Emma and Will’s beautiful marquee wedding reception

Yesterday I think English Springer Spaniel Tess – Emma’s ‘chief bridesmaid’ – stole the show. Today I’ll bring you back down to earth with a wedding blog about Emma and Will’s exquisite marquee reception… I say down to earth, but shall we start with the helicopter?

Or… where yesterday’s wedding blog post ‘left off’?… as Emma and Will walked away from the church, happily married and smiling – to a nearby field where their helicopter was waiting.

Emma and Will: part two – the wedding reception

Will and I walked down the country lane and opposite was the fabulous navy blue helicopter, complete with champagne on ice.

It was really fantastic to see our guests all lined up and waving us off. The flight was fantastic and we had a wonderful view of our beautiful wedding venue as we landed, again with all our guests waiting to welcome us in.

Champagne and canapés were served on the lawn, with wonderful views over the Sussex countryside. We had asked all of our guests to bring a £2 coin with them on the day and this was collected by the best man in his top hat as guests made their way into the marquee to be seated. We spread the speeches out throughout the meal so guests wouldn’t have to endure speech after speech. We started with Will before the food was served; he did the usual thank yous and revealed that the £2 coin collection would be donated to Brain Tumour UK in memory of his dad who had sadly died of a brain tumour 11 years ago.

After the afternoon tea was served and the speeches had all been finished guests were invited back out on to the lawn for G&T as the sun went down.

In the evening we had a live band, who were absolutely fantastic, the dance floor was never empty and even Will’s 90 year old great Aunt was up and dancing. A Hog Roast was served for those who needed something to get them through the night together with our delicious Choccywoccydoodah cake.

We could hardly believe it when the car arrived to pick us up, the day had flown past.

Emma and Will’s wedding advice

Plan, plan, plan and if in doubt plan some more. We definitely did our wedding the hard way, organising every single detail ourselves, it was stressful, but in the end our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more, we loved every second of it.

Emma and Will’s recommended wedding suppliers

Stationery – My mum’s friend had just set up her own wedding stationery business and she did all of the stationery for us. The invites were beautiful and unusual and all of the stationery just helped our day come together, starting with the Save the Date cards and ending with the Thank you cards, we couldn’t have hoped for anything better. Kate’s website will be up and running soon ( but in the meantime can be contacted on 07731 467448 (Kate Rees).

The Real Flower Company – they provided really beautiful flowers which helped create our vision for the day.

Choocywoccydoodah – Along with having Gina shoes, having a Choccywoccy cake was the one thing I had always dreamed of. It definitely lived up to expectations!

Embassy – Our band were superb. In fact they were so good that 2 of our friends have since booked them for their weddings next year! We booked them through Like it Live Music

Tino & Pip – of course! They captured the essence of our day with beautiful stylish and emotional photos.

A reminder to find out more about Tino & Pip! Emma and Will’s Sussex wedding (full blog post) and Tino & Pip on Pinterest too!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.




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