On Saturday 25th May, we had the pleasure of catering for the wedding of Sophie and Matt. Their relationship began at drama school where the couple first met. Both act in plays with Matt spending half of his time as a carpenter. The couple live in Chichester but decided to journey down to the beautiful Devon countryside for the wedding. The couple married at the grand Tavistock Town Hall before returning to Mount Tavy Retreat for the reception.
As the happy couple and their guests arrived, they were greeted by a pole marquee next to a trickling stream with an old fashioned wooden bridge to take them from the car park to the marquee site. Our team greeted guests with refreshing glasses of Pimms and lemonade garnished with fresh fruit and plenty of ice, bottled beers, orange juice and cloudy lemonade.
The lawn was packed with games and activities to keep guests, both young and old, entertained in the sunshine. Matt’s friend is an artist and used his talents to create this fantastic feature…
… our very own Jo and Caroline had a go too.
After some mingling and time for photographs, guests were called to take their seats ready for the wedding breakfast. Lots of ‘ooohs’ and ‘wows’ filled the marquee and guests took in all of Sophie and Matt’s hard work in the days prior along with the help of the team of family and friends.
Long streams of homemade bunting lovingly hand crafted by Sophie’s Mum, Penny, lined the marquee and even continued to add a splash of colour to the hessian table runners. Rustic artists trestle tables were adorned with pretty buckets of summer flowers. Homemade table number signs reflected Matts love for carpentry.
The couple wanted a summers afternoon tea so that is exactly what we served. A selection of crustless finger sandwiches with fresh bread from our local bakers here in Okehampton were served on platters garnished with salad including egg mayonnaise and cress, tickler cheddar and chutney, topside of Devon beef with horseradish and smoked salmon and cream cheese.
Accompanying these for the savoury element were homemade individual quiche Lorraines and roasted red pepper quiches along with homemade sausage rolls.
We kept guests platters topped up, before serving pretty vintage tiers adorned with baby raspberry pavlovas, iced lemon drizzle cake fingers, homemade buttermilk scones topped with Devon clotted cream and strawberry jam and miniature chocolate eclairs filled with freshly whipped cream.
Meanwhile we also served pots of English breakfast tea and fresh filter coffee for guests to pour themselves into the vintage tea cups and saucers which were perfectly in keeping with the theme.
Once everyone had finished eating, we placed a bottle of Prosecco on each table, before Jo announced for one person on each table to pop the cork to a rapturous applause from the remaining guests. After ensuring that everyone’s drinks were topped up and with the remaining sweet treats left in the centres of the tables for guests to nibble on, we left them to be entertained by the speeches and the cutting of the cake.
Following the speeches, we cleared the tables before leaving the couple and their guests to put Matt’s handmade dance floor to the test .
Thank you Sophie and Matt for letting us be a part of your special day and many congratulations once again. And thank you for the pretty bunch of flowers and card, it is greatly appreciated.
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