Twinkling Unique Marquee Wedding

Kate and Corin's wedding photos have been some of our most favourite ever taken of our Cornish Cream tent, their marquee wedding was so beautifully romantic we couldn't wait to find out a little more about them, and how they made their wedding so special.

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The Proposal

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"Corin proposed to me on the day of 'his' Birthday treat. I surprised him with afternoon tea at South Lodge Hotel in West Sussex, afterwards he said he wanted to go for a walk around the grounds. As we stood by a lake, surrounded by bluebells, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He surprised me with a yellow diamond ring that I had seen years ago in my favourite jewellers, Jeremy Hoye. I had said to him at the time, 'if we ever get married, that's the ring I would love' and he remembered. The ring wasn't available anymore, so Corin sourced a canary yellow diamond from London and then had the ring remade by Jeremy."

The wedding venue

"We got married at St Bartholomew's Church in Maresfield, East Sussex where I was christened."

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The Dress

"My wedding dress was made by Amanda Wakeley. She is my favourite wedding dress designer, and it was always my dream to wear one of her dresses. It was the first appointment that my Mum and I went to, and my dress was pretty much the first one I saw - it clearly had my name on it! I went to a few other appointments at various other places after that, but my thoughts kept going back to that dress, so I knew it was the one. I wanted a simple yet classic dress and nothing too over the top - it was really important to me that I wouldn't look back at my wedding photos and think 'why did I wear that'?! I am not a particularly traditional kind of person when it comes to fashion (probably because I work in fashion) and so I wanted my dress to reflect me and my personality.

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The dress was made of satin and jersey silk and was almost Grecian like in its structure, with jersey silk flowing from a strapless satin bodice into a long train, with a rather revealing back! I wore a long ivory beaded veil which was almost Pre-Raphaelite in its appearance and draped down the length of my train."

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The Groom's Attire

"Corin had a midnight blue suit from Paul Smith with a lavender tie chosen to match the bridesmaids' dresses. He was particularly proud of his tan Paul Smith brogues with raspberry coloured laces."

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The Transport

"Our wedding car was called 'Bonnie', she was a sky blue open top 1950's Cadillac with white leather interior. When she turned up she was draped in ivory ribbons and flowers. As the church was so close to the reception, Corin and I made the most of the car by going off for a drive to the Ashdown Forest immediately after the church - that way we got time to enjoy the cruise, whilst having some time away together to let it all sink in before heading back to the party."

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The Party

"The marquee reception was held at my parent's house in Maresfield which is where I was born and grew up, so a very magical place, full of amazing memories for me."

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"Our theme was a touch of the Balearics in an English country garden. We chose a more neutral palette for the main marquee, opting for the Cornish Cream tent with its intricate and delicate embroidery. Inside, we had day beds around the edge of the marquee and a huge glitter ball above the dance floor. My mum, who is a keen gardener, grew the most amazing pink hydrangeas for the wedding, and by the time the wedding came they were at the perfect 'antique' stage, so we had pots and pots of them outside the entrance to the marquee."

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"Each of the tables had one main table decoration consisting of a large church candle surrounded by peonies, hydrangeas, roses and eucalyptus, and on each of the side tables we had tiny trinkets and ornaments. The only lighting inside the marquee was a mirror ball, alongside candles and up lighters in each corner, which shone up through palms."

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"Being quite a balmy evening, we were lucky enough to be able to have the sides of the marquee completely open, enabling us to look out into the garden. The lighting company we used (Kave, who do stage lighting for the West End), lit up the whole garden, as well as covering the hedges with blankets of fairy lights, so when dusk fell, the whole place quite literally sparkled"

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"Next door to the main marquee, we had a 'chill out' tent; the Bombay Boudoir marquee, which was more of an Indian inspired tent with day beds, cushions and low level tables. This was the opposite to our main marquee in that we went for full blown colour - bright pinks orange, black and gold - guests relaxed here at the end of the night and I think the last people were finally kicked out at 4am."

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"Our DJ was Andy C from Skint Records (Fatboy Slim's label) - needless to say he got the party rocking and had the perfect attitude, saying that he wouldn't stop until the last person stopped dancing...and they didn't for hours!"

What was the inspiration for your wedding theme?

"We were originally planning on getting married in Ibiza as it holds many special memories for us both, but it turns out that you are only able to have a blessing there rather than a marriage ceremony - this just wasn't an option for us as we wanted our friends and family to be a part of our marriage ceremony too. Having been together for so many years, we couldn't not have our nearest and dearest watch us tie the knot after so many years of nagging us to! We were always really clear on what we wanted as our theme. Being a country girl at heart, I wanted to incorporate a real English country garden feel to the day and then combine it with some of the more bohemian elements that we love about Ibiza."

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The Cake

"Our cake was made by Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton. They designed a HUGE three tiered lemon sponge with a dark chocolate ganache filling, and as it was our dessert on the day, we wanted it to have a touch of the wow factor. The cake was covered in white chocolate and sugared flowers, each flower copied from the flowers in our table decorations - dusky roses, hydrangeas and peonies. Christine, the owner, even asked us to take in colour samples so she could match the colour of the decorations exactly to the flowers! The cake was covered in glitter and butterflies, and across the middle, we had a huge bright pink chocolate heart and scroll with 'Mr and Mrs Morton' written in pink."

The Photographer

David Goldman
www.david-goldman.co.uk

The Marquee

Cornish Cream reception and dining marquee
Bombay Boudoir chill out tent

The Decor

White Moroccan lanterns
Glitter ball over dance floor
Cornish Cream furniture
Long banqueting tables
DIY and homemade touches
Potted flowers with church candle table centres
Sprigs of lavender tied to napkins
Blanket lighting and fairy lights for garden by Kave

The Cake

A beautifully decadent and bohemian cake with flowers to match the table decorations from Chocywoccydoodah, Brighton.

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Katherine

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Katherine is the founder of Arabian Tents and her day is a whirlwind of meeting clients, writing emails (lots of them!), brainstorming décor ideas and snatching moments to feel very lucky she loves what she does.

When throwing a party it’s always colourful, inviting, warm and relaxing – she loves the Purple Palace interior as it apparently looks good against everyone and she makes sure there is always a ‘surprise’ for guests, whether it be a secret room to discover, an alternative performance or after-dinner liqueur treats. She believes that people parties are important and moments at them are remembered for the rest of people’s lives, so it’s important to break the ice as fast as possible and get on with having fun! The next project she’s working on is a new structure design that should be manufactured and ready to be unveiled to the world next year!

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