Louise & Malcolm
Louise and Malcolm
Louise and Malcolm contacted us shortly after their engagement to explore our Full Wedding Planning package. Having spent time living abroad, the couple wanted to combine their love of life in Ibiza with the nostalgia of their early fairground dates, and they asked us to find a way of incorporating some elements of traditional fairgrounds into an elegant wedding reception. Having decided on a marquee, our first task was to find a venue in England’s North East with ample space to accommodate such a large production. Whilst the grounds of the venue were to offer guests an extravagant funfair experience, Louise and Malcolm wanted the marquee interior to appear romantic and luxurious, with an emphasis on pale pink and rose gold.
Beginning our installation five days ahead of the wedding, we coordinated the build of a 36m x 12m marquee in the grounds of Langley Castle Hotel, Northumberland. With a clear-span roof positioned above the elegant vintage chill out area, a twinkling white star-lit dancefloor taking centre-stage and a rose gold bar and photo booth welcoming guests at the entrance, we carefully divided up the marquee to ensure it retained a feeling of intimacy, despite needing to accommodate some 180 guests.
Standing proud upon each table, enchanted blossom trees acted as striking centrepieces, while the top table featured a bespoke overhead structure of dusky flowers and suspended crystal drop candles. As wedding favours, each guest received an individual succulent plant which sat in a copper-dipped concrete pot, and to complement the chosen colour palette we sourced copper cutlery and a towering five-tier rose gold cake which was displayed on the dance floor.
Following the church ceremony and a drinks reception in the castle’s grand Drawing Room, guests were called into the marquee for the wedding breakfast, where subtle up-lighting gave the walls a soft pink wash, hundreds of tea lights flickered, and smoky-coloured glasses were filled with pink Champagne for the speeches.
Outside, all the flamboyance of a funfair awaited guests for the evening reception. For two hours, they were entertained by a full-sized carousel playing traditional fairground music, a series of games stalls, a candy floss station, a kissing booth, an old fashioned peep board and two Ibiza-inspired flame performers who worked through the crowd, juggling, hooping and spinning their fiery props. A live band kicked off the evening’s dancing, followed by a spectacular firework display before the DJ played to a packed dancefloor back inside the marquee.
Key challenges faced during the five day installation and on the wedding day itself included a lack of on-site parking, which was made more difficult by heavy, persistent rain and large volumes of supplier traffic. We were forced to implement our wet weather plan and work swiftly and closely with the venue to resolve the parking situation, ensuring that Louise and Malcolm’s enjoyment of their special day was not impacted.
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