Keith & Marie, July 2017
From the moment I first met Keith and Marie I adored them, in short I knew together we could create a fantastic wedding. The venue chosen for their wedding was Le Talbooth in Dedham, I worked out it had been 10 years since I had worked there so I was delighted to be going back. Milsoms are one of my preferred outside caterers so I knew we were in good hands.
The format of the day was a little different to what you would normally have. The venue that is licensed for wedding ceremonies is Maison Talbooth their sister boutique hotel. The only problem is this couldn’t accommodate all the guests coming. What we decided to do was have the legal ceremony at Maison Talbooth with just immediate family.
Blessing on the Lawn at Le Talbooth
Whilst the legal ceremony was happening the remaining guests were arriving at Le Talbooth where they were served drinks, canapees and music was playing. Keith and Marie then arrived by boat ready for their wedding blessing on the lawn. This was beautifully relaxed with guests just standing watching the blessing.
On the lawn guests enjoyed champagne and gin cocktails and plenty of canapees with music from their favourite jazz band Rollo Markee. We had a crèche from the fantastic Safe and Sound who looked after the children so well.
The meal chosen for the wedding breakfast gave guests the option of beef, fish or vegetarian.
Open ravioli of asparagus (V)
Tiger prawn ravioli in lime and coriander
Fillet of lemon sole with salmon mousse
Roast sirloin of British beef with braised featherblade dauphinoise
Field mushroom, red onion, root vegetable ‘en croute’ (V)
Pimms summer berry jelly
Coffee and Chocolates
The marquee at Le Talbooth is a beautiful traditional marquee on their immaculate lawn right next to the river stour, this is a permanent marquee up for the summer season. I knew we wanted to showcase the very best of this marquee and make it truly stunning. Therefore we used the marquee as our blank canvas and I transformed it by bringing in linen, Louis French chairs, table settings and of course fabulous flowers from Jades Flowers. The theme for the wedding was classical English, so muted soft tones were used throughout. The dove grey linen looked beautiful when combined with the glass chargers and mini macaroons. The stationery was by the lovely Emily & Jo with showcased florals in a soft green.
Additional lighting and a white dancefloor were bought in from DreamWave to finish the look. I feel special mention must go to Keith’s sister who made this gorgeous cake. The challenge we had with this venue is access isn’t until that morning and everything has to be removed that night. As you can imagine that meant my staff were busy not only bringing everything into the marquee but ensuring it was all gone at 1am!
In the evening
The band for the evening was Sway who were phenomenal, as soon as the band started guests were up and dancing and didn’t stop all night! A little later we had not only a hog roast but also an east end styled seafood station with jellied eels and cockles on a bed of ice. And to really finish the guest experience as well as cocktails from the bar we also had a whiskey and cigar bar on the patio which guests loved.
I cant tell you how lovely it was working with Keith and Marie and I miss them dearly. I get so close to my clients that when the wedding is over its like a relationship breakup!
Photographer – Kerry Morgan
Venue – Le Talbooth
Cake – Janet’s Creative Cakes
Flowers – Jades Flowers
Macaroons – Gourmandises
Children Creche – Safe and Sound
Evening Band – The Sway
Production – DreamWave
Stationery – Emily & Jo