I’m slowly gathering myself together after Tom and Susie’s too-beautiful-for-words wedding on Saturday. True to form I didn’t get a second to snap any photographs but once again, it was fantastic to see so many ideas from the original design concept come to life. This wedding was filled with personalised, finishing touches (much to the delight of cooing guests) which meant the venue really felt like Susie and Tom’s for the day. These finishing touches included: chocolate bars on ceremony seats, leaves strewn down the aisle, framed photographs of the couple, their families and friends dotted around the venue, handmade jam favours, apple place cards, haybale seating for the evening, flip flops for comfortable late-night dancing, sky lanterns and sparklers. Phew! It really was a beautiful, autumnal wedding day.
The whole event went without a hitch despite a rocky start when we arrived to find a very distressed crow fluttering around the ceremony hall! After a few minutes of teeth gnashing and window opening the very clever and helpful venue owner suggested closing all the shutters and opening a single door which thankfully worked like a charm!
Another great thing about this wedding was the multiple use of floral arrangements. A large piece used for the ‘alter’ doubled up as a top table arrangement and then returned to the hall for the evening reception, ‘pew’ ends were reused as chair backs during dinner and then returned to the hall for the evening whilst the table centres were also moved and reused for the evening’s celebrations. Doing this not only meant a smaller flower bill but also that arrangements were really used, both great in terms of being environmentally friendly.
The wedding was the first time my name has made it into the speeches which was a huge, huge honour. Spectacularly I managed to miss the moment (I was scurrying around sorting out decorations for the evening) but I’m quite relieved as no doubt I’d have ended up having a quick blub. In any case, as the groom had learnt the speech by rote, he happily did a second version of it and I have the video to look forward to.
Finally, Thanks to my lovely assistant Helen who did a fantastic job and huge congratulations to Tom and Susie! Pictures to follow soon….