Hello! I hope you all had a good bank holiday weekend, it was a scorcher wasn’t it?
Spring wedding fair season is coming to an end now (and actual wedding season is kicking in) but we do still have a few more fairs to go… the outdoor/festival wedding fairs! On Sunday I went along to Wedstock by the Lake, a collaborative event between QQW and The Arabian Tent Company. It was held at Rye Island which happens to be The Arabian Tent Company’s HQ and founder Katherine Hudson’s home. It’s also a pretty cool new wedding venue!
When I arrived the first thing I saw was the rather alluring pink Prosecco van. I managed to resist and instead went for a nose around Crystal Vintage. I was talked into buying these rather fetching glasses… what do you think? Good for a festival but perhaps not for the nursery pick up!?
Next I saw Noel from Deluxe Wedding Hire who was proudly exhibiting his new splitty. Another familiar face was Kerry from Vintage Bar Box, we had a chat with her before having a nosey around the showroom where all the different Arabian Tent Company interiors are on display. It was lovely and cool in there too!
Around the corner we chatted to Sarah London Photography and Gastro Catering offered us some freshly smoked pigeon! There was live music coming from within the Arabian tents dotted around the grounds, there were suppliers doing massage, hair and make up and Beautiful Bells had four of their stunning tents on display. We chatted to Katrina about all things glamping and heard a bit more about her new hot tub hire business, Wild Sky.
Next we ventured off in search of a drink and found ourselves in the Pussy Parlour (!) where Jessica Milberg treated us to a Polaroid picture (an excellent business card). Jessica has styled the interior of the tent and it was incredible. We were soon furnished with pints of Pimms from Chota Peg & Lime and we had a lovely chat with photographer Hana Laurie and QQW head honcho Bev Seal.
By this point we were in need of food so we followed our noses to Harold’s Hog Road. The food was out of this world, I’d highly recommend these guys for a laid back festival-style event. We ate at a white wrought iron table by the lake and watched kids (and parents!) enjoying the zip wire, swimming, paddling in canoes and playing in the tree house. It was a dream and we took the opportunity to reapply our sun cream as the mid afternoon heat beat down.
It was an amazing event, I would highly recommend you check out Rye Island as a wedding venue if you’re looking for chilled, festival vibes.