Alex and Annette have lots of things in common with us; a love of a certain pirate-themed point-and-click computer game, the general worshipping of Dr Buckles and Dr Sexy (that’s Adam and Joe to you), a tendency to listen to songs from the soundtrack from the film Labyrinth as well as a passion for less cool things …like cross-stitching. The list goes on.
We first became acquainted through Twitter a couple of years back and it gradually dawned on us that not only did we like lots of the same things, we also knew some of the same people. It just seemed weird how our paths hadn’t crossed sooner. So it made us happy when we got this enquiry through our website:
“Our venue is the Larmer Tree Gardens. They have multiple ponds, deck chairs, giant jenga, peacocks and the second biggest monkey head I’ve ever seen*.
P.S Please say yes
* May not be true”
Obviously we said “yes”.
One thing stood out during our day with them at the Larmer Tree and that was how enthusiastic and supportive all their family and guests were. Everyone had such a ball and it was obvious they were all so glad these two had finally gotten round to getting hitched.… Read Full Post
Carrying on from Part One
The drinks reception was held in front of the Singing Theatre where Alex’s Dad and band partner entertained the guests with some music.
Meanwhile, the pavilion was efficiently turned around for the wedding breakfast. Alex and Annette go to the zoo. A lot. So the names for the table centres were pretty easy to think up. The flowers in pots looked brilliant, teamed along with miniature moss in pots for the place settings.
Some time should be spent here acknowledging the skill of Larmer Tree’s wedding co-ordinator, Gail. We have worked with a good few now and she is by far one of the most pleasant, hard-working and competent ladies we’ve come across.
Wedding breakfast time!
We’ve had such rubbish weather this past month or so and much darker evenings than we should have throughout August. Luckily, we managed to get the last slither of dusk light before the evening kicked off.
“WOW – a cake!”
Alex and Annette’s First Dance was pretty spectacular. Lulling everyone into a false sense of security with an understated shuffle to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” they then proceeded to bust out some seriously big showtime moves. Amazing stuff!… Read Full Post
Sam and Stephen regularly frequent Larmer Tree Gardens, but they’re more used to turning up with their tents rather than dressed in their finest. You see, they’re avid music fans and Larmer Tree is well-known for its music festivals (in fact, in good timing this weekend it’s playing host to the End of the Road Festival).
How amazing then they were able to find a wedding venue so perfectly suited to them. When they return for future festivals they’ll be able to relive their wedding day over again. Oh, and it’s also just a very pretty place to get married.
Things kicked off for us just before the ceremony where we met up with Stephen, the groom and all the guests outside the Pavilion. Sporting a smashing new hair do and the best suit and bow tie combo we’ve ever seen, there was some time for everyone to settle their nerves with a cheeky swig of Jagermeister from the emergency hip flask before Sam arrived and everyone was ushered in.
Sam looked beautiful in her Temperley lace dress, Vivienne Westwood shoes (she had another pair of Westwood jelly flats for later in the day – what a lucky girl!), polished off with a very pretty, gold Alex Monroe necklace.… Read Full Post
Carrying on from Part One…
There are lots of games and gadgets to keep wedding guests happy at Larmer Tree and the drinks reception took place amid Space Hopper duels, bridal Jenga tournaments, wind-swept Badmington and peacock chasing. The canapes looked pretty delicious too.
The garden was filled with music as the guests were entertained by the band The Wave Pictures.
It has come to our attention the rules of the bouquet toss are getting a little relaxed. We’ve had married woman determined to join in on the fun lately, but the inclusion of the Bride’s Father is a new one to us. He was very competitive about it too!
A word of advice though, a pre-teen will always reign triumphant – they’re smaller and niftier, you see.
We had a little bit of time to take some portraits of Sam and Stephen around the grounds before it was time for the wedding breakfast. Starting off with a pose on the Magic Tree (they always have their picture taken on this when they come to their festivals).
The music theme carried on through to the meal where each table was assigned a different genre. There were lots of pretty garden flowers dotted around the tables in dainty cases, jugs and bottles.… Read Full Post