On Saturday 3rd August, we were the chosen wedding caterers for the marriage of Andrea and Kosta. The couple married at Ash Barton, near Braunton, where they had an outside ceremony before returning to the courtyard in front of the house for drinks and some photos. As they entered the main reception barn, the couple asked guests to participate in a sand ceremony organised by Andrea’s sisters, uniting the two families and their friends.
The barn was decorated with lots of twinkling fairy lights and paper cones hang in lengths to create archways into the room. A pastel blue colour theme tied the wedding together throughout, from the bridesmaid dresses to the table runners, to the paper pom pom flowers.
The couple chose to have their speeches before the meal, with the grooms father pretending to be an aeroplane cabin crew member whilst announcing the house rules for the venue.
Following the speeches, we began the wedding breakfast with sharing platters of a barbecue menu, placed on the tables for guests to help themselves. Butchers beef burgers, meaty BBQ pork ribs, cajun half chicken breasts and vegetable and halloumi kebabs with a honey and soy dressing.
We also served Mediterranean roasted vegetable and penne pasta salad; dressed mixed green salad leaves; beetroot, feta and walnut salad; and mixed tomato, red onion and basil salad alongside baskets of artisan breads and Devon butter; and assorted condiments.
For dessert, we served our famous dessert sharing platters, this time adorned with classic creme brulee, dark and white chocolate brownie, baby raspberry pavlova and lemon cheesecake with lemon confit along with dishes of Devon clotted cream.
The cake cutting was a bit of a different one for us – a traditional English wedding cake was first cut, before a Croatian cake (quite the piece of structural engineering) was ‘smashed’ reflecting their culture. The idea being that guests can then help themselves to the shards throughout the evening.
In the evening, a mixture of classic English wedding music was played alongside Bulgarian music to reflect Kosta’s culture also. Meanwhile, at the bar, guests could sample Rakia, a traditional Bulgarian drink, that took some drinking for the English who were not familiar with the Bulgarian’s ‘liquid gold’.
For the evening food we served traditional Cornish miniature pasties and a cheese board topped with Cheddar, Devon Blue, Somerset Brie and Quickes Smoked Cheese along with assorted wafers, celery grapes and chutney.
Thank you Andrea and Kosta for letting us be a part of your special day and opening our eyes to glimpse of your culture. It is certainly a wedding that we will remember.
Are you getting married in Devon or near the Devon border in 2020? Please do give us a call on 01837 55841 to chat through your ideas. Dates for 2020 are filling up fast and we hate having to disappoint you.