for a church. Lets not forget why you're getting married. Its not to just have a huge party, wear a great dress, drink bubbly and dance. It is to make a commitment to one another to support each other, be true to each other and be a team for life and this needs to be taken seriously. 

We got married in Burwell Church which is our parish church and our vicar Eleanor was incredibly flexible and approachable through out the planning process. The most memorable moment for me was when we included a promise to our daughter and baby in utero to love and support them throughout their lives after our vows to each other. And I sobbed through the whole service. We walked out of the church to James Brown and the organist played the Game of Thrones theme tune whilst we sign the register. 

We also chose to have a reading from Kalil Gibran the Prophet which sums up our way of working our relationship perfectly:

 

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.” 

 

There were times being a bride/wedding planner when I found it really hard to let go. I felt a huge amount of pressure to create something spectacular because of my background and my job. And I felt as though everyone would be judging me that extra bit. But just as I was considering spending an obscene amount of money on a real snow blower I had a meeting with Parris and she managed to calm me down and talk me out of feeling under pressure to perform. I found it invaluable to have the GGs to chat weddings to because they understand and could relate to what I was trying to achieve.

I struggled with the supplier relationship balance at times, and I think because I hired in industry friends to help me achieve my vision there were definitely times when the lines were blurred but having my husband to talk things through with helped me to detach myself from being a wedding planner and to just be a bride to be. Towards the end I even hired in my own wedding planner to get her to tie up loose ends for me and put an eye on everything. (Aimee I'm looking at you!) 

Being a natural control freak - as every wedding planner is - definitely helped because everything was written down and checked over. But being able to work with people I trust and who could understand my vision was most important. And couldn't have asked for a better collaboration of suppliers to pull together my wedding day.

 

TIME TO PARTY

CJ and I have a shared love of music and dancing. CJ is a very good dancer and although I like to think I'm good at dancing too there is no way I would keep up with him. But also no way that we would be able to have any ordinary first dance.

We decided not to go for a love song or anything which represented our relationship, rather a great song with a great beat that we both liked dancing to so settled on Janet Jacksons 'All Nite (Don't Stop)'. 

We then came up with a routine which was perfected and pulled together by our dance friend Bailey Francis and proceeded to pop, lock and robot our way through our first dance.

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

LINA AND TOM!!!!!!!! The bestest most fantastic most fabulous photography dapper duo you will ever meet. They are incredible and their awesome talent not only managed to capture some really great pictures but the feel, emotion and ambiance of the day. Getting a photographer is my number one priority for any of my couples but finding one which you connect with and who understands you is even more important. Many try to skimp on the photographer because they don't understand their fees but when you realise that this is the only lasting physical memory of your wedding day their importance starts to sink in. And getting the photos back is an unforgettable experience. Just being able to sit in your own house in your own space after the wedding with a glass of vino to relive the day is priceless. I have to say I'm not a fan of stuffy posed photos and my favourites are all the spur of the moment shots including a great one of me shaving my pits! But in all honesty they managed to capture all the little looks and the glances of our family and friends which made our day come alive on print.

Lina even bought along a pick me up snack for the adrenaline dump after the ceremony - they honestly went above and beyond and covered everything. The best money I have ever spent! 

 

TAKE MY ADVICE...

Being a ‘Real Bride’ has made me better planner, I now understand the day from all angles and can enlist on my own experience to run the day. I wrote a blog piece after being married with my own ten top tips which you can find on my website (read the blog HERE). But in all honesty in hindsight the things I most remember are the laughs, the enormous amount of love and the feeling I had in my heart for the whole day. 

If you're planning to get married - don't forget that the most important thing that happens is that you marry the one you love. The frills and fancies are great and make for a spectacular day. But if you can walk away from it feeling fantastic and in love then it was a huge success. 

But my one top tip and wedding gripe is to make it your own! Don't get suckered into one type of theme or style if it doesn't reflect you two as a couple. You need every penny to work for you and to be spent on reflecting you, your relationship and your love. So put down the Pinterest and look deep into yourselves to find your own wedding inspiration.

 

Wedding Planning - Inge Louise Events

Styling - Elizabeth Hall Event Design

Catering - Cambridge Dining Company

Lighting - Pro Event Hire

Photography - Lina & Tom

Flowers - The Tayler Studios

Dress - Coast

Suits - John Lewis

Capturing the moment...

To mark 'World Photography Day', we thought what better way to celebrate than to share some of the stunning images captured at the barns over the past few years!

We're not going to say too much, we'll let the photographs do the talking..... :)

The GG's X

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