By the time Will and Fran’ got married I felt like I knew them. She had got in touch about 2 years before the day and we had met up a few time, chatted on the phone lots and exchanged around 1000 emails (ish), all about the food and the flowers. The couple had booked the Hog Roast with Salads, the Ice Cream Bike and the Flowers. Francesca is a textiles designer, so she has a arty eye, if you get what I mean. She likes colour and her Pinterest board was stuffed full of pictures and details. Her bouquet was one of my favourites we did last year. That peony was just so huge and the colours really sung.
After their ceremony Fran, Will and their entourage of family and friends headed back to The Sussex Barn for the shindig. The Sussex Barn is in a lovely spot in East Sussex, and it has still got all those lovely wooden beams to keep it ‘barny’, there is a courtyard that is perfect for canapés, and there are some nice open stables down one side gives a bit of cover, just in case. It also has rustic farmy-barny-bits, and an ace view over the countryside.
Fran and Will had put a whole load of effort in to fluffing and froofing paper poms, decorating jam jars with matching coloured ribbons, hanging bunting and tending to all those little details. When it came to dinner time everyone tucked in to our Hog Roast & Selection of Salads. Sacco & Sacco were there taking some beautiful pictures so we got to feed them, and even grabbed five minutes break with the two of nicest photography peeps you are ever likely to meet.
The weather forecast had been pretty dire – flash floods, huge storms, rain, brimstone, frogs – all that stuff. They were lucky, it held off pretty much most of the day, apart from the odd clap of thunder, that had us all ducking for cover in the kitchen, it was actually pretty sunny and warm. After dinner the sky burst and the heavens opened. It was all very dramatic. This didn’t stop people queuing up for late night crepes from Creperie Lui, a beautiful, old, converted Citroen H Van though.