Caroline and Jamie's Marquee Wedding Bride & Groom: Caroline & Jamie

Location: A large marquee wedding in his parents amazing garden, overlooking Hanbury Church.

Photography: Richard Barley

Caroline and Jamie were looking for hot sharing platters that would inspire them and their many guests. Kemp and Kemp obliged, with a quote based on just that – with six choices that each chimed with their thoughts and hopes.

The marquee was ingeniously sited by Artisan Marquees between the shrubs and trees of a mature, sinuous garden. Some of the trees and flower-beds were actually incorporated into it to give a horticultural feel, reflected throughout by ivy and natural flowers.

The wedding was wonderful, with the plan (after the church service) to walk guests across the wide, lush and quintessentially English valley and through the summer meadows to the reception. Brilliant idea, but the weather on the day stopped that unfortunately. Luckily, the rain held off sufficiently so that guests could enjoy the spectacular view back to the church, as they sipped ice cold Prosecco and nibbled on K&K’s homemade up-market nibbles; Gourmet sausages, parmesan and rosemary shortbreads, Thai chicken ball skewers and tapenade palmiers.

They sat down for speeches, followed by the main course which comprised slow roasted shoulder of lamb served on rustic wooden boards dotted across their three huge 30′ long tables. This was accompanied by crushed baby potatoes, red onion, fennel seed and basil salad and griddled courgettes with rocket. Guests carved off chunks of meat themselves – with seconds in abundance.

For dessert we cut up and dressed their wedding cake; served again on wooden platters with big bowls of fresh summer fruit and whipped cream, followed (of course) by coffee.

Despite the rain the atmosphere was joyous from start to finish.

Caroline: Kemp & Kemp were fantastic and couldn’t recommend them highly enough! A delight to work with all through the planning stage and a very useful source of knowledge when it came to anything wedding food related, their experience was invaluable…” Read more on Guides for Brides