I didn’t really have a theme for my wedding. The venue was in such beautiful grounds I didn’t want to take that away. So I tried to incorporate the gardens with my marquee. I kept every thing quite simple, natural, timeless and classic. I had silk blossom trees as our main decorations. I have always thought you need height in a marquee and as I still wanted to keep to the garden theme I thought these would have been perfect. I also found a company who do the big love letters made out of twigs and fairy lights. They looked great.
Super Event were the company we used. A lovely lady called Chrystelle was the person I contacted throughout the planning. We had our tasting in March and this really helped us to make our decision on the food. The tasting was held in one of their marquees with other couples who were using Super Event that year. It was great to see how the marquees could be set up and see all the extras you were allowed. They went though everything with you from the food, drink and decor. We really enjoyed tasting all the food and Super Event couldn’t do enough for us.
My dress was beautiful and totally what I was after. My shoes were the one and only Jimmy Choo. I designed them myself and I had our wedding date on a plaque on the sole. I absolutely loved them. I also wore my nan’s wedding ring as my something borrowed.
Chris wore a tailored suit from Moss Bros. we loved the way we had our new initials and wedding date sown in the lining. I choose 3 different colours for the bridesmaids. A soft pink, light Aqua and a light sliver. The styles were the same, long and v neck. This style suited them all, I thought they looked beautiful. My bouquet was beautiful. I wanted a bouquet that wasn’t too formal or too messy. Keeping the colours again simple. All my flowers were cream with lots of green foliage. All 6 of my bridesmaids had bouquets. They were similar to mine but slightly smaller. They contained peony, astrantia, astilbe, pittosporum and leather leaf.
We had a number of floral decorations to decorate the marquee. We had two large entrance displays which sat on wine barrels. A milk churn, foliage on the seating plan and cake table. These contained foliage, gladioli, hazel twigs, chrysants, avalance roses, veronica, spray roses, stocks and lisianthus. We had floral centre pieces. We had 10 tables so half of them had silk blossom trees on as I thing a marquee needs heights. On the base of these trees we decorated them with green foliage. On the other tables we had wooden white crates these contained foliage mainly with some stocks, veronica, chrysants and astrantia
Unfortunately we were meant to have our drinks reception in the gardens but the heavens opened so we had this in the marquee.
The canapés were out of this world. We had mini burgers, chicken skewers marinaded in chili and lime. Lobster pot, scallops wrap in Parma ham and a warm halloumi kabab.
With our venue, Brewerstreet farmhouse in Bletchingly, we had to have the catering company they use, Super Event. I’m so pleased we did, they were absolutely amazing and I wouldn’t have found a better company if I tried.
For starter we had Parma ham and chargrilled asparagus on a bed of watercress and pea shoots and pecorino shavings.
Main was feather blade of beef. Prime Scottish beef slowly cooked in a shallot and red wine sauce served with vegetables and dauphinoise potatoes.
Desert was a triple delight. An individually plated selection of three delightful miniature desserts; dark chocolate cup, lemon posset and Seville orange and grand marker cheesecake.
Super Event did some amazing drinks packages from bronze sliver to gold. One of the things I really wanted was a free bar and this was possible with Super Event, but in the end we decided to supply our own drinks and Super Event kindly do this corkage free. They did supply the beer barrels and the fruit for the pimms. Everything else we got ourselves. My husband and father in law enjoyed their trip to Calais to collect all the wine. There is always that worry of not having enough but we had plenty left over.
On the day we had a general manager who made the day run smoothly. He was called Mark and still to this day I still can’t get over what an amazing job he did. Without him the day would have been all over the place. I still can’t thank him enough for being my guardian angel that day. I cannot recommend super events enough for all the hard work, professionalism and thoughtfulness they were through my wedding planning.
My favourite moment of the day was standing in the middle of the field with my husband looking at the marquee all lit up in the distance and watching everyone we love having a great time thinking “wow we did it”. That was a very magical moment.
My advice for the brides to be is…… Organization is key. The day and lead up to the day will run a lot more smoother. Also put your trust into your suppliers. You choose them for a reason and they do this all the time. Give them good reviews too, it’s been nice building a relationship with them.