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Wedding Blog

Mr and Mrs Nowrouz – The Old Vicarage Official Wedding Blog

Wedding Date – Friday 16th June 2017

We would like to express what an absolute delight it was to work with Phoebe and Sephr from the very beginning of their planning. It was an absolute pleasure helping them to create the day they had always dreamed of. Phoebe and Sephr confirmed their wedding date in June 2016, with only a year to go we got straight on with the planning process! They chose to get married in a church, although quite a rarity nowadays it is always that little bit exciting for us and keeps us on our toes. It means the most important element of the day is out of our hands. It’s always so lovely to hear how our couples are arriving to their chosen church, and their plans in the morning. Phoebe spent the morning with her sisters who were her beautiful bridesmaids for the day at her parent’s house, which we have to say after seeing the photos, was the most idyllic house for the morning of their country wedding. The new Mr and Mrs Nowrouz chose a 12pm ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Car Colston which is around a 20 minute drive away from The Old Vicarage so we anticipated their arrival around 1.30pm.

We were completely blown away by Phoebe’s bouquet; it was so organic in the way it looked, completely overflowing with an English garden feel, which I know Phoebe wanted. Fiona from Daisy works spent the whole morning at The Old Vicarage perfecting the flowers that draped around our venue. Its always really refreshing to see new ideas at our venue and Fiona and Phoebe definitely did that, dressing the front steps which lead you to the front door with an array of carefully chosen flowers. With Phoebe and Sephr getting married in a church, when they arrived at The Old Vicarage as husband and wife, it meant that their wedding breakfast room was already set up and the look on Phoebe’s face was an absolute picture! It looked truly stunning.

The bridal party arrived in two VW vans, which was a delight to see driving up the drive on a beautiful sunny day. Phoebe had chosen light blue pastel bridesmaid dresses which all of the bridesmaids looking stunning in as they hopped out of their pale green VW. Arriving in style as any bride and groom should, Phoebe and Sephr had chosen a pale cream version for their transport. It was lovely to see Sephora helping his new wife onto the pebbled driveway of The Old Vicarage… Now it was down to us to make sure the rest of their day went just as they had always imagined.

It always is a delight to see two families become one, the most amazing aspect of our jobs is seeing people who are now family meet for the first time. It’s always even more exciting when two families are from two completely different cultures. Sephr and Phoebe’s wedding had half of our garden set up with shisha pipes and half dressed as an English country feel and both families seemed to thoroughly enjoy getting to know one another on a hot summers afternoon!

There were so many personal touches to their wedding, so many details were thought about which added to the intimacy to our venue… Making the day very special to not only the bride and groom but their guests as well. Doing timings board isn’t essential and some of our couples want their guests to have the element of surprise however if you are going to do it, make it fit your theme. Pheobe and Sephr chose a pallet style timings board for their big day and we absolutely loved it! The contrast of the modern front decking at The Old Vicarage and their kitsch wedding pieces really came together to create the perfect sunny afternoon wedding.

Ruth from Southwell Cakery excelled herself with such a delicate pastel-coloured three-tiered wedding cake. We often use Ruth for our open days; so it is lovely to see our brides and grooms choosing one of our favourite suppliers to create what some may say is the most important meal of the wedding day.  It tasted absolutely divine, the perfect treat whilst people sat and enjoyed the last of the sun in our garden. Although there is always a lot of cake left at the end of the day, it is such an important element in bringing your theme together and it is fair to say that Ruth did this perfectly! What more do you need in a three tiered cake… Lemon top tier, red velvet middle, and chocolate mud lower tier… It was to die for!

It was a pleasure having Louise play the harp as guests arrived and trickled into the garden. Sephr and Phoebe couldn’t have chosen a nicer day to marry; the atmosphere in the garden really was very special. Louise stayed for both the reception drinks and the wedding breakfast. So many guests couldn’t wait for her to take a break to compliment her on simply just how beautiful the sound was. The love that Phoebe and Sephr had for each other was extremely apparent throughout the entire day, all of their guests could not be happier to be a part of such a special day and neither could we.


Peeled tiger Prawns with Chorizo sausage and lime

Salt & Pepper Chicken skewer with a sweet plum sauce

Sweet Red Onion & Brie Tart served with pancetta

Roast aromatic duck wrap with hoi sin, cucumber and spring onion


Creamed local mushrooms on Toasted Brioche with tarragon and white truffle

Air-dried heritage tomato bruschetta with green basil pesto, vegan cheese and rocket leaf


Seared chicken supreme stuffed with mozzarella served on a chorizo and confit tomato risotto

Courgette, pepper and aubergine tagine with apricot and almond couscous, crispy feta parcels and mint yoghurt dressing


Glazed lemon tart with raspberry meringue and coulis.

Phoebe and Sephr chose Martin Makowski as their wedding photographer and as always, he truly captured every element of their day. We cannot praise Martin enough for the work that he does. He is very close friend of all of us at The Old Vicarage and we would 100% recommend him every single time. We are always so delighted when our couples choose to work with Martin because not only do we know they are going to get the most incredible pictures that are going to last a lifetime but he makes sure not to miss a trick! He gets the venue from every angle and guests enjoying every part of the wedding venue we have worked so hard to create.

It’s always full of emotion for us to wave our couples off as husband and wife. We were so excited for Phoebe and Sephr when we heard that the reason Phoebe’s parents hadn’t stayed at The Old Vicarage the night of the wedding was because they were throwing them both a huge wedding party at their farmhouse! The perfect way to continue the celebrations and keep those wedding blues at bay for at least one more evening! As we waved off the new Mr & Mrs Nowrouz we knew they were off to what would definitely be a spectacular party!

Photographer: Martin – Makowski Photography

Florist: Fiona – Daisy Works

Harpist: Louise – Nottinghamshire Harpist

Cake: Ruth – Southwell Cakery

We want to congratulate the new Mr and Mrs Nowrouz, thank you for being so wonderful to work with! We wish you all the luck and love in the world!