In February 2014 I was contacted by a past client who wanted me to organise a wedding for her step daughter for June that year. Having a shortlead time is never a problem for event planners, we have the contacts already so can pull everything together very quickly. In fact I organised a 50th for my client in just 12 days so her step daughters timeline of 4 months was a breeze.
Please note my clients wanted the pictures of guests and them to remain private so its mainly just an overall picture I’m showing you in this blog. In this instance all communication was by the step mum so whenever I mention “client” this is who I mean.
The ceremony had been booked for the small village church in Suffolk opposite my clients home where the marquee reception would be.
The church used was very pretty but we decided to fill it with country flowers to bring a bit of English garden into the church. Euphoric Flowers worked with me on my clients 50th so were the logical choice for the wedding.
After the ceremony guests could either walk up to the house or catch a lift via the beautiful horse and wagonette + carriage we had hired from N&J Horses. My client is heavily involved in the horsing industry so choosing “well loved horses” was a top priority in our final selection process.
Guests were served champagne and canapés whilst listing to the Capital String musicians. We were lucky it was a hot summers day and guests were able to enjoy my clients formal gardens. One rather humorous fact though was half way through the reception the sprinklers went off causing much laughter and screeching from guests.
When it was time for dinner some guests walked down the garden to the marquee and others jumped onto the wagonette for a lift.
The site chosen for the marquee was at the top of a paddock with cars being parked at the bottom. This meant that guests were treated to a gorgeous view of the Suffolk countryside. Academy Marquees worked incredibly hard ensuring the site was level.
My client wanted the sides off, no windows and no walls, thus I was really praying for good weather, and boy was it. The design for the interior of the marquee was quite simply “English Elegant Wedding”, no fuss, we wanted clean lines, gorgeous flowers and beautiful table settings. We added some soft draping and a crystal chandelier from Wedding Creative but honestly that was it, no subliminal message. Just a beautiful marquee reception.
We decided to have a small top table of the bride, groom and their 2 children with parents hosting their own tables. All guest tables were square just to make a change from round. We had a small lounge area and bar but as the weather was so nice most people sat on the steps at night looking over into the countryside.
In the evening
In the evening we had the marvelous Get Funked band and DJ to entertain guests and the Sweetie Factory for any candy cravings. Just before the first dance the bride and grooms cut the beautiful naked cake from Abigail Bloom Cake Company.
Marquee: Academy Marquees Marquees // Cake: Abigail Bloom Cake Company // String Quartet: Capital String Quartet // Florist: Euphoric Flowers // Draping: Wedding Creative // Table Settings: Couvet // Band: Get Funked // Candy: Sweetie Factory // Stationery: Card Lab // Horse & Carriage: N &J