I must announce I am feeling rather Christmasssy now that I have attended two (yes, two) official Chrsitmas ‘do’s’ in the last week. The first one involved fancy dress and I shall not report too much on the evening suffice to say ‘There’s no place like home’ once you’ve had a couple of tipples. I did win a prize though.
Anyhoo I digress. I am here to report on the wonderous and most handsome affair that was the Brides Up North Christmas bash to celebrate the opening of Thorpe Perrow Arboretum as a Wedding Venue for next year http://www.thorpperrow.com/index.html I can finally now say ‘Arboretum’ after much practice. This whole affair was organised by the wonderful Julia Braimes (Brides Up North’s blogger/Director extrodinaire) http://bridesupnorth.com/ and boy, did she do a super job. It was beautiful, I’m pleased I wore Velvet – it felt in-keeping with the luxury of the place.
Thorpe Perrow is situated on the outskirts of the cute and quaint town of Bedale in North Yorkshire and driving up to the front of the house is an experience in itself. It’s grandure raditates out, into the grounds and it looks like it’s always been there. Once inside the elegance overtakes your vision, you may vaguely notice the worn feel to the rugs and wall coverings but decided it only adds to the wistful and majestic charm of the place and reassures you of it’s age. It is an elegant but realistic building in which, I learned the family still reside and from what I could tell live a happy and busy family life and business.
The drinks were kept topped-up by attentive staff, the nibbles were devine and very welcome (especially the mini fish and chips). The decorative arrangements surely had fairytale magic in them I was enchanted by one with hanging apples. The music was pitched perfectly to suit the affair and was provided by the lovely Matt and Annabel at http://vintage78dj.co.uk/ and Wedding Crooner – Glen Roughead http://www.glenrswing.co.uk/ I wish I had danced.
The men’s toilets were a talking point, containing various mounted animal heads looking down on you. I feel I must hasten to add at this point that I absolutely did not see anything other than said taxidermic animals in the toilets!
It was lovely to talk to Julia and her Husband on the night. Julia looking radiant and blooming had sensibly taken three pairs of shoes of differing height and was on the second pair when we started talking and went on to the third by the end of the conversation. I was mildly aware that Julia was sober at this point and I was not entirely so, I’m hoping my slight squiffiness did not mean I talked manure!
Along with my friend and business partner, Jane we had a wonderful night with wonderful people
So to sum-up….if you are ever considering going to something that Julia has organised think not twice, get your gladrags on and get out the door for it will surely be a fine affair.
If you are interested in having your wedding at Thorpe Perrow here is a link to the organisers http://www.cwcevents.co.uk/