If you’ve missed Part 1, you can read it here.
We’re so lucky that we were able to have the reception on the farm because we were able to have the magnificent tipis. They were completely the style that we wanted for our wedding and something we felt really impacted on the whole look.
Having an “outside wedding” requires an awful lot more organisation than when it’s at a venue – and there’s a huge amount of clearing up to do afterwards, as we found out. There’s also ensuring you have the right amount of staff (and finding them!) and getting caterers in.
For us, there was never any question of who we wanted to cater our wedding. Andrew, from Fish& has been a long time friend of ours and Manjit from Manjit’s Kitchen whose Gujarati food is just THE BOMB and we’ve been eating it for years were just so right for the job! Plus they were both willing to drive all the way from Leeds to feed all our friends and family. And given the relaxed feel of the wedding, Street Food was perfect. Eat when you want, sit down or stand up and eat food if you like. Eat which ones you like…
But that’s just the main food – canapes and beautiful British desserts were provided by the lovely Connie from Crumpet & Trumpet served from their lovely old Citroen van! I sadly didn’t get to try either. In fact, I barely ate anything the whole day – pretty disappointing given that we had put so much emphasis on the food aspect. But I knew how good all the food was though and we wanted to share that – many of our family don’t get the chance to try such food in Norfolk! Having this style of catering meant it was very easy for us to cater for people who were gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan. In fact, the only meat was the canapes.
Wines were provided by Adnam’s Cellar & Kitchen in Holt. A few months prior to the wedding we had a wine tasting when Dan, the Manager who advised us well and we ended up with a White Burgundy (yeah it’s Chardonnay but we were trying to sound CLASSY) and a Malbec (my fave red wine). Champagne had been purchased from Tesco for £8 a bottle at Christmas time! It had been severely reduced and was not to be missed at those prices. We also bought (Aldi equivalent shhh!) Pimm’s and served that as a welcome drink along with the champagne. A good move since it was so hot. It went quickly.
The wedding cake…drama. Obviously I had to make the cake. Not only that but my mum, as well as marrying us and being an excellent florist is also a most talented cake decorator and sugercraft expert. In fact, she completed my cousin’s wedding cake with her arm in a sling after a major collarbone operation.
The cake baking itself went fine – the cake layers were: Bourbonnatrix’s German Cake which I’ve made time and time again because it’s so easy to make, always has a flat top and is a rich and chocolately cake with none of the powdery cocoa taste. I also made the original non-vegan version of this carrot cake and finally, a gluten-free, dairy-free version of the Miette Hot Milk Cake which I should probably post some time since it was very hard to tell it was actually gluten-free or dairy-free.
I made the layers in advance, and they were jammed in the freezer and carefully transported home in coolboxes (I think the purchasing of 2 coolboxes was more expensive than all the cake ingredients). The day before the wedding I whipped up the buttercream and mum carefully sandwiched the cakes layers together. Doing this and covering in icing took considerably longer than we thought, especially with doing all the lacework* as she only had one mold and she finally went to bed at 3.30am on the morning of the wedding. I woke up at just gone 4am as thunder rumbled across the skies and couldn’t get back to sleep!
Sadly the cake didn’t make it for too long – it was probably a combination of the heat and not setting up the dowels quite right, but it got its lean on so we had to take it apart for fear of it falling apart! We did manage to cut the cake later after people asked to try it with many compliments on how delicious it was. And I have the flowers packed into a box to keep.
For entertainment we had my friend Sally play with her band, Midnight Soul Band and then friends DJed afterward. This was the point where we brought out the glow sticks. If you can’t have glow sticks at a wedding, then when can you have them? They were so much fun, even my parents wore them!
Eschewing the traditional favours, we had special #wedfest2015 wristbands made which the ushers handed out as people arrived at the reception. We had been so excited about all of these little things we’d done and I had to try so hard to keep them a secret!
Mr LTT is the sweetest, look at this little bell tent he got for us to stay in. So cute!
And although we aren’t going on honeymoon until October, I was whisked away for a mini-moon to Titchwell Manor where we enjoyed a beautiful 9 course meal with wine flight (couldn’t finish it all, I’ve changed…). It feels like this place may be one of Norfolk’s best kept secrets. You would never know it was there unless you lived there or knew someone that had been there. If you ever get the chance, go. I’m still thinking about the steak and beetroot course. A truly unforgettable meal and stay.
The breakfast also lived up to the hype, my eggs were incredible.
I can hardly believe it is all over after so long spent planning for JUST ONE DAY. When we came home it was like “Sooo….what do we do now?”. But let me tell you, I’ve had no problems filling my time. I can now get back to blogging properly!