Basing House is a magical setting for a wedding, with big rustic timbers and original features, you can be sure that your wedding is going to be breath taking. Rachel and Ben had dressed Basing House perfectly, with rustic and vintage elements whilst enhancing the natural elements of the barn.
The table in the centre of the room had one of the most amazing centrepieces we have ever seen. The florist who catered for Rachel and Ben had created a tree using natural materials, covered in moss and decorated with flowers and hanging tea lights. As you walked into the room you could smell the blossom from the tree, and it had a lovely effect.
There were some other residents in the barn, other than the wedding guests. Right up high in the timbers were Swallows and House Martins, whilst sat in one of the small window ledges were a family of baby crows, occasionally being fed by their parents. This, coupled with the huge tree centrepiece felt very wild and natural.
The whole theme was very rustic, with big barrels covered in fairy lights, against the rough brick work. This contrasted with the delicate decorations on the table; pale pastel flower arrangements and shabby chic photo frames with the table names.
Each of the tables had the name of a type of flower, including Blossom, Tulip and Honeysuckle. This added to the fairytale, wild theme of the wedding. More often than not, table names are featured on a long, high stand. As these table names remained low down, it didn’t obscure the view of the beautiful flower arrangements, meaning the table was kept looking neat and stylish.
Our staff set the tables up with silverware and crockery and an array of glasses. Once everything was on the table, it all started to come together. The varying heights of the flowers, table names, crockery, and glasses finished it off beautifully. There were print outs of the menu and the wine menu done in a rustic type phase placed on the table for the guests to see what they were going to be enjoying.
On each of the places, there was a vintage key with a luggage tag featuring the guests name. We really liked this way of doing place names, as it was original, but simple. If you love this idea as much as we do, head onto Etsy and have a look at their personalised selection. Rather than writing the names out like Rachel and Ben did, you can get the names written in beautiful fonts.
Their table plan was also very original and unique. It featured a piece of wood in the style of a door, with various shabby chic photo frames with a range of pretty door knobs. In each photo of the photo frames were the guests names and which table they would be sat at. For handmade, vintage style, shabby chic frames head onto Paint Me New.
The backdrop for the sweets table was a plaque reading ‘All You Need Is Love’ which was a lovely visual addition. Later on the evening, our waiters and waitresses stocked the table with cutlery and plates and the guests packed their plates full of delicious sugary treats. One of the guests had baked some macaroons which were put into big bowls labelled with their flavour. Pistachio, raspberry ripple and salted caramel were the chosen flavour, all of which went down in a flash.
After the guests had enjoyed a drinks reception of Apple and Elderflower Martinis, Lemonade and Lime and Prosecco, they made their way into the barn for the Wedding Breakfast. They enjoyed an Amuse Bouche of Chicken Liver Parfait or Quince, Pumpkin, Carrot and Corriander Soup. Our chefs served a tasty starter of Breaded Pig’s Cheeks with Frisee Salad and Pickled Apple. The vegetarian option was Goats Cheese Mousse with Pickled Beetroot and Toasted Hazelnuts.
Onto the main meal; our waiters and waitresses headed into the barn with plates of Braised Lamb Neck Fillets, Basil Crushed New Potatoes, Green Beans and Jus Provençal. There was also a vegetarian option, which was Spinach, Sundried Tomato and Ricotta Wellington with Celeriac Purée and Buttered Kale.
The desserts table was opened straight after the meal, as was the dance floor and bar. The guests enjoyed a wide selection of drinks, which the bride and groom provided, served by our staff. The DJ played until 10pm, but of course was encouraged to play a few more songs, before the guests departed after a wonderful day at Old Basing.