Planner – Jeni Amey, Vanilla Rose Weddings
Marquee – Sail Tent Company
Photographer – Julie Michaelsen
Caterer – Spook
Bar – Cock & Tail
Stationary – A Little Bird Press
Florist – Forage and Blossom
What and Where?
After 18 months of planning, the big day arrived. Guests began streaming into St. Swithun’s Church, beautifully decorated by Forage and Blossom in greens and pale yellows.
After the ceremony, the guests lined up in front of the entrance to the Walled Garden to welcome the newly married couple with smiles and rose-leaf confetti.
There followed a drinks reception in the Walled Garden, a delicious melange of blooms, bubbles and merriment, perforated by the rich melodies of a brilliant acoustic musician. Guests hugely appreciated their surroundings and, with champagne in hand, explored the walkways and contrasting ‘rooms’ in the garden.
At around 6pm guests started to meander over to the elegant white canvas Sail Tent, which was to be home for the remainder of the evening. Set in a glorious meadow flanked by majestic cedar trees with the front façade of Wickham House as its back drop, the Sail Tent was decked out in blues, greens and yellows, with a spectacular hanging installation of flowers over the top table. To help guests find their tables, A Little Bird Press had created a table plan on a mirrored arched window.
They enjoyed a sumptuous meal care of Spook Catering with attentive staff and inventive cocktails.
After the speeches and desert, the couple cut their cake and the band swung into action for the first dance. The couple danced with panache, incorporating a daring (but successful!) lift. With that, the evening party began with a vengeance and Cock & Tail’s bar moved into top gear, with guests dancing and drinking until 0200.
It was a truly spectacular day, with no hitches, and a seamless performance from all involved. We were lucky to be the chosen venue of such a fabulous couple, and we are also tremendously lucky to work with such professional and high quality suppliers.
From A Wedding Guest:
“Dear All, I wanted to let you know that the wedding of my husband’s nephew this weekend, is the most beautiful I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend…..and I’ve been to a few! There was nothing to find fault with. The setting, the gardens, the meal were all very lovely…”