Emma & Wakefield 2 May 1999

The purpose of this page is to act as a souvenir of our wedding day, and also to thank the various people who helped us make it such a magical day.

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Rings: Argenteus, Oxford

Dress: Kate Warner, C&C Couture, 51 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames. 01491 579979.

Emma & Ken Emma

Venue: Lains Barn, Wantage.

Lains BarnLains Barn

Groom's suit: Anne Farnsworth

Emma & Wakefield

Wedding Party: OEnone, Wakefield, Emma & Catherine

The marriage table The Wedding Party


Bride's bouquet, button holes, top table and cake decoration were all dried flowers supplied and arranged by The Garden Shop, Covered Market, Oxford

Reading: Juliet Auer.

True love is a sacred flame
That burns eternally,
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny.
True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear,
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear.
True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds,
And true love holds with gentle hands
The hearts that it entwines.

This poem was found on the Internet at Wedding Guide UK. The author is unknown.

Music & Play: Paescod

The minstrel's gallery PaescodGeorge & the Dragon

Paescod played from the minstrel's gallery during the ceremony itself and the first two removes. The also played outside before the first remove and performed a mummer's play after the second. Thanks to the weather, we were able to watch the mummer's play outside.

Photography: William Dodwell, Taunton

Wake, Will & Emma

This photo shows Will after his transformation from official photographer to front man of Rusty Razor, our evening band.

Scans of some of the official photos can be seen here.

17th Century Feast: Historical Management Associates Limited, Bristol. 01275 463041

Lynda Rose and Stuart Peachey

First Remove Roast Period Pork with Currant Sauce
Gammon Pie
Custard Pie
Links Sausage in Red Wine
Salmon Pies
Grand Salad
Onion Salad
Cucumber Salad
Rice Tart (Vegetarians only)
Second Remove Baked Fennel Sausage
Pease Pudding
Soused Pork
Venison Pasty
Roast Chicken with Anchovy and Caper Sauce
Fruit Tarts
Grand Salad with eggs, lemon and rosemary
Sweet and Sour Carrot Salad
Spinach Tart (Vegetarians only)
Banquet Truckle Cheddar
Cheshire Cheese
Egg and Crystallised fruit pies
Dates with minced Ginger
Fresh Fruit
Bullace Fruit Leather
Quince Fruit Leather
Lob Lolly
Liquorice Sticks

If you are interested in buying recipe books, which include these dishes, please email Stuart Peachey.

Wedding cake: Fasta Pasta, The Covered Market, Oxford


We chose to use Panforte as our wedding cake as it is an Italian mediaeval recipe. It's a nutty/chewy fruitcake. Here are some links to Panforte recipes.

Drinks and bar: Vitis Wines, Banbury

Martin Gelling Martin Gelling

E: When I first met Martin Gelling of Vitis Wines (March, 1998 at the Blackbird Leys Re-enactment Market), and told him I had never tried mead before, his reaction was one of unashamed glee. Half an hour and about 8 different types of mead later, I was a convert and Martin was several quid richer! He therefore, seemed a natural choice to provide drinks for the wedding.

W: We chose to use mead as our toasting drink, because of it's possible connection with the word Honeymoon. Allegedly, the tradition was for the bride and groom to share a cup of mead every evening for a lunar month following their wedding. We followed this, drinking from one of the goblets you can see on the marriage table.

Band: Rusty Razor, Taunton

Rusty Razor

Hotel: Four Pillars Hotel, Sandford on Thames

Guests' Hotel: The Bear Hotel, Wantage

Honeymoon: The Temple, Swinithwaite

The Temple

Wedding Portrait: Simon Fraser


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