A Secret Garden Wedding and Iranian Tradition: Shima and Ashley
Designing our Secret Garden was always one of the most exciting parts of our wedding venue journey.
Hidden down a twisting pathway, surrounded by trees and nested in Hertfordshire’s idyllic countryside, the garden makes for a wedding photographer’s dream and is the ideal blank canvas for an intimate outdoor ceremony.
Acoustic Wedding Music
The Secret Garden was at the heart of Shima and Ashley’s countryside wedding this July.
Shima took her guest’s breath away, walking from the farmhouse and into the garden to a live acoustic version of Elbow’s One Day Like This performed by one of our favourite local musicians.
Niamh has sung at a number of Lodge Farm weddings and once again, her voice only added to the beauty of the day. The couple also chose for Niamh to sing them out with a beautiful version of There She Goes.
Gorgeous Hertfordshire Flower Arch
Shima’s talented florist, Nicola stayed on site for the duration of the wedding and worked with Shima to meet her vision of beautiful bright hanging bouquets in the marquee and an archway of roses & dahlia’s to say vows beneath. The lovely Celebrant, Charlotte Roscow performed the personal and very intimate ceremony.
And as Shima and Ashley made their way from the ceremony towards the garden and marquee guests were handed hand dried petal confetti in wicker baskets to send the newly weds on their way. A glorious drinks reception followed on the terrace and guests were delighted to be served Sekanjebin – a traditional Iranian summer drink of honey, vinegar, mint syrup and cucumber along with firm favourites, peach bellini’s and elderflower spritz’s.
An Iranian Banquet
Entering the marquee guests were met with a lavish banquet artfully created by our fabulous caterers, Clark and Blackwell. The menu reflected perfectly the bringing together of the two cultures. Dishes included goats cheese arancini’, homemade taramasalata and Rose Harissa Beef Skewers amongst other!
Ashley’s beloved Beaverton beer was also in supply, quirkily served from a beautiful tin bath.
Shima’s vision of bright and beautiful flowers ran through the day and added the finishing touch to the three tier cake, which was decorated with delicate edible petals. Alongside the cake Clark and Blackwell catering served platefuls of Eton Mess and Rocky Road.
Wedding Glitter Station
Not to be outdone by the decor, guests made a beeline for a seat at the Glitter Station, where the team from Glitter Bar London applied plenty of sparkle and provided the perfect conversation starter for mingling guests.
Whilst not a wedding essential, the station created gorgeous photo opportunities (guests watching the sunset whilst doused in glitter!) and a fantastic wedding atmosphere.
Man’s Best Friend
We’re all familiar with a best man at the wedding – but what about man’s best friend? Our personal highlight of the day? A surprise guest in the form of Shima and Ashley’s beloved dog, Lola. Remind us never to leave a couple’s prized pooch off the invite list again!