Wedding Date – Friday 8th September 2017
Eloise Jones and Joseph Day… The new Mr and Mrs Day.
As the bridal party arrived at The Old Vicarage the night before Eloise was to become Mrs Day, there was a sense of excitement in the air. Eloise and her guests all settled down for the night with The Old Vicarage homemade buffet and a couple of bottles of prosecco to settle any pre-wedding nerves. As we put the finishing touches to Eloise’s tables, her and the girls retired to their rooms to get some well deserved rest before the big day ahead.
The wonderful Alison Jenner Hair arrived early morning to begin the bridal party’s hair; Alison is the queen of volume and perfectly smooth curls. Shortly after Hannah Dora began prepping the girls for makeup. Hannah is such a delight to have at The Old Vicarage, we can always rely on her to ensure our bride is calm and enjoying the morning of her wedding.
The groomsmen arrived at The Old Vicarage at 12.30pm an hour before the ceremony, full of energy and looking very handsome. As we pinned on their buttonholes, nerves started to set in. We love a bit of nervousness about a groom moments before he meets his bride at the top of the aisle. Our groom’s are typically so calm and collected right up until this moment as the planning is all down to the bride, so we love it when the spotlight is finally on them!
We absolutely adored Eloise and Joe’s stationary from Pretty Little Cards! We very rarely get to see our couple’s invitations so we loved to see everything laid out like this! These photos are so important for any wedding album, as the photos last forever. Matt Horan Photography perfectly captured all of the little details; he made sure he didn’t miss a thing.
Eloise’s dress was timeless, we fell completely head over heels the moment we saw her in this dress which she found by the designer Watters. The detail was impeccable, elegant and delicate which perfectly complimented Eloise’s style. We couldn’t think of a more fitting dress and we couldn’t wait for Joe to see his bride.
Alison Jenner and Hannah Edwards did the perfect job of accentuating Eloise and her bridal party’s natural beauty. All being stunning anyway, they all simply looked like the very best version of themselves, as you should on a wedding day!
The Ruddington Cake Company arrived around 11am with the delicious looking wedding cake, very much to our own taste. It always gets so exciting once everyone starts arriving with the wedding flowers, buttonholes, cakes and light up letters for the dance floor! The cake was again very elegant and simple, dressed with flowers provided by Eloise and Joe’s florist Number 27 Floral Design.
We have never worked with Number 27 Floral Design before and if we are completely honest we hadn’t even heard of this company but we are so glad that we do now! Eloise and Joe’s wedding flowers were just perfection. We fell in love with Number 27 Floral Design so much so that we have asked them to be on our preferred suppliers list, they well and truly earnt themselves a place in our ‘little grey envelopes’. Number 27 Floral Design is owned by a lovely lady called Louise and is based in Nottinghamshire. As we are a family run business who care so much about every element of what we do it was so nice to work with someone who put in so much love an attention into their work also. Eloise’s flowers were a combination of – Earl Grey roses, cream Yves Piaget rose, garden spray rose, Cafe au Lait dahlia, hellebores, astilbe, astrantia and various varieties of eucalyptus. We have our fingers crossed that some of our couples use Louise for their wedding flowers because you honestly won’t be disappointed.
“I started Number 27 around 3 years ago after falling in love with flowers all over again after my own wedding. I have always enjoyed being outdoors and appreciated flowers and gardens which probably stems from my dad being a keen gardener when I was growing up. But getting married made me look at them in a completely different light. I just wanted to be around flowers ALL the time. So after a few friends asked me to do their wedding flowers Number 27 was born. The number 27 has a lot of meaning to me and it’s also our house number, where I work from in our garden workshop! I’m inspired by the changing seasons and try to translate that into each wedding. I’d say my style is natural and unstructured and each wedding I flower is completely individual. I use a combination of home grown and market flowers and also forage the odd bit to, this is for me what really connects the arrangements to the season.” Louise, Number 27 Floral Design
As the groomsmen laughed and joked around, you could sense that everyone was so over the moon to be part of such a special day. Everyone was dressed to the nines to witness Eloise and Joe become Mr and Mrs Day. The Old Vicarage was full of love and admiration for the happy couple to be.
We are very blessed to witness two families coming together at each wedding however Eloise and Joe’s family already felt like one. Everyone was so tight knit and welcomed us with open arms, we honestly felt as though we were watching two old friends get married.
Eloise and Joe had their heart set on marrying inside, although they had the perfect weather for an outdoor ceremony they had fallen in love with intimacy of our ceremony room. The aisle chairs were laced with our beautiful chair sashes and very simply Number 27 Floral Design created three vases for the ceremony table along with our candelabras which all of our couples may use if they wish… They do save you an absolute fortune on huge centrepieces but, if like us you love flowers you can still decorate your wedding breakfast tables with small jars of your chosen flowers or an oasis ring around the top of the candelabras to create a full floral effect yet keeping your table very simple and minimal.
All of our wedding team eagerly waited at the bottom of the staircase for Eloise whilst Joe and his brother stood at the end of the aisle. It was so nice having such a close groomsmen; you could see how special this day was to all of them.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as we bought Eloise down the stairs. She looked radiant. We love that Eloise chose such a dramatic veil to compliment her wedding dress, it provided the perfect finishing touch to an already stunning dress!
As we sent Eloise down the aisle to become Mrs Day, we quickly hurried to the front to see Joe’s face when he saw his bride. Wow! What a picture! Joe looked like the happiest man on earth and rightly so!
Both Joe and Eloise beamed from ear to ear throughout the ceremony, as did their guests. Watching couples say their vows is always a very precious moment to us, in that instant it all becomes worth it! The hard work and planning comes together and then finally, they are husband and wife!
Eloise and Joe had chosen a great photographer Matt Horan, again someone we had never had at The Old Vicarage even though he lived just down the road from us. He travels all across the world capturing people’s weddings and he found himself with us right on his doorstep. Eloise had dreamt of a countryside wedding in a barn like setting but once she visited us she fell in love and could imagine using all of her inspiration to make our elegant venue into something with a countryside twist. Matt ensured that Eloise’s dream was captured, after the wedding breakfast just before sunset our bride, groom, photographer and their videographer Foster Filming went on a short drive to some absolutely stunning fields. We are so lucky to live in a place where we are surrounded by such beautiful landscapes. Matt seemed to capture every element of joy and love that filled the Vicarage during the new Mr and Mrs Day’s wedding day. It is always a pleasure having a new photographer or videographer, they always have a different way of seeing things.
Eloise and Joe’s guests didn’t stop laughing and joking from the moment they arrived. A good atmosphere is so important on a wedding day, it keeps the day flowing and makes for a lot of fun photos afterwards!
Wedding films used to be a thing of the past however they are very much ‘must have’ at your wedding. You no longer need to rope in your great uncle to try and work your handheld video camera. Your wedding photographs are so magical and the best keepsake but there is honestly something so special about capturing your day in real time. There is nothing like a wedding film to help you re-live that very moment you said ‘I Do’. Foster Filming managed to do exactly that. Every second of Eloise and Joe’s wedding video makes you feel although you are reliving the day. If you’re undecided on a wedding videographer, our advice is… Do it, you will only regret it later on in life.
Click below to watch Mr and Mrs Day’s Wedding Video
September was beautiful this year; our gardens were completely flourished for the summer meaning that everyone could enjoy the sunshine! As the guests enjoyed their prosecco and pimms, we quickly transformed the reception room into the wedding breakfast room Eloise and Joe had always hoped for.
The wedding breakfast tables were flourished with evergreen and a selection of soft blooms. Each of their tables were named after places they had travelled to or places they were going to on their long honeymoon which we were very jealous about.
Summer flowed into the wedding breakfast room. the candles were lit yet the bi-fold doors were open, the garden overflowed onto the tables and the light shone through our Victorian windows making it the perfect setting for the speeches to begin.
Our favourite moment of the groom’s speech was when he was describing to his friends and families the moment he realised that he loved Eloise. Obviously we can’t remember his exact words however it went a little something like this… He came home to find Eloise squatting by the cooker, which was on 180 degrees, he then asked her to why she was squatting at the cooker to which she replied that was freezing. True Love.
Salt and pepper chicken skewer with a sweet plum sauce.
Sweet red onion and brie tart served without crispy pancetta.
Local asparagus spear and Camembert wrapped half in Parma ham and half in leek with a hollandaise dip
Mini fillet beef Rossini with truffle and pate served en croute.
Trio of salmon, hot smoked, poached and cured with baby herb and caper salad.
Air-dried heritage tomato bruschetta with buffalo mozzarella, green basil pesto and rocket leaf
Glazed beef short rib with creamed potato, pea puree, Madeira jus finished with crisp shallot rings.
Honey and mustard glazed root vegetable ‘tarte fine’ with fontina cheese, baby herb salad and cider vinegar syrup.
Sticky banoffee fudge cheesecake with air-dried banana and salted caramel.
“The Pulled Pig’ – Our 12-hour cooked pork pulled and served with stuffing, crackling, applesauce and selection of breads.
We absolutely loved how Louise the florist dressed our swing. It made the perfect location for pictures!
The weather was still so beautiful after the wedding breakfast allowing everyone to get back outside for a few hours. This is when Matt Horan took the opportunity to take Eloise and Joe to a secluded location just a few minutes drive away to capture the sunset.
Eloise and Joe’s guests continued to celebrate the wedding late into the evening whilst we set the room for the evening do and the bride and groom enjoyed the sunset together… We were in awe of just how special these photos are; it just shows you what taking 10 minutes out of your day can do… It was refreshing to see our new bride and groom try something new at The Old Vicarage!
Nick Keen had been with us all day singing his way through such a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon. As the evening guests started to arrive he began his evening set. Nick never fails to get everyone up dancing! Old or young, he has a way of bringing everyone together! The dance floor looked absolutely beautiful, the chandeliers dimmed, candelabras lit, and a lit up E&J letters supplied by Marvellous Glow.
Snap Candy Booth works perfectly if you’re wanting a snazzy little Photo Booth at your wedding. They are such cute little pods of magic; they arrive in the evening, the perfect time to capture all of your guests after they have had a prosecco or two.
Thank you so much for this review Eloise and Joe Day <3
The Old Vicarage Boutique is special.
We could tell approximately 5 minutes after walking in for the first time 2 years ago! We fell in love and booked for September 2017.
Everything has the greatest attention to detail at the old vicarage, from the upkeep and decoration of the venue itself to the finer details and planning of your wedding day. You can tell Chelsea, Becky and Verity adore weddings and put their heart and soul into making sure it runs smoothly and beautifully for you. Complete professionals and super hard working they also find time to be friendly, helpful, chatty and completely re-assuring we couldn’t have hoped for more! From putting on the boys button holes to ensuring we were the first ones in the photo booth nothing will be missed. Dinner service went like a dream despite numerous and complicated dietary requirements every guest was served correctly and discreetly. The food itself is just beautiful, all of our guests complimented on it which was so lovely as a bride and groom, knowing you have happy and contented guests.
My personalised Mrs Day dressing gown in our room was the most thoughtful touch and made us all burst into tears when we arrived! (We were a little emotional anyway!)
For other brides I would definitely recommend taking exclusivity for the night before your wedding with your bridal party as it is so nice to set up, settle in and feel comfortable in advance of the big day. This made us feel really relaxed on the morning of the wedding and we just concentrated on getting ready.
I honestly can’t say enough, from the venue, to the food, to the staff, from planning all the way through to the last dance is complete perfection, utterly special and made our lives so easy and simple. Amazing place and an amazing team thank you so much for the best day EVER!!! Xxxxx