Yesterday after a little bit of a hairy journey, without brake lights (as discovered halfway along the dual carriageway), I went to Hintlesham Hall's Wedding Open Day, to exhibit my illustrated portraits and wedding stationery.
Hintlesham Hall is a beautiful, 16th century manor house, nestled in the lovely Suffolk countryside. It's a great wedding venue for anyone that is looking for a prestigious and romantic setting, in a traditional, period property. I was particularly struck but it's impressive exterior (and impressive Pampas grasses!) upon our approach up the main driveway to the hall.
I set up my exhibit in front of a large window in the Georgian style Orangery – which was a lovely place to show my work. It was so beautifully bright and sunny! Once set up, I was ready to meet all the bride and grooms who had either booked at the venue, or had shown interest in getting married there, but were yet to make a booking.
Opposite me, the lovely Sabrina of Pengelly Photography was also ready to showcase her and her husband's truly beautiful wedding photos – I thoroughly recommend them if you are looking for a photographer.
Guests visiting the show registered in the Orangery when they arrived and were then invited to look around the various rooms throughout the hall – full of lots of other wedding exhibitors. The team at the hall had set up the rooms to demonstrate how they could be styled for your wedding day, and dressed the dining room as if ready for a wedding breakfast.
As always it was lovely to chat to lots of excitable couples at varying stages of planning their big days. As lots of them had booked their weddings at Hintlesham, it was extra lovely to be able to picture where they'd be having their wedding reception, whilst I talked to them about how they could incorporate my illustrations into their day.
One of the favourite pieces I showcased was, as usual, Abby and Stuart's Fingerprint Tree (below). I think it appeals to people because it's a bit of a different way to treasure memories of the guests that celebrated your wedding with you. That's the main reason I like them anyway – it's so much more fun to look at than a traditional guestbook. Another firm favourite item amongst the pieces I had with me, were my illustrated Table Plans. I spoke to lots of couples about how they met, their hobbies and their favourite things, and how these ideas could be incorporated into their seating charts. I am really looking forward to hopefully working on some of these ideas with some of the lovely folk I met.
The people working at Hintlesham Hall were wonderful at keeping all the visitors and exhibitors well fed – with a delicious finger-buffet which they handed out. I didn't manage to bag one of the paper cones full of fish and chips I'd spotted making their way around, but I did sample a particularly tasty mini handmade beef burger (or two!).
I want to say a big thank you to all the people that took the time to come and see what it is that I do, and stood and chatted with me about their wedding plans. I love hearing all about what you're all going to include in your special day, and the different things you'd like to incorporate. I look forward to working with you in the future.