Love is all around ….

I’m writing this blog from my lovely new office at the bottom of the sunny garden at 20 The Barons. Legions of daffodils are shooting up – is Spring on its way? Talking of Spring makes me think of weddings. Richmond is host to the Wedding Show at the Richmond Hill Hotel on 24 February. It’s free entry and brides-to-be will receive a goody bag!

If you are planning a wedding in this area, you’ll be spoiled for choice. And, if you’re looking for that special dress, you needn’t look far.

The Dress in Teddington has the most gorgeous selection of bridal gowns by British designers. Gillian Million specialises in luxury bespoke bridal accessories. You may think you’ve died and gone to heaven when you enter either of these premises in Teddington.

Brula offers fine Parisian dining in our very own St Margarets. Lucky for you, it also caters for weddings both in its own dining rooms are in a range of outside venues. Visit their website to see their delicious menus.

If you’re looking for somewhere to hold your for civil ceremony and reception, Richmond has many top-class venues. Here are just a few.

Usually known for its fabulous botanical gardens, Kew has several gorgeous wedding venues. There’s Cambridge Cottage, a former royal residence, which has the Drawing Room licensed for civil ceremonies and a fabulous dining area in the Gallery. You can also tie the knot in one of the oldest glasshouses in Kew, the Nash Conservatory. Designed by John Nash it was originally intended for the gardens at Buckingham Palace. Today it is licensed for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships for up to 200 guests. The 18th-century Orangery is an open-plan space that is ideal for larger evening receptions. Two hundred people can dine looking out onto a large terrace with wonderful views. It’s very romantic!

Marble Hill House is an elegant 18th-Palladian villa owned by English Heritage. Built in the 1720s for Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk and mistress of George II, it became one of the most fashionable residences of its time and, today, houses a fine collection of Georgian paintings. It has 66 acres of parkland, right beside the river. It’s licensed for civil weddings of up to 50 people for the ceremony, and 40 for a seated dinner. The lovely gardens are on the banks of the Thames, so it’s ideal for those wedding snaps.

Close by is the wonderful Orleans House. Dating from the 17th century, it’s famous for its baroque Octagon room built by the architect James Gibbs. This stunning room is makes a wonderful location for summer or winter ceremonies for up to 60 guests. The shady woodland gardens are set along the riverside and are perfect on a hot summer’s day.

For over 400 years, Syon Park has been the home of the family of the present Duke of Northumberland. Its 40 acres of gardens are truly spectacular and make a fabulous backdrop for a wedding. The Great Hall is used for civil ceremonies and the grand State Dining Room for seated receptions. In spring and summer, wedding receptions for up to 150 people take place in the Great Conservatory and even larger receptions can be held in a marque in the historic gardens, which is replete with a terrapin-filled lake, rare trees and an 18th century ice house.

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