Having worked for Oaktree Occasions for 5 years now I have been a part of many weddings which I love. But on Saturday 6th April, I had the pleasure of sitting on the other side of the fence and was served by the Oaktree team at my friend’s wedding, Millie and Rob. So I thought I would write this blog through the eyes of the guest…
There was a spring breeze in the air as we walked through Sandford, near Crediton, to St Swithuns church where Millie and Rob were soon to be married. We arrived at the church to see Rob and the groomsmen stood waiting proudly in their smart navy suits with yellow buttonholes giving a nod to Spring.
The service was lovely with the vicar really capturing the farming roots of the couple. Millie stunned all as she walked down the aisle with Rob’s face lighting up as he caught a glimpse of his wife to be.
Her bridesmaids looked beautiful too in their cornflower blue and pastel yellow dresses.
Both Millie and Rob are young farmers at heart, and active members of Newton St Cyres Young Farmers Club, so we arranged a guard of honour for the couple as they left the church as a married couple.
After some photos, confetti and waving off the bride and groom in a vintage car; we returned to a marquee on the farm just a mile or so up the road. The sun was shining as the beautiful Abbas marquee came into view.
We were greeted by the smiling Oaktree team with refreshing glasses of Pimm’s and lemonade garnished with fresh fruit, cool bottled beers for the men and eldeflower or raspberry lemonade for the drivers.
The clear top bar area provided the perfect space for us to mingle in the sunshine as we were served the most delicious canapes and Emily Fleur Photography took some lovely photos…
Tomato and fresh basil bruschetta, offering a refreshing summer canape…
Goats cheese, thyme and red onion tartlets…
Cones of fresh tempura cod, handcut chips with lemon tartare, which was a massive hit with everyone…
and crispy chicken skewers with mustard mayo dip (my personal favourite!)…
Jo then called us all to sit at the rustic tables that Millie’s team of helpers had decorated with beautiful flower arrangements in simple jugs, and wooden cows the day prior….
I had a sneaky peek at the menu previously, however, for those in the dark, Millie had menu’s printed.
Her favours were personalised cattle ear tag key rings which doubled up as name tags, and charity pins for three charities close to their hearts… Mind, Marie Curie and Macmillan which also tied into their colour theme. The colour theme even continued to the napkins in shades of pastel blue, yellow and sandalwood.
Once everyone was in their seats, Jo called the newly weds into a rapturous applause. We were then all served sharing platters of roast topside of beef, chicken breast with bacon rashers, homemade Yorkshire puddings, jugs of rich gravy and brie and bacon sauce, dishes of crispy roast potatoes, carrot and swede mash, broccoli, spring cabbage and green beans. The vegetarians tucked into sweet potato, sun dried tomato and mozzarella tart with basil pesto.
Everyone on my table ‘ooohed’ and ‘wowed’ as the sharing platters of desserts appeared… banoffee pie, baby raspberry pavlova, lemon cheesecake with lemon confit and creme brulee pots all served with bowls of Devon clotted cream to help ourselves.
We were then poured cups of steaming tea and coffee and a glass of bubbly, getting us set for the highly entertaining speeches which lasted exactly 25 minutes and 59 seconds… how does she know that you may be thinking? I won the sweepstake is the answer!
Following the speeches, we all dispersed into little groups, chatting away about the day and catching up with people we hadn’t seen for some time. Meanwhile, the Oaktree team seamlessly cleared the tables ready for the evening without us barely knowing they were even there.
As the sun set, and dusk fell, the twinkling canopy of fairy lights looked stunning over the dancefloor. DJ Dan Grist got the dancefloor going early on with Millie and Rob’s favourite tunes before they paused to cut the cake. I had the honour of making the couple’s wedding cake, a scary challenge but one that I did manage. Reflecting Rob’s love for all things cows, it had to feature cow print and a milk churn but stuck to the colour theme with a spray of sugar flowers.
It was then time for the first dance, the newly weds had a big audience as they danced away to their choreographed routine that they had been secretly rehearsing in the months prior. The band JJ and the Sixes played the first dance song before heading into their first set, packed with songs that kept the dancefloor full.
For those needing a break from the dancing, the Oaktree team were on hand with freshly cooked thin crust pizzas topped with barbecue chicken, margharita or garlic.
They also served a selection of Westcountry cheeses and the wedding cake for those wanting a nibble later on in the evening. Millie’s Mum also treated us to a crispy creme doughnut wall for those seeking a sugar hit.
…although the girls did have fun setting it up…
Personally, I had an amazing day, honoured to be a part of Millie and Robs special day and delighted to spend the day enjoying the food and service that the Oaktree team provided. I have also had the pleasure of hearing the amazing feedback from the other guests which it’s been lovely for me to be able to pass back to Jo, Caroline and the Oaktree team.
On behalf of the Oaktree team, I would like to thank Millie and Rob for letting us be a part of your special day and trusting one of our girls, Ellen, with your telehandler to pull the van out when it got stuck.
The whole team commented on what an amazing day it was.
If you would like the Oaktree Occasions team to look after you on your special day, give us a call on 01837 55841 to discuss your day.