Temple Island and Poundon House
Temple Island is one of our most romantic, intimate and unique venues, situated a mile and a half downstream of the picturesque market town of Henley. The Temple itself is a delightful folly, built in 1771 and surrounded by rolling water meadows and wooded hills. You can only get to it by boat - can you imagine how lovely that approach would be for any bride - with magnificent views of the Oxfordshire countryside and the River Thames. The venue is steeped in history and during the heyday of the Victorian summer season the island and the Temple were used as a vantage point from which members of the Leander Club (famous rowing club) watched the Regatta.
A little further up the M40 towards Bicester is the very different but equally gorgeous Poundon House. Still run as a private home, it was built at the turn of the century by a follower of Lutyens in the palladian style, offers a fantastic setting and is an ideal backdrop for larger weddings. Whilst we could tell you more, they are actually holding a wedding fayre on Sunday 5 October from 11am to 3pm, and will host a variety of 30 wedding suppliers in the reception marquee. We've been to one of their wedding fayres before and they really do give you a great sense of what a wedding would be like here. What's more, parking is free and available on site, and all
at the glorious Pentillie Castle
We absolutely love this venue and it is without doubt one of our most romantic ones. Set in spectacular Cornish location with extensive mature gardens and dreamy views across the River Tamar, it's charms are very hard to ignore! Built in 1698 and re-modelled in 1809, it has a fascinating history [more of which later] and it also has its own utterly fabulous Bathing Hut [pictured] which is a separate stone building within the 2000 acre estate, standing on its own quayside and perfect for more intimate weddings or civil ceremonies.
On Sunday 19 October they are holding a Wedding Fair and so you will have the opportunity to explore this exquisite Castle.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London on 22-23 March 2014
After the success of their first ever bridal show last October, Brides magazine are holding another one this coming weekend. They really do have the most incredible exhibitors, including (as pictured here) Temperley Bridal and Emmy Shoes. They say it's going to be a fully immersive experience, where you can try on the make-up or create your own wedding day details in their imagination room!! Not only that, you can take advantage of the champagne and food tastings which will be going on throughout the day. If you're thinking of going then you need to book your ticket now, which you can do via their website
Featuring our favourite wedding band
For those of you on the lookout for a new wedding fair, get yourselves over to Dulwich, South East London, this coming Sunday 16 March, where the beautiful Belair House is hosting its first full wedding fair. Belair House is, in their own words, South East London's most exciting new bar, dining and social space. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Belair park this eighteenth century Georgian mansion has recently been revived, reflecting its heritage, charm and legacy. The most exciting thing for us, cos we live in Dulwich, is that Ukairo3 are playing there between 12 and 2pm. They are our absolute favourite wedding band and sing a whole range of jazz greats,