January 30, 2020

‘Throwback Thursday’ – Wedding furniture hire at Monkey Island, Bray

wedding furniture hire: Molnkey island, Bray

Couples are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to UK wedding venues now; long gone are the days where you might be limited to a church or register office, or perhaps a rather dull corporate hotel. In this ‘Throwback Thursday’ feature, we take a look back at a wedding last year, hosted at a perfect luxury venue: Monkey Island Hotel in Bray, Berkshire as seen through the lens of Cotswold-based photographer, Lucy Davenport. Monkey Island is a sliver of land in the Thames, just down river from Bray village. It has a rich and fascinating history, dating back over 800 years. Discover more about Monkey Island and its history, and about Lucy’s photography. Of course, not forgetting the wedding furniture hire from Rio Lounge, that the couple chose for their special day!

Why is it called ‘ Monkey Island’ ?

No-one is completely certain about the origin of the name ‘Monkey Island’. Most historians believe that the name originates from ‘Monks’ as opposed to ‘Monkeys’! With the land originally owned by the clergy during the 1100s, monks settled nearby, christening the island ‘Monk’s Eyot’; the most probable source of the modern name. However, some slightly more dubious rumours claim that the insane King George III was banished to the island with a pet monkey in tow!

Building on Monkey Island

In 1666, much of London was destroyed by the Great Fire. As a result, the capital city required extensive reconstruction. During this period of renewal, barges came down the Thames, dumping debris and rubble onto the island, raising the island further above flood level and thus creating a suitable site for building.  Later, in the early part of the 18th century, the 3rd Duke of Marlborough then commissioned the construction of a luxury fishing retreat on the land. The ceiling of the Pavilion building’s ground-floor ‘Monkey Room’, was decorated with images of monkeys, engaging in human activities such as fishing, hunting and punting on the Thames.

Since its construction, the building has been through various phases of both glory and decline.  Today, following an expert renovation, the restored building is now an exclusive luxury private hotel, set in seven acres of land.

Weddings at Monkey Island

wedding furniture hire: Monkey IslandMany couples now choose the Monkey Island Hotel as a wedding venue, and it’s not difficult to see why! Firstly, it feels so exclusive.  Being on a private island, hidden away in the quintessentially English landscape, and accessible only by boat or footbridge, it’s so unique!

Secondly, with its seven acres of land, the venue offers extensive, immaculately maintained grounds. Complete with its roaming peacocks, and fascinating historic buildings, it’s the perfect setting for some really special photo opportunities too.

Wedding furniture hire – the chill-out lounge area

wedding furniture hire: chill out zoneCreating a beautiful chill-out zone, the couple hired our white Club Lounge Sofas. Accessorising with their own monogrammed scatter cushions added a personal touch. Sparkling mirror cube tables, plus some co-ordinating Club Poufs completed the lounge look.

The bar area

bar furniture hire at weddingAdditionally, to create a small chic bar area, the couple hired our sleek Titan table, the perfect place for the champagne bowls. Our iconic clear Ghost Bar Stools were the ideal height alongside the high bar table.

Getting married this year?  Get in touch for your wedding furniture hire needs

Whatever type of venue you’ve chosen for your wedding reception, we can help with furniture hire for your day. Ideal for creating a beautiful serene chill-out lounge, we deliver our range of sofa and accessories hire, UK -wide, 7 days a week. So what are you waiting for? Don’t delay, as our popular items sell out fast. Give us a call on 0845 46 77483 and chat through your plans with us.

Lucy Davenport Photography

Many thanks to photographer Lucy Davenport for the beautiful images in this feature. With a wide-range of photographic experience, Lucy divides her time between London and the Cotswolds. We absolutely love the style of Lucy’s work.  She has a real talent for combining elegance with a sense of fun and creativity. Inspired by natural light, and her passion for travel, Lucy also cites genuine kindness and love, and friends and family as sources of inspiration for her incredible work.