The Wedding Industry Awards 2019 – The Pumping House East Midlands Regional Winner, Wedding Venue (Countryside) of the Year.

The regional finalists have been announced. The judging panel has decided that based on voter scores, comments, profile questions and website, that The Pumping House is The Wedding Industry Awards East Midlands Regional Winner 2019 for Wedding Venue (Countryside) of the Year!

Situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest, The Pumping House was originally called Boughton Pumping Station, and opened in 1905. The main building was designed by W B Starr, featuring a huge brick chimney which forms a distinctive local landmark.

Boughton Pumping Station later passed into the hands of Severn Trent Water and was listed as Grade II in 1974. Since that time the building has had various uses, and has now been refurbished to a stunning standard, to bring a new wedding and events venue to the Nottingham area, with acres of charm, character, and outdoor space.

The Pumping House opened in August 2016 and since then has gone from strength to strength, establishing itself as one of the most sort after venues in the East Midlands. The venue features a licensed ceremony room, main hall for wedding breakfasts, accommodation and a woodland setting for outdoor drinks receptions. Late licensed until 1am, the beautiful red brick building and tranquil surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for weddings and offers ample opportunity for unique photography. The venue is well located, just a short drive from Mansfield, Lincoln, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Joanne Evans, Venue Manager, said: “I am completely shocked yet incredibly delighted to win the Wedding Venue (Countryside) of the Year award. Over the last two years, I have met the most amazing couples, from initial meetings, to on the day support and everything in between I have always tried my hardest to ensure the day goes off with a bang!”

While the venue speaks for itself, what clearly sets them apart from other venues is their genuine passion for weddings and their ability to forge great relationships with their couples, friends, family, staff and suppliers. The team tailor each wedding day to create a completely beautiful and bespoke experience for all.

Newly weds Mr & Mrs Coe said: “The Pumping House is simply stunning, from the moment we walked in, we knew it was the venue for us. It is amazing, but our wedding would not have been the same without Jo.”

“She made the entire process super easy, fun and we both feel like we were planning our wedding day with a friend. Jo took care of our guests and us without even blinking, nothing was too much trouble and we are so very grateful.”

The Pumping House is part of a privately-owned group of event companies that is best-in-class in client servicing and event design. The creative team have put an unbelievable amount of thought into the look and feel of the venue to ensure great attention to detail, and that the fit out and facilities are second-to-none.

Ellie Harper, Wedding and Events Manager, commented: “the team are completely overwhelmed and so happy to not only have been nominated by our couples but to have won over so many other beautiful wedding venues.”

The Pumping House team are always improving and expanding their knowledge to ensure their venue continues to deliver. They enjoy the magic of weddings and watching each couple’s dream day come to life.

As regional winners they now compete for the national awards title which will be announced on Wednesday 16th January 2019.

Iconic Brides Wedding Dress Trends You Need to Know About

Do you want a fashion-forward wedding dress the Iconic Bride team have the most stylish selection for you!

The Pumping House team consulted Angela and Tiffany of Iconic Brides to find out what’s hot in bridal fashion right now and how their Nottinghamshire Boutique can help to take away the stress for all brides to be.


Describe the experience our Brides can expect when visiting Iconic Bride?

​At Iconic Bride we work to ensure your bridal experience is the best you will ever have. We offer you our boutique exclusively for the utmost privacy and an unrivalled experience that is special. With 1-1 personal bridal stylist on hand giving you our undivided attention, we believe in an honest and open approach to working alongside you, creating memories and a bridal look no one will forget.

What was the most important lesson you have learned in your last year of business?

​As a young but thriving business we have learned to listen to our brides, keeping them at the heart of our decision making. Our brides value that we gain their opinion on our collections, price points and services. Our brides tell us they appreciate our candour and styling advice but also our discretion too. We find out some secrets! that’s for sure. This isn’t about us but our bride. Getting to know her allows us to tailor our approach to give her an experience she will remember and a dress she loves. Striving to keep our business at the forefront of brides minds is key to business survival and in attracting new brides to our boutique. We love when a bride feeds back to us that our collections are eclectic, stylish and of high quality and brides visit us for their very first shopping experience. Its means we have it right and that our social media strategy is being effective in getting Iconic Bride’s name out there as a bridal boutique which is worth visiting.



​What is our most favourite dress in the boutique at the moment?

We have recently received our Fall 2018 Collection from Sophia Tolli and oh my! what a collection. We have always loved Sophia’s designs but her newest collection is on a whole other level. Just like a bride we actually went over our budget because there were so many dresses we fell in love with! As is Sophia Tolli’s signature, we love the understated embellishment on her dresses but the beaded detailing atop illusion lace with low V back details and sweetheart necklines are simply exquisite. Turquiose and Aquamarina are definitely up there as our favourites for this type of look in her latest collection. However, we also love the clean lines and figure hugging fit of Onyx. The hand beaded scalloped lace bodice and eyelash detail is stunning and the clean ivory crepe fit and flare skirt on the dress contrasts beautifully. We do offer special sale events known as Trunk Shows in the industry whereby we get more of the collection into the boutique and have special discounted price offers for the event with as much as 10% off your dress plus a free accessory of your choice. Certainly worth following us to see when our next event will be!

What is your must have accessory for any Bride?

Here at Iconic Bride we pride ourselves on stocking some of the most finest quality veils to compliment your dress and if there is one thing that is a bridal must have (once the dress is decided on of course) it is a veil. Tiffany and I love a veil! We have unashamedly converted many brides who were uncertain about having a veil but given the beautiful images and romance that a veil creates, this is an accessory that is more than an add on but is the ultimate signature of a bride. Soft tulle layers are so feminine and whether through a delicate finger tip or statement cathedral length veil as worn by the new Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle, we truly believe it provides an ethereal finish to the bridal look. Team it with a delicate floral hairvine or halo to be on trend.


What colours are up and coming for Autumn 2018 bridesmaids?

2018 is the year of one of my favourite colour palettes, after all I did decorate the boutique in it! Pantone’s ultraviolet has seen a number of brides choosing sweeping lilacs, strong purples and lavenders, especially fitting for the popular rustic themed weddings that are dominating the industry right now. Its a colour that suits any season and most skin tones too, so definitely a colour pleaser for brides seeking to dress several bridesmaids. In this theme we have also seen brides

keeping with foliage inspired colours such as sage, willow or neutral pale golds. In terms of style, separates are still a good choice allowing brides to mix and match to showcase each bridesmaid’s individual shape, whilst floral inspired dresses and jumpsuits for your best girls has been a recent arising trend that we anticipate will continue to gain momentum throughout the remainder of this year. Our gorgeous wrap dresses from Two Birds offer the jumpsuit and multiway wrap dress in a range of colours and fabrics and have been most in demand in our boutique this year.



In the know about Iconic Bride. 

Iconic Bride are stockist of couture designer Caroline Castigliano, Sophia Tolli, Wtoo by Watters and Two Birds Bridesmaids. Accessories are available in the boutique from award winning Ivory and Co and Richard Designs. They operate an appointment only system to ensure you and your party have exclusive use. Open 5 days a week Tuesday -Saturday 9am -4pm.

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Angela & Tiffany look forward to welcoming you to their boutique and creating a bride people will remember.




Iconic Bride
31 High Street
NG21 9QR

Telephone: 01623 371174


{{ Real Wedding || Gemma And Dave || March 2018 }}

A fairy tale day, brought to life for Gemma and Dave at The Pumping House.


Why did you choose The Pumping House for your special day? 

I’d had remembered seeing pictures on Facebook even before we got engaged. The Pumping House must have stood out, and it was the first venue we visited. Jo made us feel very welcome and at ease. I knew straight away that it would be perfect for us. Although we did still go onto see 4 other venues our hearts remained set on The Pumping House.  

We loved the parquet flooring as it works with any colour scheme. The Engine Hall lets in lots of natural light and is large enough that you don’t have to clear away any tables to make room for the dance floor.  

We loved all the quirky rooms upstairs and the second bar in the conservatory. We knew there would be plenty of photo opportunities, even if the weather wasn’t great, however we were very lucky with the weather on the day! The Venue is stunning enough even without adding your own touches.  

The icing on the cake was the fact the The Quarters (accommodation) was ready just in time for our wedding, so once arriving at the venue we could relax in the stunning bridal suite.  

Every love story is unique – tell us yours?!  

We met online and after a few weeks of sending messages had our first date at crazy golf! I didn’t  know at this point just how much Dave loves his golf! We got engaged just over 3 years later on Christmas day, 2016.   


Did you have a specific theme in mind when planning your wedding?  

The first thing we did was to pick a colour scheme, from here everything from the invites to decorations could tie in and complement the venue. I envisaged a very classic look and wanted to make sure to inject some subtle colour with the flowers.  

Describe your table/room decorations?  

Most of the decorations were bought and modified to tie in with the look we wanted. I handmade all the name places, reservation signs, table plan etc and we painted the easel and frame for the table plan to match.  

The plinths outside were adorned with two box hedges in aged planters, complete with fairy lights for the evening guests to see. The entrance had the table plan which was on an easel with some flowers and foliage across the top. At the foot of the easel we had some pots filled with gypsophilia and a welcome sign.  

I was after an elegant look so wanted nothing too fussy on the tables.  We decided upon wreaths of flowers to surround candle lit jars. The table numbers were spray painted so that they were the right shade of gold to tone in. We collected lots of glass candle holders from charity shops to nestle in amongst the flowers for the top table and create impact.  

Mum didn’t a fantastic job making the cake and spent hours practicing to get the sleek edges I’d asked for! It was set off using some gold leaf and a and Mr and Mrs Turton cake topper as a finishing touch!  

I couldn’t wait to see all the decorations in place with the flowers to complete the look.  

Your favourite part of the day? Were there any stand out moments? 

There were so many but the moment that sticks out is walking down the aisle and seeing Dave’s reaction to how I looked. My heart was thumping as over a year’s worth of planning and anticipation was finally here.  


What music was the centre of your day – first dance? Walking down the aisle?  

Hard to choose, probably walking down the aisle, we chose Adele – Make You Feel My Love. We’d chosen this song from the start.  

Describe your wedding day in 5 words?  

Amazing, beautiful, stunning, perfect, happy……………….over too quickly!   

What was your must-have wedding day accessory? 

I loved my hair piece and earrings! The finishing touches really stood out.  

Tell us a little about your outfits? 

My dress was by Mori Lee from The Dress Place in Nottingham. It was the first appointment I’d made to try on dresses and my mind was made up straight away once I’d tried it on. I also had a lace bolero, which I wore for the ceremony and took off for the evening do to create a different look.  

My bridesmaids also had Mori Lee dresses from The Dress Place in a beautiful slate colour. My sister’s dress was slightly different to my two other bridesmaids as she was Maid of Honour. They looked stunning! 

My hair was done by Sarah at Rock ‘n Roller and my make up by Josephine Way.  

The Groom and Groom’s Men had Blue suits with a lilac tie and handkerchief to match the colour scheme.


What was on the menu? 


Smoked Haddock Fishcake with Tartare Sauce 

Chicken Liver & Brandy Pate, Cranberry Sauce, Granary Bread 

Garlic Mushrooms with Sourdough Bread 


Pan Fried Chicken Breast with a White Wine, Cream & Tarragon Sauce 

Roast Sirloin of Locally Reared Beef, Yorkshire Puddings, Rich Red Wine Gravy 

Mushroom & Squash Wellington 


Tiramisu (My favourite!) 

Cheese & Biscuits (Dave’s favourite!) 

In the evening we opted for the Street Food, which we went down very well!  

Following your wedding day – what advice would you now give to newly engaged couples planning their wedding day?  

We made sure to book everything early so it was just a case of filling in the gaps along the way, without getting too stressed. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and had endless lists! It helped having a colour theme to work to.  



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The finest weddings happen on a Saturday in the Summer, right? Not necessarily! At The Pumping House, we’ve discovered a clever little trick to securing your perfect day in the season you desire with our Wedding venue offer that could go towards a nice honeymoon upgrade!

Enter the Weekday Wedding:

You’ve imagined your big day – the dress, the bridesmaids, the guests, the food, the dancing and the oh-so-important beautiful weather. Just one slight problem – your first-choice venue, florists, caterers and suit-makers are all booked-up for years to come! What to do?

A little alternative thinking. Engaged couples generally look to Friday or Saturday for their wedding, making it near-impossible to book these times. So, consider doing things differently, with our Wedding venue offer; host your wedding on a weekday or off-peak time and it’s possible for your dream to become reality. With fewer enquiries for these dates, you’ll find your venue and suppliers are available and more favourably priced.

What’s more your big day will become an intimate occasion. Whilst more distanced invitees may be unable to make it, you’ll be left with a carefully curated list of your most cherished friends and loved-ones. Without the strain of ever-growing guest lists, your budget will stretch further, creating exceptional memories for you and your guests.

Why not even treat yourselves to an extra-indulgent honeymoon? With weekday and off-peak travel offering affordable rates, you’ll have your pick of luxury agendas.

Winter Wedding Wonderland:

The first two months of the year are often excluded from couple’s potential wedding date list. But choosing a date early in the New Year will ensure that you get all the guests you want to attend. (What else will they be up to on a Saturday in early February!?). In addition to our discount offers, local accommodation will offer better value for your far-flung guests and there is surely no better time to fly to the sun and get away from the grey UK for an unforgettable honeymoon!

Enquire today to chat to our team and discover our exceptional Wedding venue offer. Save up to £1,500 on exclusive venue hire on weekday dates year-round and selected weekends in January and February 2019 and 2020.