Wedding Open Afternoon – Plum Park

Yesterday we spent the afternoon at Plum Park Wedding Open Afternoon meeting lots of excited engaged couples and their families!  Just love this venue! Plum Park is situated in between Milton Keynes and Towcester – with it’s easy access it’s perfect for any couple getting married in the area. Not only is this a gorgeous, family run wedding venue but the service and attention every couple receive is absolutely excellent.

Yesterday was extremely cold – how lovely that we were met with an roaring open fire as we arrived! Lovely for those romantic winter weddings!

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We were joined by many of Plum Park’s recommended suppliers – all hand picked because they are brilliant!!  All of the recommended suppliers have worked together for years and built up a fantastic trust and rapport, which means we can ensure your big day goes without a hitch!


I thought I would introduce you to some of the suppliers who are recommended here who we have worked with many times!



Meet Lesley who owns and runs  “Woburn Wedding Flowers”. When booking your wedding florist it is so important that you have a professional who is experienced and, if possible, knows your venue well.

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Lesley has been the recommended florist at Plum Park for many years because her talent and professionalism is excellent. She has 20 years experience creating amazing wedding flowers!  You can contact Lesley through her website – Woburn Wedding Flowers Do make an appointment to have chat with her and look at her beautiful floral designs! You will be blown away!

Email:  Phone: 01234 768690



Meet Kelly who owns “Handmade by Kelly”.

Kelly makes beautiful, bespoke wedding stationery with designs individual to every couple she works with – her creations are all made by hand and printed herself – not outsourced to be printed as with some stationery companies.

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This very talented Lady offers a fantastic service to all of her clients and we always recommend her to our couples. Visit her website to have a look at her fab work!

Email:   Mobile: 07877 076097



Bonsoire Bridal – Northampton sells the most exquisite of Bridal wear and we love seeing our Bride’s and their Bridal Parties wearing their beautiful dresses! Claudia is an amazing Lady who will guide you to your perfect wedding dress! Not only is the service she offers fantastic but this lovely Bridal shop is very conveniently situated in the centre of Northampton on Wellingborough Road.

Email: Fill in the contact form on the website  to make an appointment  Mobile: 07880888474



Hockleys Cakes are the leading wedding cake designer based in Northamptonshire. We have the pleasure of being recommended alongside them at many of our venues.

Run by brothers (twins) Michael and Graham, they offer a top, professional service and fantastic designs. Meet Graham, who joined us yesterday! We love Graham as he keeps us fed with cakes samples!!

Apart from seeing them at wedding fairs, you can visit their wedding cake studio in Northampton. The studio is open by appointment and gives couples an opportunity to view over 45 cakes in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Have a look at their website and you will be able to see just some of their creations!

Email:  Phone: 01604 881 551



Photographers differ in style so it is important to take time when choosing who will be right for you.

There are 3 photographers recommended by Plum Park, all of whom we can highly recommend as we have worked with them all! There is no way we could choose between them – all brilliant!!


Two-D Photography

Two-D Photography are a husband and wife team (Dan and Sarah) based in Bedfordshire but they will travel just about anywhere! We just love working with them – full of fun and great photo ideas! Pop to their website and have a look at examples of their work. You will love it!

Plum Park

Email: Phone: 01234 751469  Mobile:0796 510069


Redi Photography

Meet Craig who owns Redi Photography. Craig is based in Northamptonshire but, as with most photographers he is happy to travel. We have worked with Craig many times, not just at Plum Park Hotel but at other venues!

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We love his work and his lovely friendly personality means you can relax and enjoy having your photos taken on your big day! Pop over to his website and have a look!

Email: Mobile: 07525 087 597


Emma Brookes Photography

We have worked with Emma many times and at many different venues over the last number of years. Absolutely lovely Lady, who is passionate about weddings! She covers Milton Keynes, Bedford and Northampton, but as with many photographers, she is happy to travel further.

You can contact Emma by phone or email or pop to her website to have a look at her work – believe me, you won’t be disappointed!

Email:  Phone: 01908 786942 Mobile: 07756 111 841



Deans Chair Covers have been dressing Plum Park for many years and we are always blown away by their work! They know exactly how to create a magical scene that will have your guests saying “Wow” Providing everything from chair covers to magical starlight drops, they transform every venue individually for every couple!


Phone: 01280 840248  Mobile: 07714 502715 / 07843 01522



No wedding would be complete without those extra little touches we have the pleasure of seeing when we are working!

Charms by Joanna

Meet Joanna who can provide you with the most gorgeous wine glass charms which are just PERFECT for wedding favours. (She also makes lovely little bag charms, zip clips and lots of other trinkets, perfect for gifts for members of your Bridal party)


Joanna is well known for her brilliant service and friendly personality. Her work is excellent and attention to detail amazing.

Email: Mobile: 07905 601549


Chocolatier Fountains

I don’t think there is anything else to say but YUM!! Raj provides the most gorgeous chocolate fountains and other sorts of sweet things! Guests LOVE it!

Have a look on their website to see what they can provide you with!

You can make contact via the webform on the website

Mobile: 07879 623111



Ariella Strings – OF COURSE!!!

We will give your big day the wow factor! Your guests will always remember us! Friendly and professional, our priority is to make sure your booking is seamless and enjoyable.

Every couple is the most important couple to us! We will work closely with you choosing a playlist in the months running up to your wedding day. We are always available by phone, email and we make sure we attend lots of wedding fairs so we can meet with our clients.

Email: Phone: 01908 309783 Mobile: 07746 309 880


Sylar Psychological Magician

Sylar had me in fits of laughter yesterday! This extremely talented magician is a fantastic addition to your wedding day! He will have your guests wowed and having a great time! After many years of working alongside Sylar, I still have absolutely NO IDEA how he does what he does!! It must be MAGIC!!!

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Pop over to Sylar’s fb page to see lots of amazing videos! Or better still, book him for your wedding and see him for real!! You can reach him by filling in his contact form on his website


Apex Sounds – DISCO

Lawrence is amazing and fab!! He is a well established DJ who will have your friends and families up dancing the night away!

We have worked with Lawrence and Apex Sounds for many years and have no hesitation in recommending him to our couples!

Contact him for a chat about what he can do for you on your big day!

Email: Phone: 01908 370 503  Mobile: 07970 672581


Quality Photo Booths

Meet Vince who owns and runs this fun photo booth! We have worked alongside him for many years! This is a fab way of bringing laughter to your wedding day! Quality Photo booths is a family run business based in and around Milton Keynes.

Plum Park


A great mode of wedding transport is VW camper van! Silk and Satin Weddings  have the most gorgeous vehicles available for hire. View them any day or evening by arrangement.

Email: Phone: 01908 982827 Mobile: 07793243933

I do hope you enjoyed having a read about these fab wedding suppliers. Ariella Strings only recommend suppliers we have worked with so you can rest assured you are booking the BEST!

Many thanks to Jonathan and Moya and their fantastic family/team who made yesterday so enjoyable!

Luton Hoo Weddings – Ariella Strings

This year Ariella Strings have had the honour of playing for quite a few weddings at Luton Hoo Hotel where we are the recommended, professional string quartet.

Luton Hoo Hotel  is a 5 STAR Spa Hotel on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Weddings here are excellent – the staff are amazing and the venue is gorgeous. Our couples who choose to get married here are treated to a 5* professional and friendly service. Nothing is ever too much trouble!

It is always really interesting to see a venue dressed in completely different schemes with the personal stamp of each couple!!  I thought I would share photos of 3 of these weddings (iphone snaps)!

The Romanov Suite

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Dodmoor House Northamptonshire Wedding

On Saturday 30th April we had the pleasure of playing for the wedding of Kathryn and Nic at one of the best wedding venues in the country  – Dodmoor House.

This amazing venue has just won the National Wedding Awards 2016 “Wedding Venue of the Year (Countryside)” Congratulations to each and every member of the team who work so hard to make sure all their couples have the wedding they dream of!

Dodmoor House

Dodmoor WIA picture 2016

Dodmoor House is an exclusive use venue in the heart of Northamptonshire. We are very proud to be their recommended professional string quartet. From the moment couples book Dodmoor as their wedding venue, they are treated to the most amazing service. All the team members are caring, friendly and professional and attention to detail is second to none. Nothing is ever too much trouble and everything is done with a smile!

This wedding has to be one of our favourites so far – we were booked to play for the Kathryn and Nic’s ceremony, drinks reception and also their wedding breakfast (afternoon tea!)

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Wedding Favour Ideas for Children

Ariella Strings get to see so many gorgeous things at the weddings we play for! So much planning has gone into each and every one of them. There are some weddings in which children play a huge part and we thought we would share some of the favours our couples have provided for their mini guests over the years! We hope you find some ideas!


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Luton Hoo Wedding Supplier

Our string quartet enjoyed a gorgeous Luton Hoo spring wedding on 19th March. The wedding season is starting to hot up now!  Our string trio was also out playing for a wedding at Kelmarsh Hall with Eluned and Mike so ‘Team Ariella’ had a very busy day!  I was joined by Liz, Emily and Anne at Luton Hoo and we had a great time playing lots of jazz and pop!

The String Quartet was booked to play for the drinks reception and part of the wedding breakfast of Clayton and Jean.

Ariella Strings are a Luton Hoo Wedding Supplier and we know the venue and staff very well. Today we were very lucky to be joined by another of Luton Hoo’s recommended suppliers – Nigel Crump Photography.  We have worked with Nigel many times over the years and can recommend his services.

Clayton and Jean had a Church wedding and were continuing their celebrations at Luton Hoo. We were provided background music for their guests arriving and while they mingled over drinks and canapes!

I thought I would share some photos of the day…………………!

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