That Amazing Place Wedding Venue in Essex

Getting to Know – That Amazing Place

Venue Name: That Amazing Place

Location: Old Harlow, Essex

What type of venue is That Amazing Place and how old is the building?

That Amazing Place is a beautiful country house that dates back to the 15th Century, but has been beautifully modernised. It’s Essex’s newest premier wedding venue and is ideally suited to couples seeking a blank canvas on which to create their dream wedding.

That Amazing Place Wedding Venue in Essex

Tell us a little about the history of this beautiful venue.

Nestled in the Essex countryside, That Amazing Place (also known as ‘Hubbards Hall’) was originally built in the 15th century as a monastery. For many years this grade II listed hidden gem was occupied as a residential property, until its current owners decided to renovate and re-open it as the beautifully elegant venue that it is today. It has been a wedding venue for two years now, hosting 50 to 70 weddings a year on average.

That Amazing Place Sign

Is That Amazing Place licensed for wedding ceremonies and how many guests can you accommodate?

Yes. That Amazing Place can accommodate 100 guests for civil ceremonies, with the capacity for up to 180 guests for a wedding reception.

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Bride holding balloons

Getting to Know – Love Cat D Weddings and Events

Catrina Duthie of Love Cat D Weddings and Events

Love Cat D Weddings and Events Logo

Company Name: Love Cat D Weddings and Events

Interview with: Catrina Duthie

Location / Coverage: Based near Glasgow, covering all of Scotland and beyond

What does Love Cat D Weddings and Events do?

Love Cat D Weddings and Events helps couples who want to get married or elope in Scotland plan a personal and unique celebration which reflects them as a couple. I ensure they have the wedding they always wanted but without the stress or hassle of having to plan it by themselves.

Bride holding balloons

How did Love Cat D Weddings and Events start and how long has the business been going?

The seed to become a wedding planner was planted by my then boyfriend, now husband back in 2012. I wanted to look at forging a career for myself doing something which played to all my strengths and creativity. Upon doing plenty of research and training (along with planning my own wedding in between) wedding planning ticked all my boxes.

I completed an online course which confirmed this was something I wanted to do as a career, however life had its own plans for me and I wasn’t able to pursue my dream at that time. Fast forward to 2015 and planning my own wedding, this reignited my passion to become a wedding planner. I undertook training with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners and launched Love Cat D Weddings and Events in August 2016.

Scottish wedding

Why are you called Love Cat D Weddings and Events?

I spend a lot of time spelling out my name in day to day life – usually it ends up noted as Katrina (or Catriona) Duffy! So I knew including my full name wasn’t the best option for my business, plus my friends and family all call me Cat anyway.

I decided to think about how else I could incorporate it into my business name but in a playful way. The idea sprang from when I sign off to those I care about in an email, card or (old-school alert) by letter, I say… ‘Love, Cat’, and that’s where the inspiration came from.

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Blush Pink Boater Style Hat by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Getting to Know – Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Beverley Edmondson

Company Name: Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Interview with: Beverley Edmondson

Location: Farnham, Surrey

How did Beverley Edmondson Millinery start and how long has the business been going?

Whilst at school I did work experience at Angels, the theatrical costumiers, assigned to the millinery department. It all started from there. I also did work experience with Bruce Oldfield couture, but found I was more drawn to millinery in the end. I then trained as a milliner at Kensington and Chelsea College of Fashion, but I am still always learning new techniques.

The business has now been going for ten years, with a high street shop for the past seven years. I started the business from market stalls and holding consultations in my father’s spare bedroom initially.

Large White Disc Hat by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Who works at Beverley Edmondson Millinery and what are your roles?

We are a small team. We have several staff who work on the shop floor who can advise our customers about styles and colours. Another member mainly concentrates on any alterations required plus helping me with the making of the hats. It is just myself who designs the hats for our collections, or 1-2-1 with the customer for bespoke pieces. Another member purely concentrates on our online presence.

Lace Ruffle Headpiece by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

What wedding accessories do you offer?

We often say to our customers, “you bring the dress and we can do the rest”. Alongside our hats and fascinators, which are available either by bespoke millinery services or pret-a-porter, we also have a large range of clutch bags, pashminas, bridal hair accessories, corsages, a rainbow selection of ties and pocket squares, and even shoes and bags which we can dye to any shade required. We can accessorise everyone – bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen and mother of the bride and wedding guests.

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Getting to Know – Lamare London

Liesl Lamare of Lamare London

Company Name: Lamare London

Interview with: Liesl Lamare

Location / Coverage: Based in London, planning weddings across Greater London, the Home Counties and the Cotswolds. Lamare London can also plan further afield upon request.

What does Lamare London do?

Lamare London is a leading, luxury wedding and event planning company delivering exceptional and unforgettable events for their discerning clients. Our speciality is really getting to know our clients and personalising their wedding to meet their unique requests, styles and tastes.

We like to think we add TLC to each of our events through our creative expertise and attention to detail to give them that wow-factor which expresses our clients’ personalities – the ‘TLC’ at Lamare London stands for Touches of Luxury and Character.

No two weddings are alike in our portfolio, and we like to push the boundaries of our client’s imagination as to what is possible.

Marquee Wedding with Pink Lanterns Planned by Lamare London

How did Lamare London come about and how long has the business been going?

I started my wedding planning business to break the ‘package’ mould offered to couples in the UK which I found limiting and impersonal. Instead I wanted couples to experience tailor-made luxury weddings, unique and reflective of their own personal style.

Wedding Tables at Dartmouth House Black Tie Wedding Planned by Lamare London

Who works at Lamare London and what are your roles?

I am the creative director and founder. I personally look after each and every one of our clients, pulling in a team of crème de la crème event professionals which I carefully select to match each couple’s personal style and vision for their wedding day.

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Flower Wall Wedding Backdrop from The Fab Gift Boutique

Getting to Know – The Fab Gift Boutique

Sandra Trusty of The Fab Gift Boutique

Company Name: The Fab Gift Boutique

Interview with: Sandra Trusty

Location / Coverage: Swindon/Wiltshire and surrounding areas

How did your business get started and who works at The Fab Gift Boutique?

We used to live in France and Abu Dhabi, and during our time living in those countries I got involved in the event planning industry. I’ve had involvement in organizing weddings in the Caribbean too.

When we returned to the UK I knew I wanted to use that experience and continue organizing fabulous events here in the UK. Hence the Fab Gift Boutique was born.

Since we started out, we’ve grown and increased the range of services we offer to our clients.

Table Flowers and Styling by The Fab Gift Boutique

What does The Fab Gift Boutique do?

Many venues are great in terms of location – a hotel function room or village hall for instance – but lack pizazz. What we can do is transform mundane into something magical. We’re good at ideas.

If a client wants all the pain of organizing and preparing a venue taken away we can do that! But if they simply want to hire venue styling accessories from us and do the work themselves that’s fine too.

Part of our service involves creating bespoke items for our clients. For example, we recently created personalized gift boxes for bridesmaids and best men. The ideas of these is to be a fun yet memorable way for a couple to ask someone to take on a special role in their wedding party.

We also have an online shop offering personalized gifts.

Which areas of the UK does your business cover?

We’re based in Wiltshire and serve the surrounding areas, but as I always say, “Have car – will travel!”

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