Daryl & Lindsay

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Daryl & Lindsay

“Thanks for doing an amazing job. You and your team helped make the day the magical little miracle we’d hoped for (and everyone was blown away with the food).”

This was a visual feast of a wedding. Penpont, a glorious 17th century House set in a 200 acre rural estate, created a magical backdrop for an outdoor and relaxed weekend. The bride and groom looked stunning, and the guests indulged in a festival atmosphere with live music playing throughout the day under a blue sky. I always love working at Penpont, not just because of the beauty of the place itself but everything that goes with it – Gavin and Vina – the owners who our team have got to know and love so much, the cool river to dip into at the end of the day, the acres of space and the feeling of calm. Plus with a bride and groom as chilled as Lindsay and Daryl, and a sumptuous menu cooked on oven barbecues, we knew this would be a wedding to remember!

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Following the ceremony, which took place in the porch, we served bellinis on the lawn. The guests chatted in the sunshine whilst the photographer, Martin Ellard from  www.mybigdayphotos.co.uk took some absolutely stunning photos of Daryl and Lindsay. I love the way Martin captured the essence of the day, which to me is summed up by the gorgeous picture of Lindsay in the meadow with their children (sorry Daryl!)

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We served mini burgers on crostini with green tomato and date chutney and melted mozzarella; asparagus wrapped in Parma ham on toasted ciabatta with cream cheese and shavings of Parmesan; mini Yorkshire puds with creamed horseradish and fillet of beef and caramelised red onion tartlets with goat’s cheese and sprigs of thyme and rosemary. The canapes (as usual) flew off the trays and gave the guests a taste of what was to follow.

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The main meal was in a tipi supplied by www.worldinspiredtents.co.uk. To add to the personal feel of this wedding, Lindsay had styled the tipi and the whole wedding to have a vintage feel and it looked wonderful – from the kids fun suitcase to the vintage bunting. Each centerpiece was original and unique for them, every piece of china was sourced to suit the relaxed and organic feel. The tables looked magical with personalised rustic tree trunks and old worldly books. Lindsay’s talent in creating such a beautiful theme has led to her setting up a business to help future brides with styling their wedding (www.myvintageflower.co.uk).

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The meal kicked off with Daryl’s favourite starter; smooth chicken liver parfait, fig chutney, watercress, capers, balsamic glaze; served with a bowl of speciality bread. The vegetarians had a salad with rocket, pear, feta, pine nuts and pomegranate; drizzled with olive oil.

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To follow, Daryl and Lindsay chose fillet of beef, sweet potato mash, green beans and a caramelised red onion and red wine jus. Because they were having an evening barbecue and didn’t want to hire an oven, we cooked the beef in kettle barbecues. It was perfectly done – pink on the inside and with a melting texture….delicious…and judging by the scraped plates that came back to the service tent the guests thought so too.

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Finally came the “piece de resistance” – the canapé dessert tower, chosen by Daryl and Lindsay because they couldn’t make up their minds which dessert to choose! This way, they could both have their favorites and more besides. Carys who has a real artistic flair and eye for detail decorates the tower with ivy and flowers to match the wedding theme and then we fill it with delicious miniature desserts. Daryl and Lindsay chose the profiterole mountain (a must!!); gooey brownies with chocolate chips and pistachios; white chocolate, vanilla and raspberry cream shot; mini meringues with fresh raspberries, heart shaped shortbreads with mascarpone cream and strawberries and summer puddings.

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I organized the wedding cake through my friend Sharon and she created a naked cake with vanilla and chocolate victoria sponge, covered in fruit and flowers and topped off with a little mini bunting with the words ‘hitched’. Martin took the most amazing photograph of the cake and the bee which should surely win a prize!

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During the speeches we sat on the bank with Vina and Gavin, put our feet up and enjoyed a bite to eat whilst the sun went down over the river. Then we couldn’t resist any longer, stripped off and had a quick dip. The evening party was epic! Daryl and Lindsay had found an Irish band on the internet and invited them to Wales to play at the wedding. They were quite simply the best band I have ever heard. After their first set we served a barbecue to the by now extended wedding party and the guests enjoyed local Welsh Dragon sausages, chicken marinated in lemon, garlic and rosemary and home-made herby beef burgers along with some fresh summery salads. As the embers of the barbecue faded we were welcomed on to the dance floor to join in the dancing and singing. It felt like an intimate music festival highlight!

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Epilogue: Whilst researching in to who I wanted to help me create a new website, I was drawn to Lindsay’s beautiful website and decided to ask whoever designed it to help me with mine. Who built that website? Lindsay and Daryl, so now I have the pleasure of working with them again!

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