An arrival reception to remember

An arrival reception to remember

A sun-filled Saturday in late August saw Georgina and James celebrate their marriage at Georgina’s childhood home in Berkshire. A Papakata sperry tent stood proudly in the beautiful gardens at the end of a winding path through their courtyard and stables, that later housed a deliciously decadent wedding breakfast and evening party to remember. However, for this blog post we’re focussing on what we’ll remember as one of the most perfect arrival receptions. All images are from Amelia at Fresh Shoot Studios!

We couldn’t bring this post to you without mention of Georgina and James’ arrival to the venue. The family have always had and looked after horses, and so it was only right that their trusted steed provide a very special service on their big day. Guests stood cheering at the front of the house, surrounded by horses in stables with ears pricked and tails swishing in excitement of the hustle and bustle as Georgina and James arrived in a horse-drawn carriage.

The drink selection remained classic, simple and perfect for an English country garden reception. Their favourite Champagne was served from our rustic wooden branded Champagne boards and topped up throughout by our aptly-dressed waiting staff in their much loved Labour & Wait aprons. Alongside Champagne, we served cold filtered still and sparkling water and a thirst-quenching cucumber and mint mocktail. 

We have seen brides and grooms deliberate whimsical cocktails, DIY drinks stations and serving bottled drinks from old vintage baths… Pinterest has a lot to answer for sometimes; simplicity can allow your guests to focus on more important things than what intruiging syrup they’re going to add to their DIY sangria, such as catching up with their loved ones, admiring your chosen setting and revelling in the celebration of marriage.

Once drinks were in hand, guests were led further down the path to the lawn infront of the marquee for a selection of canapés. Again, their canapés oozed simplicity and were a mix of traditional and contemporary English delights. Duck with rhubarb and dandelion, scotch quail eggs with apple chutney, and crayfish cocktails with bloody mary rose were among the line-up. Bite-sized mouthfuls taken from a circulated tray, or an elegant miniature glass of tastiness to marvel over before continuing your conversation. Canapés should enhance your arrival reception, but not consume it. They should leave your guests excited for the main event. Save substantial grazing bars and do-it-yourself options for later in the evening.

An English country garden soiree done perfectly, Georgina and James’ wedding was a wonderful example of how focussing on the important things will ensure your wedding day is remembered by everyone for years to come.