On Sunday 10th May I was delighted to join the 2nd Pop Up Wedding Village at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire. This was a truly inspirational wedding fayre, I’m not sure if it was because some of the counties most prestigious wedding suppliers were showing there, or simply from the breathtaking beauty of Calke Abbey and its grounds.
The Pop up Wedding Village is a collaboration between two ‘big-wigs’ in the wedding world, wedding coordinators Honeysuckle and Castle and the team behind Save the Date magazine, who have created a truly unique, festival inspired event, with over 65 handpicked wedding suppliers. This year it was blessed with Indigo Acre Flowers, The Sugared Rose, UCube Events, Tickety Boo Events, Tineke Floral Designs, Peak Tipis and HBA Photography, to name but a few (most importantly we were there too!).
The weather was on definitely on our side and the crowds came out in force. Not only Brides, grooms and their families but the public who were at Calke Abbey for a day out also came and had a look around the marquees and riding school!
Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed 18th Century mansion house, commonly known as the “Un-stately home”, referring to its state of decline left by its previous owners when it was handed over to the National Trust. It is set in some of the most stunning countryside, and can be used for mounting biking and walking and tours of the house are also available. There is also a newly renovated café in the riding school area of the estate, ensuring that after all the fun of the day, you can sit down with a cup of tea and a piece of cake!
Honeysuckle and Castle are the wedding coordinators for a number of National Trust properties and Calke Abbey is up there as one of my fave spots to have your nuptials. The riding school is a complete blank canvas where you can completely design your own theme and also get some stunning wedding photos around the house and park. Definitely one for me and Mr D to consider! ;)