Wedding businesses that pivoted during lockdown… Hampton Manor

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Wedding businesses that pivoted during lockdown…

Today we chat with Hampton Manor about pivoting their business, micro weddings, staycations, and how they helped their community during lockdown…

Tell us about Hampton Manor…

Hampton Manor is a neo-Tudor gothic manor house in the heart of England and set within a 45-acre estate. We can offer wedding breakfasts in our glass-roofed courtyard for up to 130.  In-house catering only – by our Michelin-starred team. 15 bedrooms for you and your guests. 

How have you pivoted your services and skills during the pandemic and lockdown?

We’ve led two initiatives:

Currently: With large weddings closed during July and August, we’ve created an opportunity for 2 night stays at the Manor for romantic weekends away. With 15 bedrooms, a cottage and 3 foodie ways to dine on the estate, many couples are coming to stay on the weekend they were supposed to be getting married because it’s too sad to just let the day pass without remark.

They’ll be welcomed in the afternoon with cream tea in the Nyetimber Summer House – some of our favourite wedding stylists Ava Event Styling are creating a remarkable design for our Courtyard where we usually hold our wedding breakfasts. Our courtyard is a glasshouse built into old stone brick walls and so it seemed fitting for it to be transformed into an indoor

Wedding businesses that pivoted during lockdown… Millie’s Masks

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Wedding businesses that pivoted during the lockdown…

Introducing Millie’s Masks…

When the pandemic hit, it not only left many couples devasted that they had to change their plans, it also hit the wedding industry hard. Watching the pandemic unfold and seeing so many colleagues’ lives turned upside down as their passion, work, and income stopped for the foreseeable future, was heartbreaking. With still no guidance from the government of when and how weddings will return to some kind of ‘norm‘, everything is still very much up in the air for couples desperate to say their ‘I do’s‘, and for the hard-working, mainly self-employed businesses that are the heart and soul of our wedding industry.

The lockdown has had an effect on us all. My own business which supports wedding and hospitality clients changed overnight, and I have since been on a personal journey which has included juggling work/life/family/homeschooling to two kids… and it’s not been easy by any stretch of the imagination! We are all adapting to this new way of life and it has been amazing to witness how resilient, creative, and blooming amazing my fellow wedding industry friends are, as many pivot their businesses to support their families, their home, and the community around them.

One such individual is Jo from The Couture Company; a bespoke, alternative dress …

White Button Weddings… Meet The Supplier

Introduce yourself…

I’m Chloe, owner of White Button Weddings. I’m wife to Tim, and Mummy to two little boys, Arthur and Hector,  and soon to be a little girl as well! Life is hectic but I love it and thrive on the variation that my roles as wife, Mummy, daughter, friend and wedding planner bring me. 

My main team mate is my Mum and best pal, Sarah. She is incredible- super creative, seems to have endless energy and is a constant positive support. Everyone loves Mum, she’s such a joy to have around on your wedding day and is just great at getting stuff done. Although I always introduce her as Sarah, by the end of a wedding she is always just ‘Mum’ to everyone.

What are a few of your favourite things? 

I love jaffa cakes (like really love them!), cooking, family time, quality time with friends, travelling, interiors, the sunshine and country pubs. 

Tell us about where the magic happens – where’s your HQ?

HQ is a garden office at our home in Bedfordshire. I love it in there – it’s a little escape from what is often a chaotic home. It’s lovely and cozy in the winter and in the summer I fling open the doors and the sun shines in. I make myself comfy in there, put the music on

Meet The Supplier… The Gardens at Polehanger in Hertfordshire

The Gardens at Polehanger…

Introduce yourself…

We are Charlotte and Andrew Foster, owners and operators at The Gardens at Polehanger. Polehanger Farm has been in the Foster family for three generations. Andrew grew up on the farm, and, after working for 15 years in IT, has returned to learn the ropes and take over the running of the farm. Despite a number of years working and living in London, his love of the countryside never left him, and he is once again enjoying working outside, long cycle rides, country walks with the family and, most of all, golf!   Charlotte is an ex-lawyer and current keen netball player.  After taking time out to raise their 5 year old twins, Charlotte is keen to get back to work, and excited about the prospects that The Gardens at Polehanger holds.  We had our reception at the farm back in 2007, so we know what a magical wedding venue it is. 

Chloe owns White Button Weddings and runs weddings at the Gardens at Polehanger. Chloe has a wealth of event planning experience, having been working in events for over 15 years, and has turned her attention to weddings over the last six. Chloe is a planner and stylist, as well as a mummy to three gorgeous children.  

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Tell us about where the magic happens – where’s your HQ?

Creative, Storytelling Wedding Photography… Meet Wild Ferm Wedding Photography

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Introduce yourself…

Hey! I’m Meg from Wild Fern Wedding PhotographyI’m a creative wedding photographer who captures modern and relaxed photographs of couples deeply in love.

I’m all about recording those raw, sparkling moments that capture the unique kind of love you share. I absolutely ADORE my job and I feel so grateful that I get to meet so many amazing couples and create beautiful memories for them to cherish forever.

What are a few of your favourite things?

Brunch, travelling, photography, lazy morning coffee, interior design and skiing!

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Tell us about where the magic happens – where’s your HQ?

Bristol, which I think is one of the best places ever but I travel all over!

How and why did you start up your business?

I was given my first camera for my 14th birthday and taken photos ever since. As a teenager, I was adamant that I would follow my Dad’s footsteps and set up my own business. I guess that came true?

Loving fashion and shooting fashion, I decided to study at Brighton University. I wasn’t a fan of University so I left, to get real experience in London before deciding to take the plunge and set up my own fashion photography business.

A couple of years later, my friend asked me to shoot her wedding. Since then, I’ve never looked back.

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