Springtime Bliss

We had to show you this wedding not least because this got our vote for the Highest Level of Smiling at a Wedding.  Bride and groom looked like they were having a ball from the moment they arrived in a classic Morris Minor to the very last dance.

With bright blue bridal shoes and a Star Wars deathstar cake, this was always going to be a wedding with individuality stamped all over it and we loved this couple’s style. A pretty April bouquet of deeply coloured anemones and roses looked fabulous with the dramatic, tall pedestal displays, and we thought the food choices rocked. Things kicked off with some exotic canapés including beetroot and wasabi tea cakes, venison chipolatas and rowan berry glaze, and the rather beautiful lemongrass-steamed tartare of sea bream, purple potatoes and sour cream served on spoons.

Then came the lovely idea of sharing platter starters, served on slate for couples to toy with together. Here’s what was arranged so prettily: hot leek soup shot with wild garlic oil – served in a tiny espresso cup; ash- rolled (a lot nicer than it sounds) goats cheese with roasted; two Kilner jars  -  one with chutney and one with whisky creme fraiche, and finally a bowl of haggis bonbons.  This kind of Scottish-themed food with a quirky twist is our hallmark and we’re pleased to say the guests were delighted, with the sharing and tasting becoming entertainment in itself.

A strawberry and basil sorbet to refresh the senses both surprised and delighted all our diners, mingling unusual flavours and creating something very special. Fillet of beef "celeriac Osso Bucco" with wild garlic and a spring vegetable medley followed and the finale was our own  invention, spring pudding with clotted cream, completing a divine seasonal feast for our happy couple,  giving everyone plenty of energy before the best post-wedding dancing we’ve seen this side of Strictly Ballroom.

Hard to imagine anyone was peckish later, but our mini bacon rolls and little cones of chips and cheese upped the smile score even more and kept the dancers going a wee while longer.