Married at Millbridge – R&F
Rachel and Fiyin’s Spring wedding day was so full of love and laughter! Surrounded by family and friends, they created so many beautiful memories that will be cherished forever.
We caught up with them to relive their special day and give you a glimpse into just how much fun was had, from those loud “Yam Seng” to the incredible traditional wedding attires…
How did you meet and what’s the proposal story?
We met for the first time through mutual friends who invited a bunch of us to a pizza night in Shoreditch. We didn’t actually speak after that until the same friends invited us to a karaoke event, they hosted a year later. Honestly, if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be together!
The proposal happened on our bucket list trip to Iceland. We had just polished off dinner at a restaurant in Reykjavik and before heading back to the hotel we decided to go for a walk around the stunning Harpan concert hall to take some pictures. It was at this time that Fiyin, being the opportunist that he is, decided to get down on one knee and propose!
Why did you choose Millbridge Court?
Initially we didn’t really have an idea of what kind of wedding we wanted, but we came across Millbridge Court online and were really impressed by the aesthetic and how it seemed both modern and classic at the same time. The location also suited us well as we were London-based and wanted it to be easily accessible for our friends and family, but at the same time it was remote enough to feel like a countryside escape. With Rachel being a passionate foodie, the catering was also something that caught our eye from the get-go with impressive menu options offered by Kalm Kitchen.
Ultimately, we are so glad that we went with Millbridge given that from the moment we reached out, they had been really responsive, personable and eager to help which meant a great deal to us, especially throughout the planning process.
What did you love about having a Spring wedding?
Having a Spring wedding was one thing we were set on from the start of the planning process. It’s that time of year when the skies start to get brighter, but it doesn’t get overwhelmingly hot during the day and the sun sets later in the evening. Of course, with Spring comes the blossoming of nature and wildlife, and there was just something so beautiful about the symbolism of new beginnings at springtime which made the idea of having a spring wedding all the more special.
Tell us more about your suppliers and why you chose them.
We chose Philipa Day as our florist as we loved her organic style using a combination of flowers and colours that perfectly suited the fresh spring theme we were going for.
From the moment we came across Emma Jane Lewis’ portfolio online, we knew that we wanted her to photograph our wedding. Her photos are romantic, candid, and editorial all at the same time and there were so many key moments throughout the day that we’ll always be able to look back on thanks to her.
Our decision to hire a photobooth was a pretty last minute call but might have been one of the best things we decided to do! Picture Blast provided a really easy booking experience and set up on the day without a hitch. Our guests loved taking photos with the fun accessories it came with – and the best part is, the photos were all saved digitally so it was very amusing looking through them all when the link was sent to us!
We made the conscious decision to get our friends and family involved in some parts of the day too. It made the day so much more meaningful knowing some of our nearest and dearest also had a part to play in our big day.
Were there any family traditions that featured in your day?
At the end of the meal, we went around to each table to toast our guests – a Chinese wedding tradition called ‘Yam Seng’ (equivalent meaning to ‘Cheers’ in Cantonese), Rachel’s dad encouraged everyone to raise their glasses and shout “Yam Seng” at the top of their lungs. It definitely brought plenty of laughter and even a little bit of competition between the tables as to who was the loudest!
Our first dance then featured the two of us in traditional Yoruba wedding attire which were custom made for us in Nigeria. We danced our way into the reception hall surrounded by friends and family before our Nigerian guests sprayed us with cash – talk about a grand entrance!
Tell us something that we wouldn’t know about your day from the pictures.
The food was absolutely incredible. It was one of the things our guests kept bringing up as a key highlight from the day; from the canapés to the bountiful sharing platters and the late-night snacks, it was all so delicious and beautifully plated. Hats off to the Kalm Kitchen team for doing such a fantastic job!
Favourite part of your wedding journey?
The day itself! The planning process was tough at times and there were days when we were both questioning “is this really worth all the stress?”, but when the day came, all of that faded away as we were surrounded by the ones we love and were reminded of what the day was really about.
Any words of wisdom for future couples?
Throw any expectations you have for the day out of the window and just focus on being present and making the most of it. Find five minutes for just the two of you together to take everything in and appreciate the moment. This might be the only time you’ll see all your loved ones under the same roof, and it flies by much quicker than you’d think!
Details Date Nights at Millbridge Court
We have waited so long to finally be able to host our Details Date Nights (since November 2019 to be precise) and last month the wait was finally over!
It has been such a joy to welcome back our newly booked Couples and for them to be able to meet and chat to a selection of our super talented Millbridge Court Partners whilst also getting to see the Halls transformed with beautiful displays, tablescapes and installations and being able to enjoy tasty Kalm Kitchen treats and signature drinks. It’s the perfect way to start getting inspired and begin to visualise how your very own special day might look!
Below we wanted to share with you all some of the breathtaking details from our Date Night on March 9th where we were so lucky to have all of these incredible MC Partners joining us:
~ Photographer ~
~ Florists ~
Hannah Berry Flowers (Ceremony Hall florals)
The Topiary Tree (Dining Hall florals)
~ Stationery ~
~ Cakes ~
~ Lighting ~
~ Videography ~
~ Hair and Makeup ~
~ Wedding Attire ~
~ Music ~
Keep scrolling to see lots of wonderful Millbridge Court Wedding Day inspiration!
Last Sunday, we hosted our Annual Spring Preview & what a gorgeous preview it was, thanks to the amazing MBC Partners that joined us; creating inspiring displays & chatting away with our lovely MBC couples.
Showcasing stunning tablescapes in our Dining Barn were Alice (Meadowfolk), Carrie (The Topiary Tree), Katie (Blackberry & Bloom) & Gill Pike who each created such varied arrangements, from the rustic to the bold & beautifully blowsy… there was something for everyone. We had amazing wooden banquet tables & cross back chairs provided by Academy Furniture Hire & each table was complimented by coloured glassware from Crystal Hire.
The beautiful flowers weren’t just confined to the Dining Barn with Gill Pike showcasing her breathtaking foliage Moongate Arch in our Ceremony Barn, the perfect backdrop to any Ceremony & Carrie Macey created a statement urn arrangement outside the Millbridge Court entrance, a wonderful way brighten up a rainy day!
Further brightening up the grey day was Laura from Laura’s Paper Heart who serenaded our guests so beautifully throughout the event.
In our Bridal Changing Suite we had the amazing Carolanne Armstrong & Sharon Roberts doing Express Hair Styling & Make Up Sessions for our Brides. Such a wonderful opportunity to ask these very knowledgeable & talented ladies any questions & to trial a hairstyle/make up look for their Big Day.
Showcasing gorgeous Wedding Cakes were Andi Freeman & Melissa ( Thirty One Cakes) who also had delicious testers for our couples to try & the even more tasty treats were provided by Kalm Kitchen who circulated Canapes, yummy bowl food & they also put together yet another incredible Patisserie Boutique, with added foliage & Spring Flowers from Blackberry & Bloom.
We had MBC Partners Philippa Sian Photography, Jon & Laura from VLA Wedding Photography, Neale James & Sophie Duckworth showing our Brides & Grooms the phenomenal Wedding Days they have captured at Millbridge Court over the years. Thank you also to Ash Videography & Chris & Amy from W4 Wedding Films for not only joining us, but for putting together really beautiful videos of Sundays Event (you can find these on our Instagram & Facebook page).
Thank you so much to everyone that came to our Preview, we hope that you all had a really wonderful time & left truly inspired for your Wedding Day.
Autumn Wedding Day At Millbridge Court #marriedatmillbridge
With Autumn well & truly upon us, it seemed like the perfect time to share with you all one of last years stunning October Wedding Days.
C&I’s vision for their day was simply breathtaking & the suppliers that brought their autumnal vision to life did so perfectly. Their florist was none other than the wonderful Jay Archer Floral Design who created the most phenomenal Ceremony Archway, not to mention the stunning floral arrangements in both the Ceremony & the Dining Barn, abundant with rich, colourful flowers & foliage. Little touches such as dried leaves lining the aisle & hanging fresh leaves from the pegs & shelves really added to the theme & made such a spectacular visual impact.
In charge of capturing the beautiful details & styling touches, as well as all of those special moments was Guy Collier, a photographer who always manages to tell the story of the day so seamlessly, from the Bridal preparations, right up until the dancing is well underway. Whittling the images down to choose which ones would be featured below was near to impossible, so this may just be one of our longest blog posts to date, but there were just far too many exquisite details, happy moments & beautiful couples shots to choose from.
In a few weeks time, it’ll be C&I’s first Wedding Anniversary, so we wish you both the happiest day & hope that your first year of marriage has been utterly wonderful in every way. Thank you for letting us share in what was such an amazing day! Xx
June Wedding Day #marriedatmillbridge
Earlier on this Summer, C & D had their beautiful Wedding Day here at Millbridge Court which saw some really fantastic industry suppliers come together to bring their fairytale day to life.
The Bride & Groom were lucky enough to have the illusive Summer sunshine make an appearance on their big day, which enabled them to have the most breathtaking Arbor Ceremony, complete with exquisite milk churn floral arrangements, abundant with blush and peach blooms, created by the uber talented Hannah Berry Flowers.
The heavenly floralising didn’t end there, with Hannah creating elegant & fragrant centrepieces which looked so perfect alongside the soft grey linens & glassware chosen by the couple. The abundant milk churn arrangements were also brought inside following the Ceremony to frame the top table, a wonderful way to make the most of show stopping flowers! Further adding to the Dining Barn’s styling was C & D’s Wedding Cake; a four tier gold leaf, peach & grey marble masterpiece made by Elle Gerrish (Designer Cakes By Elle) which consisted of a Lime & Coconut, Red Velvet & Caramel layers with a salted caramel drizzle.
Their chosen photographer was none other than VLA Photography, who captured all of the days details so beautifully along with all of those special moments. Thank you to Jon & Laura for allowing us to share their beautiful images & we’re so excited to have chosen a selection for you all to see below.
Last but not least, we want to wish the Bride & Groom so much love & happiness in their lives together as Husband & Wife. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of what was such a fabulous day! Xx