Wedding of the Week: Rachel Stricevic and Martin Scurr
29 Nov 2016
A glorious garden party, Rachel Stricevic and Martin Scurr married at Norwich Castle and held their reception at home in Aldeby
We held our reception at home. I think we thought it would be a lovely, easy solution, partly because we didn’t want a long engagement and venues get terribly booked up, but also because we have a lovely space there that we thought we could use and it would feel more intimate and create some new family memories.
I must have tried on 30 dresses… at least. I knew I’d know when I saw it, but somehow nothing was quite right. Both of us had been married before, so a gorgeous white dress didn’t feel appropriate for me. Also, we very much wanted to have the reception at home, so I didn’t want anything too formal but at the same time, formal enough to give me confidence on the day. I actually spotted it in a magazine article about new young companies making wedding dresses and outfits that didn’t cost the earth. It looked versatile enough for me to think I really would wear this again. I promptly ordered it online but when it arrived, the skirt had been lined in a manmade fabric and was visible under layers of tulle. I sourced some lovely silk, which was an exact colour match and had the whole skirt remade and altered to fit perfectly. In the end it wasn’t quite the bargain I hoped for but that didn’t matter. I now had a beautiful custom-made outfit and I felt wonderful in it on the day.
The bridesmaids were my 12-year-old twin daughters Anna and Mila. They chose their dresses themselves, with a little bit of help from granny – just simple white summer dresses with sandals. They were far more interested in their flower headdresses.
We used tartan ribbon for a little Scottish touch and finished it off with models of a Land Rover and Daimler Dart side by side. We thought that was fitting since those two rather opposite cars usually live in the wedding reception venue – our garage.
We married at Norwich Castle with just our mums and children. We invited about 110 guests for lunch afterwards.
We used what is the garage and decorated it with hessian, ivy and silver bark birch trees in pots. Our florist used masses of soft country garden flowers in loose arrangements for the tables. We asked a chef we know to cook an informal lunch for us.
We had wonderful music from Svetla and her accordion as the sun shone. We’d spotted her busking in Beccles and thought she was absolutely fantastic. We had a jukebox, dancing, go-karting round the track in the field for the kids, table tennis and hay bales for the youngest ones and Paravanni’s ice cream van made a special stop on their route around six-ish. Later on friends organised a fabulous surprise – a wonderful live band – then more dancing.
Hire a wedding organiser if you’re not up to date on wedding planning or pressed for time. Ours had a bulging address book of contacts and was incredibly helpful, we were so grateful to her for facilitating everything beautifully and taking care of all the headaches and logistics.
Get the look:
Photography: Mark Tillie Photography, www.marktillie.com
Ceremony Venue: Norwich Castle, www.marryinnorfolk.co.uk
Reception Venue: At home in Aldeby
Dress: Needle and Thread, Net-a-Porter, www.net-a-porter.com
Wedding rings: The Garden Workshop, www.thegardenworkshop.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dresses: New Look, www.newlook.com
Groom’s outfit: Walker Slater, www.walkerslater.com
Stationery: Glasgow Press, www.glasgowpress.co.uk
Flowers: Denise Johnson Flowers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cake: Cakes by Jacqueline, www.coplandfamilybakers.co.uk
Venue dresser: CMA Cater Hire, www.cmahire.co.uk
Transport: Grebe Coaches, www.grebecoaches.com
Entertainment: Jukebox, www.jukebox45s.co.uk
Wedding planner: Jude Pontais, email@example.com