We first saw Slaugham Place on a grey, cold and wet February morning and instantly fell in love with it. Tony showed us around; he is a fantastic raconteur and told us about its fascinating history and answered all our initial questions.
We’d already visited 10 venues but nothing had felt right until we started walking alongside the moat and could see the ruined arches in the distance. Some of the venues had been an hour’s drive away and then we found Slaugham Place right on our doorstep! It’s hard to describe the effect that Slaugham Place had on us both as Tony showed us around, but the words that spring to mind are enchanted, spiritual and peaceful.
It even had a tennis court, and as Steve and I had met at a local tennis club and were planning a tennis-themed wedding, it couldn’t have been more perfect. We immediately booked it.
Chrystelle was my lifeline in the 16 months leading up to the wedding. She was unwaveringly patient, answering my never-ending questions promptly, in detail and with humour. She really helped to calm me down and we felt completely safe in her hands.
We would recommend anyone who has Super Event providing the catering for their wedding to attend one of the menu-tasting days. Not only is it absolutely the best way to choose your reception meal, but it’s great fun! We found it hard to make a decision because there was so much choice and all the food is delicious and of the highest quality. Super Event caters to everyone’s needs with the various food and drinks packages. We opted for the unlimited package – it was lovely to be able to offer a free bar to guests – and went for the Diamond upgrade for the wine. Then we also provided champagne for the toasts.
The tasting day also gave us the opportunity to see the marquee set up for the first time and laid out for a wedding which really helped with planning the decorations. We chose the fairy light ceiling that was displayed on the day from Bows Hire. A few weeks later we visited Bows Hire and hired fake blossom trees with hanging tealight candles for six of the tables and two standing fake blossom trees for the top of the aisle for the ceremony. We had stunning flower centrepieces for the other six tables from our florist (Sharon Boon at Flowerbug).
Instead of table numbers we named tables after Wimbledon champions and our wedding stationery designer (Vicky Perry at Violet Paper Studio who designed our Wimbledon scoreboard invitations) made each table card resemble a tennis court. Our favours were chocolate tennis rackets (from Maple Molly’s) and Haribo rings (because Steve proposed with a Haribo ring).
We used the Wimbledon colours of purple and green as our colour theme and had light purple tennis balls for our place settings. We glued them into cardboard rings that we had sprayed silver and then Steve (who owns a labelling company) printed guests’ names on labels which we stuck on each tennis ball.
I’d come up with an idea for the table plan and Steve’s mum’s partner set about building it – they spent many months in the lead up to the wedding going to car boot sales and buying old wooden tennis rackets that were fixed onto a huge easel structure. We then tied the table information to each racket.
We tied bows of purple organza on the bridge and decorations for the ceremony consisted of purple hearts made of paper (from TreeTownPaper) hanging from every other aisle chair; and from our florist, three cylinder vases with moss, water and floating candles on the ceremony table, and two huge false stone urns on plinths filled with foliage at the side of the steps leading up to the marriage arch.
The pre-wedding meeting with Tony really helped calm our nerves because we went through every little detail and it was clear that everything was in hand and we didn’t need to worry.
As there was no wedding at Slaugham Place the day before, we were able to spend the afternoon there, decorating the tables and doing other bits and pieces. This is when we met our event manager for the day, Steve, and his wife Sarah. Their friendly, calm, and reassuring presence was just brilliant. We started to feel really excited about the following day and the fact that after 18 months since Steve proposed, it was finally happening!
We ran every detail for the day with Steve, including the fact that on top of the normal stresses of running a wedding day, Steve and his team had to deal with our entertainment, The Singing Waiters. They worked with the catering team all day to blend in as “real waiters” before breaking into their performance during dessert!
The best news for us was that as the weather was forecast to be hot with absolutely no chance of rain, Super Event decided to take down the “glass” marquee in the ceremony area the day before. It made the venue look even more beautiful.
Nothing was too much trouble for Steve and Sarah. One example is that during the night I’d changed my mind about having an aisle carpet for the ceremony, deciding that it would look much better to be completely natural and just have grass to walk on. The Super Event team had already started laying the carpet on the wedding morning, but were more than happy to remove it when they’d heard I’d changed my mind!
The day itself couldn’t have been more perfect. The weather was hot; Slaugham Place looked stunning; and Steve and Sarah thought of everything to ensure the day ran incredibly smoothly (even appearing with a drink with a straw for me so that I didn’t smudge my lipstick!).
They had to put out the chocolate favours and our beautiful buttercream wedding cake (by Laure Moyle at the Pudding Fairy) at the last minute because of the heat and when the cake started to look a bit like the Leaning Tower of Pisa because of the extreme temperature, they quickly dealt with it by asking us to cut it early and then managed to take it out of the marquee without dropping it while it leaned in a very precarious manner!
They also held back a course while we had more photos taken and made sure everyone was in their seats for the start of the Singing Waiters, who went down an absolute storm.
For the food we chose five canapes for the drinks reception. Mini Yorkshire puddings, chicken satay skewers, mini croque-monsieur, rockefort and shallot tartlet as well as mini Chinese vegetable spring rolls. Then a starter of aromatic duck salad or Mediterranean antipasti; a main of rump of spring lamb with summer vegetable salad and rosemary and garlic potatoes, or spicy root, lentil and tomato tagine; and for dessert we had the triple delight.
We finished off with the hog roast for the evening. Everyone commented on the meal, no one could believe that it was possible to produce such high quality food at the back of a marquee. They also praised the staff who kept glasses topped up at all times and didn’t leave tables waiting for food, which often happens at these sort of occasions.
Your wedding day is meant to be the best day of your lives and ours really was. It was just the most amazing and incredible day and much of that was because of the attention to detail from the Super Event team. Everyone from Tony and Chrystelle to the staff on the day are complete experts in their field and do everything they can to give you the day that you dream about. For us, our dream wedding day really did come true!
We would love to credit our amazing photographer, who took all our wedding photographs – Justine Claire Photography