Colourful, vibrant and joyful; the three words I would use to describe Jo and Davey’s wedding celebration. This creative couple wowed us all with their vision and their suppliers certainly delivered.
Abbey Hall in Eye, Suffolk, is a creative space with bags of potential, which our couple made their own in every nook and cranny. The barn space lends itself to rustic vibes and is a fantastic palette for florists and designers to play with. Outside, there are glorious views over the Suffolk countryside looking out to the local church as a backdrop and miles of green fields.
Jo and Davey had to postpone their wedding due to the pandemic and then went ahead with 30 guests – their nearest and dearest who just happen to be brilliant people! They also chose some top tier suppliers for their wedding;
Rebecca Avery – Flowers
The Banqueteers – Banquet
Anne Schwarz – Photographer
Carla Leclezio – Cake
Jo’s Mum – Dress
The restrictions didn’t stop any ounce of joy, as the guests arrived you could feel their anticipation for the day ahead! The bridesmaids arrived first (in gorgeous technicolour), followed by Jo and her lovely parents. Jo’s Dad, Ray, walked Jo down the aisle to her waiting groom and our handfasting ceremony began. It was bursting full of love, with readings from Davey’s sisters, Lou and Kath, and best man, Josh, followed by the Mums, Jan and Ali, tying the beautiful handfasting ribbons before the vows.
Jo looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress, which had been handcrafted by her Mum; what a talent! They exchanged rings with the incredible backdrop of a flower arch created by our florist Rebecca, and after the signing of the certificate, Jo and Davey walked back up the aisle and into their married life together, accompanied by a live performance of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Solsbury Hill’.
Meanwhile, The Banqueteers had been hard at work preparing the food, which was out of this world. The tables had been designed and laid beautifully with lots of flowers and heaps of colour. The photographs of the food and the speeches speak a thousand words.
Into the evening and it was time to strike up the band, led by Davey’s Dad and all round music legend, Roger. He had brought together some fabulous musicians for a traditional band and surprised our bride and groom with a first dance that he had arranged for the evening, featuring Roger’s saxophone solo.
A self service bar provided by Jo and Davey and pulled pork burgers kept everyone delighted throughout the evening and a further highlight was Davey’s Uncle, Trevor, playing some classic tunes on the venue’s piano.
© Ellie Lomas 2021