With the assistance of perfect weather for a marquee wedding, it was quite a weekend! Charlotte and Ross were married on Saturday at St Martin’s Church, Bowness on Windermere. Before the ceremony, the groom and groomsmen went to the Ship Inn to watch the Lions triumph over the Aussies. After the ceremony, back to Belmount Hall for Canapes and Champagne, then into the marquee for the wedding breakfast. Asparagus rolled in smoked salmon, with Hollandaise Sauce, followed by Boeuf en Croute, carved by guests at the tables, with jugs of rich red wine sauce. Apparently the sauce (known in house as ‘Groovy Gravy’) was so delicious that one of the guests, who had been in the past a food correspondent for various magazines, drank the remains of the jug. Pudding was a choice between Jumping Jenny’s famous Sticky Toffee Pudding (simply the best!) and Aunt Grace’s Pavlova Meringue with red berry sauce and whipped cream, voted by a guest who is head chef at a local establishment, as ‘the perfect meringue – cooked slowly’.
Love the feedback!
Dancing and the evening party took place in the Indoor Marquee, although, as the weather was so beautiful, many people spent much of the evening wandering about in the grounds. With a couple of braziers burning, and the trees floodlit, it was a magical evening.
On Sunday, Charlotte’s mum Trisha had arranged a garden party, with a hog roast, to which she had invited 140 guests – a brave undertaking, to say the least.
However, the organisation was immaculate (despite a small crisis when a guest unplugged the power supply to the marquee – and the hog – so that he/she could plug in the television to watch Andy Murray in the Wimbledon Final) and the party was the best ever use of Belmount Hall grounds. There was croquet, badminton, and other garden games. Children were running around everywhere, whilst all the guests simply enjoyed a perfect summer’s day party.
A hardcore group of tennis enthusiasts (those who were brave enough) watched Andy Murray beat Djokovic. Union Jacks were waved, there was much cheering, strawberries and cream were served, and maybe a glass or two of fizz.
All in all, quite a weekend!