We are enjoying a ‘Spring in our Step’ at Larmer Tree as the wedding season begins!
Saturday 25th March 2017, we were blessed with wall to wall Spring sunshine for the marriage of Paul and Lucy.
It was a busy morning of preparation at the gardens. There was a buzz of excitement in the air as local suppliers started to arrive to deliver their artisan goods.
Heather from The Wonky Cake Company very carefully set up her ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspired cake creation. A fine example of her unique and quirky work and a perfect cake for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
The couple had very thoughtfully donated to the Alzheimer’s Society rather than giving guests favours. An explanation was printed on place setting cards on each table.
Claire from The Wilde Bunch arrived with hands full of floating candles, jam jars and driftwood. A small selection from her warehouse bulging with floristry props and paraphernalia. The flowers were a beautiful selection of cream and purples with a subtle hint of peacock feathers (of course)!
Christian, our trusty and reliable sound engineer from All The Kit had arrived early to set up the PA systems and microphones that the couple had hired for the ceremony and speeches later. He also brought along some disco lights and a smoke machine for the evening which I was very excited to oversee at the reception party!
The family decided to hold the ceremony at 2pm in our beautiful old colonial-style Jubilee Hall, before heading to the main lawn to enjoy the rest of the sunny Spring afternoon. Guests started to meander through the garden gates in their finery as the Groom arrived with an air of anticipation and his loving and supportive parents beside him.
The Bride stayed at the grand King John’s House in Tollard Royal, a stunning location to get ready with her Bridesmaids and parents. She had the calm and very talented Beth Cox, a local beautician based in Shaftesbury, looking after her nails and wedding make up.
Highly recommended photographer Ben Goode was on hand at King John’s House to capture all the preparation and giggles through his lens. A dream location that would be any photographer’s paradise!
Once the girls were all ready and veil and garter could be adjusted no more, Bryan from Premier Carriages chauffeured the Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride the short drive up to the Larmer Tree. He then returned to pick up the beautiful Bride and her very proud Father.
The ceremony was emotional at times but cheerful, with a perfect reading from ‘Cinderella’ to break the ice. There was not a dry eye in the place as Paul and Lucy were pronounced Husband and Wife.
Once all the guests had made their way over to the lawn there was a real sense of a party atmosphere with the attentive and friendly staff from Forking Out Ltd, our wonderfully talented franchise caterers based in Salisbury, serving bubbly and Winter menu hot canapes from our Victorian style cart.
The couple had chosen their personal playlist to play from our PA system. Everyone of all ages was enjoying making the most of the games on the lawn including, croquet, badminton, boules, giant jenga and space hoppers. The Father of the Bride even brought his drone to fly on the lawn and film some video footage of his daughter’s wedding to treasure!
As it is Spring, the peacocks showed off to a captivated audience with one taking centre stage for most of the day!
The Wedding Breakfast was received extremely well by all guests. A BBQ and Hog Roast served by Forking Out on the Pavilion Terrace, as the Spring sun set behind them. Even our two resident Macaw parrots came out to enjoy the evening, a real attraction for all the children at the wedding party!
The evening party kicked off with a family member playing some Boogie Woogie on our baby grand piano. Then the guests created an avenue of sparklers outside around the fire pits on the Jubilee Terrace. Fun was had by all, watching Paul and Lucy have their first dance followed by a disco of non-stop dance tunes and a cheese buffet nearby for everyone to nibble on.
Continuing the theme of Cinderella, as the clock struck 12… we lost an hour as the clocks went forward that night. Carriages promptly arrived (but no pumpkins to be seen!!) and everyone was wished a safe onward journey home ready for what was probably going to be a rather quiet and sedate Mothering Sunday for most the next day.
I can safely say everyone went on their way with a ‘Spring in their step’ after an amazing day of wedding celebrations at Larmer Tree.
Wedding & Events Co-Ordinator
Larmer Tree Gardens