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By modefor, Sep 3 2018 10:20AM



After three long years of planning and preparing, Gemma and Aaron got Married last weekend at Hargate Hall and we had so much fun celebrating with them.


The Friday set up was a family affair, with everyone getting stuck in and helping to prepare the marquee. As we all worked together to string the beautiful ivy from the ceilings and draping it throughout the marquee, we could hear the rain. Hammering down, it had gone really dark outside and every time we carried things from the car we got soaked!


Gemma looked at me and asked if the weather would be like this tomorrow? Now at Mode For… we are complete perfectionists and control freaks (it’s why we are so good at planning weddings) but the one thing we can’t control is the weather! Fast forward to Saturday afternoon and as the happy couple burst through the beautiful doors at Hargate Hall we wished them congratulations in the glorious sunshine. Gemma turned to me and said, “I can’t believe this weather, it’s beautiful!”.


Rain or shine your wedding will be beautiful too. But the best part of any wedding for us is seeing the bride and groom so completely happy and relaxed. Gemma and Aaron were so happy, stress free and calm - they were able to enjoy every moment of their wedding day.


As well as coordinating the wedding day, Mode For… catered for the wedding breakfast. Preparing our signature delicious antipasti sharing platters: piled high with Italian deli meats and cheeses, mountains of fresh rustic bread and marinated vegetables for starters. Followed by Italian style chicken wrapped in bacon stuffed full with pesto and smothered in our (secret recipe) house tomato and basil sauce, with stacks of dauphinoise potatoes and steamed vegetables. It was a feast! For dessert all the guests tucked in to the incredible wedding cake and scrumptious brownies, Eton mess and cookies, provided by their incredible family.


There were so many amazing homemade touches and thoughtful additions to Gemma and Aaron’s wedding, the memory table and beautiful guest book showed how much planning and attention to detail the couple had.


Gemma & Aaron, we wish you all the happiness in the world, thank you for letting us be such a big part of your special day.


Are you worried about feeling stressed on your wedding day? Are you feeling the pressure? Do you need help or tips on how to stay calm? We pride ourselves on creating the most relaxed and calm weddings. Tabby, our in house #Weddingfixer has an amazing free Facebook group that can help even the most anxious of brides www.facebook.com/groups/theweddingfixer. Whatever you do please don’t worry. Sunshine or showers - your wedding will be great!

Much Love,

Laura xxx



By modefor, Aug 13 2018 07:32AM

All things bright and beautiful as The Arches is transformed into an industrial garden paradise for the wedding of Estee and Josh.


On Saturday the 28th of July, our favourite industrial wedding venue was breathtakingly transformed into a chic, urban glasshouse with a distinctively botanical feel.


The large glass windows were expertly styled with lush displays of flora and fauna. Vibrant green pot plants and pops of zesty oranges and pinks added to the tropical feel whilst an abundance of ferns and foliage added softness to the botanical garden vibe.


This relaxed and tranquil sanctuary was the perfect location for Estee and Josh to celebrate their wedding day with family and friends and what a fabulously relaxed and happy time was had by all!


The 2pm ceremony was very much a family affair, a joyous occasion full of song, dance and praise with Estee and Josh's family and friends taking a lead role in the proceedings. A live band, made up of friends of the bride and groom provided wonderful music throughout the hour-long ceremony and Estee's bridesmaid's beautiful singing voice had guests dancing and singing in the aisles, as they embraced the joyful atmosphere.


The stormy weather on the day didn't dampen spirits and several rainstorms and deluges only added to the magical atmosphere. As thunder rumbled in the distance, there was a pause for reflection before more happiness and rejoicing, as Mr and Mrs Mellor danced down the aisle whilst family and friends clapped and cheered.


So much singing and dancing was clearly very thirsty work and as the cloud bursts continued after the ceremony, guests sipped on Pimms cocktails and relaxed and chatted in the beautiful garden like surroundings.


Bride Estee looked stunningly beautiful in her dress, a champagne bodice overlaid with an intricate floral themed lace design, accessorized perfectly with a pretty art deco style bridal halo. Her effortlessly romantic bridesmaids were dressed in flowing Grecian style gowns and floral bouquets and halos were kept pure and neutral. An image that wouldn't have looked out of place in a glossy bridal magazine. Just beautiful!


Our fantastic in-house caterers 'Eat Me-Drink Me' provided a wonderful wedding breakfast, the 'Middle Eastern' sharing platters seemed to prove very popular as guests chatted, socialised and enjoyed delicious Moroccan spiced hummus, sun blushed tomatoes, baba ghanoush and flat breads followed by a main course of delicious thyme roasted chicken and baked chocolate brownie for desert. What a feast!


The love and friendship between Estee, Josh and their families and friends was plain to see. A perfectly relaxed day bursting with so much joy, peace and happiness.


If you're going to get wed.....#wedlikemels!


Love from,


Karen x




Cake by Sweet Sugar Sixpence
Cake by Sweet Sugar Sixpence
Mode for's Karen with the happy couple
Mode for's Karen with the happy couple

By modefor, Jul 31 2018 08:25AM


On Saturday we celebrated the wedding of Nat and Tom at Hargate Hall and it was incredible.


Nat and Tom were so cool and calm and this was reflected throughout the whole wedding weekend. They set the tone from the second they arrived with chilled out vibes and a relaxed atmosphere.


The marquee had so many beautiful personal touches. Homemade bunting, homegrown flowers and tables sprinkled with photographs of happy guests and good memories. We loved helping Nat setup on the Friday before the big day.


Tom had designed an amazing Hargate print that was used for the weekend programme and table layout. The couple chose a light lilac colour scheme that effortlessly linked the main hall, the marquee and all the flowers.


The 2pm ceremony start gave everyone the morning to get ready and be completely stress free. With all the final touches complete, Nat took her long walk down the beautiful centrepiece staircase with her father. The highlight of the ceremony was the acoustic singalong to Stevie Wonder's - Signed, Sealed, Delivered! The happy cheers and signing drifted out of the hall onto the terrace, filling us with so much joy!


We served canapés and reception drinks in front of the striking Hargate lawns and had some lovely group photos taken by Adam Wilkinson.


The wedding breakfast was a fantastic sharing feast and Mode For… did, what we do best. Cold meats, cheeses, rustic fresh bread and delicious Italian antipasti veg to start. Followed by the most incredible mouth-watering Paella, served in huge dishes on the tables for everyone to tuck into and share. We believe this helps create relaxed and stress-free weddings - great food and lovely people, drinking, eating and sharing together.


We love wedding speeches here at Mode For... and Tom’s was no exception with lots of “ahhh’s” and tears it was a fantastic end to the wedding breakfast.


Cake and cheese were then served on the Terrace in the sunshine, and the guests enjoyed the 'oh so chic’ espresso martinis on the lawn in the coolest pop up we have ever seen!


With a six-piece band, an open bar and a room full of inflatable guitars we left the couple late on Saturday evening knowing the party had only just gotten started! Nat and Tom, we wish you a lifetime of happiness and adventures! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!


Much Love

Laura xxx


Wedding Co-ordination: Mode for...

Bridal Bouquets: Tabby at Mode for...

Catering: Mode for...

Official Photographer: Adam Wilkinson Photography


(These are just our behind the scenes snaps, not official ones!)



By modefor, Jul 16 2018 09:37AM

Back in cold and snowy March this year, I was invited to join the creative team at Sheffield Carnival as part of a group of local artists who would be designing and creating vibrant and larger than life costumes for the long anticipated re launch of Sheffield Carnival. The theme was 'The Rise of the Phoenix' depicting a rebirth of the carnival vibe on our streets, as it rises from the ashes after a 20 year break.


The aim was to bring carnival back to Sheffield big style!


I was thrilled to discover I would be working under the direction of talented designer Clary Salandy, the woman behind the spectacular Notting Hill costume parade and one of the UK's leading designers in Carnival arts.


After meeting Clary, I realised this was going to be a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience in this field. I really admired her passion for carnival, the arts, her high standards and expertise. She was very supportive and I had so much to learn from her. It was also a chance to finally put my qualifications in Design and Theatre to good use too. From then on, I embraced every second of Clary's invaluable teaching and carefully observed every aspect of her design process.


During the past few months I've learnt that carnival is so much more than feathers, bikinis and sequins. It's a theatrical, visual and dynamic art, an expression of culture and heritage, that means so much to many people. It brings people together and has a varied and diverse culture input whilst maintaining a sense of community. Not only that it's SO MUCH FUN!


The next three months felt like a chaotic whirlwind of workshops, designing, sketching, creating, painting and making. With only a couple of weeks to go I had the opportunity to visit Clary's Carnival Arts studio in London.


Her bustling three storey studio is full to bursting with a huge collection of larger than life colourful costumes, everywhere you look a feast for the eyes, no nook or cranny left empty, a room jam packed with dazzling colours, shapes, fabrics and dizzying designs. I felt like a kid in a sweet shop and I felt at home.


I spent the day with members of Clary's team and under Clary's guidance I created a prototype for my phoeonix dress design which was going to be worn by ten ladies in a section of the parade in Sheffield.

Back in Sheffield, it was hard to see how it was all going to come together in time, hundreds of costumes, hours and hours of hard work, a great deal of sweat, blood and tears but it did and in spectacular style thanks to the amazing hard working team at Sheffield Carnival.


The final costumes were simply out of this world. Seeing my designs come to life was one of the best feelings ever. Ten sassy women all strutting their stuff wearing my design, as we all danced together without a care in the world. The big parade saw hundreds of people dancing in the street, reflecting Sheffield's diverse range of international culture, all partying together as one big community with great multicultural spirit.


It seems that carnival is well and truly back on the streets of Sheffield and this pheonix bird has well and truly risen.


Have fun this summer peeps and make sure you find time to feel that carnival vibe, believe me it's addictive!


Love from,


Karen xx


For a BBC story on the carnival go here:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-37194414/notting-hill-carnival-clary-salandy-s-guide-to-costume-making


Photo credits:

Tim Denell

#sheffieldcarnival2018

www.sheffieldcarnival.org





By modefor, Jul 2 2018 08:34AM


On Saturday the 9th of June we celebrated the wedding of Amanda and Graham at our stunning industrial wedding venue, The Arches at Dean Clough.


It was a wonderfully relaxed day for a wonderfully relaxed and happy couple. The balmy summer sunshine flooded through the windows filling The Arches wih soft light and warmth.


However, it was groom Graham's creative flair and talent that shone through on the day with his carefully designed and handcrafted photobooth, an impressive supersized Mr and Mrs sign and a beautifully designed wooden heart centre piece adorned with flowers and fairy lights which proudly displayed heart warming photographs of the bride and groom's parents on their own wedding day.

A wooden archway, also hand made by the groom provided a romantic centre piece for the ceremony itself, candlelit lanterns and simple arrangements of carefully selected pink and purple blooms added softness to the industrial feel with place cards on the tables beautifully handwritten by one of the smallest family members adding that personal touch.


As family and friends eagerly awaited elegant and relaxed bride Amanda's arrival, her four bridesmaids couldn't contain their excitement with the youngest girls wearing pretty chiffon, tutu style dresses, accessorized with sparkly shoes and magical flower wands, a creative alternative to the traditional hand held flower posies.


The relaxed vibe continued after the ceremony with a scrumptious sit down meal from the in house caterers Eat me Drink me. The sound track for the day was a super chilled and laidback play list which set the tone perfectly as guests chatted, relaxed and enjoyed each others company before dancing the night away to some fabulous music from a live, top notch band.


What a privilege it was to work with such a relaxed, happy and talented couple at my first solo wedding with Mode For....thank you!


Congratulations Mr and Mrs Ross!


Lots of Mode For love,


Karen x


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