With the calming waters of the Thames drifting past and an abundance of nature, our 2017 family of goslings have witnessed some inspirational weddings.
From guests spending the afternoon lazily punting up and down the river to guests arrival by steamer, the natural setting of the meadow has led to many distinctive weddings.
Being able to craft and style a unique wedding has been key for this years couples.
Riverside Weddings has been hosting weddings for over a decade and I have had the pleasure of seeing many stunning weddings incorporating the natural ambiance of the river side location.
I can't wait to see what 2018 will bring....
What an amazing summer; so many bright sunny days; so many colourful weddings.
A real theme this year has been aerial shots. The photo on this blog was taken by the police helicopter as it flew over on the way back from a job. The bride Kate, was thrilled when I passed it on to her. "Wow!!! Just wow!!!". Unfortunately we can't promise this service to every bride. Another enterprising father of the bride took an aerial video as he drifted over the meadow on his paraglider the winter before her wedding. The couple used this to show the location to their guests, (watch it here).
With the Maybush pub now open next door, there is even more accommodation available for those that don't want to camp. (Check out the Maybush's quirky accommodation).
We've had another fantastic year for wildlife on the farm with Wildcru from the University of Oxford carrying out a reptile study. A highlight was finding a large olive coloured female grass snake. (Don't worry it wasn't in the wedding meadow)
This spring (2015) we were included in the Four Shires magazine for their "field to park.." wedding feature. Due to the unique offering of our venue, we were also got a special mention in the magazine editorial.
"If you want a truly unique wedding to express your creativity, choose a field wedding at Riverside Weddings and enjoy the space and freedom to realise your dreams.
Boarded by the tranquil Thames, with historic Newbridge (actually one of the oldest bridges) as the backdrop, you can revel in the Oxfordshire sunset and celebrate into the night.
As well as oodles of space for any entertainment imaginable, from fairground rides, punting, pony rides and fireworks to music around the campfire with guest camping and mooring. You get the meadow for five days so set up and get the final touches perfect."
Thanks to Jen Marino for supplying the wonderful photo's of Kate and David's "Kiki Fest" wedding.
We have had an amazing, wedding packed summer. Our couples have created beautiful, totally unique weddings. From French/Indian fusion celebrations with a panoramic windowed marquee, to festival tipi’s reaching high into the sky, everyone has made the most of the stunning location. Have a look on our Facebook page to see some of the this years photo's.
My favourite quote was from the mother of a bride visiting the meadow for the first time “Wow, there is so much sky!”.
And that sky has been so visible this summer, with the sun shining brightly, that our solar panels have reached their annual output target two months ahead of schedule. So, even more green energy. The great weather also helped our harvest, which is finished and the crops are being planted ready for next year.
Speaking of next year, want to know what the 2015 wedding trends will be? Check out this article from Stylish Wedding Ideas "2015 wedding trends". It predicts rustic, homely weddings will continue to trend. I can’t think of a more homely comfort food than pies and that exactly what happened at one wedding this summer that was catered by Pieminster . Personally, I love the naked cake trend which was showcased at national wedding shows this year. This Guides for Brides blog post has some great naked cake photo’s "The naked Cake" .
Spring has arrived at Newbridge Farm. The daffodils are out and our summer 2014 brides are making their final plans. From the sounds of it we’ve got an amazing summer of weddings ahead.
Our chickens, which we reared from chicks in September have laid their first eggs today and our solar panels are converting the lovely Oxfordshire sunshine into renewable energy.
Looking for local food to serve at your wedding to cut down on food miles? How about crayfish that lived just meters from your reception? Ask your caterer to source our river crayfish from Continental Crayfish. This is a delicious way to help our riverbank by eating these signal crayfish invaders.
This week I’ve spoken to some exciting new suppliers that are talking to clients about coming to our venue; the very talented Serena Foyle (music designer for fireworks), RJCC events (equipment and marquee hire) with a local warehouse and Deckerdence (bus bar and marquee).