Welcome to part 2 – I guess that means we have about 50 moments left to get through this morning so lets jump straight back in…
A friend of my aunt’s baked our cake – two tiers of chocolate. I sourced ribbon from VV Rouloux in London that matched the colours of the wedding and posted it to her. I didn’t get to taste any (how did that happen?!) But I am told it was a fabulous chocolate cake – it certainly looked fantastic. Planet Flowers provided some bright pink hydrangeas to decorate.
As our service was in a garden, we chose Apollo String Quartet, in which a friend from school is the cellist. It was fantastic to have a personal connection and they were outstanding on the day, particularly as the weather was erratic and they (and their precious instruments) were outside. They are very talented musicians with an extensive repertoire, and apparently a sideline in groom psychology as Dan has commented often on how they helped him get through the 30 minutes I kept him waiting. At night we had The Elliot Murray band, another personal connection through my mum. They were outstanding – a great selection of music and the dancefloor was filled from start to finish.
I Want To Rock Your Gypsy Soul
This was a bit last minute. Dan and I love music, but don’t have a particular song. We went for Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” for the first dance, which is a gorgeous and chilled song. We are not great dancers, and in the end there was an element of body popping to entertain the crowd as we panicked at the attention towards the end of the song. The fact that the song is quite short was a blessing!
Pick Up A Penguin
For each guest we chose a Penguin recycled classic. We picked them with each guest in mind and had a special bookplate put inside to commemorate the day. Our stationers supplied the bookplates in the same style as the invitations. A lot of our guests have told us how touched they were to receive a specially chosen book, and we have warned them that we’ve kept a record and there will be a book quiz at some point! For the children, we set up plant pots in the wedding colours (an Ikea find!) filled with small games and toys to keep them occupied but also give them a wee treat. I remember witnessing one child whack her sister across the head with the bat-and-ball set we included, so apologies to both the sister and the parents!
We had the fantastic assistance of 88 Events, who we brought in at the last minute but who couldn’t have been more helpful and lovely to work with and despite having only a month or so to help us with the wedding. They hung white paper lanterns throughout the barn, and arranged beautiful chairs, napkins and hurricane lamps. Sheila at 88 Events was incredible at knowing, within minutes of meeting us, what we’d like – and she was spot on. Her team were fantastic on the day, and we really felt we were in a safe pare of hands. We made the table numbers ourselves out of papier-mache numbers from Hobbycraft, painted in bright pink to match the décor. My dad made stands for them – he’s a bit of a DIY legend. Our stationers supplied the menus for each guest, however I uncovered a secret love of DIY crafts and spent the two weeks before the wedding hand-making stamped place settings and orders of service. I ordered wooden stamps from Paper Source, a fantastic US-based stationary and crafts store that I used to haunt when I lived in San Francisco.
Choosing Every Element
The best thing about our wedding was the ability to choose absolutely every element of it ourselves, with no restrictions. Our venue came as an empty shell, and we had the opportunity to work with some extremely talented wedding suppliers who could not have been more inventive, stylish and helpful. Our caterers, 88 Appetite Direct, were awesome and we’ve had many comments about the quality of the food. From tuna sashimi and haggis canapés, an excellent wine list and fantastic team of people on the ground who provided cheery, seamless service on the day.
photography Lillian and Leonard
Flowers Planet Flowers
Venue Kirknewton House Stables
Dress Vera Wang
Shoes Christian Louboutin
Necklace Pieter Erasmus
Hair Freddie Antabi
Wedding Planning 88 Events
Catering 88 Appetite Direct
And yet again, some amazing photography from Cara and Nye at Lillian and Leonard.
Hope you liked part 2 as much as we did folks.
And just for the record – my favourite moment was moment number 74.