When it comes to marquees, we know our stuff. 10 years of experience has taught us everything you could ever want to know about each style of tent that we offer, but, when it comes to the weddings themselves – we are happy to hand over to our brides. The best part of the process for us, is getting to know the couple and understanding their vision. Tanna and Laurence Wright were a particular favourite couple of ours and we couldn’t wait to have them on our blog. Read their journey to their big day, courtesy of Tanna, below..
I am a physiotherapist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, while Laurence is a Green Keeper at the Royal Cromer Golf club. We have been together 12 years after meeting at a fancy-dress party in 2005. We bought our first home in Cromer 2 years later and following that, we moved to Sheringham in 2012. We felt there was something missing though so we added a Fox Red Labrador, Elsie, that same year!
After 11 years together, Laurence decided to pop the question on my 30th birthday! With a ring that had been designed by himself and Lanes Jewellers in Holt, which I highly recommend. It featured the diamond stone of my late Dutch Grandmother’s wedding ring, making it extra special. Laurence took me to Sheringham Park on a bench that my mum bought in remembrance of my Dutch Grandma. He had buried some champagne and glasses nearby to celebrate with, although I don’t think he’d realised it was Good Friday so we had more than a few spectators! My family organised me a surprise party that evening, which is where we announced the engagement!
We always knew that we wanted to get married at Laurence’s parents farm house in Trunch due to the beautiful scenery and perfect plot for a marquee to sit. We also fell in love with Trunch Church, so the choice was easy! It was small, intimate and structurally stunning plus it could fit all of our guests. It also had the personal connection of Laurence being brought up there which was a nice touch.
When it came to other parts of the planning, we had a few things we wanted to book straight away such as the band and the catering as they were really important to us but other parts were a little trickier to decide on!
Morton’s Event Hire:
After deciding we wanted a marquee, we began hunting for the right supplier. Morton’s came recommended by a few local people and their reputation was very positive. Although we had a few companies come and give us quotes, Morton’s were always the most consistent with the best range of options and styles. Alex Morton was warm and friendly and we never felt like anything was too much trouble for him. We even had a visit at a local venue to see the marquee, where we got to meet the groom and discuss things with him. Overall, we were thrilled with the service.
Our Set Up:
After a long debate, we opted for the Traditional 80x40ft Marquee. We went backwards and forwards between the traditional and the modular pods, but we felt that given the space and communal feel of one big room, the traditional would work better for us. Plus, it went in line with the overall theme of the day much better than the modern design of the modular style. We had it positioned so that the large garden was in front which meant that all day we were staring out at endless fields which was amazing.
We had a small wooded area where guests walked through which we decorated with ribbons and candles, along with a welcome message written by myself and bridesmaid on the side of a shed the morning of the wedding!
We had 130 guests for a 3-course meal which was supplied by Andy Parle and his super team of chefs and waiting staff.
Laurence’s brother Tim, designed us the epic Love letters as a surprise which looked incredible with our 2-piece band, Gameplan playing acoustically as people arrived back to the reception. It also looked stunning as the sun came down across the fields and we had candles hanging from trees and fairy lights lighting up the garden, magical!
We knew we wanted a relaxed summer country vibe with some personal touches such as hand written chalkboards and homemade shortbread favours by my mum which was a nod to our Scottish routes, but we also wanted formal elements such as our sit-down dinner.
A thread of dusky pinks throughout was essential for us as it tied in with everything from the flowers to the tables. My little helpers tied ribbons around the chivari chairs, provided by Mortons, to bring a an elegant feel to the whole marquee.
The flowers were put together by The Rose Garden in Cromer who got the colour scheme exactly right with a mix of dusky roses and lavender, with thistles, another Scottish trend! The church and marquee flowers were organised by my mum with the help of the Holt Flower club.
- All 8 bridesmaid/flower girl dressers were handmade by Laurence’s mum, Linda and designed by the both of us.
- My dress was a Pronovias Artelier Design, purchased from the lovely Joanna at Elm Hill Brides in Norwich, my veil was also from there.
The food and drink:
- The catering was by Andy Parle and it was delicious!
- The cake was a rustic style supplied by Emma at Buns of Fun in Sherringham.
- The impressive bar was provided by Best @ Bars, recommended by Morton’s themselves!
- 2 piece duo Gameplan, performed acoustically during canapes after the ceremony, in front of the LOVE sign, perfect!
- The second band we had were the YowsYows
- Our incredible photos were by Luis Holden as you can see throughout this blog!
The hair and make up:
- All hair and make up was done by the lovely Amanda Steed!