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: