Robert Denholm House

Mr and Mrs Geal’s Marquee Reception

Saturday 29th July 2017

Our beautiful Bride, Gemma got ready for her “Big Day” at the family home. I personally love her Rainbow Wedding shoes on display over the floral wishing well and know that her dreams really did come true!

Sam surprised Gemma with a beautiful Pandora bracelet with the rare “First Dance” charm and the Wedding Day charm – gorgeous!

There’s something really romantic about getting ready in your former bedroom with your family and Bridesmaids waiting downstairs. They all really enjoyed this emotional experience finishing with traditional photos in Jan’s lovely garden before the off!

Getting Ready

The Groom with his Ushers and Best Men, not a nerve in sight!

The Bride arriving at the Sacred Heart Church, Caterham in a VW named “Pepper” supplied by VM Events.

The Ceremony

He’s right… “Here Comes The Bride”.

A lovely touch was the Choir, from the school where Miss Harvey teaches, singing during the Ceremony.

Arriving at Robert Denholm House in “Pepper” the VW Van for their marquee reception.

Photographs were taken in the grounds of Robert Denholm House until the rain got too heavy.

Plan B

With the rain arriving, Plan B then swung seamlessly into action and further photographs were taken within Robert Denholm House.

A selection of photographs that were taken in The Belvedere Room.

And a few of the photographs taken in The Grand Hall.

Guests arrived at Robert Denholm House and were served Bucks Fizz, Prosecco or Orange Juice.

Canapés of cheese straws, vegetarian spring rolls, cocktail sausages, mini Yorkshire puddings with beef and horseradish, and blini with smoked salmon, prawn and black lumpfish roe were enjoyed.

As the guests began to mingle, our fantastic Magician partner, Andrew Kelly, surprised guests by performing a wide range of amazing magic tricks. This was extremely popular and fantastic entertainment whilst the couple had some photographs and a quick quiet moment to themselves before joining in the fun as you can see!

The Marquee, supplied by Trumps Marquees of Hickstead, was simple, sleek and effective.

A Pagoda (Chinese Hat) marquee was used as the entrance. To the left was the bar, and to the right a run of tables which on arrival were used to hold the Post Box, gifts and the cute cards that the classes from Gemma’s school had made.

During the event the tables were cleared to display the wooden heart guest frame, the on-trend alternative to a guest book and the requested self-service tea and coffee area.

The main marquee was decorated using ivory lining with mint green swags, coconut matting flooring and a twinkling starlit roof over the effective black and white dance floor.

Chandeliers provided light over the dining area which housed the Top Table and 10 guest tables whose numbers were decoratively displayed in raised bird cages.

The Wedding Breakfast

Starter: Leek and Potato Soup with a Pesto and Basil Leaf Crouton with a selection of breads in a basket.

Mains: Chicken Italian with Pink Apple & Parmesan, White Wine and Cream; sliced New Potato with Butter; Buttered Broccoli and Green Beans and Thyme Roasted Carrots.

Vegetarian option: Quorn, Couscous and Chickpea Burgers.

Children: Chicken Goujons and Fries.

Dessert: A trio of Lemon and Lime Cheesecake, White Chocolate Cream filled Profiterole and Chocolate Brownie.

The Bride and friends then had a quick touch-up in the Belvedere Room prior to the evening reception.

Wedding Cake

The Evening Reception

This commenced with the cutting of the cake. The scrumptious “Naked Wedding Cake” made by Sarah Barret of Parkland Bakery, Carshalton was divine!

The entertainment, Graham Knott, a family friend and professional DJ, began traditionally with the First Dance followed by a dance for the Bride and her Father, family and friends. Cut-outs of Betty Boop and Elvis then appeared along with a bubble machine and the kids – and kids at heart – went wild to a mix of modern and party dance classics. Fantastic cheesy fun!

The Dancing Queens then joined in, getting the group together for a “confetti photo” before popping those dancing flip-flops on their tired feet so they literally didn’t miss a beat!

As the music moved on and the adults got to the floor, kids and adults alike enjoyed the Photo, Selfie Prop Table (wish I’d got some photos!) and of course the never ending supply of sweeties.

Personal Touches

Gemma and her mother enjoyed purchasing decorative items and Pinterest inspired goodies throughout the year which were stored in Jan’s roof!

The dancing shoes were very popular with the ladies, the sweets were consumed by all and the bridal party braved the weather for the sparkler writing photo.

Floristry by The Flower Pocket

Rick Barden from 20 20 Media has kindly provided the majority of photographs used for this blog so THANK YOU!

Charlotte Stannard, Events Manager
Robert Denholm House

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“Dear Charlotte, I don’t think anything I write or give will ever be enough to show my thanks for all you did in making the 29th July 2017 Geal Wedding the best.
You ensured every little detail was perfect. Thank you for carrying my dress around behind me and covering me in the rain. You were truly amazing.
So many people have commented on what a star you were and how beautiful you made our fantastic marquee.  I truly hope we stay in touch.  Sam and I will forever be grateful.  We had the time of our lives.  I could continue to go on and on as every second I get another memory of the day!

My parents Neil and Janice also send their thanks!”

Gemma and Sam