For once I’m struggling for words! You see, I don’t really know where to start with this blog. There is so much to say, so many people to thank, so much good to write about. Well, here goes…
The Wedding Show at Scorrier House on Sunday 15th July 2012, for the Children’s Hospice South West was, unarguably, a resounding success.
Its genesis however, goes back to October 2011. Kate and I had already agreed that we wanted to do something to help support the ongoing running costs of Cornwall’s new and only children’s hospice, Little Harbour.
Given the tremendous popularity of our split screen wedding campervans; Lola, Lulu and Lily, we latched onto the idea of donating £15 for each booking we received throughout 2012. A commitment we were subsequently to extend through until the end of 2013.
We felt more could be done though and soon hit on the idea of a summer Wedding Show here in West Cornwall.
Bernadette Thoreau, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser, for the Children’s Hospice South West, loved the concept and has been present throughout with invaluable help, assistance and support.
We called Richard and Caroline Williams, owners of Scorrier House. We explained our ideas at a meeting and before long agreed a date and had a fabulous country house gifted for the occasion.
Scorrier House Wedding Show on Sunday. Centre: Richard Williams (Scorrier House), Bernadette Thoreau (CHSW) Left: Model bride Sarah Field with Bob Amos of Strawberry Leisure Right: Model bride Ellie Rogers-Carew with Kate Amos of Strawberry Leisure
So it is here that we start our first thank you. Without Richard and Caroline’s tremendous offer and support, Sunday’s wonderful event couldn’t have taken place.
From the outset we envisaged a Wedding Show with a twist – not unsurprising from Strawberry Leisure you’re possibly thinking! For attendees we wanted it to be entertaining, fun and idea invoking. The day had to appeal to family and friends as well.
Above all though, to raise appreciable funds for unarguably, a most deserving cause.
Collectively, we believe we managed all this and more. Due to the incredible generosity of everyone involved, not a single penny has had to be deducted from any of the proceeds from the day – 100% has been donated!
We had been replete with willing exhibitors soon after releasing details of the event earlier this year and it wasn’t long before offers of assistance were rolling in.
Elle from ‘Inspire Hire’, kindly offered to help decorate the venue. Elle also introduced us to Florist Phillip Taylor Corps, who between them decorated the entire grand staircase at Scorrier House on the day.
Charlotte from ‘About Taste’ volunteered to lay-on cream teas. Similarly Claire from ‘Claires Cakes’ with her scrummy cup cakes and Charlotte from Mr. B’s Ice Cream with their retro ice cream van all offered their takings for the cause. Whilst Lucy and Sarah from the Round Kitchen waded in with their offer of canapés as a free treat for visitors.
The wedding industry really rose to the occasion with donations of products and services for auction and raffle. You can find a full list of all of these wonderful items and a complete run down of exhibitors at the end of this blog. As you will see, their generosity has been overwhelming.
We had three bridal gown companies exhibiting on the day (Bride!, County Cream and Little Anne Maids) and hit on the idea of having model brides making a few spectacular arrivals down the grand staircase throughout the day, all set to music and commentary. As it turned out, the concept worked well on the day and was clearly popular with visitors and exhibitors. We would like to thank Models; Sarah and Ellie and little Zoe who did a fabulous job… it must have been nerve jangling for them all but they handled it like true professionals! Thank you also to Holly Louisa and Natasha Flower who provided hair and make-up respectively for the models.
We liked the idea of creating a traditional British summer fete type atmosphere, so when Celtic Brass Ensemble offered to donate their services for the day we literally jumped at the chance. If you’re looking for something slightly different music-wise on your wedding day, these talented musicians, with a diverse repertoire of ditties could be for you!
A thank you also goes to Brendan and Rebecca from Wed Magazine and Colin and Janice at Cornish Brides for their valuable help in publicising the great day and many others who helped in this respect with listings and social media, not forgetting The Cornishman/West Briton, Pirate FM and BBC Radio Cornwall.
I must also mention the great work being done by Penwith Radio and in particular a thank you to Pat Quayle for inviting me into the studio for a chat about the event and for tirelessly giving it a good old plug!
Joel and Alex from Dove Films are in the process of putting together the final touches to a short video they have volunteered to produce all about the day. We’ll be publishing this soon.
Thank you to everyone who came along and for your lovely messages. It really has been quite moving.
A sincere heartfelt thank you to you all…you’re all stars!
The net result… a simply fabulous day, circa 200 visitors and most importantly through the multiple revenue streams created by the event a whopping £4,720 is on its way to The Children’s Hospice South West to help support the running costs of ‘Little Harbour’!
What’s more this total is destined to rise further as a few of the unsold Silent Auction items have been transferred to the Children’s Hospice South West website. So there are still opportunities to secure a lovely wedding related item at a great price and support a most deserving cause at the same time.
Here’s a rundown of all the exhibitors that took part and the fabulous items donated. At the time of writing some of the auction items are still available and marked accordingly. To make a bid for these items please follow this link…
(link to CHSW website to follow)
Silent Auction Items donated
- One hour engagement shoot at the location of your choice with the photographs supplied on disc (Stewart Girvan Photography)
- 50 Ghost chairs to hire (Elle Inspire Hire) with value of £400 –
- Bridesmaids dresses to £500 (County Cream) SOLD
- One hour engagement/pre-wedding shoot with a 10×8 photograph (Life Photographic)
- Any bridal gown to £1000 (Little Anne Maids) SOLD
- Voucher for 50% off any wedding gown order (Bride) SOLD
- Pre-nuptial video (Dove Films)
Raffle Items donated
- £10 Voucher valid in both shops for ice cream/puddings + T-shirt (Mr B’s)
- 15% off Bridal Hair and make-up (Holly Luisa Design)
- Hand tied bouquet (Tracey Qs Wedding Flower)
- Chocolate box selection of cupcakes (The Baking Bird)
- A pair of sterling silver handmade earrings (Katy Luxton Jewellery)
- A cupcake bouquet (Cornish Fancies)
- T-shirt and CDs (Handsome Momento Party Photo Booths)
- Guest book or small photo album (English Rose Wedding Stationery)
- Wedding Certificate Holder (A Day 2 Remember)
- 5 X one year subscriptions to Wed Magazine (Wed Magazine)
- Hand turned pen in gift box (Ian Rowe)
Wedding Show list of exhibitors (in alphabetical order)
A Day 2 Remember
Celebration Pyrotechnic Ltd
Elle @ Inspire Hire
English Rose Stationery
Holly Luisa Hair & Natasha Flower
Katy Luxton Jewellery
Little Ann Maids
Mr B’s Ice cream
Philip Taylor Corps
Stewart Girvan Photography
Strawberry Leisure VW hire
Tracey Qs flowers
The Baking Bird (unable to attend)
The Round Kitchen
Trevarno Event Hire (did not exhibit but donated equipment)