Here Comes The Sun!

Romance and history emanate from its every wall, so it’s no surprise that The In & Out is one of our most popular wedding venues. With a gorgeous courtyard and beautifully appointed rooms throughout the building, it’s a real treasure – both in and out! There’s even a selection of bedrooms which can be made available to wedding guests, and with the Colonial Suite complimentary to the new couple, newlyweds can relax and enjoy their day, as well as looking forward to a champagne breakfast the next morning.

Sadly in the run-up to Jodie and Dino’s big day, Jodie fell ill with severe food poisoning and it made a real dent in her mood and enthusiasm. Luckily by the Friday before her wedding she was beginning to feel better and was able to organise a meal with her close family and her six bridesmaids at Fredericks, where her parents had their wedding breakfast 38 years ago.

On the eve of the wedding, Jodie managed to sleep far better than she thought possible and woke up feeling refreshed and able to eat a small breakfast. She even discovered a small silver lining to having been so ill – her dress fitted like a dream!

The ceremony took place in the King Harald V room, resplendent with its feature chandeliers, double height ceilings and delicate colour scheme. Jodie had been hit with a strong attack of nerves, not helped by tripping on her dress and ripping a tiny hole! But then she walked in…

“and all I could see was Dino, and in that instant I knew everything was ok.”

Another highlight of the ceremony for Jodie was when her mum and her new mother-in-law joined forces to read out a love poem from one of the table buy xanax bars online no prescription favours together, leaving barely a dry eye in the room!

Lo and behold, as the champagne was poured, the sun even came out, allowing guests to get the most from the Courtyard and Jodie and Dino to get some great photos in St. James’s Square.

Then it was time for their wedding breakfast in The Coffee Room, set up with round tables boasting gleaming candelabras and delicate flower arrangements. Jodie’s brother, the master of ceremonies, introduced the couple to a resounding cheer, and then guests enjoyed a three-course meal, beginning with a pea ravioli of garden peas, crispy pancetta and mint, with a vegetarian option of Italian aubergine, buffalo mozzarella, and oregano, served with olive bread. Main course was roast crown and confit leg of spring chicken, with wild mushrooms, broad beans, and baby gem, with roasted and stuffed Piedmont pepper served with ratatouille, basil and polenta for the vegetarians. Dessert was a mouth-watering passion fruit crème brûlée, with passion fruit sorbet and shortbread.

Guests moved to the Library to watch the couple’s first dance, enjoy their band The Beat Factor and put on their dancing shoes. The cake was served alongside an evening buffet of smoked bacon, vine tomatoes, rocket and Mustard (the Ampersand “bacon buttie”!) and a cheeseboard – perfect for keeping guests up on their feet!

I’m so happy that Jodie was able to enjoy her beautiful wedding despite being so poorly in the run up. In the end she had a wonderful time:

“The speeches were fantastic, as was the food … and the room looked stunning. It was the most surreal and amazing day of my life, and I really never wanted it to end.”

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