Joanna and James booked up with us what seems like years ago, but the big day soon comes around.
This wedding was great for us for several reasons. Not only were we catering at Chilley Farm, one of our favourites, and quite literally 5 minutes down the road, but also we knew several of the guests. And our good friend and neighbour Kate from Kate and Kate Celebrants conducted the ceremony.
Joanna and James held their ceremony at the farm, and chose to have it inside. Many use the adjoining fields for the service, but this can be risky if the weather isn’t playing ball. So while the 50 guests went outside for drinks, we set to turn the room around ready for dining.
During this time Joanna and James enjoyed some quiet time with a bottle of fizz up in the eaves of the barn. The day can be such a blur it’s a good idea to sit back and take stock; after all it’s the biggest day of your life.
The bride and groom then re-joined the guests outside, who had formed a line-up with confetti. Canape were served: Yorkshire pudding with rare roast beef &wasabi mayo, roasted Mediterranean vegetable bruschetta, chicken satay skewers and oven roasted king prawn & chorizo skewers.
With the room all ready the guests took their seats in the cosy barn. On the menu for Joanna and James were these dishes from our Traditional Premium Menu:
Trio of salmon:
Smoked salmon, flaked hot smoked salmon, salmon & chive mousse
Homemade ham hock terrine with chunky piccalilli and farmhouse bread
Tomato, basil and mozzarella salad with a pesto dressing
Five-hour slow cooked ox cheek with creamy mash, tender stem broccoli, carrots and a red wine jus
Oven baked cod topped with a basil, parmesan and chorizo crust served on crushed new potatoes with Summer greens
Filo basket filled with a wild mushroom and spinach ragout, served with a root vegetable mash
Salted caramel pecan pie
Summer berry pavlova
Rich coffee and chocolate pot
Tea & Coffee
With a band from 7pm and a hog roast later on in the evening (supplied by another friend of ours – Russell at Harold’s Hog Roast) it was a full day of eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating – as every wedding should be.
We’re thrilled that we could be part of Joanna and James’ day, and even more thrilled with the testimonial they gave us (see left)