Wedding date – Saturday 25th February 2017
When we first met Sadaf and Steve back in September 2015 they asked us to quote them for a small intimate wedding of just 30 guests throughout, however, as the wedding bug bit Sadaf this all soon changed and we are so thrilled it did! Sadaf truly made the most stunning bride and thankfully, all of her nearest and dearest got to see her!
Sadaf and Steve were one of the most relaxed couples we have had at The Old Vicarage. They put there trust in us and knew we would cater to exactly what they needed. Happy to go with the flow and follow our advice, Sadaf had just one request; Sadaf is of Iranian descent and in the most elegant way completely transformed our front room into a hub of Iranian culture. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to her and her mum teach us all about the different aspects of their heritage. We honestly felt like we learnt something at this wedding!
This wasn’t a traditional Iranian wedding nor a traditional English wedding, Sadaf and Steve both stayed at The Old Vicarage the night before their wedding and ate breakfast together the next day. There was something quite special about it. As Sadaf disappeared off with her bridesmaids to begin the getting ready proceedings, Steve paced around The Old Vicarage practicing his speech. Sadaf and Steve chose to get married at 3pm, a popular time with winter weddings, meaning Sadaf and her three bridesmaids could enjoy leisurely getting ready with the assistance of their hair stylist and makeup artist.
As Christopher Terry arrived we were thrilled to be reunited with one of our favourite photographers of the moment! He catches every intricate angle and finds new and exciting places to shoot in The Old Vicarage. He is a pleasure to work with in every aspect and exceeds all expectations with his photographs to top this he is also a real gent, always very welcome at The Old Vicarage.
Sadaf and the girls all drank Hendricks and Fentimans pink lemonade in frosted glasses garnished with ribbons of cucumber as their pre-ceremony drink whilst the beers were flowing downstairs for Steve and his family. We were so excited to see these two families become one.
Sadaf’s beautiful table decorations and bouquets had been intricately and expertly put together by Zinnia. They are absolute professionals in what they do and never miss a trick! They come highly recommended by us and we have never seen a bride anything less than amazed by anything they have done. Well done Zinnia, another very happy bride!
Ruth at Southwell Cakery once again outdid herself! Sadaf and Steve had the most beautiful four-tiered pristine white wedding cake with a peach and blush pink coloured topper. It looked absolutely insane and tasted even better! Obviously, as always we had to try a slice!
Sadaf oozes glamour in every day life, so we knew that we were in for a real treat with her dress. Sadaf had chosen the most gorgeous backless, lace dress from Pronovias on Bond Street. As soon as she told us the name of the store we all ran to our office to start choosing our wedding dresses! And of course.. The most delicate pair of Jimmy Choo’s too match with the date of the wedding engraved on the sole. Sadaf really had thought of everything. When it came to makeup, Makeup by Jenni enhanced every aspect of Sadaf’s natural beauty, she looked sensational.
Speaking with Sadaf whilst she got ready was like speaking with an old friend. She really welcomed us into every aspect of her wedding day and you could tell that she genuinely appreciated the friendship we had all formed with her over the wedding planning process. We really felt like a part of her big day. It was then we noticed a gift from Steve.. for their wedding day Steve had gifted Sadaf with a Louis Vuitton wallet with her new initials inside, what an amazing yet thoughtful gift!
One of our favourite parts of any wedding day is watching the father of the bride see his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. As we gathered up Sadaf’s family to see her in her dress we could just feel the emotion. This was such a special day for all of them. As the bridal suite door swung open and her mum, dad and brother saw her even we welled up! A truly special moment and one were sure none of them will ever forget and neither will we.
As the team got to work putting the finishing touches to Sadaf, the sound of Louise playing the harp echoed through The Old Vicarage. Louise is a regular fixture at our Wedding Open Day’s so if you are in two minds about having a harp, make sure you pop down and she will undoubtedly change your mind. There is something so special about walking down the aisle to a modern song played in such a traditional style. Louise brings such an elegant touch to contemporary weddings.
As all the guests took their seats, Steve patiently waited at the front for his stunning bride. Emotions were running high through the whole ceremony room and the guests were obviously as excited to see Sadaf’s dress as we were. Each bridesmaid wore a blush pink dress, the same shade but an individual style for each one, a great idea to add a bit of originality! As we sent Sadaf off down the aisle with her dad after carefully making sure her dress was seamlessly styled and bouquet perfectly positioned we hurried to the front of our bar lounge so we could see Steve’s face as he saw her, and wow.. What a picture it was!
As we watched the ceremony get under way, Sadaf and Steve had written their own vows. Both sets of vows were so meaningful with a slight bit of humour. They both struggled to get through them through tears of happiness and laughter. What a way to start married life!
Steve and Sadaf walked back down the aisle as husband and wife and everyone was so overjoyed for this beautiful couple. The weather was on their side for a Saturday in February and they were able to head off for their couples photos in our gardens.
Seared scallop with black pudding and apple textures
Sweet red onion and brie tart served with crips pancetta
Mini fillet of beef rossini with truffle and pate served en croute
Sticky pressed pork with bourbon smoked BBQ glaze and apple slaw
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
Rosemary roasted chicken with dauphinoise potato, wilted greens, bearnaise sauce and chicken wing jus
Chargrilled local mushroom selection with air dried basil tomatoes, crispy polenta chips and spiced pepper coulis
Assiette of desserts:
Glazed lemon tart with raspberry meringue and coulis
Salted caramel brownie with hazelnut crack ice cream and praline
Sticky banoffee fudge cheesecake with air dried banana and salted caramel
This sign was a bit deceiving to some as it was put out at 7pm! But no, it wasnt time for taxi just yet.. Sadaf and Steve had hired a taxi photo booth from Taxi Snaps! A new and exciting way to have a photo booth at your wedding without taking up too much room inside The Old Vicarage.
Sadaf and Steve learnt a routine for their first dance. Something we rarely see at The Old Vicarage but what an amazing idea. As their guests gathered round them in a horseshoe shape it was lovely to see them so relaxed and enjoying their first dance as husband and wife – something which is so nerve racking to most brides and grooms!
Upon their return from an amazing honeymoon, Sadaf and Steve sent us this beautifully written thank you card..
“To the three most amazing girls, Chelsea, Rebecca and Verity,
Let me start by saying WOW the day was breathtakingly amazing and all our guests have been saying how beautiful the venue was and how amazing the food was!! You all made sure every single bit of detail was covered and if it wasn’t you always had a plan B. Not only did you make sure all the practical wedding stuff was in order, you were there emotionally too, making sure nothing gets in the way and all areas were covered.
Nothing was ever an issue and you girls made sure you could find a way. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and you guys turned around the tables so seamlessly, when I walked in with Steve I remember feeling like this is exactly how I dreamed my wedding would look like! I wish I could get married all over again here. Thank you again, Sadaf and Steve x”
When we began to write this blog, we asked Sadaf if she had any advice for future Vicarage couples…
“All three girls were amazing in planning every tiny detail and help you with every inch of the wedding planning! I remember we had difficulty picking the food , not only was it all amazing but we kept thinking about everyone else and what they would like! Rebecca simply said “what would you pick if that was a menu in restaurant, it’s about you two , it’s your day remember that” She was absolutely right and made us look at things in a different light! So having gone through that people pleasing phase just try to remember to put yourselves first. It’s YOUR wedding Day you only get to do it once!”
Thank you so much for letting us use your pictures for our blog Sadaf and Steve! It was a pleasure having your friends, family and suppliers at The Old Vicarage! We wish you every happiness in the world!
Photography: Christoper Terry
Cake: Southwell Cakery
Photobooth: Taxi Snaps
Entertainment: The Nottinghamshire Harpist
Makeup: Makeup by Jenni