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Wedding reception with exchange of vows

The occasion was a wedding ceremony and party.

The challenge was to create a space that would serve both:

  • for bride and groom to exchange vows watched by seated guests (the registry office was small and the bride didn't want to exclude people from the wedding)
  • AND for a seated reception with dancing that would go on till late

The solution: a large 40' x 80' clearspan marquee was split into two sections by a reveal screen. The exchange of vows took place in the first 40' x 20' section with the dining and dancing part of the tent hidden until after the ceremony, when the reveal was removed and the whole tent could be used for the reception. The marquee also needed to flexible enough to accomodate a musical recital.

All photos courtesy of Fiona Kelly

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Marquee laid out for a wedding ceremony

Marquee set up with lines of chiavari chairs in a sectioned off area for the exchange of wedding vows

Wedding ceremony in a marquee

Bride and groom exchange vows inside the marquee. Behind them the reveal screen separates off the dining section of the marquee

Guests watch the wedding ceremony

Guests enjoy watching the exchange of vows

Marquee ready for dining

The reception marquee
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Waiting for bride and groom

Seated guests crane their necks for the first view of...

Bride and groom arrive

...the very happy married couple entering their wedding reception

Groom's speech inside the marquee

The groom makes his speech. The ruched lining marks where the reveal split off the two sections of the marquee

Bride and father

The bride and father share a happy moment

Music recital in a marquee

After eating, the marquee was repurposed again and guests were treated to a music recital.

Outside the marquee

The wedding party gather outside the marquee

Table decoration

Elegant table decoration, charming flowers by The Real Cut Flower Garden and clever table names — add table to complete the word.

Cup cakes wedding cake

Fashionable and very pretty cup cakes instead of a traditional wedding cake.

Dancing in a marquee

Later on, the atmosphere changed again for dancing.

Throwing the bouquet

As part of the festivities, the bride throws the bouquet...

The excited child that caught the bouquet

... and it is caught by a very happy and triumphant victor

A pensive guest looks out

Very late on, a pensive guest looks out.

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