We've had some fun nominating the Best of 2016!
I’ve cleared up my desk, virtually and literally, to start fresh for all 2017 weddings. While doing so, I found it impossible not to look back at 2016 and reminisce about the wonderful weddings that took place during the year. So, just as a bit of fun, I’ve created a “Best Of 2016” list.
Best Welcome Drink
The Mackenzie Mocktail – a raspberry, peach, lime and rosemary signature drink we created in May.
Mr and Mrs Mackenzie
20th May 2016
Raspberry and White Chocolate by Batch 17 Bakes
Mr and Mrs Stainthorpe
2nd July 2016
Best Ceremony Set Up
Real birch trees, lanterns and a very long, cream runner across the courtyard
Mr and Mrs Boardman
1st October 2016
White, peach and green arrangements in antique style buckets by Willow&Thyme.
Mr and Mrs McPherson
10th September 2016
Best Decorative Lighting
A light curtain effect created with festoons and fairy lights by ACDisco.
Mr and Mrs Blundell
11th November 2016
Best Table Name Holders
Gold reindeers for a Christmas wedding.
Mr and Mrs Roberts
23rd December 2016
Most Unusual Theme
Black and red for an October wedding.
Mr and Mrs Roberts (another one!)
7th October 2016
Best First Dance
An outside dance on the lawn on an early summer’s evening. Live acoustic music provided by Sam Lewis.
Mr and Mrs Hill
4th August 2016
Most Resilient Couple
Happy smiles and a beautifully composed bride, despite torrential downpours for a wedding planned to be summery and outside.
Mr and Mrs Smallbone
25th August 2016
Best Online Presence & Support
Always first with a positive comment on Facebook and Instagram, and whose blog post about their wedding day reached most readers on FB.
Mr and Mrs Sinclair-Pearson
2nd September 2016
Most Incredible Thank You
An enormous crate of different boxes of Thorntons chocolates turning up at the office.
Mr and Mrs Parsley
20th August 2016
Most Original Guest Entertainment
“Donuts” performed by the groom in an authentic rally car, while bride rode shotgun waving a chequered flag
Mr and Mrs Cort
10th June 2016
Most Gorgeous Menu
Starter: Salmon Terrine.
Main: Chicken with Fondant Potato, Rocket and Pear Salad.
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse with a Salted Caramle centre.
Catered by Harts Food & Events
Mr and Mrs Moore
3rd June 2016
Turquoise and sequin dresses with pastel flowers perfectly complementing the theme
Mr and Mrs Thomas
10th June 2016
Sam simply beamed throughout the day and to the very end of the night. Her infectious smile made for a super party.
Mr and Mrs Lewcock
16th December 2016
Well, this was a tough one! But the nomination this year goes to Mr and Mrs Dawes on 28th October. Everything simply came together: Willow&Thyme’s flowers, Oakwood Events' lights, Sally Brown’s food, OneEntertainment’s music, the White Stag photographers. But most importantly, the bride and groom’s attitude, along with their parents and friends, made for an incredible celebration from start to finish. Not to mention the groom’s final (slightly drunken) statement at the end of the night: “Karin, thank you for everything. You’re bloody scary, but amazing.” Haha!
For all couples not mentioned above, don’t think that I didn’t enjoy every minute of your perfect day. There are just too many memories to choose from! A super fresh apple green colour scheme, bell tent glamping in the pouring rain, “friends&family cakes”, pretty jugs of flowers, wheelbarrows full of beer, glamorous blue&gold theme, an outside video booth, a cigar bar, a white bouncy castle, singing waiters, South African inspired canapés, an authentic New York police car, a karate themed cake topper, a starlit dance floor, a 3D tree wedding cake, a slow-cook kitchen with an enormous cow head, a blackberry mojito cocktail, a fish&chip supper, a green and white candelabra-lit barn… the list is endless!
I hope every one of you have had an amazing Christmas and New Year, where you’ve cherished every new memory you’ve made together. I will miss you all.
Lots of love,