Natalie and Dave at Ufton Court


Natalie and Dave at Ufton Court

Although clouds threatened during the morning, the weather remained perfect for Natalie and Dave. Ufton Court looked stunning as ever, with garden parasols up to shield the guests from the glaring sunlight. The happy couple made their vows in Tithe Barn before making their way into the garden for the start of their wedding reception. The courtyard smelt delightful due to the lavender in full bloom. Under one of the parasols we set up a drinks station where the guests enjoyed a refreshing cocktail of Prosecco, Lemon and Elderflower, and a selection of soft drinks for the children and non drinkers. Our waiters and waitresses wandered through the crowd offering top ups of the delicious drink in carafes with ice, and a range of our canapés on chunky wooden boards. Their canapé selection included Mini Jacket Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives, Goats Cheese and Spinach Flat Breads, Quail Scotch Eggs, Rare Roast Beef, Pomme Paille and Bernaise Sauce and Smoked Haddock Hash Browns.

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We loved how the couple had decided to decorate the barn for their ceremony. We hadn’t seen chair covers done in this way before and it worked fantastically when teamed up with Ufton Court’s simple but effective bunting. The fairy lights in the ivy were switched on during the ceremony, which creates a really magical ambience for such a special moment. The rest of the barn was also beautifully decorated before the guests arrived.

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As the guests entered the barn they were met with this table plan, it was such an ingenious and unique idea. Each of the tables were named after a herb or plant, and were featured on the table plan within a rustic pot of this plant. The names of each table were handwritten on card and attached to a stick with a jute bow and planted into the plant. These plants corresponded with a smaller plant which was sat on each table with another label and the whole idea tied in perfectly. We love rustic and natural ways of featuring your wedding ‘must haves’ and this topped the leader board!

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The cards used for the tables are available from Paperchase and make a great addition to any rustic themed wedding. Jute bows, hessian and wood are always a must for this theme, as well as ornate candles and tea light holders. The little combination of rustic goodness that Natalie and Dave included on the tables brought the theme together well. We’ve seen these wooden hearts hundreds of times over the years, but never utilised in this way. Rather than a hanging ornament, Natalie and Dave featured their rustic hearts on the table with the table number in, good idea guys!

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Continuing with the plant theme, as their wedding favours the happy couple offered their guests a selection of seeds in clear bags scattered over a hessian seed planter with a small spade and fork to complete the look. Here at The Wild Fork, we have seen a wide range of wedding favours which often end up being left behind, eaten within seconds, or discarded. Seeds however, are always a great idea. Your guests can plant them in their garden and remember being part of your big day for ages (depending on whether they actually remember to water it…)

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It’s always a nice idea to include a drinks menu for your guests to look at during the meal, so that they know what is available and what it’s like. Obviously, not all of our waiters and waitresses are wine connoisseurs (although we’d love them to be) so it’s a good idea for your guests to be informed of all the flavours going on in their wine glasses! Natalie and Dave included something very different during their drinks menu, they had Mount Gay rum available throughout the day, which went fantastically with sharp apple juice. This offers something a little interesting, and shies away from the simple idea of wine and water. Having a menu also meant Natalie and Dave could advertise an alternative soft drink, as your guests who may be driving might fancy something a little more exciting than water. Always offer something specifically delicious for non drinkers.

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Even their florist kept within the rustic theme that Natalie and Dave had set. Metal jugs are always a default option for a rustic vessel – they’ll never let your theme down. Bird cages also look great, this one was used to hold cards and presents for the bride and groom.

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One of the guests created the beautiful wedding cake, simple but unique and full of flavours. This cake featured a traditional fruit cake, lemon cake and also a rich and hearty chocolate cake. She even let us sample some, thank you!

Natalie and Dave’s wedding breakfast began with sharing boards of Antipasti, Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Piccolo Peppers, Mozzarella, Cured Meats, Artichokes and Olives. Our sharing menu has become increasingly popular this year, with brides and grooms shying away from the traditional three course meal. For their main they had a summery BBQ served on platters to each table, continuing their sharing theme. They had Wild Boar and Apple Sausages, Venison and Rosemary Burgers, Lemon and Thyme Chicken and Rump Steak. They then shared bowls of Roast Garlic New Potatoes, Grilled and Marinated Vegetables, Shaved Courgette with Black Olives and Sugar Snap Peas, and Grilled Corn. They finished the meal with Pannacotta, Macerated Strawberries and White Chocolate Sable.

Later on during the evening, we brought out some food to keep the guests going on the dance floor, once the bar had opened. They enjoyed a cheeseboard which we had put together with chutney, cheese biscuits, rustic bread and fruit.