I was honoured to contribute to the planning of the wedding of a wonderful couple Alex and Mark, which took place in the beautiful Riverside Pavilion at Phyliss Court in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire.
From the outset I knew that this wedding was going to be lots of fun and that it was! I first met Alex & Mark over a year ago when they booked my ‘Supplier Search & Selection’ and ‘On The Day Cooordination’ Services. One of their main requisites was that their day should be fun filled with lots of humour, so enjoyment was an essential element. Their two young children played an important part in their special day and were absolutely adorable as their flower girl and page boy.
They chose a colour scheme consisting of blues, silver & white, with a modern, elegant, contemporary vibe. The venue looked amazing with flowers provided by Green Parlour, consisting of a mix of hydrangeas, delphiniums, roses, and gypsophila. The ceremony was set with zinc vases of gypsophila & silver lanterns lining the aisle, coloured pom poms adorning the ceiling vaults and giant balloons welcomed guests in the entrance foyer.
The surprises began pre-ceremony as Alex as had arranged a special surprise for Mark as he was an avid Star Wars fan. Two storm troopers arrived to usher guests into the room and Darth Vader made an appearance endeavouring to conduct the ceremony! After much hilarity it was down to the serious business of Alex & Mark getting married. Alex made her entrance looking gorgeous in her Charlotte Balbier bridal gown worn with a very natural make-up look, artistically created by Frankie Jackson.
This was a truly emotional heartfelt part of the day bringing a tear to many an eye!
Luckily the sun was still shining so after the ceremony they made their way outside onto the expansive lawns by the riverside for their celebration drinks, canapes and photographs with their wonderful photographer Hannah McClune. Guests were also kept entertained by the star wars characters, a photo slide show and scalextric was set up in the bar for those wishing to re-live their childhood antics!
Meanwhile the room was turned around for ready for their 3 course Wedding Breakfast. Alex & Mark’s love for music was reflected in their table plan and table settings which Mark had created himself along with a humourous quiz about the couple & selfie sticks were provided for their guests amusement!
The speeches took place after the main course and not surprisingly were all very entertaining, the bride herself also delivering an emotional and amusing speech.
Not being great lovers of cake Mark & Alex decided to opt for a macaron tower, provided by Leslies Cakes the colours coordinating perfectly with their colour scheme.
To get things moving on the dance floor Vernon Lewis & the E-maculates took to the stage filling the dance floor with their renditions of popular soul & motown hits. As it was the groom’s day he also took the opportunity to take to the mike and performed a fantastic version of ‘Easy’ by the Commodores! More music followed provided by The Events Lounge with an accompanying Bongo player who went down a storm! Meanwhile The Magical Mirror photo booth provided more fun and games upstairs in the bar.
Sore feet, followed by sore heads ensued – definitely a sign of a fantastic wedding and proving a good time was had by all!