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When No 10 Bridal, a bridal boutique in Farnham, asked me to help plan a charity catwalk show and auction I was excited by the challenge. With just a few weeks to do it all in and the event becoming bigger by the minute – with a venue change- from the boutique to the stunning Northbrook Park- and then sponsorship from Hitched.co.uk, I knew it had to be something special and raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Care.

Knowing who to call, from a florist to a live band, invitations to auction prizes, chair covers to cupcakes, I was blown away by everybody agreeing to kindly donate their time and services for the event, making it a truly spectacular evening for all involved and attending. With well over £2,000 raised in just 2 hours it was also a huge success for Breast Cancer Care too!

Venue: Northbrook Park, Farnham

Date: 19th September 2012

Timings of the evening:

1900 hours: Guests ate Cupcakes & drank Champagne in The Orangery listening to live music from The Versions. There was also Pink Lemonade served out of the glass drinks dispensers that I hire.

1930 hours: Guests moved into The Vine Room to watch the New Collections Catwalk Show, featuring the 2013 bridal collection from Madeline Issac James, Donna Lee designs and Mother Of The Bride and Bridesmaid dresses.

2000 hours: Guests moved back into The Orangery for the charity auction. There were some amazing prizes donated including a wedding dress from the 2013 Madeline Issac James collection, hire of a vintage taxi complete with chauffeur and make up packages, photography packages…… to name but a few! The Versions then closed the evening, with another fab set!

Here’s a flavour of the event from beginning to end, as captured by the brilliant Fiona from Jones & Co. Photography.

Behind The Scenes

The Orangery – this was transformed for the evening

Gaynor from Enfleur working on her floral displays for the catwalk show in The Vine Room

Laura from Ambience Venue Styling making the chairs for the catwalk show look pretty in pink

Liz from Stress Free Hire dressing and styling The Vine Room

Pete from DJ At My Party – sets up for the Catwalk Show

Hayley – our fab hairdresser

Joyce from Brides and Beauty working on one of the catwalk models

Toni from Simply Beauty By Toni, working on one of the catwalk models

Lisa from Lisa Hancox Make up works on one of the catwalk models

Rehearsal for the catwalk show

Sarah from Creative Candi puts the finishing touches to her gorgeous candy table

Cathy from The Style Station sets up her pretty table

Me and Roy, our toastmaster/auctioneer – running over the last few arrangements

The beautiful vintage taxi – one of the auction prizes – from Vintage Taxi Weddings

The Vine Room – ready for the doors to open.

Let the evening begin

‘Thank You’ just doesn’t seem enough for all the wonderful suppliers that got on board and supported the event – and for everyone who bought a ticket and bid for an auction prize. It was a fabulous night and it wouldn’t have been possible without each and every one of you! x

Thank you’s go to:

Everyone that attended, bought a ticket and bid for an auction prize

Northbrook Park – For being a stunning venue

No10 Bridal – Bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride outfits and accessories

Stress Free Hire – Lighting, drapes, pealights, indoor and outdoor styling

Roy Austin – Toastmaster and Auctioneer

Make Up Artists and Hairdressers:

Joyce and Hayley from Brides & Beauty

Toni Cassidy from Simply Beauty By Toni

Lisa from Lisa Hancox Make Up

Enfleur – Flowers in the Vine Room & Catwalk Bouquets

The Floral Emporium – Flowers for The Orangery

Tiers of Delight – Cupcakes

Ambience Venue Styling – Chair Covers & Sashes

The Versions – Live Band

Creative Candi – Candy Table

The Style Station – Urns for the tables in The Orangery

Glasshouse Stationery – Jo for the Invitations

Jones & Co – Fiona for the photography

DJ At My Party – Pete for being our Catwalk DJ

The Kent Event Hire Company – Table Linen

Hitched – Event Sponsorship

Auction Prizes kindly donated by:

Little Owl Loves

Pompadour Garter

The Style Station

Farnham Eyelashes

Susan Fowler Flower Preservation

Cherry Pie Lane

Lisa Hancox make up

Reflected Soul Photography

Lily Marie

The Vintage Sparkle Company

Evelyn Cole Flowers

Simply Beauty By Toni

Vintage Taxi Weddings

Simply Elegant

No10 Bridal