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A multi award winning Truly Quirky Wedding Venue



When things go really well for a Truly Quirky Wedding Venue I want to tell you about it and the venue wants to thank you. Unique award winning wedding venue, Millbrook Estate and Treetop Escape are astounded and truly taken aback about their amazing 2017/18 awards season, they are now multi award winning and are rightly, very proud that their excellence has been recognised in a very crowded market.

They’ve achieved so much in in the last year thanks to the amazing team at the Estate who listen to couples and provide a very personal service. They remember arriving for the first time. The excitement and not believing their eyes that they had managed to create something so beautiful.

“Details are what make this place too good to be true! The smell of the bread, the personal warm letter, the complimentary products in the suite…and this was before the main event”.

They personalise every wedding to your needs. If you want them to be involved they are ready and raring to please. If you want a quiet and intimate stay, you won’t even realise that they are there at all.


Unique Award Winning Wedding Venue Millbrook Estate

Your Day, Your Way!

Millbrook and Treetop escape are set in a 32-acre estate, hidden in the North Devon countryside and their home, they specialise in small intimate, romantic weddings. The ethos is very simple. ’Your Wedding, Your Way’

This lovely lot encourage couples to do things differently. They go against the grain of the usual celebrations from the extravagance and frivolities of the “traditional” wedding industry way.


What an amazing start to the year!

They certainly didn’t expect to have this amazing streak of success and want to say a huge thank you to the couples who have voted for them.


The awards . . .


When it comes to scooping awards, Millbrook Estate and Tree op Escape are having a pretty amazing 2017/18 awards season, a fantastic achievement in a very crowded market place.

Tree Top Escape is a luxury iconic Tree Top location offering exclusive use intimate weddings & a beautiful tree house and Millbrook Cottages offers luxury accommodation in an old Corn mill set in beautiful grounds. Not just offering 5 star gold rated accommodation they also are conscience about the environment and offer fabulous customer service shown in the fact they have already scooped the following awards since October 2017:

South West Wedding Awards 2018 | Millbrook Estate – Winner Country Venue | Treetop Escape – Highly Commended Country Venue

South West Tourism Awards | Sliver for Sustainable Tourism – Millbrook Estate

Devon Environmental Business Initiative Awards – Enjoyed in Devon Winner – Millbrook Estate

Visit DevonGold Award for Sustainable Tourism – Millbrook Estate

Visit England Rose Award | Recognition for Service Excellence from Visit England – Millbrook Estate

Trip Advisor | Excellent for both Treetop Escape and Millbrook Estate

European Holiday Award | Tree Top Escape – Finalist




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The 2015 Private View at Pennard House.

Pennard House Exterior


Bohemian, elegant estate, Pennard House, tucked away in the rolling hills of the Somerset countryside, is to host an exclusive private view on Sunday 19th July from 1pm – 5pm. This event will be the perfect opportunity for couples to explore the rustic retreat for their ‘big day’. Couples that book their wedding on the day will receive 5% off the price of their wedding package.

The private view of this quintessentially British manor house will give guests the opportunity to gather innovative ideas for their wedding day be it a bohemian wedding or a more vintage or traditional affair, whilst enjoying delicious Somerset cocktails and canapés in the sun, provided by Caroline Gent Catering.

To help envisage the day to the very last detail, Isabel While, the Founder of The Bridal Styling Company, will a conduct a live hair and makeup tutorial, taking into consideration the style, colouring and skin type for brides to be looking for creative inspiration. There will also be a unique consultation with local bridal boutique, Carina Baverstock Couture, who specialise in chic and  luxury bridal wear, to ensure the gown chosen is perfect for every individual sense of style on the important day.


Dappled Light at Pennard House


Pennard House has both an indoor and outdoor wedding license, ideal for a bohemian wedding feel, and guests are invited to explore the grounds of this hidden gem, adorned on the day with flowers by the Walled Gardens at Mells, to discover the variety of settings for tying the knot.  Choose marrying inside the beautiful building itself, or revel in the summer sun with an outdoor country wedding in the Garden Pavilion, before continuing the festivities in the custom designed Coach House. Imagine taking in the sumptuous surroundings whilst celebrating with friends and family around the Victorian freshwater swimming pool and tranquil rose garden. For a more traditional ceremony, take a short walk across the lawn to the village church, the perfect place for a quaint, romantic wedding.


Pennard House Ceremony


The recently launched Orchard Room has become the new focal point for brides on their big day, with recent renovations that include a beautiful mural, designed by renowned artist Frederick Wimsett that makes the perfect backdrop for wedding photography. Pennard House have designed a dream-like sanctuary for brides with picturesque views of the south facing lawns, the Victorian outdoor freshwater swimming pool, the lawn tennis court and romantic apple orchards.  If you are dreaming of a bohemian wedding, a weediest or event a vintage themed summer garden party you simply cannot miss this.

For those that can’t attend, Pennard House will have live streams directly to their Twitter account @PennardHouse1 using Periscope.

To register your attendance for this event, please contact Pennard House on E: or T: +44 1749 860 700

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Meet Becky, Events Manager with Browning Bros.

Becky of Browning Bros. Events

Who are you and what is your role with Browning Bros. Events? 

Becky Kruger- Event Manager at this fabulously unique Essex wedding venue!

How did you get involved with the venue?

I got involved with the company because I was looking for work experience in events having a passion for the industry. As I went to Newcastle University with Nat and Archie I had heard about the exciting business so got in touch in the hope they needed an assistant. Best decision yet! 

The venue is ‘Truly Quirky’ we know that already but what do you feel makes it stand out from the wedding venue crowd? 

Well where can you get married these days and not be told what to do?! Browning Bros gives you the platform and you can do as you please with it. They don’t pressure you to use their local businesses they encourage you to be as creative as you want on your special day. None of this in – out malarkey which you see in many Essex wedding venues, this is why I know they’re so great.

The owners are truly relaxed and add to the ‘quirkiness’ of their unique wedding venue, nothing is a problem for them and they are extremely creative themselves having been to a fair few festivals and parties themselves! (they know what looks good), they have decorated their venue with the most amazing colourful lights which adds a mesmerizing feel, like being at a festival .

Oh and their mega sound ceiling- I mean it’s like being at Glastonbury under that thing but 5 steps outside it the you can hear yourself whispering. It’s neighbour friendly and super fun!! (Yes I have been caught dancing under it once or twice- guuiiiiilty!)

If you could choose one song/album to listen to while you’re doing what you do at the venue what would it be?

Bakermat, Bob, Bobobo, Chris Malinchak, Goldfish – anything jazzy and upbeat is good at work- gets you in da moooood for daaaancing… romaaaaancing!

Browning Bros. Events by night.

What’s the best thing about your job? 

Working alongside the owners – they are extremely funny relaxed guys to work with and make planning events really fun (which is what they should be!). I never felt beneath them but part of a really exciting journey. I enjoyed going to work as each day as every day was so different. One minute we were building a shower, the next we we’re showing clients around the venue.  I mean I couldn’t write down the different things we did. I learnt so much about the planning side of events to- but overall I loved seeing the hard work being put into place and managing the event on the day. Nothing pleased me more than to see smiley happy faces. Each event Browning Bros. created did this and it was magical to watch. I also love a party!


If you were planning your wedding at the venue what would you choose in terms of styling and flowers? 

Ahaha, honestly I have not really thought about this before but at this unique venue I know I could be as wild as I wanted to be and the space is so grand you could literally have a mini festival wedding – oooh this excites me! My friends would love a mini festival for my wedding. Ha. I am however a traditional type of gal at heart so there would have to be white roses everywhere.. down the path, around the arches, on the pontoon.. in my floral crown, you name it.

I would like everything to be white and yellow.. so tents, wedding flowers etc.. it would have to be very personal to me and my future hubby (whoever he is) to incorporate us into the theme. It would be a mixture of bohemian chic, festival wedding with traditional elegance as I think that would create a stunning scene next to the lake and surrounded by woodland. Lighting would be key which Browning Bros are terrific at.

And lastly, have you ever had a sip of champagne on the job? Yeah you  have!

Champagne, beer, cocktails, wine, the list could go on!! haha


Wow Becky, sound like we need a little # here #lovemyjob, I can’t wait to come and visit.

Thank you for your time and telling us about working at this unique wedding venue Essex.



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Here’s Conor from Smock Alley Theatre . . .

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Who are you and what is your role at Smock Alley?

My name is Conor Byrne and I am the Events Manager at Smock Alley Theatre.


How did you get involved with the venue and how long ago was that?

I have been working in Smock for over 2 and a half years now. I had been working in corporate finance and hated it. (me too Conor!) I had my degree and masters in Drama Studies and had always wanted to work in theatre in some capactiy but after college the lure of a full time, well paid job over ruled my romantic notions of working in a theatre. But after 6 and a half years in the rat race I had had more than enough. I took voluntary redundancy and started working in Smock as the Front of House Manager. After a year that was Front of House and Events Manager and now Im the full time Events Manager.


The venue is ‘Truly Quirky’ we know that already but what do you feel makes it stand out from the wedding venue crowd?

What I love about Smock is that it truly is a hidden gem right in the heart of the city. It stands in the oldest part of Dublin, facing right on to the River Liffey and has SO much history behind it.It was a church from 1811 until 1989 and even now we are couples are still able to get married in the building. And one little piece of personal history that I love is that its the building in which my mother was christened.


If you could choose one song/album to listen to while you’re doing what you do at the venue what would it be?

Im really torn about this as I think it should be something very calm and serene to keep Brides happy……but I would personally like something by the White Stripes or The Gossip to keep my energy up.


What’s the best thing about your job?

Having people come in, not sure what they want their wedding to be like and helping them to create the wedding that THEY want.


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If you were planning your wedding at the venue what would you choose in terms of styling and flowers?

Sad as it is I have my wedding planned hahahha. I would like it to be quite simple but elegant. A mix of rustic and formal. So using our lovely rough oak banquet tables but with beautiful plates and glassware. Flowers would have to be Sweet Pea as my Grandmother always grew it, peonies and old English roses with a lot of greenery.


And lastly, have you ever had a sip of champagne on the job? Yeah you have!

Of course I have.…..and sometimes more than a sip. But ONLY once everything has gone off smoothly.

Cheers Conor . . . 




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An exclusive interview with Simon Baring of Elmore Court!

Simon - Working at a wedding venue - we think!

 Who are you and what is your role at Elmore Court?

My name is Simon and I’m the admin and accounts manager (among several other things) here at Elmore.  I also do some sales, PR and technology management.  I’m also the sound engineer and occasionally nightporter!  Think of me as a slightly less flamboyant, less scented and possibly more practical version of GustavH from The Grand Hotel Budapest.


How did you get involved with the venue and how long ago was that?

I’ve lived here in this beautiful place for 5 years or so, previously doing my self-employed DJing, music production and booking agency business. This was before the idea of the venue was conceived.  I come from a shared music industry background with the owner Anselm, who is one of my great friends.  Turns out I was in the right place at the right time with the right skills to fill a heap of roles here when the venue became a reality.


The venue is ‘Truly Quirky’ we know that already but what do you feel makes it stand out from the wedding venue crowd?

Honestly, I haven’t experienced that many other wedding venues, but from what I’m told by the people that look at several and then book here, it’s largely our attitude combined with the unique and wonderful Gillyflower; as well as our flexibility and willingness to accommodate all types of weddings, people and ideas.  All are welcome at Elmore, everything is possible and we aim to give people what they want and then some…


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If you could choose one song/album to listen to while you’re doing what you do at the venue what would it be?

I haven’t managed to get past Todd Terje’s album of 2014 called ‘It’s Album Time’.  It’s a fantastic energetic album that keeps my foot tapping and my mind flowing!


What’s the best thing about working at a wedding venue as special as Elmore Court?

Seeing so many happy people every weekend!  Plus, getting to try snippets of what our brilliant kitchen team put out.

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If you were planning your wedding at the venue what would you choose in terms of styling and flowers?

I would most likely leave the styling side of things to my better half! But, if I had to choose, the 3 most important elements of a wedding for me would be:

  • A swift and painless ceremony with lots of joy, laughter and good songs! Speeches too must be short, sweet and punchy. Nothing worse than when things start to drag on awkwardly.
  • Great food and drink, served quickly and not too showy. No being trapped at tables while endless courses are served when everybody just wants to start the real celebrations!
  • The company… the mix of people is vital to everybody having a great time. The Bride of course must attend or my wedding wouldn’t be much fun!



And lastly, have you ever had a sip of champagne on the job? Yeah you have!

I’m more of an Ale and whisky man personally- bring on the local Stroud Brewery Organic ales!  But yes, I have been known to partake in a little sip here and there!

Nice getting to know you Simon!