A wedding to remember!

A wedding to remember

I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to help a very dear friend organise her wedding day this year. On 29th October 2016 Mimi and Fred were married and it was without a doubt the best wedding of the year.

How Mimi sums up her day – “More amazing than I could ever have imagined – so much laughter, happiness, love and excitement in the air!”


The church service was held at their local church in Hambledon, Hampshire. Mimi and Fred chose some classic hymns which were belted out by everyone. They chose some readings which special friends of theirs read very well followed by a great friend singing acoustic versions of Is this Love? and Songbird during the signing of the register which everyone loved. Mimi walked up the aisle to “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi which she felt was rather emotional (in a great way!). One particular memory that stood out for Mimi is when she looked around during the singing of Jerusalem at the end, she was just overcome with happiness that all these people were there to support them and willing them on in such a happy way. The couple then returned with their 230 guests to Mimi’s parents farmhouse that she has grown up in along with her brother and sister.

wedding photography by Millie Pilkington; wedding photographer hampshire


wedding photography by Millie Pilkington; wedding photographer hampshire

Reception was held in a marquee on the lawn in front of the house, champagne and canapes were served along with the delicious wedding cake by Eliza Gore-Brown, Fred’s cousin. Eliza did a naked cake which was utterly delicious. The marquee was very simple with ivory as the main colour, the florists did two huge trees either side of the bar covered with bright orange, reds, yellows and greens to bring in the Autumn colours that were surrounding us.
Mimi’s memories of the speeches – Fred rinsing her before he finally said something nice!

After the speeches, Mimi and Fred disappeared for a few private minutes together before joining 190 of their guests in a huge marquee at the top of the garden for dinner and dancing. Mimi wanted this marquee to be completely different from the reception tent. She wanted to bring the outside in and she did it. Apart from the church service, the evening reception was Mimi’s favourite part of the day.

“Words cannot describe how magical it looked! Lots of hard work and decisions went into it, and it looked amazing – in fact better than I had ever hoped.”

Mimi’s mother, Fiona worked extremely hard with myself, Ashley from Greenhill Marquees and the florists to create the most beautiful marquee I have ever seen. The tables were trestle tables seating either 20 or 14 people. The linen was clay with chalk napkins and the florist’s idea was to create as much candlelight as possible. They succeeded with this! Not only were there different sizes of hurricane vases with church candles in them, but the tables also had a variety of gauds on them along with each table having a very tall vase with an arrangement on the top of it to bring in some height. In each corner and down the sides of the marquee there were tall silver birches just about holding onto their leaves. The most impressive displays were the two hoops that were hanging from the ceiling over the tables. These hoops were filled with foliage from the hedgerows and had glass baubles hanging down with candles in them. There were oranges, deep reds, greens and creams within the colour scheme and the whole marquee was filled with candlelight and warmth.

wedding photography by Millie Pilkington; wedding photographer hampshire

wedding photography by Millie Pilkington; wedding photographer hampshire

As Mimi and Fred chose lots of canapes to begin with, they decided that they did not need a starter!

Wedding Breakfast
Main course:
Aged fillet and slow cooked West Country Beef, butternut squash, roasted root vegetables, thyme and garlic potato galette and jus

Arancini – bread crumbed butternut risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella and a pesto dressing

Salted caramel chocolate torte with banoffee crumble and glazed banana
Served alternately with
Lemon cheesecake, blackcurrant syrup, blackberries, lemon curd and meringue kisses

Followed by a cheese table and bacon butties at midnight!

The dancing started with Mimi and Fred doing the “You’re the one that I want” from Grease as their first dance. Fred on his knees at the ‘electrifying’ bit and Mimi pulling Fred by his tie, best first dance I have ever seen!

wedding photography by Millie Pilkington; wedding photographer hampshire

This wedding was not only my last big wedding of the year but also my favourite. The teamwork that went into everything from the Mother of the bride, the bride, the marquee company, the florists, the chefs, the waiters and waitresses and of course myself and my managers, all of us worked together to create a fantastic day and evening of which Mimi and Fred will never forget.

Huge congratulations from all of us here at Jacaranda and I want to say a personal thank you for letting me be involved in your big day.

A few words from Mimi and Fred:
“I’ve had several thank you letters saying that it was the best food that people have had at a wedding (and some of these guys go to 10+ weddings a year so it’s saying something!). I think that sums up what the guests thought!

Jacaranda were amazing – so professional, organised and incredibly talented. The food was just amazing – it can’t be easy cooking fillet of beef for 200! I just wish I could have eaten more. Jacaranda worked amazingly with Greenhill from the very start of the planning process, they are such a great team and it takes so much pressure off knowing that you have amazing people around you who have everything totally under control. And Minty Moore is a total dream – unbelievably talented at her job and I feel very grateful to have had her help in the run up and on the day. She is such a calming influence and knows how to create an epic day. A very special person and we were very lucky to have had her involved.”

wedding photography by Millie Pilkington; wedding photographer hampshire

Special thanks go to all the main suppliers:

Greenhill Marquees who provided the most wonderful marquee and who are just brilliant to work with: http://www.greenhillmarquees.co.uk/

Millie Pilkington the photographer who did a fantastic job and is so lovely to work with:

Jane Bidwell Flowers with the help of Mandie Bowles who provided all the flowers, candles, vases and who helped make the tent look stunning:

Eliza Gore-Brown who made the most delicious wedding cake
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The band, who were unreal – The Atlantic Soul Orchestra

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