Featured on Love My Dress, Ellie & Dane said that “Prickly Pear created the most gorgeous looking feast of Summer food for everyone to enjoy.”

As yet another beautiful warm and dry day dawned over the Gwyre Fawr Valley… we breathed a sigh of relief… driving down the steep wooded bank to the secluded and tranquil setting for Ellie & Dane’s wedding would be possible! This couple had designed an adventurous journey for their guests, starting with Champagne and canapés at the family’s home on the hill. They were treated to asparagus wrapped in Parma ham on crostini with Parmesan shavings, crostini with chicken liver parfait and fig relish and chicken satay with Indonesian style peanut dip.


Glasses in hand the guests walked from the house down to the tipi, through fields and woodland. A solo flautist played classical music in the shade of the ancient oak trees. The journey was long enough to offer half-way top ups of Champagne, kept cool on ice in a vintage tin bath supplied by us.


The field was festooned with bunting, candles in jars and beautiful wild flowers, with a fabulous stretch tent from Wedding Tipi over looking the river and fire pit. Matt Penberthy took some beautiful photos. The BBQ’s were alight and the smell of slowly cooking legs of lamb marinaded in garlic, olive oil, rosemary and thyme gave promise of the feast in store.


Ellie and Dane wanted a fish sharing platter to kick off their wedding breakfast. During our meeting we decided on home beetroot cured salmon with dill, Black Mountain Smokery smoked salmon and smoked trout, home made smoked mackerel and caper cream pate and a horseradish, mustard and dill cream. This was all presented on our olive boards, garnished with lemon and fresh edible flowers.


For the main, the lamb was accompanied by new potatoes crushed with butter, chives and mint, Caprese salad and a leafy salad with feta, figs, apple, fennel and pomegranate seeds.

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By this time the wine and conversation were flowing, and we were adding the finishing touches to twelve beautifully baked pavlovas ready to go out to each table for the guests to share.

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This was one of the most memorable of weddings. As the guests left the tipi to gather around the fire, music and laughter filled the air and we looked back on the tipi to a happy group of friends and family preparing to party the night away.