Steam Fair Wedding

This wedding started a week before when the groom and his cousin turned up on a steam roller to flatten the ground in the field for the marquee.  Not an ordinary steam roller but one driven by steam.  A hint of things to come.

The marquee was provided once again by Truro Marquees -  www.truromarquees.co.uk / 07971 445465 / 01872 555855 / info@truro-marquees.co.uk – John the proprietor knew exactly how he wanted things to be and sent the van back to Cornwall as they had brought the wrong dance floor.  Well worth the effort as the chequered floor looked wonderful.

Friday brought family and friends to decorate.  Slices of wood, cut by the groom, were placed in the centre of each table on top of hessian cloths and onto these went brightly coloured flowers bought from the local supermarkets which were arranged in decorated jam jars.  The tables were scattered with faux rose petals.

The top table had a hessian runner down the centre and paper bunting hanging in front.  Candles in silver candlesticks were arranged amongst swags of ivy, wild hops and white roses.

The children had a table to themselves with thoughtful gifts in each place to keep them amused.

A Sweet trolley laden with goodies was placed next to the table set out ready for good wishes and presents.   A huge amount of work and planning had gone into every detail of the decorations, right down to the table napkins on the buffet table.

In the porch accessories were laid out ready for the photobooth, and a board welcoming guests to the wedding was set up in one corner.  Inside another board told guests where they would be sitting.  Each table was named after a different traction engine with the top table named after the family engine.  The boards were all beautifully scripted and illustrated by the bride.

Outside the tent the bride and her helpers had been busy creating the most amazing floral arch which was place over the entrance to the marquee and on either side strings of light up icicles were hung ready for the evening.

Two shepherd’s huts arrived one for the couple to spend their wedding night in and another for two of their guests.  Caravans took their place further over in the field.  With some guests spending Friday night on site.

A signpost went up in the entrance from the car park – a perfect replica of our local ones - made by the groom to show guests where to find everything and solar lights were dotted around to guide them in the dark.

The party worked late to make sure everything was perfect.

The wedding day arrived and the field became a hive of activity.  Traction engines began to arrive, filling up with water from a hose we had rigged to reach into the field.  Steam filled the air, brass was shone until it gleamed.  One engine had come over from New Zealand for the Steam Fair and stayed on and was brought over by our mower engineer.

The groom plays in a band - Pinkman - and he helped his crew set up for the evening.  Pinkman /www.pinkman.co.uk / mobile: 07891473518

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The caterer put her gazebo next to her van ready to serve the evening food - Debbie Cole with Billie’s Country Kitchen debcole1973@icloud.com / The couple had asked for burgers to fit the Steam Fair atmosphere but Debbie can provide catering of all sorts from fish and chips to fine dining and gave the couple a wonderful display of salad as a wedding present - see the evening photographs.

 A small lorry arrived laden with drink, and a bar was quickly set up in the marquee, where the smart silver units filled the space beside the dance floor.  They soon had some of the Traction Engine drivers buying beer before going off to change into their wedding clothes.  (5 Star Bars Southwest - Hannah 07976 284538 / arheventcatering@yahoo.co.uk – they also provide a full catering service) .

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For drinks the next evening, the couple had designed a ticket to enable guests to collect a free drink. The groom works on the railways and the tickets were very cleverly made to look like a railway ticket

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The wedding cake arrived in the porch, a glorious tower of iced sponges, made by a family friend.  This was place on the table waiting for it in the corner of the marquee.

The Old Ox Inn from the village were providing the buffet lunch and they arrived to lay it out on the waiting tables, whose white table cloths were sprinkled with rose petals and dotted with small flower arrangements.  A cooked salmon, beautifully presented, was placed in centre position and was deemed later to have been delicious! https://www.oldoxinn.co.uk /01258 860 055 / manager@oldoxinn.co.uk

Picture Blast arrived with the photobooth which came with its own printer so that guests could take home copies of their pictures.  They also provided an enormous light up “Mr and Mrs” which stretched the whole length of the stage. (photo booth hire 0800 193 3333/ https://www.pictureblast.co.uk )

Last but not least, a “Striker” was delivered by ES Promotions - Nina 01536 310 520 – which completed the fairground scene. http://www.es-promotions.com/ Nina 01536 310 520

sales@es-promotions.com and which was a great success with the guests later that evening.

Quietness settled for a while as everyone left for the wedding which was taking place in the village church.

Soon, however, the rumble of metal tires could be heard on the drive and service finished they arrived back at the house on a trailer drawn by yet another engine. The bride looked so beautiful in a stunning lace dress which laced up the back. There had been a thought that they would drive the engine themselves but she quite rightly felt that her wonderful dress might be ruined. 

She and her bridesmaids, who were elegantly dressed in black, carried brightly coloured bouquets made by our talented village florist, Emma from Martha and the Meadow. https://www.marthaandthemeadow.com/weddingflowers

Guests milled about, gathering round the huge wooden spool that had been placed in front of the marquee as a table.  The bar was busy and with guests chatting and happy, the couple went off for photographs on the lawns of the house and the railway station. This has been painstakingly restored.  Belinda McCarthy, a village friend, took all the photographs on this blog except those with a dot in the corner which are in house.

This finished, everyone went into the tent for the Wedding Breakfast, speeches and the cutting of the cake. The children finished first and came out to play where the photographer tried to take photographs of them – the boys were quick to escape.

With dusk, the Fair atmosphere really started and the bride and groom came out to have more photographs taken. Guest mingled amongst the engines.

Darkness truly fell and the fairy lights we had strung along the fence came on, the Showman’s Engine was lit from end to end and the lights round the marquee shone.  The effect was really magical.

Great music flooded out from the tent as a duo of ladies in Rockabilly dresses sang and the Bride and Groom took to the floor for their first dance - Scarlet Swing / www.scarletswing.co.uk /

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Guests drifted over to Debbie’s van, Billy’s country kitchen, to collect their evening meal.

The photo-booth was a huge success and we went down to have our pictures taken too.  Soon the dance floor filled as the Groom’s own band began to play with both the Bride and Groom taking their place on the stage, and the party really began, only briefly stopping at the midnight curfew when the music ceased.  The festivities continued quietly until the early hours with many a sore head appearing from the caravans the next morning.


Everyone joined in to clear the site and the last engines disappeared in the afternoon.  The end to a fantastically atmospheric weekend.