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Wedding Blog

Mr & Mrs Sumnal – The Old Vicarage Official Wedding Blog

Wedding Date – Saturday 6th August 2016

The first time we met Simone and Tom we knew their wedding would be something special, we suddenly found ourselves very excited about hosting this Italian summer wedding.

We always eagerly anticipate having a new photographer at The Old Vicarage, photographs are such an important aspect of a wedding day and we always love to see how each photographers capture their special day. During a wedding day we are so busy on the finer details and coordinating the day that we rarely notice the photographer which is a great attribute for a photographer to have, it was a pleasure having Lee Garland Photography working along side us. The moment that we receive that email from a photographer with a wedding album is a real delight. Lee Garland Photography looked at the venue in such a way we never knew existed, we were completely blown away! The pictures speak for themselves!

It was really important for Simone to ensure that her wedding displayed Italian traditions and it was a pleasure being on hand to encourage and support her throughout the wedding planning. Simone decided to use wonderful suppliers, a few of them who had never been to The Old Vicarage. Through Tom and Simone’s wedding we met the wonderful Pasticceria Lorena, her classic Italian cakes which originated in Simone’s home town were absolutely to die for, each delicacy was so detailed and delicious; the details didn’t stop there, the display of pastries, gateaux and cakes was show stopping. We were so in awe, we immediately added her to our little grey envelope and we are very much looking forward to her returning this summer.

VAAS Florist Nottingham is a supplier which we at The Old Vicarage have always wanted to work with and it was so worth the wait! Their attention to detail and creative flair is impeccable! Simone’s bouquet was phenomenal, by far the biggest bridal bouquet we have ever had at The Old Vicarage. Simone had a small image from pinterest of her dream flowers, which Keith and Marc didn’t fail to recreate!  Simone and Tom were one of the first couples to use the band stand in 2016. Our bandstand was hand built for us by the Amish in Pennsylvania, making it one of a kind! The way VAAS Florist Nottingham dressed our bandstand exceeded all of our expectations, enhancing the romance of an outdoor ceremony. VAAS Florist Nottingham dressed both the ceremony and wedding breakfast tables with a breathtaking amount of flowers, they thought of everything even the aromas of the room by carefully positioning small pots of mint underneath the dressed candelabras.

Simone and her bridal party made full use of our exclusivity the night before her wedding day. The evening before they enjoyed prosecco in our garden whilst we put the finishing touches on their tables. Simone, Tom and their family invited us into their wedding day with open arms making us feel so excited about the day ahead! The morning of a wedding is always a little bit hectic, we start to see it all coming together and it is so important to us at The Old Vicarage that everyone is set up for the day… Full English’s all round! Simone chose James White as her bridal hair stylist and again we couldn’t be more delighted, he was so efficient and accommodating whilst Simone enjoyed the morning of her summer wedding knowing everything was taken care of. Simone’s hair was styled so elegantly and classic, complimenting her beautiful lace dress! It is always so important that hair and makeup work well along side each other, and James White and Bernadette at Pure Hair & Beauty did this so effortlessly! Bernadette at Pure Hair & Beauty was an absolute pleasure to have at The Old Vicarage. Bernadette at Pure Hair & Beauty made Simone and her bridal party look flawless and radiant, glowing throughout the day.

It was very special having Louise – Nottingham Harpist playing Simone down the aisle to Tom. Louise also stayed to play during the reception drinks. We often ask Louise – Nottingham Harpist to attend our open days, she is a great to work with and the harp just adds such a delicate and goose bumpy element to the day!

The menus choices which Tom and Simone chose for their wedding breakfast went down a treat, it is very difficult trying to please all of your wedding guests however we managed to do just that with the choice of canapés and meals!


Seared scallop with black pudding and apple textures

Roast aramatic duck wrap with hoisin, cucumber and spring onion

Bitesize bolognese and mozarella arancini

Mini 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, rocket leaf and parma ham


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


Rich chocolate delice with an amaretto crumb and pistachio paste

Evening food

‘The evening buffet’ – A selection of savory pastries including:

Sausage rolls

Goats cheese and red onion tarts

Open sandwiches and wraps with seasonal fillings

Selection of salads

Selection of cheeses


We would like to thank all of the suppliers for being a joy to work with and a special thank you to Simone and Tom, the new Mr and Mrs Sumnal for allowing us to blog their special day and for being able to use their wedding photographs. We are completely in love with every detail of your wedding!

Photographer: Lee Garland Photography

Hair Stylist: James White

Florist: VAAS Florist Nottingham

Cake: Pasticceria Lorena

Makeup Artist: Bernadette at Pure Hair & Beauty

Harpist: Louise – Nottingham Harpist

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