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.

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

Sarah Wenban Photography – Sarah is fabulous, with a natural and relaxed style of photography capturing timeless moments.  I have known Sarah for several years now working both on weddings and shoots.

Teri V Photography – Teri offers beautiful, unique and creative wedding photography and she is an absolutely joy to be around, have a look at some of Teri’s amazing reviews for an insight in to what she has to offer.

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.

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 & HAIR

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!

Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair  – Liz Bower is an amazing hair stylist with oodles of experience and a wonderful nature too, I have worked with Liz on many weddings and on some photoshoots, in peak wedding season our paths often cross, which is wonderful.

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.

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.

OTHER

Flutterby Events – Miranda at Flutterby Events has an incredible ability to put you at ease and help you plan all the details that will help to make your day memorable.  With years of experience and a very dedicated team, have a chat with Miranda if you are interested in florals, venue dressing, lighting and so on, Miranda will make the magic happen – and she is super lovely too!