With a look back on the last couple of years…
March! How can it be March? Yesterday it was January 1st, we swear…? The last two months have flown past in the blink of an eye, as have the last few years! We’ve hardly been able to take a moment to be nostalgic about our past, since everything seems to want to move at light speed, but we’re taking a minute now to have a look back. From humble beginnings Whitehouse now hires out to hundreds of private events every year and is lucky enough to be involved in an increasing number of stylish photoshoots (we’ll get on to that later.) But where did we start? And how did Whitehouse become such an established brand in the weird and wonderful world of weddings? You’re just going to have to keep reading to find out…
Though we like to pretend that we were always involved in beautiful shoots (like the one above), it took us a great deal of time to get recognised by event planners and stylists. When we began in 2009 there was just one of us! Running the business single-handedly wasn’t easy, so we slowly built up our hired staff to help deal with our steady in-flow of work. Around 2014 we started gaining real traction in wedding and events circles, when our name finally became synonymous with high quality products and smooth service. Now in 2019, 10 years after we started, we’re proud to say that we are always busy, though there are still only 10 of us running the whole operation!
From one or two a year, Whitehouse is now asked by industry professionals to be used in their work every single week! We are proud of them all, and know that an immense amount of effort goes into planning every single one. This photo is from one of our most recent, and most widely published, shoots. Photographed at Hedsor House by Stuart Wood, it shows off some of our gorgeous gold crockery, encompassed by pink roses, reflective glass and upmarket tableware. The soft-focus also adds to their fairytale aura, especially with the twinkling tea-lights placed all around the table.
It was shoots like these that pushed Whitehouse into the eyes of the wider public, as well as showing off our collection to other stylists. Regal, casual, minimalist, outlandish, our crockery catered to everyone’s need, which is why we have such a wide range of photos in our database. People finally knew that no matter what they were looking for, they would be able to find it at Whitehouse.
But don’t get us wrong, we also love a wedding! Our most passionate reviews come from happy brides who were able to see their vision of a perfect wedding come to life. Our objective has always been to make it easy as possible for someone to plan their special day, and to make sure we were never responsible for any ‘hiccups’ that occur. Delivery and pick up from the venue, flexibility when changing orders and friendly staff have made many people’s day as stress-free as possible, hence why we are used again and again by wedding planners.
Last, but definitely not least, we have events. One of our frequently asked questions is ‘do you have enough crockery to cover the entire event?’ And the answer is always yes! In the summer months, we have such a multitude of orders over the weekends that we have made it our mission to have enough of our popular stock to run every event. Of course, there is a limit to this rule, however , we really, really hate having to decline you lot, so chances are we’ll have enough to fit your needs. Beautiful events like the Papakata Open Weekend make our heart leap, since they are such a pleasure for everyone involved.
So, what is next for us? Well, we have a huge 2019 ahead of us here at Whitehouse event crockery. You guys really know how to keep us busy! With lots of new stock on the way, as well as a myriad of styled shoots in the works, we’ll have a hell of a lot to catch you up on as the year progresses. We want to take you along with us on our 2019 journey to show you how Whitehouse is run behind the scenes, why stylists love us and what we think the biggest trends of the year are going to be. To get inspired, and to keep up to date on our daily activities, follow Whitehouse on all our social media channels.
Image 1: Jervaulx Abbey styled shoot.
Photography: Jo Greenfield ✜ Styling: Emily K Weddings ✜ Florist: All Bunched Up ✜ Stationery: A Little Pigment ✜ Macaroons: Where the Ribbon Ends ✜ Planning through the Alternatives Photography Workshop
Image 2: Regal Romance styled shoot.
Venue: Hedsor House ✜ Planning: Love Lydia Wedding & Events Planner ✜ Photography: Stuart Wood ✜ Lighting: Glo Design and Event Production ✜ Flowers: Paul Rooney Floral Designer ✜ Cakes: Maya Dahlia Cakes ✜ Furniture: Great Hire ✜ Linens: Ott Rentals ✜ Stationary: Leeming Brothers ✜ Macarons: Gourmandises ✜ Balloons: Balloonista
Image 3: The Walled Garden at Beeston styled shoot.
Photography: Emily Olivia Photography ✜ Flowers: Frances and Rose ✜ Silk runners: cfleursdesign ✜ Venue: The walled garden Beeston ✜ Light installation: Fabrictheatre ✜ Tables: Be Event Hire
Image 4: Clevedon Hall wedding.
Venue: Clevedon Hall ✜ Event Designer: Thomas Bui Lifestyle ✜ Flowers: Daisy Lane Floral ✜ Stationary: Design by Pye ✜ Video: Alex Haynes Film ✜ Photography: Sam Gibson ✜ Linens: Allens Hire ✜ Stemware: Keeping it Vintage Devon ✜ Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes ✜ Dress: Sachin and Babi ✜ Suiting: Taliare London ✜ Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Stacy MUA
Image 5: Papakata Open Weekend.
Photography: Natasha carman ✜ Tent and teepees: Papakata ✜ Venue: Escrick Park Estate ✜ Florist: Red Floral Architecture ✜ Event planning: Lucy wright Wedding and Events ✜ Linen: Just 4 Line ✜ Stationary: Wonderland Invites ✜ Cake: Where the Ribbon Ends ✜ Catering: Baba Ganoush Catering ✜ Bar: Yorkshire Bartender ✜ Lighting: lightech
Image 6: Garthmyl Hall styled shoot.
Photographer: Agnes Black ✜ Stylist & Props: Chiascuro Style ✜ Dresses: Grace Loves Lace ✜ Venue: Garthmyl Hall ✜ MUA: Hannah Carson MUA Hair: Annie Elizabeth Bespoke Bridal Hair ✜ Cake: Marie Antoinette Cakes ✜ Shoes: Charlotte Mills Shoes ✜ Flowers: Chloe Robinson Designs ✜ Veil: Sash and Veil ✜ Silk and ribbons: Silk and Purl ✜ Stationary: By Moon and Tide ✜ Model: Ella McNeil