I have photographed several weddings at East Bridgford Hill and would definitely recommend the venue to any couples looking for a relaxed wedding in a stunning country house. Check out this recommend wedding venue interview with Emma the owner of East Bridgford Hill.
Tell us a little bit about you and your business?
East Bridgford Hill is a family business and an exclusive country home, where small is beautiful and discretion is everything. It is a home full of character, where bespoke style and friendship are the values of the day, where weddings have soul, wine has history and food is deliciously rustic. The house is situated on a hill with panoramic views across the valley with a sunset spanning, the whole view perfect to celebrate that magic hour.
What makes us unique?
We are a home so guests feel immediately at home. The house was built in 1760 and has a peace full feel, with large doors that connect all the rooms, the house shines with light. East Bridgford Hill has been described as a stunning Georgian Country home, which is like going to visit your favourite relative. Where you feel so at home in a home that is not your home – it just feels magical, its like soul therapy. An experience you create and you will never forget.
Do you target any particular niche?
We don’t really target any particular niche as people seem to find us, we attract people who want to get off the merry go round of weddings and are looking for something with more soul and where they can make something graceful and special of their own. We pride ourselves on working with couples to achieve what they have dreamt about. We are small and intimate wedding venue and have delivered some spectacular weddings.
What is your favourite part of the job?
For me personally – I used to be a film maker and art director, so to work with couples and help them draw out their own creative ideas and encourage and support them to follow through these concepts is great fun. When it comes to the romance of it all, to be involved with people in this world as they celebrate one of the most amazing gifts, which is that of bringing their loved ones together and celebrating their love – I think we get to experience people at their best.
How do you work with couples to help customize their day?
Most people know what they like and what they don’t like once they are presented with a concept – so starting off with a plan and pushing the ideas only seems at first too much but this actually is a great process of elimination. Highlighting exactly what they want to do and where they would like to spend their money. I think the wedding market is full of great ideas but often with a similar tone… so bringing out the personality of the couple in subtle ways is often the best way forward to compromise between tradition and who they are as people.
Do you have any funny stories about previous weddings?
I think one of the funny stories always involves animals and Hermes – our black labrador love s to get involved with the guests by playing croquet. However he hides the balls sometimes, so I have looked for croquet balls in bushes with a best man just so they can continue play, but even then as soon as they hit the ball Hermes would run after it, great fun!
Often guests will stay the night before and this is most beneficial because they start to feel the house is their home. One night a father and son sat and talked until the early hours at the dining table and the groom said to me the next day, this was perfect because if I was at a hotel we would never have talked like this. If we were at home it would have been all too familiar, so this house and your wonderful hospitably meant we talked more than we have talked, couldn’t ask for more.
What do you see in the future for East Bridgford Hill?
We are a family team at the house and we all work very hard to create relationships, planning a wedding can challenge you and to get through this and create a magical day is a tremendous achievement. I see the house as a place for relationships, new friendships that continue through to their christenings and anniversaries would be wonderful, the journey of life. I love the idea that couples can come back here for their anniversary. We run retreats and many other extraordinary events…We are also working very hard to make the house self sustainable and to have a working garden and land which produces food that is organic and fresh which the guests can enjoy, is great!
I have worked and lived in some wild places being a documentary film maker and one thing that is world wide is love. It brings the most incredible people together and can break down walls. I always say to the couples think of you day as a day full of moments and try to deiced what moments you might want to remember all your life and then choose those and put your time and money into those areas.
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