A Little Bit About Us

We are a wedding and event venue styling company based in Kendal, Cumbria, serving the beautiful Lake District, Lancashire and the North West.

Purple Swan was formed in 2009 by Carla and Francis. Trained in ‘Set Design for Film, TV and Theatre’, Carla had worked in the theatre and film industry for over 10 years. Having spent time in London working long hours on film sets, including ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Nine’, she and Francis moved to the Lake District in search of a more relaxed life.

Here the perfect opportunity arose to start ‘Purple Swan’. Carla uses her creative flair to decorate weddings of the many people fortunate enough to get married in this beautiful part of the country.

Returning to his native Northern pastures, Francis has been running a successful web design company for 9 years. He has used his extensive business and marketing expertise to help promote ‘Purple Swan’ to the successful company that it has become, as well as tying the odd bow! 

Our daughter Isla was born in 2012 and ‘Granny’ has now moved up to Kendal to join the team. Also known as Catherine, she is an experienced seamstress and a brilliant baker / cake decorator among many other things, and is a huge asset to ‘Purple Swan’.

In March 2014 we opened the doors of our amazing new wedding studio in the centre of Kendal – a big and exciting step for us.

Open for appointments – come and see us for a chat and a cuppa 🙂

We have worked with many top hotels in the area, including Inn on the Lake, Merewood Country House Hotel, The Swan Hotel, The Grange Hotel, Langdale Chase Hotel, Broadoaks Country House, The Lakeside Hotel and many more.

We promise to make your wedding venue look fantastic, but don’t just take our word for it:

" We were recommended Purple Swan Hire by Merewood as the hotel had been very impressed with both the quality of the chair covers and the service received from them.

Nick and I hovered over whether we should have the covers but decided after seeing how they looked at a wedding two weeks before ours to go for it. We were so glad we made that decision, they looked amazing, matched me and made the room feel warm and sophisticated.  "

Mr and Mrs On

" What a fantastic job you did of the chairs, table decorations and bay trees, the room set up for the ceremony looked amaze balls and the turn around for the meal and then again for the evening was truly fantastic!

You did a brilliant  job – can not thank you enough for your creative designs and putting it all together.

Thank you so much, the day was fabulous!  "

Emma and Gary

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