Sunday brought a chance for me to experience the National Trust Rhubarb partnership in full swing at one of our neighbouring properties. The morning began with deliveries of catering equipment, flowers, benches and most importantly, food and alcohol! Rhubarb focused on setting up the marquee, ceremony and reception areas, whilst Trust staff ensured the the lorries could get in and out safely and the property and gardens were protected from potential damage at all times, as well as greeting the different suppliers and directing them to the right places. It takes a lot of forward planning on both sides of the partnership to ensure a smooth operation on the day. Constant communication is required between the Event Manager for Rhubarb and The National Trust team to ensure everything happens as per the schedule.
A beautiful venue for a beautiful wedding.
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Thursday the 14th of August brought my very first wedding at Osterley Park, and I was nervous (more so than the bride who seemed incredibly chilled!) With the support of the team at Osterley it was a success :)
Having only moved to London yesterday and starting at Osterley this morning as Weddings Coordinator my brain is frazzled. I couldn’t be more grateful for the fantastic weddings handover that was left for me, thank you Becki! Its tonights homework whilst sitting out in this beautiful weather.
I look forward to responding to your enquiries and running the upcoming weddings at Osterley. Check out my other wedding blog at:
Thursday 4th June 2014 is my last working day at Osterley Park as the Wedding& Functions Coordinator for the property. After spending over two years here, I have made the decision to move on from the National Trust, furthering my career within the higher education sector in an events role.
I will be leaving weddings behind me, along with some fond memories of extravagant dresses, colour co-ordinating groomsmen, reminiscent themes of gone by eras and nervous brides. Not to mention there is also some less fond memories such as rain pouring just as the wedding guests are about to leave, late grooms and alcohol induced guests to contend with!
For my last blog post I have picked some of my favourite moments to share with you from the last two years:
Emma & Sam – 6th July 2013 – They greeted each other on the Temple Lawn, Emma on foot, Sam on his moped. This was a highly skilled operation from National Trust staff to enable the couple to meet in the middle at exactly the same time. After their ceremony, they fled the scene together, Emma on the back of the moped this time.
Toni & James – 26th July 2013 – Toni’s 50’s style dress and makeup was perfect for her personality and her lipstick matched James’s bright red laces on the day. They had quirky and fun photos afterwards in the grounds, followed by a roaring 50’s theme reception with their own jukebox.
Gail & Michael – 7th September 2012 – They greeted their guests on the portico steps for a champagne reception accompanied by canapés such as miniature fish & chips. Their beautiful marquee was open at the sides and their pictures on the day really did the property justice. Amazing weather alongside superb catering and gorgeous floral decorations made for a wonderful wedding.
Ramiya & Nivan – 31st August 2012 – You would think an 800 person wedding would be hard to manage with a few hair pulling moments, however when Ramiya & Nivan celebrated their Hindu ceremony with us it was nothing but gracious guests and fantastic entertainment. The traditional instruments that were played whilst accompanying the groom on his arrival could be heard throughout the property and amused visitors, compelling them to stop and watch the ‘show’.
Heather & James – 6th September 2013 – This relaxed couple were a perfect fit for the property. Their fun guests were treated to afternoon tea with champagne in the Brewhouse followed by a sit down meal catered for by our in-house catering team. As a special treat both the bride and groom were treated to multiple deserts from our catering manager when she remembered that they had trouble deciding between just one when discussing their menu choices-always a nice touch.
I hope Osterley Park continues to make memories like these for years to come!
Lauryn, Learning & Interpretation Officer at Osterley Park, reveals the moment her fiance Laura proposed, and fills us in on all the exciting details of her perfect wedding…
Here in the office we watched her in the early stages of meeting her new love who would eventually become the one she would marry, and in turn went on a journey with her from her first date through to her proposal.
Now with a few bad dates behind her and a ring on her finger, it looks like all of Lauryn’s dreams are coming true.
The pair actually met in the city in which they are to marry after a few chance encounters “we met just as the Olympics were finishing up so there was a really good buzz around East London” said Lauryn. “We figured out that a week before meeting, we had been in the same park about 10 metres away watching the Spice Girls at the closing ceremony”.
It seems that even after a short skirt and ping-pong incident, the 27 year old still managed to pull off the charm and on their first year anniversary Laura popped the question.
“In the morning she gave me a London A-Z and I found out she had planned a treasure hunt all over London, visiting places we had great memories in like ‘The Wildlife Photographer of the year’ exhibition at NHM, and also some new places like walking over the o2”.
Apparently Laura was willing to go that extra mile and even faced her fears for Lauryn’s proposal.
“She took me on the emirates cable car line” Lauryn told me. “She’s terrified of heights, so when we started our journey up in the car she threw herself on the floor and shut her eyes saying ‘just enjoy it darling, have fun please’!”
The fun they must have together is extremely apparent and Laura’s imaginative surprises didn’t stop there.
Lauryn tells me “we commute to work together and during some escalator works at Highbury & Islington the guy who does the announcement in the station became a really familiar voice. On the day, we were walking through the station and all of a sudden the speaker boomed out ‘THIS IS A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT, Happy anniversary Lauryn from Laura’. She continues to tell me “everyone clapped and screamed in the tunnel whilst I was standing there like a shocked fish, with my mouth wide open”.
It didn’t stop there as Laura finally asked her to marry her whilst they were sitting on top of a climbing frame in a park in London Fields.
At the moment they live in their East London apartment, where they grow their own veg in the garden and enjoy spending weekends making it their home together. No longer living the ‘rock star’ lifestyle the pair enjoy weekends away recently visiting a Shepherd’s hut in Hampshire with no running water, gas or electricity. Lauryn explains “it took us two hours to make a cup of tea on the wood burning stove and we went on a 12 mile walk just for 1 pint of cider”.
The self-confessed history buff, ‘I am really in to museums and heritage sites so Laura gets dragged to a lot of those’, has gone from one extreme to the other with her wedding plans. ‘We were looking at a huge venue on the Thames with over a 100 guests, a boat and gourmet dinner but it was sending me slightly loopy, and I was worried it was too far from what I originally wanted so we scaled back and cancelled everything’.
With the couple officially becoming ‘The Carters’ on the 14th August 2015, Lauryn says she feels thankful for her friends and family and “I’m so happy my mum will see me married, I can’t imagine the persecution gay people in Russia, Uganda and all over the world face. It just makes me so happy and proud to live in the UK”.
The couple have finally settled on a town hall ceremony followed by a reception held at a Canal side venue in East London – “it’s much more relaxed and just ‘us” Lauryn tells me.
One thing for sure is that their day will be full of unique touches, with a best friend in fashion making Lauryn’s dress and the pair plan on growing lots of pot plants and baskets themselves. However, they will have some luxuries on the day as Lauryn’s reveals “The one thing were splurging on is the music-a tribute band-but we can’t spoil the surprise!”
Marrying in London was an essential venue requirement for the day “I love a wedding bash but sometimes travel and hotels can be a bit exhausting, so I was keen that all of our friends would have a relaxed day and a quick-ish journey home”. Lauryn continues “I think a city wedding is just amazing and because my ceremony isn’t until 2pm I’m going to plan something fun for the morning”. Lauryn did tell me she considered Osterley Park but it’s just a bit too far from where they live!
I’m wishing this fun and impulsive couple a wonderful wedding day. If the wedding ceremony is anything like the proposal, it’s going to be pretty spectacular!
If you’re looking to get married this year then you’re in luck because here at Osterley Park and House we still have a number of possible key summer dates available. And to top this we are introducing a seasonal offer on all civil ceremonies held in the entrance hall during 2014.
Up to 25% off civil ceremonies held in the Entrance Hall when holding your wedding in 2014.
WHEN IT STARTS
A listed Georgian mansion and a party house for the high society, the entrance hall at Osterley Park is the perfect setting for your special and magical day. Marry in the elegant but minimalist striking room where visitors to the house during Tudor times were welcomed and treated to after dinner dancing and music ensembles.
To find out some more information about this limited offer download our information sheet. Or to find out some more about the entrance hall including capacity download our wedding brochure.
With some key dates still remaining this season, contact us today for availability!
“When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible”
- Nora Ephron,When Harry met Sally
As we leave behind 2013 the year of ‘selfies’, photo-bombing and ‘twerking’ the New Year brings with it more fad diets, ‘dry-January’, a broke bank balance and bad weather! However, along with all these clichés and hard-to-stick-to tests, the start of the New Year also brings us an over-excited bunch (mainly brides-to-be) of newly engaged couples looking for their perfect venue.
Maybe it was a Christmas Eve treat to kick-start the holiday, a romantic proposal on Christmas day in front of all you’ve loved ones or a New Year surprise which came at 12 o’clock which got you planning your wedding. But whatever got him (or her) to ‘put a ring on it’ as Bey say’s, you’re January is all about finding that ideal date. So here it starts the excessive google searches, frantic venue calling and wedding brochures becoming the new cool thing to read on your tube journey every morning.
At Osterley Park in January its closed season for us, no house open to visitors, no tea rooms to give of their sweet-smelling aromas (making us part with out money) and staff mainly busy working on projects and conservation work for open season on March 1. However, closed season doesn’t really happen for all us wedding coordinators. January is a busy time sending our brochures, carrying out viewings and helping couples prepare for their up-coming 2014 nuptials.
We still have dates throughout the summer period that we hope to fill shortly and so far this year the Entrance Hall has been the most popular ceremony venue. So with 2014 hoping to bring us eternal happiness and make us half a stone lighter, here’s to welcoming prospective couples to Osterley Park and House in 2014 for what we hope is the best day of their life.