Due to an extremely busy couple of weeks, we only managed to post about Suzi and Adrian’s wedding from last weekend. However, we catered for a second wedding on the Sunday at Northbrook Park, and what a beautiful event it was. From stepping out of the car we were propelled into a magical setting; luscious green gardens roamed by stunning peacocks, decorated like something from a fairytale with dangling tea lights and flowers.
We hadn’t seen this kind of decoration before, but it now seems to be extremely popular, as it has popped up at events since. It’s very elegant and classy, making the flowers appear as they’re floating from the tree. They give a very ‘British garden’ feel to the event.
When the bride, groom and their entourage arrived, they made their way to the drinks reception, where our waiters and waitresses served champagne, soft drinks and Pimms. The Pimms went down a treat in the glorious sunshine, as the guests sipped away and enjoyed the delicious canapés our chefs had created.
The mood was set perfectly by the arch windows which let in all of the sunlight into the big, white, open room, giving a Parisian vibe when paired with the flowing white tablecloths. The tables were dressed with pastel flowers, in minimal jam jars dipped in gold paint. In four of the windows were tall, thin vases full of bouquets.
Hydrangeas, roses and peonies were some of the flowers chosen for the bouquets, as well as a variety of different textured leaves.
The guests (and this cheeky peacock) made their way into the main dining room for the Wedding Breakfast. The room was dressed like a rainforest, with various vines and plants growing on the wall, in amongst twinkling fairy lights. The room had a marquee style roof which let lots of light in, keeping the room airy and beautiful.
The main theme of the room was gold and black. There were typed thank you messages on each place, with favours placed on top; the bride and groom had made different jams for their guests, in little jam jars with a thank you note.
We’ve been to a lot of weddings where the bride and groom have chosen jams or chutneys as their favours, and we think it’s a great idea. It’s such a sentimental gesture to create something for your guests which can last a long time. Your favours should be something which has had time and effort spent on it, to show your guests you are grateful for their company on their big day.
Another thing we liked about the way the tables were decorated were the place names. Featured in the same font as the thank you messages, the name cards were pegged onto the red wine glass for every guest.
Their menu was also in the same font and colour scheme, and was presented on the table plan so that the guests could see it before they made their way into the dining room. The happy couple chose to have a selection of canapés as their starter, followed by a choice of three different mains. The dessert was a selection of cakes brought by the guests; including hazelnut pavlova and various cheesecakes with cream and coulis.
The wedding cake was saved for later, for the evening buffet which was set up back in the vine room. We loved the simple, elegant and stylish design of the cake, featuring the same colour pallet as the bouquets.
After the meal, the bar was opened where our staff served a range of soft drinks, beers, ciders, wine, champagne and spirits. The guests took to the dance floor to listen to the wedding band, made up of Nate James who was on The Voice in 2013, the female vocalist from Basement Jaxx and also the guitarist from Rizzle Kicks. They were fantastic, and everyone appeared to have a wonderful time.