Below is a video put together by my 13 year old Nephew’s School friend – It really made my day today – Something like Jollof Rice that we would often take for granted has such deep meaning to this young man …
I hope you enjoy the video
Naz and Cleo first approached us 2 years ago about catering for their wedding. We worked with them to put together a menu that they felt would reflect their wedding day. However due to bereavement within the family the wedding had to be postponed and so to 2017.
Firstly the choice of Venue …Port Lympne Wild Animal Park – well this one was new to me. I did not know what to expect until I arrived at the Venue for an onsite visit with the Bride & Groom. I will be honest that my initial visit did not go well as the client was hoping for us to deliver a Bowl service on the day, however on arriving at the venue for the onsite visit – it quickly became clear that the current Kitchen facilities was inadequate for us to be able to deliver a bowl service. I explained this to Cleo and with grate reluctance on her part and persuasion from Naz she agreed to change the service to Buffet service.
Fast forward a couple of Months – I get a call from Cleo … I really want this Bowl Service as opposed to a Buffet service – can we meet on site again please .. I agreed – to my surprise the venue had made some significant changes to their kitchen facilities and it was now possible for me to say to Cleo that yes we can deliver a Bowl service for you here..
Cleo was so happy … she had.gotten what she had always wanted … so she said to me would you like to take a walk around the Park … did you know they have Tigers etc here in the park .. I said that would be great so we started walking and just as we rounded a corner I was shocked … there was a HUGE Tiger in front of us just 2-3 feet away. I am ashamed to say that all my male shivery left me – I froze on the spot. You know you see these things on TV and you think OH Tiger !!…. well when they are just 2 feet away you realise just how Huge these animals are .. I mean HUGE … its head was massive and its PAWS !!!!!! .. Well Cleo burst out laughing … can you imagine that???? On hearing her laughing I had to quickly get myself back together – Yes there was a wire fence between us and the Tiger but that close I did not see the wire fence – just this HUGE beast. Our walk through the park soon came to an end and I left Cleo … still laughing!!!
The wedding day..
How awesome … the weather was great the setting was magical and the guests had an amazing time. This was truly a day that the guests will not forget – imagine going to a wedding and having the opportunity to see tigers and elephants on the dame day. This was just very different to any other wedding we have done so far. As you can see from the pictures the guests looked like they had a wonderful time.
The Menu: Family Style Service (Bowl Service) –
OK ..when this couple first approached us to discuss their wedding plans – I knew this was going to be very different.. The initial contact was made by the Mother of the Bride Marilyn (more on her later) and from the first phone call I felt this client was going to be quite different.
Marilyn wanted to meet with us before we moved forward in any way and she arrived at our premises with her Daughter, Joy – Bride to be. They both had lots of questions which we answered and following this, we arranged a tasting session – We had lots of feedback on the food and some changes were recommended all of which we noted and put into the plans for the wedding.
Then I asked what is your colour theme for the day – BLACK & WHITE – said Joy. In my head I thought …Oh dear !!!! I had never seen this used for a wedding – Funerals ..Yes but not for a wedding. Marilyn looked at me and smiled … I know what you are thinking but yes it will be Black and white ONLY … and it will look stunning.
Well on the day of the wedding was she right or what ….. Just take a look at the pictures:
Photography: Juniper Green
Event Management: Eden Event Management – 0757 798 2995
Joy and Yomi and Joy’s Parents have become more than just clients to us – Marilyn inspired me to think outside of the box and her attention to detail was second to none. Always in a soft spoken voice she will tell you what she wants with an encouraging smile.
Created by The Wedding Secret:
Why have a Wedding Website?
So far, not many people are aware of the importance of having wedding websites. Outlined in this article are some of the benefits of owning a wedding website, and what the site should include for it to benefit your guests.
Save on Printing Costs
If you need wedding invitation cards printed, you already know how costly it is. But by redirecting everyone to your website, you will not only save money but also time and effort on printing costs. For that reason, you need a wedding website to cut down matrimony costs.
You can Personalize It
It is easy to make the website more personal. Actually, many suppliers make it possible for you to personalize your wedding color scheme to suit your needs. You are also able to add photos and a forum for your guests to chat on. This makes the page a nice taster for your precious day. Thus, you can begin building excitement earlier before the big day.
Your information is secure when it is in a website. You need to find a supplier who provides password-protected access to the website. As such, only people with the password will be able to view your information. Thus, you will have kept crucial information confidential.
Easy to Manage Your Guest List
It is very easy to set up your virtual wedding gift list in a website. That way, you can easily send out invitations and get RSVPs sent directly to the site. This means you can effectively set up your table plan online. By so doing, you will have kept all your vital wedding information in an organized way without having a lot of paperwork.
Saves on Phone Calls
If you include the website’s address to your invitation cards, your guests will spend some of their time checking it out online. This means you will save money on phone calls since you had to call them up and inform them about the ceremony.
Easy to Add Extra Information
It is easy to add things to your wedding website. This helps your guests stay updated. You can add things such as directions to the venue. Other information you may consider adding include wedding countdown clock and weather forecast to help guests plan their outfits.
Easy to Change Plans
In case you want to change the plan of your wedding, it is very easy to do this in your website. In fact, it may take less than 5 minutes to include info such as change of venue, weather updates and many other changes. Also, you can add updates as the big day approaches so that people stay informed.
It is Eco-friendly
No matter how much you use it, your website will save you money on paper and stamps. Since papers come from trees, it means you are going to conserve the environment by using less paper. Carbon emissions in paper-making industries will also be minimized. Papers also litter the compound, so if you choose not to use them you are actually doing favor to the environment.
Top Reasons Why You Should Have A Garden Wedding
Gardens are becoming a popular venue for weddings as the offer the perfect setting to have a magnificent and beautiful wedding. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, a perfect blue sky and endless magical experience, having a garden wedding will be more like a dream wedding. If you are considering the perfect venue for your wedding, some of the reasons that should implore you to select a garden venue are discussed herein
Nature Inspired Themes
Garden weddings are the perfect setting for people wishing to have nature inspired wedding themes. The garden will offer guests with an informal aura and a totally relaxed atmosphere. With a garden wedding, you will not have to spend lots of time decorating the garden because the natural beauty of the garden is part of the decoration. All you will have to do is enhance the beauty of the garden using decorative elements like flower pots, centrepieces, chair covers and floral displays.
Great Choice of Scenery
With a garden wedding, you have the option of selecting your preferred scenery for your wedding. No indoor decoration or backdrop can match the natural setting of a garden. You can select a garden with an ocean as a backdrop, an island garden or one in a mountainous area depending on your taste and liking.
For most wedding photographers, a garden setting is the perfect location for them to shoot perfect, amazing and high quality wedding photos and videos as a garden not only offers natural lighting but also acts as a perfect backdrop for any videos and photos
Can Incorporate a Variety of Themes
If you wish to fuse a variety of themes into your wedding, you should consider having a garden wedding as it is the only setting that can incorporate a variety of themes and still look awesome. In an indoor setting, your wedding decorator will advise on going for only one theme as fusing several will result in a confusing backdrop
Availability of Space
In the event you have a large number of guests, it can be difficult finding a larger indoor space to accommodate them comfortably. In a garden setting, you can easily find a venue depending on your guest list. Additionally, most guests will definitely appreciate a garden environment as it provides a comfortable sitting area with good air circulation.
Garden setting will also provide enough room for professionals such as photographers and wedding caterers to be able to undertake their activities effectively.
For those seeking to create the perfect atmosphere during their special day, it is only advisable to have a garden wedding. With a garden wedding you can create the perfect ambiance like having the wedding as the sun sets thus creating a magical moment and a great view for your guest. With the sun finally gone, you can use low light bulbs and play soft music to create a sense of romance within the venue. Indoor venues are not good for creating a perfect ambiance just because of being in a closed space.
Searching for the perfect wedding venue could be a tiring job, especially if you have lots of preferences in mind. Missing out a few important questions is common. Since your wedding venue should be a memorable one, it is imperative to choose it wisely. Here are top questions to ask when selecting your wedding venue.
Is the wedding hall available on the date you want?
Well, the most important thing to consider is whether the wedding hall is available on the date you have decided. To get a booking on a selective date, you have to reserve the venue as early as possible to avoid any inconvenience. If you are flexible with the dates, you may choose one that best suits your need and makes your favorite venue available for you. Also, ask whether there are any other bookings for wedding on the same day and if you have a specific time to leave.
Is there any difference in rates for different dates?
Some wedding halls may have a same rate throughout the year while some may show a variation of booking rates through the entire week. Find out in advance whether you are booking it on a day when the rates are high. Consider changing the day if you are on a budget. Mostly, wedding halls charges more for weekends than weekdays. Ask for any such variation of cost and decide wisely depending on how much you want to spend on the venue.
Whether they include decoration and catering?
Decoration is an essential part of any wedding. It creates a positive aura and leaves an imprint on the mind of your guests for years. If the decoration is not appropriate, your wedding may appear dull and boring. Some guests look for how well a venue is decorated and what new thing are incorporated to make it special. Ask the venue manager, whether they will arrange the decoration or you have to get it done.
Who will provide catering services?
Some wedding venues have their own in-house catering services while others allow you to hire your own. If you have specific catering needs, ask them if they will provide it. If not, whether they will allow you to bring your caterer. Whether they will allow you to make changes in the menu and add food of your choice. How much alteration you can make in their in-house catering menu. Whether they have a liquor license and will they provide liquor to your guests at an optimal price. Also, ask if they will allow you to bring your own liquor.
Is there ample parking and restrooms for your guests?
Although most wedding venues offer free parking for your guests, some may not. It is best to find how many vehicles can be parked in the parking provided by the wedding venue. If yes, then do your guests have to pay for it, or you will incur extra charges for it. If you have more number of guests, consider booking one with a large parking. Also, ask whether they have a shuttle service and how much they charge for it. Another thing to consider when booking a wedding hall is whether they have enough restrooms for your guests. Ideally there should be al least 4 restrooms for every 100 guests.
Apart from the above questions to ask before selecting your wedding venue, it is important to get everything in writing once you finalize. This will ensure that there is no other booking on the same time and that all the things you verify before booking will be functional on the final day. It will reduce last-minute stress and help you to enjoy your special day to the fullest while making it as memorable for your guests.
Leroy & Emily’s Wedding – What an amazing couple – great people – it was great to deal with Leroy & Emily and their families – real people of integrity. The Wedding day was Awesome – and the FLAWLESS Boys made sure the dance floor was full all the time – a truly amazing atmosphere –
Watch the video – Emily can move too!!!!! I can only imagine the kind of talent this couple’s kids will have
Love you guys !!!!
Celestine & Sylvia