We hired two Beauford Classic Tourers for the day from Deputy Driver. The blue and ivory cars matched our wedding party perfectly and John decorated the car with ivory and pink ribbon.
The drivers were superb, and there is a classic photo of one of them holding two of the bridesmaids bouquets.
Their service was excellent, and the cars were beautiful. I would not hesitate to recommend them.
As with the catering, we wanted to have our own choice of drinks. We were very lucky as the majority of our wine came from my stepdad's cellar and the rest he ordered in, all of which perfectly complimented our menu. Edward chilled what needed to be chilled and everything was served perfectly.
The pink champagne reception on arrival at Burton Court was just as I had dreamed it would be.
We also had a keg of beer from our local brewery in Marple, Hexagon, which was brewed especially for us. Andrew was pouring this for the guests in the Orangery after dinner when the evening guests had arrived. He loved it and our own ‘special brew’ was awesome too.
This was the bit that I was most worried about as I’m not a very arty type. There were contributions from everyone though and it all came together brilliantly.
We used a lady called Amanda at Love Invited to design our invites and she produced the pig mascots for us. She then reproduced these on the table plan, the menus, the table names and Jan of Emily Rose cakes replicated them on the cake decoration. I cannot recommend Love Invited highly enough, Amanda was superb throughout. With Louise’s flower centrepieces the table decoration was nearly complete.
I had in my mind that I wanted balloons on the table, which would give some height in the Great Hall where we had our wedding breakfast. I wanted them to look like big bunch from the movie ‘Up’, but in pastel colours. I went to The Balloon Display & Party Co Ltd shop in Hereford and arranged this with them. They came and set them up the day before and tied them to the flower centre pieces. I also arranged one giant white and one giant black balloon tied onto mine and Andrew’s chairs, just in case he didn’t know where he was supposed to be sitting.
I also hung flip-flops from the back of the ladies’ chairs. I bought them online, and they were very welcome on the dance floor.
Other touches were the metres and metres of bunting that my lovely friend Jo made and which we tied up outside. She also gave us a beautiful vintage suitcase for guests to put cards in. Our guest book was a frame with the pig mascots at the bottom and stickers for people to sign and stick on to look like balloons being held by the pigs. Outside we had a croquet set, hay bales for the guests to sit on and space hoppers - well surely a wedding wouldn’t be complete without them!
The final touch was for the dance floor, where I had hired ‘A & H’ lights from Aisle Hire It. The company and the lights were brilliant. They liaised with Edward and there was zero hassle for me. The effect was fantastic and Andrew was suitably surprised too.
We chose Jarek Lepak as our photographer purely because he was local and I really liked his website. He was absolutely lovely and we got some wonderful photos.
Jarek did an engagement shoot with us. We are both from Manchester and, because we were getting married in the Herefordshire countryside we asked if he would mind doing our engagement shoot up north in the city. He was so obliging, still coming even though he’d been really poorly the day before, and he got some brilliant shots of us at our favourite haunts.
On our wedding day his lovely wife was the second photographer, and she took photos of the groomsmen getting ready. I wasn’t there but I’m told they were a bit rowdy and she kept them in good order!
My top tip for photos is that you think really hard about what specific photos you really want, as some friends of mine who have got married have found after the day that they didn’t have what you might consider the essential family photos. Jarek helped us with our list, giving brilliant guidance, and we have plenty of beautiful photos to remind us of the best day of our lives.
We also signed up to www.WedPics.com and got cards printed which we put on guests places. This is a site where guests can upload their photos all in one place and we could view them. We got some absolute crackers of photos on there and it was nice for everyone to be able to see one another’s photos.
The photographs bring back all the amazing memories of the day every time to you look at them, so pick your photographer wisely. Jarek was superb, and trustworthy for the job.