Our first wedding of 2015 was Gemma and Brian’s winter wonderland wedding at Ufton Court. We arrived the day before to set up and were met with people shifting gigantic white trees and hanging hundreds of fairy lights. It was then that we realised that Gemma and Brian really had gone all out on their wintery decorations.
When we entered the barn the next morning it was completely transformed. The whole atmosphere was changed through the lighting of the barn, Gemma opted out of the warmer lamps and stuck to icy blue cooler tones. The tables each had their own centre piece which was made by a member of the bridal party. They were made up of a large vase filled with clear stones and fairy lights topped with a collection of white feathers protruding outwards. Every centrepiece was stood on a round mirror to reflect the light elsewhere.
With a strong theme of sparkles, the top table was framed by the enormous white trees with a backdrop studded with tiny fairy lights. Each chair was dressed in light blue sash, and the table featured a glass mirror with the words ‘Mr and Mrs’, surrounded by tiny ice crystals. For their favours, Gemma and Brian chose tubes of little blue sweets, going well with their theme. Every guest also got their own wine charm which we clipped to every champagne glass before the guests entered the barn.
The day started with wintery drinks including mulled wine, hot apple juice and a hot chocolate station for the children – complete with whipped cream, sprinkled and chocolate stirrers. As you can imagine there were plenty of chocolate covered faces and fingers by the end of the reception. Whilst the drinks were circulating, our waiters and waitresses served Mini Jacket Potatoes with Sour Cream, Goats Cheese and Spinach Flat Breads, Courgette, Feta and Basil Beignets, Baby Yorkshire Puddings with Beef and Horseradish and Smoked Salmon Parfait with Caviar.
After enjoying their warming drinks and tasty canapés, everybody moved into the barn for some speeches. After the toast our staff brought out the starters along with baskets of freshly baked bread. This was the chosen menu;
Foie Gras and Chicken Liver Parfait, Sauternes Jelly, Toasted Brioche
Open Vegetable Tart
Goat’s Cheese Mousse, Pickled Beetroot, Toasted Hazelnuts, Herb Salad
Slow Cooked Brisket, Mashed Potato, Roasted Root Vegetables, Braising Liquor
Roasted Butternut Squash Rissotto, Sage Butter, Pine Nuts, Grated Parmesan
Baked Lemon Cheesecake, Fresh Berries
After the meal, the guests went back up to the Archer’s Hall for the Photo Booth whilst we set up the bar and dance floor. Once the guests came back to Tithe Barn, the bar was ready for action with a very tempting selection of local ales and cider including West Berkshire Brewery’s Yule Fule and Good Old Boy and Tutts Clump Cider. These went down a treat, and after a few hours of dancing the night away the guests were ready for their Ploughman’s Board, Sausage Rolls and Vegetarian Tortilla Wraps followed by some delicious wedding cake.
This is one of the biggest transformation of Tithe Barn that we have seen, Gemma and Brian even had a Polar Bear ice sculpture to greet the guests as they entered the barn. We enjoyed our day catering for the happy couple and their family and friends and we wish them all the best for the future.