Rachel and Bertie’s private marquee’s in the garden!
25th April 2018
If ever a wedding did exude elegance and romance in all its forms, it was this one. Rachel and Bertie’s big day was an absolute joy to be involved with.
From the outset it was clear that tradition, elegance and a whole host of fun were to play a big part in this special occasion. Having been together for 11 years before tying the knot, this couple knew each other inside out so had a clear vision on how they wanted their wedding to look and feel.
Adding the personal touch was very important to them so using the bride’s parents’ spectacular home as the venue seemed like a natural choice. Logistical challenges aside – what a fabulous decision! There will be no other quite like it again.
The morning began in a truly relaxed fashion. The girls at home sipping champagne whilst the hair and beauty angels worked their magic.
The boys eating bacon butties in a local restaurant whilst reading through the long list of jobs I had given them! Sorry about that!
The house was alive with busy bees putting the finishing touches to every element of the day.
The floral artistry was everywhere from the fabulous hanging installation in the dining marquee to the breath-taking arrangement on the spiral staircase. The genius floral table plan through to the super elegant bridal bouquets, but my absolute favourite had to be the floating hydrangea love heart in the swimming pool, complete with candles.
The Marquees – yes the plural is correct, were being pimped and the bars being stocked but as the gorgeous classic cars purred up the driveway the ladies knew it was time to head to church.
Having an army of ushers certainly paid off for Bertie as they did a fantastic job of getting all the guests into the stunning 14th century church ready for the arrival of the Bride. Reverend Hayles conducted a beautifully personal service with singing and favourite readings. You could hear a pin drop as the professional soprano voice reached a crescendo.
After some perfectly orchestrated confetti, the guests were ushered nicely on to the 1929 vintage bus to head back to the house. The same one that Prince William and Kate travelled on before they were married apparently!
Back at the house a cool glass of Champagne and a myriad of masterful canapes awaited the guests as they climbed the staircase and made their way to the sun terrace. It was time to mingle and relax whilst listening to the unmistakable jazz set on the saxophone.
A slight side step from tradition, Rachel and Bert really wanted to make use of the glorious garden on such a wonderful summer’s day so they opted for relaxed, free-standing speeches on the terrace pre-dinner. They laughed, they cried and to rapturous applause they raised a glass to the very happy couple!
Guests were then directed down the florally adorned spiral staircase, past the candlelit swimming pool and in to the dining marquee. A true wow-factor moment; you could visibly see jaws dropping as guests entered the marquee and took on board the incredible floral artistry, the perfectly elegant tablescapes and the panoramic gable end windows that opened up on to a spectacular vista.
Already a feast for the eyes it was time to treat the taste buds! Guests were delighted with a culinary masterpiece from some of the most creative caterers around. All the senses were engaged as they dined on incredible fayre.
Dinner over and it was party time and another surprise for the wedding guests. A completely different marquee and a totally different vibe. Say goodbye to neutral colour palates and understated elegance and say hello to black and gold Great Gatsby themed opulence. From the show-stopping Art Deco inspired chandelier that hung from floor to ceiling over the antique gold mirrored bar to the black and gold suede sofas and the 7ft high feather plumed vases, there was no doubting the intention here was to let your hair down and have fun! Met on arrival with a choice of cocktails there was no danger of Prohibition affecting this party!
An immediate procession to the dancefloor culminated in an expertly choreographed first dance (well kind of) and within a heartbeat the band took to the stage. And what a band they were, three sets of non-stop energy ensured the dancefloor remained full all night.
A truly awesome party was a very fitting end to a truly amazing wedding. Absolutely perfect for such a wonderful couple.
We wish the gorgeous Mr and Mrs Payne a lifetime of happiness together.
The Fabulous Together Team xxx
NB. All images are by Sansom Photography (unless otherwise stated)
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