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Mr & Mrs Spruce – The Old Vicarage Official Wedding Blog


Wedding Date – Friday 10th February 2017

When Jay Baxter booked her wedding show round for her and her fiancé, we had no idea who would be walking through the door. Upon introducing ourselves to Jay we were delighted to realise that her fiancé, Jake, was a very familiar face. Jake is an old school friend of ours and it made being a part of his big day very special to us. We were so thrilled when they secured Friday 10th February 2017 as the date of their wedding and we were determined that this would be a day they would never forget.

Throughout the planning process it was an absolute pleasure to help Jay and Jake with every aspect of their wedding. They attended most of our open days and we absolutely loved having them and their families at The Old Vicarage. Every meeting was very energetic and full of Jay’s ideas and it was lovely watching them all come together.

As the evening of Thursday 9th February arrived we welcomed Jay and her family into The Old Vicarage to begin decorating! We loved helping Jay place all the little details she had collected around the place! It looked magical.

The morning of the wedding arrived and everyone was in high spirits. The whole place was so full of love for Jay and Jake and we knew this was going to quite a day! The weather was on their side and Jake was able to arrive with his best men in his Mini Cooper with the roof down, not many couples can say they had an open top wedding car for a February wedding! As Jake and his groomsmen gathered together for photographs, they all looked so ecstatic to be part of something so special.

We were thrilled to find out that Jay and Jake had chosen Martin Makowski as their official wedding photographer. We knew that we would want to see every detail of this wedding day and that Martin would make sure he captured everything. We genuinely thoroughly enjoyed looking through all of Jay and Jake’s wedding photo’s, it has been so hard to pick only a small few for this blog!

Not a single detail was left unturned, even when it came to the best men and bridesmaids. Jake had purchased silver engraved mugs for his best men which they shared a beer (or two!..) out of before the ceremony got underway! Not forgetting the bridesmaids either, each one was gifted a beautiful Pandora ring by Jay, a really special touch!

Ruth from Southwell Cakery delivered the perfectly iced and incredibly elegant wedding cake. Each tier was beautifully handcrafted to a standard which only Ruth could achieve and we bet Jay and Jake could not have asked for anything more! We did however, notice a little surprise, peaking out beneath Mrs Umbels  strategically placed cake topper was a little iced sculpture of Jay and Jakes beloved dog, Munchie! Check out her very own Instagram…. Munchie’s VIP Instagram. So inconspicuous you would have to look closely to notice it but obvious enough so that everyone got a glimpse. What a perfect way to include your pet in your big day! Ruth had done the most superb job in matching the cake to the wedding colour scheme with various hues of pinks and gold tones.

The Old Vicarage was buzzing! The couple seemed to have just the right amount of nerves and a whole load of excitement for what was about to happen and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of it People on their guest list were an absolute delight and it was a pleasure to have every single one of them.

Jay was walked down the aisle by her brother, she looked absolutely breath-taking. She wore a classic dress, which flattered her in every single way, you could tell by the look on Jake’s face he knows he is a very lucky man! Again, this was so special for us, watching someone we have known for the past fifteen years marry someone who is so clearly the love of his life!

As Jay and Jake returned back down the aisle as husband and wife, Nick Keen began his first set. As per usual he had all the guests singing along whilst Jay and Jake went disappeared for their couple photos. Nick provided the perfect afternoon entertainment to accompany a celebratory glass of fizz!

The theme for the whole day was based around beaches they had visited with their adorable dog Munchie! From the table plan to the table names, the theme ran throughout the whole of The Old Vicarage, which greatly pleased our OCD! The wedding breakfast room looked like a breath of fresh air. Mrs umbels had decorated the tables so elegantly with full oasis rings around each candelabra. Alternatively to table numbers, Jay and Jake had used polaroid photos of different places to identify each table. Each photo was of a photo they had visited and fell in love. We just couldn’t help but feel the whole day was a true love story.


Creamed local mushroom on toasted brioche with tarragon and white truffle.


Glazed beef short rib with creamed potato, pea puree, Madeira jus, finished with crisp shallot rings.

Roasted butternut squash with a rosemary crumb, white bean cassoulet and peppered rocket


Salted caramel brownie with hazelnut crack ice cream and praline.

As the evening do began we relied on Nick Keen and The One Step Band once again to get the party started. Everyone was up and on their feet and it remained that way for the duration! As Jay and Jake cut their cake and did their first dance beneath the chandeliers we couldn’t help but think we really had been a part of something special.

As Jay and Jake settled in too married life we received this wonderful review off them…

“Our wedding at The Old Vicarage couldn’t have been more perfect! The venue is stunning and all our guests have commented how amazing the food is! Every single tiny detail is thought of and nothing is too much trouble. Becky, Chelsea and Verity were all so lovely and caring and definitely helped to keep me calm in the build up to the wedding and put up with my indecisiveness whilst we were planning!! We are so glad that we chose to stay the night before the wedding and the place felt like home. Thank you so much for everything x”

Upon writing this blog we emailed Jay and Jake if they had any advice for future The Old Vicarage couples….

“Our advice would be, 

1.) Don’t stress and worry too much, (because you guys were excellent and took care of everything). 

2.) Wait until the photographer leaves before having a little too much of a tipple….

3.) Just enjoy the day because it goes miles too quickly!”

Thank you so much for letting us use your pictures for our blog Jay and Jake! It was a pleasure having your friends, family and suppliers at The Old Vicarage! We wish you every happiness in the world! 


Photography:  Martin Makowski

Cake:  Ruth at Southwell Cakery

Flowers:  Mrs Umbels

Daytime and Evening Entertainment:  Nick Keen and The One Step Band

Munchie The Dog:  Munchie’s VIP Instagram