John & Jemima were such a lovely, and incredibly organised couple when we first started their wedding planning journey with us in January 2021.
Clearly so fondly thought of by their family and friends, who have bestowed nicknames for them 'Bore' and 'Jimmy', with a new married nickname of The Borekinsons (lol!) which featured heavily throughout the days signage.
The whole family and wedding party came together at the charming Hares Farm, a short journey from Minley Manor, for the days prior and following the wedding. A beautiful, 5 bedroomed farmhouse with countryside views and a pool. Perfect for pre-wedding celebrations.
he day of the wedding came and it was set to be a scorcher. Highs of 28 degrees were expected so we needed to ensure that any last minute changes to the schedule and food service incorporated shade and lots of chilling!
The weather was glorious and blue skies greeted guests as they arrived for the outdoor ceremony on our ever popular Wellingtonia Avenue. Beautiful florals by Flower and Press lined the aisle in the baking sunshine, and the ceremony was led by actor and celebrant Julian Howard McDowell. Julian has a wonderful style of his own and he delighted the couple and their guests with his dulcet tone and creative approach that only a professional actor can provide.
The stunning bride arrived in her fathers beloved MG that had successfully travelled all the way from the South Coast. Wearing a stunning beaded gown, Jemima was accompanied by her bridesmaids in various style dresses in cornflour blue,
After the ceremony and the all important confetti shot, the guests mingled on the forecourt for group photographs with photographer Christian of Olliver Photography before moving through to the gardens for the drinks reception.
While the newlyweds enjoyed some reflection time the guests enjoyed champagne and canapes on the terrace served by the fabulous team at one of our catering partners The Little Kitchen Company.
The floristry team were university friends of the couple, and The Orangery entrance was adorned with a stunning floral installation and small posies lined the banquet tables. While guests enjoyed the grounds, entertained by the vocal talents of Ben Eaton and his guitar, the bridal party ventured off to the Woodland Gardens in search of shade.
Meanwhile the guests were eagerly awaiting their delicious Moroccan inspired menu provided by our trusted caterers LKC. We spent quite some time looking at seating options with the couple to get the most out of the space the Orangery provides. The bride and groom wanted to be in the 'thick of it all ' and so did away with the traditional top table. It made a lovely surprise for all the guests!
Let the party commence - One becomes six, as the band from Ben Eaton Music fills the dancefloor with three 'funk busting' sets through the evening.
The party headed into the night and the early hours with three sets from the fantastic band and additional hilarious fun in the inflatable photobooth. Definitely a good night was had by all!
I wanted to write to thank you for making my sons wedding such a wonderful day.
Your attention to detail was spot on!
Also to all the staff at the venue, the catering and drinks staff were all so polite, helpful
and nothing was too much trouble.
You should be very proud of them all - thank you again.
Jenny (Mother of the Groom)
Photo Credits - Olliver Photography