A Spring wedding at TMC Towers! This time it was for Joanna’s son Tom.
This blog has been written by the beautiful new bride herself Emma Smitham.
“Tom and I met at Law School in Guildford, outside the library a mutual friend introduced us and the rest…well is history. Tom proposed just before Christmas with an amazing Gucci bag, the thought of walking in to a jeweller all alone with no idea what to buy his incredibly indecisive fiancée (to be) was far too much pressure. We went together to Cry for the Moon in Guildford and chose the most stunning sapphire and diamond target ring.
So we decided – long courtship, short engagement to set a date for April – this gave us less than 4 months to put everything together. Our secret weapon – Two Many Cooks! I was marrying into the wonderful world of Joanna Rowlands and Emily Jones, the most amazing duo (Tom is Joanna’s son and Emily’s brother). Before sunrise the following day, the vicar had been booked, the band pencilled in, the marquee company on hold, the florist had said yes and well the caterers had freed up the whole weekend for us. Emily and Joanna were on speed dial and provided the most incredibly comprehensive advice from the size of the plant pots on the table to the number of cakes that could fit on a cake table.
The Wedding Marquee
The wonderful Iain at Inside Outside came to visit and we planned to fill the garden with a light and bright Spring marquee. It was stunning, beautifully lit and incredibly spacious. We decided on long tables so that we could maximise the space and create a divide between the dance floor, bar area and eating area.
We dressed the tables with Spring herbs and beautiful flowers under the creative guidance of Marion at The Kingfisher Farm Shop.
Marion from the Kingfisher Farm Shop really was such an unbelievably supportive and caring person throughout the wedding journey and even when I called her at 9am on the wedding day to say I had ‘forgotten’ an usher’s corsage, she simply said don’t worry, I have it covered.
I had a couple of meetings with Marion but she knew the look we wanted the minute I said Petersham Nurseries, inside/outside Victorian greenhouse look. We wanted an English country garden feel with lots of blossom and she went above and beyond to create the most wonderful look.
We never really had a theme but the colours were important, we wanted to keep it clean and lean so stuck with dusty pink, ivory and green.
I had said from day one that I wanted a sweetie table and so we set up an old fashioned sweetie stop with white and pink bags for the guests to help themselves to, later after this picture was taken a huge mountain of bright pink macaroons were added!. Alongside this was THE cake table.Cake Table
The cake table had 7 cakes, including the most beautiful three tier traditional wedding cake made by my mother in law to be, Joanna. The other cakes were equally stunning and so delicious. Emily was decorating and styling the tables until the last minute, ensuring everything looked perfect; Emily’s attention to detail is insane – she really is the most caring person to have around you on the day and for the build up – she really does want the day to be as perfect as you do.
So, on to the food…well it was simply amazing. The flavours were so crisp and clean and the presentation just stunning. We chose a selection of canapes, making sure there was something for everyone. Emily and Joanna put on a tasting evening and we all ended the evening in agreement on the perfect bespoke seasonal menu.
Nothing was too hard or too tricky and Emily guided us through to make sure we were both happy with every choice.
The number of friends who have said ‘it was the best food I have had at a wedding’ is incredible and one even called the following week to introduce her sister and now Two Many Cooks are doing her wedding in September!
My dress….the most beautiful thing I have ever worn and will ever wear. Emma at Miss Bush Bridal had me sussed within about 10 minutes and managed to steer me towards something a bit different by the Spanish designer Yolan Cris. It was the first dress she picked out, she knows me better than I know myself and it was perfect.
Cliche, but it was a magical moment and I felt amazing in it and nothing came close to the feeling despite trying on another 8 dresses that night. The fittings were so well organised and Emma and her team worked incredibly hard to make sure I had the perfect dress in a very tight time frame.
There is no way that we would have been able to plan and put together the wedding we had in less than 4 months without Two Many Cooks. Nothing was too much, too late or too rushed for them – it was all possible and done with excitement, professionalism and a huge smile.
The bespoke menu, the delivery on the day and the wonderful staff were all way above and beyond anything we could have imagined. The marquee was full of happiness and laughter and everything went perfectly thanks to the attention to detail and planning by Emily and her team.
On the day there was someone managing the running of the day and all the timings – she was a complete hero! We always had someone to go to if we needed to but she handled everything which meant we both totally switched off and enjoyed our greatest day.”
Brides Dress: Yolan Cris
Bridal Boutique: Miss Bush (here’s the blog piece on Emily’s dress)
Wedding Catering: Two Many Cooks
Wedding Planners: Two Many Cooks
Wedding Co-ordinaters: Two Many Cooks
Marquee: Inside Outside Marquees
Flowers & Potted Plants: Marion from The Kingfisher Farmshop
Balloons: The Bubblegum Girls
The Wedding Cake: Two Many Cooks
Photographer: James Darling Photography
Videographer: Ed Schofield from Cedar Film Co
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