Here’s the story of an autumn wedding for Josh and Emily in a truly unique venue on the coast of South Devon and Cornwall. We had been working with Josh (the groom) for a number of weeks before the big day to ensure all the finer details were covered as this was a wedding in November and part of the day was to be outside, so we had to do all we could to keep guests warm and well catered for.
The plan was to have the main bar inside the fort which was exactly that, an old fort building with low ceilings and thick stone walls. Our barrel bar looked like it was made for the space and fitted in with the theme of the venue perfectly. The thick walls and position of the room
did however create some added difficulties for us, setting up was hard work. The only access to the main room was a walk down a 150 meter narrow lane which takes you to the car park. Also, the back entrance was tight with old doors which took some navigating. We got over this hurdle by arriving a couple hours earlier and bringing along an industrial gardening trolley which was able to take most of the weight of the bar when doing trips back and forth to the carpark. We love a bit of added cardio.
When communication with the Groom over text messages a few weeks before, we decided to create a special punch that his guests could enjoy after the ceremony and before the room was transformed for dinner. We came up with the plan of setting up a second lighter bar out of the marquee on the terrace of the venue. This bar was our oak fold out and would cater for the downtime between the main room changing from a ceremony room to dinner hall. We agreed to serve Gin and Tonics, cocktails and the punch which we named the “McWood”, a play on the surnames of the bride and groom coming together… CUTE.
The cocktails we had on the menu were Pornstar Martinis, Espresso Martinis, Margaritas and the New Coast Goblet of Love which was a firm favourite of the day. We also brought a selection of our own infused Gins including lime and kiwi, strawberry and raspberry and mango.
It was a long day down at Polhawn and the music ended with the DJ playing his last tune at around 12.30am. A physically gruelling wedding but the atmosphere all night was fantastic. We met some awesome people and everyone loved our cocktails and service. Thanks Josh for the 5 star review on Facebook. A job well done.