Friends of Sylvia’s Kitchen

VENUES

The George In Rye - the most romantic of wedding venues in East Sussex, and only one hour South of London.  A boutique hotel with fantastic seasonal menus and with a period Ballroom that caters for over 100 guests

Grand Hotel Eastbourne  – “The White Palace” elegantly situated on Eastbourne’s historic seafront, The Grand Hotel offers a range of elegant and stylish rooms, catering for large and smaller wedding parties.  A superb team are always on hand to discuss your day.  Highly recommended.

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club – Situated amongst the trees in Ashdown Forest, Ashdown Park Hotel is truly a spectacular venue, which can offer that country house feel, with real style and elegance.  Gorgeous grounds, rooms and banqueting facilities.  Again, highly recommended with a superb team on hand.

Hendall Manor Barn – Nicola and Peter at Hendall are a superb team who will ensure that you are truly well looked after.  Hendall is a private and discreetly positioned venue in the heart of the East Sussex countryside and is available for a wide range of events from weddings, receptions, corporate events, exhibitions, parties and creative workshops.

The Sussex Barn – If you are looking for a rustic venue, this is it.  The Sussex Barn is a beautiful 400 year old grade 2 listed oak framed barn situated on a working farm in the parish of Hellingly. With ample parking, countryside views and stunning beams, The Sussex Barn Hellingly is the perfect setting for any event.

Laughton Barns – A superb barn venue set at the foot of the South Downs.  With fantastic views across open farmland, space for tipis and tents, this really is a venue worth looking at if you are after a country feel.

Broyle Place – Placed near Lewes, East Sussex, Broyle Place is a beautiful country house set at the foot of the South Downs.  I’ve worked here many times and can highly recommend both the venue and the team behind the venue who always ensure everything runs smoothly.

Horsted Place – A stunning Country house at Horsted, Uckfield, East Sussex.  With beautiful bedrooms, dining and outdoor grounds, Horsted Place is a superb option for your wedding day.

BRIDAL

Emma Tindley  - Award winning British designed and made dresses by Emma and her team.  Based in East Grinstead.  Emma’s work and dresses are exquisite.

Isabella Grace Bridal – Always stunning dresses, with assistance from a superb team headed by Rebecca, based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and most definitely worth a visit.

Leonie Claire - Based in Hove, celebrating the modern bride who wants something a little different.  Gorgeous dresses.

Qiana Bridal  – Based in Little Common, East Sussex Wendy at Qiana Bridal has more than two decades of experience from within the bridal industry and leading London Couture houses. All the wedding gowns have been produced upon an invaluable knowledge of cut, fit and proportion with flattering impeccable styling. A bespoke service is also available.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY

Fitzgerald Photographic – A very talented local photographer – take a look at some of Clare’s images on her website to get a feel for her unique style

Cut Above Productions - Offering an unobtrusive and friendly style of filming at your wedding, yet maintaining a very professional approach.  Contact Carol who would be very happy to discuss your wedding videography requirements.

Darren Charles Holloway –  Darren’s style of photography is best described as elegant, timeless and natural consisting of a blend of casual contemporary and classical photography with the emphasis on fun not fuss.

Peter Prior – Peter has developed an international reputation for an exciting and unobtrusive approach to covering the wedding day.

Lucy Carnaghan Photography – Lucy takes an informal and relaxed approach, producing stunning wedding, family, portrait and commercial photography.

Airstream Studio Vintage Photo Booth – The Airstream Studio is a Sussex based vintage Photo Booth, designed with a bespoke retro interior. It features art deco units, a luxury diner style seating booth and fairground light archways to capture and frame the magical moments created by groups of friends at weddings, events and festivals.  They aim to create a unique and memorable experience for you and your guests. The vintage photography studio is set inside a rare 1949 Airstream trailer and inside it’s highly polished exterior is a beautiful interior that hosts and high end photo booth with professional studio lighting and amazing, unique props.

FLORISTS

Florist in the Forest – Every time I see Katherine’s work the beauty and simplicity of  it blows me away, a very talented florist based in the beautiful setting of Broadwater Forest near the village of Groombridge.

The Flower House Studio – Kim at the Flower House has such a wonderful way with flowers, her work and florals are always very beautiful, on trend and stylish.  Kim is a pleasure to work with.

The Wild Orchid – beautiful and original wedding and other occasion flower arrangements from Jeanne, a lovely freelance florist whose work is original

MAKE UP

Grace Benson Make Up  – Grace is a professional freelance make up artist covering the South East – I can highly recommend Grace having been lucky enough to have my make up done for a recent awards ceremony – she made me feel like the Belle of the Ball and is a truly lovely lady to work with!

Kate Bishop Make Up – Kate is a freelance make up artist and Hair stylist from East Sussex (Eastbourne), UK. Although she now splits her time between East Sussex and Dublin.  Make up and hair styling specialist,  A wedding? A special event? She can help with it all. Kate loves make up “it can change how we feel and boost our confidence. Its not about changing who you are, its about enhancing what you have. Giving you the confidence to stand with your head high.”

Jane Mather, Make-up Artist – Jane is a professionally trained make-up artist, offering both traditional and airbrushed make-up.  Jane’s studio is based in Laughton (just outside Lewes) and she covers Kent and Sussex.

CATERING

Circa Events Catering – Marc at Circa is very friendly and approachable, with a great professional and dedicated team behind him

SuperEvent – Luxury marquee hire, amazing food and drink, all from one company, Superevent offer the complete package

Green Fig Catering  – I have worked with Green Fig on weddings and their food always looks fantastic, highly recommended.

James Marquees – for beautiful marquees, inside and out – their gallery pictures are definitely worth a browse

Betty Loves Vintage – A Beautifully curated collection of all things vintage. From our unique floral chair covers, handmade from reclaimed vintage and retro fabrics to our vast range of vintage crockery, tableware, and props. All lovingly sourced from bygone eras to bring vintage charm to your wedding or event, We Cover Sussex, Surrey, Kent and beyond.

Wealden Crockery – Freya at Wealden Crockery provides exquisite vintage crockery and accessories to hire for any occasion. Be it for a wedding, hen party, birthday tea, baby shower or just a special afternoon tea. We are based in East Sussex but can cover the whole of the South East.

Chic N Cheerful – Dianne at Chic N Cheerful is able to offer you catering, crockery, crafts and an amazing classic VW campervan – all with a twist of vintage elegance.   About as eco-friendly as it gets, everything they offer you is up-cycled, re-used or re- 

TRANSPORT

Falcon Wedding Cars – Pete from Falcon Wedding Cars provide a very high quality and extremely friendly service.  With their  two beautiful Vintage Wedding Cars combined with commitment to achieiving a “smooth ride” throughout, I am very happy to recommend their services.

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Matt Wainwright Magician – A Member of the Magic Circle – If you are looking for great entertainment for any occasion, look no further than Matt Wainwright. He can entertain and astound your guests by performing his unique blend of Close-Up Magic and Pick-Pocketing that can have a lasting impact on anyone experiencing it!

Alexander James Magician – Are you looking for a magician that will stun and amaze you and your guests? Alexander James will do just that and more. Being a member the prestigious Magic Circle and exclusive Equity you can rest assured you are getting the best.  Alexander is a modern magician specialising in providing astonishing interactive close-up magic and table magic for events of every kind.

Fiona Hosford Harpist – Fiona is a gifted and experienced harpist based in the South East of England.  Her work takes her to Surrey, Sussex, Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Berkshire performing at weddings, corporate events and other social events Fiona’s repertoire ranges from Classical music, the Beatles, through to Light Jazz and popular Modern Classics. Whether it’s Pachelbel, Puccini or Elton John, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, The A-Team or Star Trek, Fiona will delight you and your guests with her magnetic personality and harp playing. She is always flexible and will cater for every musical taste and is happy to incorporate any special requests into her performance. If you need a harpist for your wedding, Fiona is happy to play at one of a variety of times throughout the day.

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