Amy & Niels

Private Marquee, Lancashire

What a glorious wedding this was; the weather just perfect and the setting just stunning.

Amy’s parents had got in touch as Amy was planning a marquee wedding at home and whilst they had planned numerous parties they felt they might need some extra support as they wanted Amy’s big day to be just perfect; and as Amy lived in London and her fiancé was abroad it was going to be hard for her to have the time to devote to planning the day.

We had a couple of options for where the marquee could go, but having spoken with Amy and Niels I knew they wanted the trickier sloping lawn option rather than the flat tennis court and when I saw the garden I had to agree; much to the delight of our marquee company, though they rose admirably to the challenge! Think they may have been cursing me during the build though.

Amy and Niels had a very particular look for the marquee; they wanted a completely clear one! In July! Now, having worked on a couple of clear marquee weddings I knew the challenges that would present, both from the build and the heat (having had dance floors warp and carpet not stick to the floor’s!). But we love a challenge! Also the look can be somewhat industrial, but Amy had seen an image where the ceiling had been draped… now just how to recreate that and to stop the heat being an issue for guests?

We decided to have a later ceremony so that by the time guests were sitting down to dinner the sun would no longer be on the dining area and of course we made sure we could open up the side of the marquee (with citronella candles lit to stop any flying friends); this worked perfectly and the temperature was exactly right (phew!).

We then worked with a fabulous venue dresser who along with our production team, was able to drape the marquee exactly like the photo Amy had shown us all those months earlier (another phew!).

We had long wooden tables with suspended wooden beams above with Edison lights hanging from them (a look that was going to prove very popular with our clients this year), which the florist decorated beautifully, along with long, ivory table runners and wooden cross back chairs. The result was an elegant, natural setting with a real feeling of letting the outside in.

Not only was the look of the marquee important, but also lots of elements for the day itself; they had really put a lot of thought into it. From the outset I knew the ceremony at Amy’s family church was a real highlight for them both and it was made even more special as Niels priest came over from German to conduct it. Speaking in both English and German throughout and even able to make a few jokes that everybody could understand, he created a really special, meaningful ceremony for them both.

For entertainment Amy and Niels loved the idea of a steel band, who helped create the perfect atmosphere during the drinks reception. Later the amazing gospel choir (who had sung at the ceremony), entertained guests during dinner and sang for the couple’s first dance, before the DJ (in his bespoke designed DJ booth, to match our cool bar) who had been playing Glastonbury a few weeks earlier took to the decks complete with his saxophonist had guests dancing the night away under a sky of paper lanterns!

Food was also a top priority for this couple and they took great care in creating the perfect sharing menu to get everyone talking over dinner. An element I especially loved was their cake cutting; where they decided to cut a cake at every table before Niels best woman made her speech and guests all toasted the happy couple with a delicious schnapps!

It was a truly magical day, it was wonderful to see two different cultures and nationalities come together so perfectly. We wish Amy and Niels a lifetime of happiness!

“Thank you so much for all your hard work and input! Your attention to detail and calmness throughout the whole process was fantastic. The day was perfect-just as Amy & Niels had wanted it. Everyone enjoyed it so much. Best Wishes The Hitchens & The Berls! Xx’

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