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Monday, 20 May 2013

A Marriage Made in Staffordshire...

I have just spent a weekend that was one of those unique & special times in life when you stand still and observe the beauty in the world. Poetic? Yes, unashamedly. A wedding is something that brings together family & friends to celebrate love and this weekend there was a wedding that did just that in a stunning and special place on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire borders.

Beechenhill Farm....

Not only was this wedding about my family & the people I love, but it was also in and about a place I love - creating a moment in time that I will never forget.

As many of you will know, my heart is lost to Staffordshire, its countryside, people, places, food....oh the list goes on - so you might imagine how excited I was at the prospect of the wedding of my baby sister & the lovely Jason- a wedding absolutely packed full of all those special ingredients - place, people, home made food, home grown flowers, family heirlooms.....

Burleigh Teapot arrangement...
Martha, Jason & Fi...

The place was Beechenhill Farm at the top on Ilam in the stunning Staffordshire Peak District. It is an underplay to call this place "award winning" because it is more than that. Set atop of a hill overlooking Ilam below and sweeping views, Beechenhill is run by Sue & Alex (not to forget their invaluable support crew) who simply "get it". They know how to help, not interfere, support, advise, stand back, join in, stay calm - all vital ingredients for a wedding. They allow people to create a truly unique and personal wedding by loving what they do. Thus lugging home grown flowers, much loved china, family table cloths, home made food, home grown food and personal touches is welcomed and encouraged. All these ingredients make a perfect recipe for a wedding full of exactly what a couple would want. The wedding party takes over the whole place for the weekend - so gorgeous eco cottages and B & B accommodation awaits too!

A bridal couple's room with a view....
Food & drink are crucial to a great party so the food was home made by the bride & family or sourced locally, including delicious ham, beef, sausages & cheese from Denstone Hall and beer from Freedom Brewery. Included on the menu, cleverly created by the new Mrs, were sausage & apple tarts, leek & Caerphilly Crumble pies, home grown green salads (complete with the secret family recipe dressing), roasted vegetables with couscous and much more. Pudding choices included her infamous brownie or Mum's amazing rhubarb syllabub (home grown naturally).

Fit for a wedding....

Flowers were largely grown by Mum and arranged (that would be me & Mum!) in favourite Staffordshire pottery teapots, jugs & vases.

The weekend was topped off with more food on Sunday while gazing at the view and gossiping about the fun from the night before - bliss!

Rhubarb Syllabub & Brownie cooks...
So wishing Martha & Jay love & happiness in their marriage, thanking Sue & Alex (& all their helpers) for their superb hospitality, Fi & Jamie for unending support and of course Staffordshire for its beauty and setting!



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