Polly and Peter got married on 19th May, and held their country garden reception at Polly's parents farm in Oxfordshire. In our original first phone conversation, Peter told us he had a friend who was a Michelin starred chef, so we were immediately under no pressure whatsoever to be brilliant! Luckily, we quickly went on to agree a sophisticated menu that satisfied Peter's foodie qualities while being suitable for production in a marquee.
My favourite part of the day though, and the bit I want to tell you about, was the theme of the wedding. Based around Polly and Peter's travels, the tables were named after various places they had been. Polly made the name cards and on the back of each was a photo of the two of them in the relevant location and a little explanation as to the significance.
Polly had also made the pretty bunting to go around the marquee and which really set the English Country Garden tone.
The main table plan was made from and old trunk, with the name card suspended on white twill tape. Guests were invited to 'find your destination' and to 'Live the Life You Love'.
This was a lovely simple theme that would be so easy to make yourself, and really added a personal touch to the day. People often forget when naming tables, that although the scheme might be meaningful to them, many of the guests will not be aware of the significance, so to tie in the names with the occasions, as Polly did, adds an extra, very romantic dimension. The trunk then brought the theme together and was a really unusual touch.