OUR little black book

There's so much to organise when planning an event, so we've listed our preferred suppliers to make your planning a little easier.

Plenty of Thyme

Plenty of Thyme was created in 2016 by Dave Double out of a passion for food and service. Having worked in hotels, restaurants, and large-scale catering venues since 2000 it was time to setup on his own.

Covering Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, North & East London and Cambridgeshire.

– They specialise in wedding & event catering.
– They are bespoke and can tailor events to your exact requirements.
– They have amazing relationships with their suppliers.
– They provide continual support via email or phone right up to the day of any event. Your event is as important to them as it is to you.
– All their chefs are highly trained.
– All events have at least one senior member of staff on site.
– They buy local where ever possible


Love / Life Photography

Carina is a degree-qualified, professional photographer and the owner of Essex-based Love / Life Photography. She specialises in Weddings (UK and destination), events, portraiture, commercial, travel, and interior photography. When working with Wedding couples she will treat you as extended family. Through personal consultations and one-to-one contact, her goal is to make you feel special rather than ‘just another booking’.

Her style of photography focuses on the finer details to build a story of images in a relaxed, modern, and unobtrusive way which makes each wedding unique and personal to every couple. As a highly creative and organised person, she likes to be involved from planning stages to post-production so that the best vision of your brief is realised. She has been featured in County Wedding Magazine, Guides for Brides, and Hitched. Carina takes pride in delivering the absolute best, on budget, and on time.

Most of her work stems from recommendations or from a list of long-standing clients that have time after time entrusted Carina as their photographer to capture an engaging and unique shot.

Receive a 10% discount when you make a booking quoting Beyond Bar Hire.


County Marquees East Anglia

County Marquees East Anglia is a family-owned and operated Essex marquee business, serving customers within Suffolk, Essex, London, Kent, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and across the whole of East Anglia. With traditional marquees and beautiful marquee alternatives.

County Marquees East Anglia was founded in the late ’90s and is a family-owned and run company, made up of a father, two sons, and two nephews. They pride themselves on bringing a personal touch and service to your big day, really understanding the importance of family, both new & old. Whether it be a more intimate event of under 50 or a colossal occasion of 400+, they can cater to your every need. With a combined wealth of experience of 80 years in the business, they know and understand every requirement to make the big day you always dreamed of become a reality. They are available to chat over the phone or by email, any time of the day and any day of the week. If you’re struggling to map out what you have planned, well come and see you on site free of charge, to help bring your plans to life. 


The Camera Guys

The Camera Guys offer tailor-made wedding cinematography packages highlighting all of the key moments of your special day, edited in such a way so you can relive your favourite moments as if watching the beginning of a romantic movie. That is what cinematography is all about. It’s not just an ordinary video for an ordinary day. Their editing style is specific to build narrative and emotion to engage an audience and emphasise the glamorous events of the morning right through to the evening. They catch the tears of your guests, the shimmers of your dress and the best part of the vows overlaid throughout the movie: a movie that you can re-watch throughout the years just as many times as you have watched ‘The Notebook’ or ‘The Vow.’ They are based in Colchester, Essex and are happy to travel.


Rock The Day

Rock The Day are the go-to experts in delivering creative event styling services and designing and creating bespoke props. 

Working from a specific brief, they make furniture and props for corporate events, weddings, private parties and any other occasion to wow your guests!

Whether it’s a straight-forward prop hire from their curated collection to fully bespoke props or even event styling at your venue, their dedicated team will turn a blank canvas into a spectacular setting.


DJ Scott Dewing

A Wedding is an incredibly personal day and most importantly – personal to YOU! The finest of details are looked into on such a day and Scott prides himself as a highly recommended Wedding DJ on being able to customise what he does and how he presents himself, ensuring the standard remains high. He has several DJ Booths ensuring he can suit a variety of venues with the look and style you’re after. There is no added fees on which booth you select. Scott also owns a company called Sweetness and Light and very recently supplied light up lights for Sir Tom Jones!



Decorative Events

Decorative Events are luxury wedding stylists based in the heart of Essex. Providing bespoke full venue décor solutions that will add the “Wow” factor to your wedding or event.

They supply and install Starlight BackdropsStarlight Dance Floors, Giant Illuminated Letters, Photo Booths and much more. 

At Decorative Events they pride themselves on offering their clients Luxury Venue Décor Packages at affordable prices, so whether you’re having an event for 10 people or a large wedding for 5,000 they can bring their magic to your surroundings.

Get in touch for a free quote and discuss your needs today. 


Zed Security & Guarding

Event Security Services – Zed Security and Guarding, cover a vast array of events within the area. Their teams can travel to any area to work as their own experienced team or backing other companies needs. They have formed long lasting relationships with their existing clients with a proven record of repeat business.


Harriet’s Cakes 


Stunning, Striking and Simply Delicious.
Harriet’s Cakes are dedicated to making the most beautiful bespoke wedding & celebration cakes in Essex. Each unique cake is handmade with love and crafted to perfection using the finest ingredients.

Baked in the beautiful seaside town of Brightlingsea, Harriet’s Cakes are a startlingly beautiful centre-piece for any occasion.

Please get in touch to arrange a free consultation or to receive a quote for your bespoke cake.


The Food Station

At the ‘Food Station’ we try and tailor your wedding to your specific requirements and we have many menus and ideas that could work for you, from a very formal 3 course wedding menu, to an informal ‘family’ style menu. In addition we are more than happy to incorporate your own ideas/recipes.

Please do contact me and I will send a full costing with the price broken down into elements, so that you can mix and match as appropriate… you may like a few more canapes to replace the starter or you may like to serve your wedding cake as dessert. However, I would welcome an opportunity to speak to you on the telephone to discuss all the finer details.

Once you have had a chance to think about what you’d like, I usually pop over to your home to discuss your ideas and how they would work in practice. After which, we will invite you for a private tasting to ensure the presentation and seasoning are correct.


Simon’s White Wedding Cars


Cars for brides, grooms and wedding parties.

Our white-glove service and a prestigious fleet of S-Class and E-Class limos set the standard for comfort, refinement and sophistication.

For your ease, we offer a fully bookable online service so there’s no need to wait anymore to see if your car is available for your big day.

We offer bespoke options giving you the chance to fully personalise our service to suit your needs.


Black Jacket Events

With thousands of weddings and other large functions behind us, you can rely on Black Jacket Events to cater your special day. We look forward to discussing your requirements and making suggestions that will help you develop a perfectly tailored menu, adding that essential ingredient to make your meal a complete success.

We can cater events in private residences, gardens and marquees, and have close links with some of the finest venues in Essex, Suffolk and London. The whole day can be taken care of for you and we offer all of the essentials, you can always rely on Black Jacket Events.


It’s In The Party Bag

Having an event and want to make it one to remember?

Want your event to have all the special finishing touches?

Want it to be stress free and have time to spend with your guests?

Then It’s in The Party Bag is the answer to your prayers!

They provide many services such as candy floss, flower walls, sweet carts & so much more! Plus they can host your event giving you the time to spend with your guests without having to run around.

They pride themselves on being able to give you their complete undivided attention at all times, ensuring that your event goes smoothly.




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