We were recently invited to provide the catering at a 60th wedding anniversary celebration in Chichester. As one might imagine, such events are few and far between and we feel extremely privileged to have been a part of the proceedings, which were both incredibly moving, and joyful.
The happy couple in question are lifelong Sussex residents and have experienced so much in their time together – while their hometown, and the world itself might have changed beyond recognition in the intervening years since they first tied the knot, it was quite clear that their love for each other remained undiminished.
The event took place at the hall adjoining the historic St. Paul’s Church (which dates back to 1836) on Churchside, just at the top of North Street, and there was certainly a reason for this choice of location! The couple were married here in 1951, making the return visit in 2011 all the more evocative and poignant; in attendance were family members and friends from across the generations, all intent on wishing them well.
Champagne, canapes and vintage china
We were called upon to provide champagne and canapes, which we’re very happy to say went down a treat, and a range of cakes and other teatime delights. The latter were served on a fine selection of vintage chinaware, which brought a little period detail to the party!
Being that this was a Diamond anniversary, the couple were sent a letter of congratulations from The Queen, which added to the already special nature of the day. As a historical aside, the tradition of the sovereign personally sending congratulatory messages to those reaching anniversaries and birthdays of note began in 1917, and has continued ever since.
It is being a part of moments like these that always make us feel fortunate and grateful for being able to do what we do – truly a case of being in the right place at the right time, and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all concerned the very best for the future.
The following is an extract from a letter we received shortly afterwards – once more, this kind of praise really does make it all worthwhile for us!
Thank you so much for helping us again! The catering was spot on, as always. Brilliant that you could support the fifties theme with vintage china, also I liked the proper linen table cloth, and the flowers you brought for the catering table, it all added the finishing touches.
Also thank you for helping with the decorations. We were running late and the fact that you and your staff offered to help with that too, was beyond going the extra mile. Needless to say the hall looked brilliant. Any party is safe in your hands. I hope we can work together again.