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Last week, we threw our styling hats on and got creative in the barns to show you how, even without beam styling, the barns can look elegant, colourful and full of life!

With help from the lovely team at local hiring company CMA Hire, we were able to dress the tables with lush dove grey cloths, coloured glassware and marble charger plates. These additional touches really added a luxury feel, giving a sophisticated look with a modern finish. The options CMA Hire provide are endless so you can get really creative if table styling is your passion!

The team at Hall & Co. Event Design also provided some of their gorgeous pieces from their prop shop, enabling us to enhance areas of the lounge area and Milling Room for a bit of cosy styling inspo! We especially love the glass vases the team provided for our centre piece styling, alongside green pops of colour and foliage from Florist extraordinaire Clare Jones!

As you can see, we haven’t over styled the barns and have let the natural beauty of the building shine through. So if getting creative does’t come naturally to you, if you prefer to keep things simple (less is more as they say) or if your budget doesn’t allow for a lot of styling, we could be the venue for you! :)


As we dive into May and all things weddings, it is the perfect time to come and take a look around our venue. We can hold your exclusive viewing during the week, but also have appointments available on Saturday mornings and on Sundays so we can work around you! We tend to have weddings set up at the weekends so this is the prime time to come along :)

We have appointments available in June so why not start your wedding journey with us and come to have your own personal tour on the barns? To speak with our events team (GG’s Becca, Parris and Naomi) simply give us a call on 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Have a great weekend! x

Meet The Experts: The Luxe Paper Co.

Designing stationery is such a personal journey, it sets the tone and story for such special occasions and I love being able to be a part of that process.

Hi Chloe! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you founded The Luxe Paper Co.

Hi I’m Chloe and I’m the designer behind The Luxe Paper Co. I’m obsessed with stationery, typography, luxury papers and anything with gold foil! I’m a self-professed font and paper geek and I get excited every time new orders arrive.

Design is a huge part of my life and I am lucky enough to do what I love on a daily basis. As well as designing wedding stationery, I have years of experience working in agencies collaborating with a vast array of clients from small and national companies to large global ones.

After creating stationery for family and friends weddings, I fell in love with the idea of being able to create something so special that tells such a personal story. Few belongings can better tell the story of your most important memories than special occasion stationery.

Therefore taking my design experience and passion for stationery I was inspired to take the leap and launch The Luxe Paper Co.

All images courtesy of The Luxe Paper Co.

All images courtesy of The Luxe Paper Co.

I’ve only recently this year taken the leap and launched The Luxe Paper Co. I’ve designed a lot of wedding stationery for family and friends the last few years but it was designing my own this year that led me to set up properly.

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What’s the best thing about your job?

It goes without saying that receiving feedback is one of the very best parts about my job. There is nothing better than knowing that the stationery you have put so much time and love into creating is adored by the client it has have been created for.

Designing stationery is such a personal journey, it sets the tone and story for such special occasions and I love being able to be a part of that process.

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If you could give a piece of advice to a couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Get an early start so that you won’t feel rushed later, once you’ve found the perfect venue and secured your date, book in with a stationer, especially if you are looking for something bespoke, as they often get booked up quickly and it’s an important part in creating the theme for your day.

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? Are there certain trends making their way through this year?

I think stationery has become a massive part of the wedding industry; it’s a very personal process and defines the style and tone of the whole wedding and the couple themselves. More than ever couples are looking for something bespoke and personal.

In 2019 I think Perspex and vellum are going to continue to be massive and while pastels and pinks are commonly associated with wedding stationery, darker hues are looking to take centre stage, as a formal but more luxury option.

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What are your favourite colours or patterns to work with?

This is a really difficult question; I love really rich and deep colours, a gold foil finish is also a firm favourite of mine. With every couple comes a different brief and wedding which is always so exciting as I know I’ll get to experiment with different fonts, colours, papers and themes.

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What have you got lined up for the rest of the year?

As well as moving house, travelling America and continuing to plan my own wedding for next year, I am looking forward to meeting and working with new couples and growing The Luxe Paper Co. I am also excited to be attending a family wedding in the summer at The Granary Estates.

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I am so delighted to be a recommended supplier for The Granary Estates. It is such a stunning venue with beautiful grounds and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend several weddings as a guest here and feel privileged to be a supplier.

Thanks Chloe!

To see more of Chloe’s beautiful work, hit the button below!

Meet The Experts: Coversbygill

Always meet with your suppliers and be strong about exactly what you want.  Keep to your budget and remember that sometimes less is more!

Hi Gill! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you founded the business…

Hi my name is Gill! I am a mother of three and a grandmother of six.

At one of my daughter’s weddings, I was watching a company from Essex who came in to do the chair covers and as the gentleman was on his own I thought I would lend a hand.  Not being biased but my bows were better than the company that I had employed! I remember being proud of how a simple thing that I had done looked so good and then thinking wow, I can do this and get paid! Three months later, we were up and running…

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How long have you been trading and how has the company grown?

I have been trading for 8 years now and I have to say it was a little bit of luck that kick started Coversbygill.

A good friend of mine who was working as a Wedding Coordinator at a venue in town, asked to see what I had with the thought that if it was good enough, we could become a recommended supplier. As I only buy the best stock, it came down to me to show I could do the job…. I can happily say that after 8 years I still am on the supplier list for this venue!

Image - Daniel Ackerley Photography

Image - Daniel Ackerley Photography

 What’s the best thing about your job and what you do?

The best thing about my job is transforming a venue and bringing the brides vision to life. The girls that assist me are great as well.  We always work in a happy environment :)

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If you could give a piece of advice to a couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Always meet with your suppliers and be strong about what you want.  Keep to your budget and remember that sometimes less is more!

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How do you feel about being a recommended supplier with us? What type of things have you done at the barns?

I am delighted to be a supplier for the barns because it is one of the most prestigious venues in our area.  With such a beautiful setting, the photos always look fab which is great for Coversbygill. The staff are so accommodating and helpful, often assisting whilst we are there.

Image - Daniel Ackerley Photography

Image - Daniel Ackerley Photography

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How could you help with alternative events such as corporate seminars/exhibitions etc.?

Coversbygill also supplies different colour table cloths, as well as chair covers, so if your event needs a little something different, we can provide those extra touches.  Some corporate events also love to have the company colours integrated in to their set up which we also accommodate with chair bands and cloths etc.

We repeatedly provide racing colours for events in and around the horse racing town of Newmarket which is just a few miles from the Granary Estates.

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through this year?

Coversbygill’s main business is chair styling and so the biggest change I have seen in recent years is the introduction of the chavari chair. At first this seemed a bit of a negative thing for us, mainly as these chairs are stunning on their own and don’t have a need to be covered, therefore making our services redundant.

However, luckily for us, the beautiful vertical chiffon drops and soft sashes were introduced by our suppliers which enabled us to bring something else in to the industry. We still continue with the event chairs however which always need a full cover as well.

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What is/are your favourite colour/colours to work with?

I love working with ivory as it always looks so chic. Navy and pink are timeless and I really love it when a little bit of sparkle or green foliage is added to the equation.  When I first started Cadbury Purple was king, but I haven’t seen it for a long time now. Lilac is pretty, and Hessian and lace give a lovely rustic theme.

I see the vision of my brides and as long as we meet that I am happy! On the down side tying Hessian is a task but good for the muscles!

What have you got lined up for the rest of 2019?

2019 is going to be a great year for the chiffon vertical or horizontal drops as new colours are coming out all the time. We are busy with lots of weddings in the spring/summer, with lots of Christmas parties in the Autumn and Winter. We also have a lot of Christmas and New Year weddings coming up. Who doesn’t love a Winter wedding?!

Thanks Gill!

To see more images and the array of options on offer with Coversbygill, take a look at the company Facebook page by clicking HERE!

Meet The Experts: Dreamwave

Our custom lighting and sound production is fully equipped to deliver design and concept installation of the highest quality.
— CARINA, Dreamwave Events

Hello Dreamwave! Tell us a bit about yourselves…

CARINA: Paul and Dave, already both experienced, technically skilled DJs, joined forces to form Dreamwave Events back in 2009.  They have always been about connecting with the clients, combining a first-class service from the initial contact through to the evening of the event and providing a bespoke performance by understanding their audience. 

Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

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Image - Pete Denness Photography

How has the company grown in the past few years?

CARINA: We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year!  With the combined motive power, knowledge and professionalism of the team, Dreamwave Events has grown year on year.  By staying true to our roots providing a service to clients that is of the highest standard and quality, we have a set of DJs whose technical skills and their ability to read the crowd, guarantees a personalised entertainment experience.

We are so proud of the fantastic team we have today from our dedicated office staff and knowledgeable crew to our hand-picked highly skilled DJ’s whose artistic flare and dynamic style can only mean your evening party will be a complete hit!

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to move forward with the business and have moved into providing collaborations with artists like Sister Sax and most recently, DJ Destruction.

Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

Image - Stuart Deadman Photography

Tell us a bit more about your exciting new venture with DJ Destruction…

CARINA: We are always looking at innovative ways to move forward.  DJ Destruction is a world class scratch DJ who will perform for a one hour set during your evening party when booked alongside our evening DJ package.   We have seen him perform and he is absolutely awesome! He completely immerses himself into his high-octane sets.  You can check my blog post, that has a short clip of DJ Destruction performing.

 

If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

CARINA: This sounds completely biased – but I would say, don’t underestimate the evening party.  From experience, I would say a lot of couples do not put it on their priority list, yet it is a large chunk of your day and the part that you and you guests get to let your hair down and have fun! 

On this note, make sure it’s the party you envisage with the music and entertainment you want. 

Image - Pete Denness Photography

Image - Pete Denness Photography

Image - Matt Wing Photography

Image - Matt Wing Photography

What is one of your favourite memories at the barns?

PAUL: One of my fondest memories was providing our Cocktail DJ service during a wedding drinks reception a couple of years ago on very warm summers day!  We can play any type of background music during this service from modern acoustic tracks to chilled jazz but on this occasion,  it was funky house / Ibiza classics! It was amazing guests where dancing along on the lawn whilst enjoying drinks and canapes, the atmosphere was perfect and much like being in Ibiza right there and then!

Image - Pete Denness Photography

Image - Pete Denness Photography

Image - Matt Wing Photography

Image - Matt Wing Photography

What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through in 2019?

CARINA: We find when it comes to entertainment, that couples are always looking for something new to blow away their guests.  We have seen many old school garage DJ’s performing and DJ’s jamming alongside saxophonists – now it’s time to make way for DJ Destruction! 😊


What other events can you/do you do?

CARINA: There are two sides to Dreamwave Events;  Dreamwave DJ’s and Dreamwave Lighting.  And we can cater for anything from an intimate private function to a huge corporate gala!  Our specialist team is experienced and knowledgeable.  I have already talked about our DJ side thoroughly – but our custom lighting and sound production is fully equipped to deliver design and concept installation of the highest quality.

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Image - Dreamwave Events

Meet The Experts: Pro Event Hire

Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.
— CHARLIE, Pro Event Hire


From lighting to set design to corporate functions, Cambridge-based event experts Pro Event Hire, are able to help create the event that you are dreaming of!

As one of our recommended suppliers here at the Granary Estates, we are always excited to welcome the team back to the venue, whether they are setting up staging for our next runway event or providing the entertainment for one of our newlywed couples, it’s always a pleasure! :)

We spoke with Charlie, Director at Pro Event Hire, to find out more about what they do, the new products they have stocked for 2019 and what they have lined up for the rest of the year… over to you PEH team!

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Hi Pro Event Hire! Tell us a bit about yourselves…

Hey GGs! So Pro Event Hire, doesn’t really give much away does it? In a nut shell, we do lights and stuff. We are the technical people behind the scenes that make events look and sound awesome. All aspects of staging, lighting, audio and visual we’ve got you covered.

We are a small team of friendly, creative people that I couldn’t live without! Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.

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I have over 14 years’ experience in the events industry, working as a full-time club DJ for many years whilst starting Pro Disco Hire which soon evolved into Pro Event Hire which I now concentrate on full time.

Most of my time is spent meeting with clients and discussing their vision, or out on site creating it! Lucy takes care of all of the day to day running of the business and she will most likely be the person you speak to when you contact us.

How long have you been in the industry and how has the company grown in the past few years?

We are coming into our 9th year of trading this year. Growth in the last few years has been quite fast, we have become a limited company and taken on members of staff. Not bad from a young lad who used to stuff his Ford Fiesta full of equipment for gigs (don’t worry, I have a fleet of vans now).

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What’s the best thing about your job and what you do?

Definitely the variety of what we do. No day is the same and we are always working on different projects with different styles. We love couples that think out of the box with their planning and want to do something a bit crazy and different.

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If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t be scared to do what YOU want to do. Don’t feel pressured by traditions or what you feel should be done. At my wedding, me and my ushers all wore box fresh trainers with our suits as I am a bit of a sneaker head. Make things personal to you.

How do you feel about being a Granary recommended supplier? Do you have a favourite memory with us here at the barns?

Cue smug face! It’s great to be recommended at such a popular venue. The girls are awesome and they always make sure the kettle is on for us.

My best memory is working with the team on the Style Edit. We worked with the Granary team from the concept of the fashion show through to the set design, music editing and producing voice overs. The Style Edit showcased what a versatile venue The Granary Estates can be. 

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How could you help with alternative events such as corporate seminars/exhibitions etc.?

Being a technical production company means we work on both weddings and corporate events regularly. We have provided AV solutions to venues as large as Ely cathedral with over 500 guests. 

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through this year?

Although I hate to admit it because I will sound really old, but social media wasn’t around when I started out! So, I think the biggest change is peoples access to ideas and the detailed view we are getting into other weddings. I think this has created the birth of a much more creative bride and groom, people are coming to us with elaborate plans, normally with a Pinterest board to match which makes things much more fun for us!

This year we are seeing a lot of colour and the more alternative look. Our new neon signs and light boxes are proving very popular and I think it’s going back to what I mentioned earlier about being brave and making it YOUR wedding. 

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And finally…what have you got lined up for the rest of 2019…?

We have just been booked to provide some equipment to Example on a couple of dates of his tour so super excited about that! Hoping to showcase some more of our lighting over at Granary Estates this year as I think a bit of neon could be the icing on a pretty awesome cake… or wedding…!

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Grab your slice of the action!

Today see’s a nationwide celebration of all thing pizza taking place! To mark National Pizza Day, we asked the talented team at Fired Up to tell us about there fave recipe and where you can sample some of their delicious oven-baked creations! Over to you Fired Up… :)


Our ethos is keep it simple, keep it traditional and use the best Italian ingredients you can find!

Pizza is one of the nations favourite dishes because it literally caters for all – old, young, vegetarians, vegans & meat eaters. It’s diversity makes pizza wonderful!

We researched all of our pizza’s by travelling to Naples which is home to our favourite pizza’s and we based our dough flavourings and toppings around the Italian style. Through a lot of research, we bought our findings back to the Streets of Cambridge and the people of this fine city, who have been enjoying our pizza for 8 years now.

For us (Rory & Nancy the owners of Fired Up) our favourite pizza has to be the N’Duja. There is something very special about this pizza cooked in 90’s in our oven...

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Dough - We use a classic Neapolitan recipe ’00’ Flour, yeast, water and table salt. We allow to prove over 24 hours for the springy moorish crust. 

Our tomato sauce is made with San Marzano tomatoes, a pinch of salt and pepper is all you need.

N’Duja - What can we say about this, possible one of the finest ingredients ever made. A soft spreadable Salami from Calabrian. It has a smokey, spicy and highly addictive taste and melts into puddles of loveliness over the pizza. 

To finish the pizza, we add basil leaves and Virgin Oil - simple but amazing!


Want to try some of this authentic and delicious pizza for yourself?! Find Fired Up here:


Cambridge Food Park at the Cambridge Science Park

The Cambridge Beer Festival (for their 3rd consecutive year) - 20th - 25th May 2019

Thriplow Daffodil Weekend 2019 - 23rd & 24th March 2019


What's your flavour? #NationalSoupMonth

TUSCAN BEAN + CHORIZO SOUP

By Crown Catering Cambridge

To mark National Soup Week, we asked one of our Granary caterers, Crown Catering Cambridge, to provide us with a delicious recipe for you to try at home on these chilly winter nights! To sample more tasty dishes from the Crown team, visit The Kings Head in Dullingham :)

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Ingredients

1x small onion

1x large carrot

2x sticks celery

2x cloves garlic

100g chorizo

1x pint brown chicken stock

1x pint pasta sauce

1x large handful lilyput cappers

100g butter beans

Basil to taste

Salt and pepper

 

Method

1 Chop the celery, garlic, onion and carrots.

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2 Sauté until softened.

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3 Add diced chorizo sausage - cook for 10 minutes.

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4 Add chopped baby plum tomatoes.

5 And fresh brown chicken stock.

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6 Reduce by half.

7 Add pasta sauce.

8 Cook for 35/40 minutes on a low heat.

9 Finish with lilyput capers, freshly chopped basil and butter beans.

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Guest blog: Christmas with Hall & Co.!

Have you been counting down the days to put your Christmas decorations up? We definitely have. In fact, we’ve been pinning ideas on Pinterest and decorating our café and office space since mid-November!

Maybe you’re hosting Christmas dinner or dining as a guest. Either way, here are some Christmas styling ideas for your home and office.

 

Easy-to-lay Christmas Table

Whether you love a traditional Christmas table lay or modern Hygge vibe, follow these easy steps to create the perfect setting.

Tableware

You don’t need to spend lots of new crockery, glassware and cutlery. Sometimes, the simplest tableware allows you to captivate your guests with creative centrepieces and room décor. Silverware and glass are the perfect materials to create sparkle, something everyone is likely to have. 

Create a beautiful centrepiece or window display by grabbing some Winter foliage from your local flower market; one bunch is all you need. Lay the foliage down the centre of the table, or into glass vases and lay sporadically down the table. This creates height and variation. Lay tealights throughout the foliage to create some warming Christmas lighting.

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Winter foliage lasts a long time. It fills dead space beautifully, and the smell… Oh boy is it glorious. 

We recommend: Buy some pine from your local market or florist. Guaranteed to fill your house with that signature Christmas smell. 

 

Home & Office Decorating

Maybe you’re attending a wreath workshop, or fancy buying one from your local florist. Doors are the perfect spot to create that Festive feeling from the moment you greet your clients or your friends & family.

Some of our favourite places to shop like TK Maxx, Cox & Cox, Tonic Style & Homesense carry an eclectic collection of Winter decorations, meaning there is something for every taste at a price that won’t break your budget. Unique and beautiful, sure to bring joy when you decorate. 

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Hit up TK Maxx for a good hour of candle browsing. They carry all sorts of candles you won’t find anywhere else. 

We recommend: Sand & Fog, Pumpkin Spice & DW Home, Winter Pine.

 

Christmas Tree

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Oh, Christmas tree, Oh, Christmas tree. To tinsel or not to tinsel. To tree top or not to the tree top. To buy real or buy fake…..these are just a few questions that come to mind when deciding your tree and its decorations.

Perhaps you have a treasured colour & textured assorted collection of baubles or collect different baubles from your travels. If you’d like to go for a more environmentally friendly approach, we recommend dried fruits and pine cones. These are easy to create and a fun craft activity. 

Start by placing your fairy lights on first. Next, place your larger baubles sporadically around your tree. Next, add in your medium and smaller baubles. Work your way around the tree until you feel it’s complete. Remember, don’t over think this, sometimes the most beautiful trees are those decorated with a minimalistic approach. 

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Always step back from your tree when decorating and work systematically around your tree. 

We recommend: Cox & Cox or John Lewis for Tree decorations.


Catch our day of decorating Granary’s Christmas tree this year and our Christmas table laying Video on our YouTube channel this December: @hallandcoeventdesign. We’ll be sharing a video every day on the run up to Christmas. It’s going to get wonderfully festive!

 

Thanks for having us, Granary! 

Love, Hall & Co. X

Chocolate? Yes please!

Tomorrow marks 'World Chocolate Day 2018' and we couldn't let this very important date in the GG calendar go by without marking the occasion! ;)

 

Image courtesy of Google.com.

Image courtesy of Google.com.

Our amazing Granary suppliers and expert catering teams have provided some delicious recipes for you all to try this weekend to hit that chocolate craving! Time to get baking!

 

CHOCOLATE FONDANT

By Crown Catering Cambridge

www.crowncateringcambridge.com

50g Melted Butter
Cocoa Powder
200g Minimum 70% Chocolate
200g Chopped Butter
200g Golden Caster Sugar
4 Eggs + 4 Egg Yolks
200g Plain Flour


First get your moulds ready. Using upward strokes, heavily brush the melted butter all over the inside of the pudding mould. Place the mould in the fridge or freezer. Brush more melted butter over the chilled butter, then add a good spoonful of cocoa powder into the mould. Tap any excess cocoa back into the jar, then repeat with 1 the next mould.

Place a bowl over a pan of simmering water, then slowly melt the chocolate and butter together. Remove bowl from the heat and stir until smooth. Leave to cool for about 10 mins.In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and yolks together with the sugar until thick and pale and the whisk leaves a trail Sift the flour into the eggs, then beat together Pour the melted chocolate into the egg mixture in thirds, beating well between each addition, until all the chocolate is added and the mixture is completely combined to a loose cake batter.Chill for at least 20 mins or up to the night before.


Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Place the fondants on a baking tray, then cook for 10-12 mins until the tops have formed a crust and they are starting to come away from the sides of their moulds. Remove from the oven, then leave to sit for 1 min before turning out.

 

Image courtesy of sortedfood.com.

Image courtesy of sortedfood.com.

VEGAN OREO BROWNIE

By Hall & Co. Event Design

www.hallandcoeventdesign.co.uk

5 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
200g Dark Chocolate
170g Self-Raising Flour
3 Heaped Teaspoons Cocoa Powder
180g Golden Caster Sugar
Sea Salt
1 Vanilla Pod
230 ml Unsweetened Soya Milk
1 Packet of Oreos


Begin by melting the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the sunflower oil and soya milk. Now mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and when they're well combined, stir into the chocolate mix. Line a square baking tin roughly 20cm and put half of the mix in the tin and spread evenly to the sides. Now cover the brownie mix by laying down the Oreos, cover with the rest of the brownie mix and now with the remaining Oreos. Crush them and sprinkle over the top of the brownie, bake on 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes till the outside is cooked and the middle is still gooey.

 

Try turning this recipe into a brownie stack for your next summer BBQ! Add fresh fruits and cream to create this delicious masterpiece. Image from Hall & Co. Event Design.

Try turning this recipe into a brownie stack for your next summer BBQ! Add fresh fruits and cream to create this delicious masterpiece. Image from Hall & Co. Event Design.

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

The Cambridge Dining Company

www.cambridgediding.co.uk

250g Cream Cheese, 
250g Double Cream
200g White Chocolate, Melted
100g Sugar
1 Teaspoon Xantham Gum

250g Digestive Biscuits
100g Butter, Melted


Cream the Cream Cheese & Sugar together, slowly add the Double Cream whilst mixing.
Mix well until it has formed a thick mixture.
Sprinkle and fold in the Xantham Gum
Melted White Chocolate, wait until cool then fold into mixture

Mix Digestive Biscuits with Melted Butter, press down into baking tin and allow to cool (Set for approx 30 mins in the fridge)

Add Cheesecake Mixture to Biscuit Base, chill for at least a couple of hours (ideally overnight).

 

Image courtesy of Google.com.

Image courtesy of Google.com.

The Granary Showcase 2018

Following the success of last year, we held our second Granary Showcase this month, putting our barn venue and a variety of styling options on display.

With the help of industry experts and suppliers we transformed the barns once again, allowing for newly-engaged couples or those still in search of their perfect venue, to come and take a look around our #weddinginspo showcase.

Take a look at some of the stunning set ups and floral creations that have been on display over the past few weeks, and we hope that they may provide some inspiration and insight in to our luxury wedding venue!

 

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA hire

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING & CENTREPIECES - The Granary Estates

SEQUIN TABLECLOTHS - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

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TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Tolly's Flowers

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Tolly's Flowers

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY DISPLAY - Eliza May Prints

PREMIUM LIGHT UP LETTERS - The Letter Hire People

WEDDING CAKE, BISCUITS & CUPCAKES - Bakerlicious Boutique

DJ & DISCO - Cambridge Weddings Services

Supplier Links

Hall & Co. Event Design

CMA Hire

Clare Jones Floral Design

Tolly's Flowers

Eliza May Prints

The Letter Hire People

Cambridge Wedding Services

Bakerlicious Boutique

 

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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

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

#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