Alex and Polly, your wedding is an utter delight. I feel transported to sunny summer days in an instant.
Alex and Polly were married in June and settled upon a laid back, festival feel boho celebration at The Keeper and The Dell in Norfolk. The pole tent marquee in the prettiest garden setting was festooned in rag bunting and divine blooms. In fact the florals were a complete triumph, whimsy pastel peach stems were used throughout the décor arranged by Libby Ferris Flowers.
Polly chose an elegant Charlie Brear gown accessorised with a blousey beautiful flower crown. The maids donned twist coral frocks while Alex opted for a navy three piece suit. Stunning.
Thanks so much to Benjamin Mathers Photography for providing these divine images.
THE PROPOSAL | A beautiful June summer’s day on a grassy river bank in Suffolk two years previous. We were all alone laying on the grass when Polly commented that it was really really nice to be together there Alex responded by saying “do you know what would make it better?” And produced ring from his pocket, raised his eyebrows and said “will you marry me?”
THE VISION | Laid back festival boho vibes.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We took the first venue we looked at! It was that nice and it just felt right. The grooms sister is a talented florist and has many connections in the Norfolk wedding industry so she has some great ideas to help us… Including recommending a caterer whom we hired after the first tasting session.
BUDGET | We kept the budget down by doing a lot of the decorations ourselves and buying large quantities of alcohol in advance!
THE VENUE | Keeper and the Dell, Norfolk. A lovely laid back Norfolk venue in beautiful Rustic surroundings. Authentic 1950’s marquee and furniture, hay bails fire pits and silver birch woodland.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Charlie Brear dress. hair and make up by Laura Howard. Accessories were family heirlooms.
FINDING THE DRESS | Researched online then went to Charlie Brear’s flagship store in London.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Racing green three piece for groom, two piece for best man Tim.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We chose a humanist ceremony and wrote our own vows. The Bride arrived to Never Tear us apart by Paloma Faith. Couple walked down the aisle to True Love Is Hard to Find by Toots and the Maytals.
Their son Rex chose a reading which he said was a story that made him think about love and being together. “Your hand in my hand” by Mark Sperring. We thought it might be a bit cheesey but actually worked and went down really well.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Rachel and Hannah. Wearing twist dresses.
THE FLOWERS | The extremely talented Libby Ferris Flowers! Lucky she’s the grooms sister!
THE CAKE | Minster Cakes in Beverley Yorkshire. Two tiered cake one Vanilla sponge the other lemon.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The extremely talented Benjamin Mathers! After lots of research Alex found his site and after one in person meeting we knew straight away he was the chap we wanted.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Food by Alex Chef, menu below, I think you’ll agree it sounds delicious. A Morrocan inspired feast. Large bowls for tables to share and dip into. Table decorations by Libby and her amazing team and some by the couple… Dip dye table runners by Polly. Amazing rag garland by the couple and a few of their friends. It took a lot longer than expected to complete! Over 80 metres of garland!
Middle Eastern lamps collected over time by the groom specially for the wedding.
Canapés. Rare fillet of beef, with salsa verde on a poppyseed crouton. Tomato, thyme and mozzarella risotto suppli cakes. Tempura prawns, with sweet chilli soy.
Sit down to eat at 4:30
Main course. Chicken tagine. Vegetable tagine (less but to each table) Spiced chickpea, carrot and orange salad. 5 tomato, basil and red onion salad. Buckwheat tabbouleh, Handmade Flatbread, Potato, halloumi, lovage, gem salad, Harissa, Olives, Baba ganoush, Hummus, Preserved lemon, Yogurt.
Dessert. Roasted peaches, figs, pomegranite and oranges, mascarpone, pistachios and hazelnuts, with honey and pomegranite molasses.
Tea and coffee and Truffles.
THE HONEYMOON |
A week in the Croatian islands then a road trip to the oldest national park in the world to spend three nights in a log cabin in the forest surrounded the clearest fresh water lakes ever. Plitvice National Park… Google it!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The groom’s brothers Band playing live funk in the marquee! The weather was fantastic, pouring with rain the day before and the day after, but some how remained clear, hot and so very sunny for the wedding day.
Tough blokes crying during the ceremony as Alex and Polly read their vows!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Try to enjoy it. Don’t stress if things appear to go off schedule as hopefully you’ll only have one wedding so remember to breathe and enjoy all aspects of the day.
We employed an event manager (the lovely Emma from Sarah Softley events) who was fantastic at organising the vendors. Our venue didn’t have preferred suppliers so that allowed us to choose our own caterer, waiting staff, toilet hire, DJ equipment, photographer etc. Having Emma there to deal with the logistics as things were delivered and collected allowed us to relax as best we could! Highly recommended if you are organising your own wedding!
Speeches before the food is served… Controversial perhaps but works really well. If anyone is nervous it gets them out the way to enjoy the meal!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Benjamin Mathers Photography
Florist | Libby Ferris Flowers
Event Manager | Softley Events
Venue | The Keeper and The Dell
Caterer | Alex Chef
Oh my! So lovely.
Alex and Polly, thank you both so much for sharing your super gorgeous wedding with us xo Lou