Monday, 16 April 2012

new focus

We've been a bit absent for a few days, trying to get caught up with quotes - it's lovely that they're backing up, and next year looks like being very, very busy!  

We've also been working on slightly changing the focus of this blog, and making it more wedding specific, so it can be a source of useful information about every aspect of the day for anyone planning a wedding.

We'll keep the occasional fun posts too, but in the main, we'll be weddings, weddings, weddings!

So, all you brides-to-be, please drop me a line and tell me all the things you'd like to see, things you find useful from other blogs, and if you'd like to get involved with us as we work with you through your planning stages, sharing your experiences and eventual big day with our readers.

Look forward to hearing from you - pop a comment in the box, and we'll be in touch.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Wedding case study - Nicole and John

"I wanted to thank you both for a great day!

I had such a great time at my wedding...much better than ever imagined.I can't believe how lucky we were in the end with the weather...but still I think I would have enjoyed it even with floods.  The organisation was great, the food was delicious, the cocktails, the music,the 'revealed dance floor', and everything ran so smoothly thanks to you. We have had so many compliments on everything you can think of at the wedding!"

Nicole Marsh, Henley on Thames

Nicole and John wanted a wedding day that would reflect both their backgrounds - English and Mexican.  Nicole's mother had been Mexican, and was sadly not around to help with the wedding plans, so it was important to Nicole to find a way to include her mother in her day.

Nicole asked us to help with all aspects of planning the day so we sourced and recommended suppliers for the marquee, bouquets and church flowers, cocktail bar, wedding cake and car, while Nicole sourced the photographer and mariachi band, and the reception flowers were taken care of by a family friend.

The wedding ceremony took place in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Henley. The florists provided a beautiful arch of flowers over the main entrance and decorated each pew end with a beautiful cream rose with ivy and organza ribbon.  The church window sills were filled with cream candles and there was a gorgeous low flower arrangement in front of the altar.

Nicole and John then travelled by Beauford Tourer, from London Legend, to the reception which was held in an L-shaped marquee in the garden of John's parents.

There the English & Mexican theme continued, with frozen lime, melon or strawberry margheritas and Pimms and lemonade arrival drinks, and the guests were entertained during the drinks reception by a traditional Mexican mariachi band.  Canapes were served, again a mix of Mexican and English, along with dipping bowls of guacamole and tortilla chips.

The L-shaped marquee was comprised of a welcome foyer with chill out areas, in which the bar was set up, and then off to the left was the main dining area, beautifully decorated in ivory and creams, with gorgeous arrangements of traditional English country flowers including roses and peonies in creams and pinks.  In the archway between the two areas was the white chocolate wedding cake, decorated with summer berries.

The wedding breakfast started with goats cheese and red onion marmalade tartlets and moved on to a pre-ordered choice of fillet of beef medallions with pink peppercorn sauce & dauphiniose potatoes or fillet of sea bass on a bed of crushed new potatoes and artichoke hearts.  Dessert was the wedding cake with a delicious summer berry compote and fresh cream.

After dinner, and the speeches, the mood changed and the Mexican flavour really took over.  The chillout marquee was lit up with red and orange uplighters, stunning bright hot-house flower arrangements appeared and the dividing lining wall was spectacularly ripped away to reveal a hidden black and white dance floor and swing band. 

Nicole and John had told us of a wedding they'd been to in Brazil, were the guests were able to make their own cocktails from a selection of white spirits - either rum, vodka or gin and add in fruits from the bowls on top of the bar full of berries.  We arranged for the same idea, with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, the range of spirits and mixers and a couple of flair bar tenders thrown in!  The guests really got into the 'spirit' of it (sorry!) and a great many cocktails were sampled.

The evening food was also Mexican - steak fajitas cooked in a giant pan in front of the guests and served with soft tortillas, sour cream, guacamole, grated cheese, shredded lettuce and salsa.

The party went on until well into the night, and the next morning we were back there to clear away the debris!  John and Nicole had such a wonderful day that they have subsequently recommended us to many family and friends.

If you'd like to tailor-make your wedding day to suit any aspect of your life or heritage, then why not give us a call - our bespoke service means we can be as flexible as you need us to be, and with weddings being the investment they are, why not be sure you're paying for something you really want, unique to you?