There is so much to say!! I will start with the wedding day itself. As soon as we saw Talton we knew this would be the place that we would gather all our family and friends together to celebrate our wedding. It is incredible and needs to be experienced to appreciate just how fantastic it all is. The lavish house is all out glamour and grandeur, a real statement place providing a stunning backdrop with stately rooms and lavish lawns and gardens . Perfect for photos! On the wedding day We held the drinks reception here with canopies on the lawn , perfect for our guests to mingle and get to know each other while myself and hubby had photos taken. The house is all open and so interesting, many guests enjoyed exploring the house at this time , the staff we excellent at looking after us , making sure that we ( the bride and groom) had plenty to drink and food , such a small touch made such a difference! We had not eaten all morning! . We then all had a piped procession along a winding track to the walled garden and second part of our wedding reception. We had kept this part a secret from our guests , which made it quite magical as we passed through wooden gates into the “ secret garden “ . The effect was magnificent, two giant teepees where we all gathered to eat .... more on that later!!! , an Indian ‘ chill out tent” with sofas and low lighting, great for tired children ( and adults later in the day!!) a rustic bar with the most charismatic fun bar men, ( essential at an Irish wedding) and dotted around darling little huts , orchard pathways , all decorated with fairy lights and candles. The garden is a safe place, we had lots of children of all ages at our wedding , and they all loved it! They had so much space and areas to play in, games on the lawn and interesting places to explore. Liv was wonderful at accommodating our quite specific needs for our wedding . Being eco friendly was our first “ must” for the wedding , at Talton this is standard practice, so that was great . Our second “ must” was that our eating experience felt like a big old family get together Italian style , with the tables heaving with great food that everyone dives in to , passing along plates , serving each other . We didn’t want our wedding to feel stuffy and formal as can often be case at wedding meals ! Oh and another “must” it all had to be vegan . It was incredible, every body loved it, I had received a bit of stick from some relatives about this decision in the run up to the wedding , all doubts disappeared with the first bite . Liv blew everyone away with her amazing vegetable wellington. Every table had there own individual one to”carve” accompanied with the freshest salads and side dishes , just as I wished . Oh . Marvellous! Now on to the puds , I really wanted an element of fun to be bought into the meal. Oh . My .days . Liv went beyond brilliant here! It is impossible to describe the atmosphere among the guests as pudding was served, it was a carnival of deserts ! Funky music playing as the staff paraded around the tables , desserts all being scattered along the middle of the table for every one to dive in and indulge themselves on , meringues( yes vegan) chocolate brownies , mousse , chocolate sauce strawberry coulis , strawberrys , raspberry’s blueberrys popping candy!!! It was like the polar express hot chocolate scene , Charlie and the chocolate factory , and the meal scene in beauty and the beast had all come together to serve up our puds!!!! Everyone loved it!! The laughter excitement , and surprise was incredible! It will be a talking point for years to come!! sitting at our table watching everyone enjoying the food was one of our very favourite wedding memories.
as the day moved into evening the garden became even more magical . Fairly lights and candles lit the night, we had a fire with marshmallows, people danced , chatted in the bar , relaxed in one of the cosy areas, we enjoyed a beautiful curry later on in the evening , everybody was happy comfortable and content . I am grinning from ear to ear as I recall the very special day .
We had a lot of people travel long distance to the wedding. We were so fortunate that the whole of Talton was available for our exclusive use the day before the wedding. Our guests were able to arive in good time the day before , get settled in, meet each other and catch up , enjoy the grounds and the house , there is a hot tub, tennis courts , beautiful walks etc . Kitchens were available for me ( the bride ) to complete my wedding cake the day before the wedding, saving any stress of it traveling . All the accommodation is stunning, with so many options for family’s , couples , friends to have their own space . The day after the wedding we all shared an amazing breakfast cooked by liv , a great time to reflect on the day before.
We had no stress in the planning of our wedding, ( this is coming from a girl who worries about her worries!!!) liv and Barney know what they are doing, even if I wanted to stress out , a phone call with liv soon made me realise it’s totaly unnecessary! They have it all in the bag! Their staff are exceptional, friendly, helpful, and just got everything right! The house and gardens are naturally stunning, so we needed no lavish decor to worry about. My “ bride helpers “ the day before the wedding could not believe how relaxed we both were about the whole thing, they thought we should be doing .... something!!!! But we knew that the crew had everything in hand.
We are so so thankful that we were able to enjoy such a special place with our family and friends . We are hoping to return and celebrate anniversaries here in years to come . .