Adrian and Lisa’s Wedding – Vaux Park Polo Club, South Petherton, Somerset – Saturday 2nd July 2016

After recently discovering a shared love of polo, this young couple only had one idea in mind for their wedding venue – their local polo club. It was a rustic yet elegant occasion, they managed to get the balance just right! With the marquee erected right next to the polo field, guests were invited to watch the current polo game, whilst enjoying glasses of Summery Pimms and several delicious canapés:

Miniature Yorkshire Puddings with rare Roast Beef, horseradish cream and watercress

Tempura Prawns with sweet chilli dip

Puff Pastry Tarts with cherry tomatoes and basil pesto

Coronation chicken on crostini

Being a firm fan of the colour purple, Lisa had wanted purple to be the dominant colour of the day. The marquee definitely had a purple glow throughout, yet it wasn’t overdone which is always the danger. The tables were named different sweets, each table being recognised by which kind of sweets filled the huge jar in the centre of the table. Adrian and Lisa had literally thought of everything! They considered small details which are sometimes overlooked by others.

Their main course was a fun task! Huge hampers were placed on a hay bale next to each table, which guests would then help themselves from. The hampers included:

  • Slices of Mustard-Crusted Beef Topside and Home-Roasted Honey Gammon

  • Little Raffia Tied Parcels of Quails Scotch Eggs and Mini Mustard and Smoked Paprika Sausage Rolls

  • Hunks of Mixed Pepper, Basil and Sun-Blushed Tomato Quiche and Somerset Brie, Red Onion and Tomato Quiche

  • Chunks of Wookey Hole Cheddar Cheese and Wensleydale with Cranberry (Lisa’s favourite!)

  • Assorted Flavoured Bread Rolls

  • Dressed Mixed Baby Leaves

  • Chefs New Potato, Shallot and Parsley Salad

  • Simple Salad of Basil Leaves, Basil Pesto, Mixed Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic

  • Jewelled Cous Cous with Pomegranate Seeds and Coriander

  • Jars of Crunchy Rustic Coleslaw, Home-made Caramelised Red Onion Marmalade, Crunchy Pickled Onions and Garlic Mayonnaise

After such a big main course, a smaller dessert was the best idea! Once guests started mingling and going outside for more photos, we handed out little pots of a true British classic: strawberries and cream, delighting everyone!

The hog roast we served later in the evening was also very well received indeed!

This wedding definitely wins the award for “Most Guests on the Dancefloor”! There was even a moment at the end of the night when the bridesmaids did the ‘Dirty Dancing lift’ with Lisa during Time of my Life. I really wish I’d got a photo of that moment, it was amazing!

The personalised touches really made this wedding so special and it will be one that we remember for a very long time. During a conversation with Lisa recently she told me that she loved planning her wedding day so much that she’s considered changing career direction and going into wedding planning! So if any engaged couples reading this are worried about how much effort and time goes into planning a wedding, and would like someone to help ease that pressure, please do let me know and I’ll introduce you to lovely Lisa! Trust me, this girl has an eye for detail!

Lots of best wishes and love to Adrian and Lisa! You guys were a dream from start to finish!