I was a guest last night at a beautiful wedding held at Norwood Parkhttp://www.norwoodpark.co.uk/ .It was a very special night for my family and myself as the neighbours ,whose wedding it was, had gone to extraordinary lengths to make sure everyone at the wedding had a fantastic time.They were kind enough to invite all the families from the row of cottages where we live and it was a great night for meeting up with the neighbours and having a few drinks and a chat in magical surroundings.
None of us had been to Norwood Park in Southwell before (although LMM have supplied a band for a wedding there in the past.)
The wedding reception was held in the lantern lit court yard and although the weather was not great the rain held off and the heaters and the dancing kept us all warm as we settled in to watch a great nine piece band.
The day had started with bride and groom leaving the house in VW camper vans as the villagers waved them off.A surprise aerial stunt pilot left the afternoon guests stunned.Upon our arrival for the evening do we were greeted by a range of entertainment which kept the kids and grown ups involved throughout the evening.
In addition to the fantastic jazz swing band there was an old style photo booth where guests could get their photo taken and paste it into the memory album with a message.You could also take a copy home with the date and names of the wedding couple printed on it.This was a great touch and there was a queue for the photo booth throughout the night with people coming up in various combos of family and friends for serious and daft photos.
A living statue was handing out small bubble blowers to the children (and lots of bubble happy adults!)
A face painter was kept busy throughout the night doing every combination of Hello Kitty/horse/dolphin/shark/fairy tattoos …..by late evening one or two adults could be seen with face paintings wandering around the crowd.Our girls (age eight and ten) and the neighbours kids (ranging from three upwards) were constantly by this stall either waiting to have yet another tattoo or watching to see what everyone else was having.By the end of the evening every available bit of skin on the kids was painted.
Perhaps my favourite touch of the evening was the pick and mix stall where old school sweets (do you remember Wham Bars , Fizz Bangs,Flying Saucers,Bazooka Joes ,Hubba Bubba Bubblegum and Strawberry Bon Bons) were laid out like the best candy store in the world (yes kids ….its all free and you can go back as many times as you want!!)
At the end of the evening we were led to the back of the grand Norwood Park House where a fire work display finished off the night in style.
All in all it was the perfect wedding.
If you are looking for somewhere to hold a reception in the Nottinghamshire area I would heartily reccomend this wedding venue.It was pure magic.
As for the small touches put in place by the bride and groom…..they were wonderful and appreciated by all the guests at the wedding.
I will not embarrass the pair of them by mentioned them by name but I can say they are a lovely couple and their amazing wedding will be a special memory for my family for a long,long time.Thanks for inviting us.