18 June 2011


NorthBrook Park
Andy and Issy are great friends that I have known for a few years whom I met through my wife. They are a lovely couple and their engagement was imminent, their wedding date following shortly after. They chose a lovely setting for their wedding at Northbrook Park in Alton. With beautiful buildings, magnificent gardens and grounds, plenty of greenery and trees, it is a perfect setting for any Wedding. Northbrook Park will organise most of your day, but will forward all your catering requirements to a third party. This is where I was able to offer my services for Andy's and Issy's Wedding day.
I worked very closely with Andy and Issy to plan a fantastic menu, incorporating plenty of tasting sessions so that we could create the perfect menu to suit such a grand occasion. As well as building a menu, I also organised  the hiring of equipment that would be needed to produce the chosen menu. I recruited all the Chefs which I have worked closely with during my restaurant years and I sourced the waiting staff through Platinum recruitment. Their staff were very professional, polite and hard working and I will definitely use their services again. I also organised the hiring of laundry through Hampshire linen and helped out where I could to make their day all the more special. Their Wedding day took a lot of planning from their side and it is too easy to take for granted all the effort it takes to organise a wedding. There was great source of help through a lot of close family members, making their wedding ceremony a great celebration of their day.
The photographers were Julian and Sue Porter, whom we had at our own Wedding nearly four years ago. They helped make Andy and Issy's day really special as they did for us back then. We have an amazing album that we are really proud of and Andy and Issy still have the pleasure to come of building a great album together from all the amazing photos that Julian and Sue took on the day. Julian and Sue are a great couple that we have stayed friends with and they were kind enough to take some amazing photos of the food on the day which have far exceeded my expectations and really do my food the justice it deserves!

Wedding banquet room
Watermelon swan (More fruit carvings)
Apple bird
Table decoration
Wedding breakfast menu for Andy and Issy Feltham
x x x
Crayfish tails, spiced cocktail sauce, wholemeal crouton,
Bruschetta, tomato, onion and basil salsa,
Chicken liver parfait, granary toast, caramelized red onion chutney,
Crispy duck and vegetarian spring rolls, sticky sweet chilli dipping sauce,

x x x
Parma ham, rocket leaves, shaved parmesan,
Chorizo, thinly sliced red chilli and spring onion,
Home cured bresaola, red wine, sea salt and spices,
Mozzarella, blush tomatoes, olive oil and cracked black pepper,
Tiger loaf, Spring onion, cheese and tomato bread,
Lime and coriander hummus, tomato salsa,
Olive oil and balsamic, butter.

x x x
Organic chicken  breast,
 Stuffed with blush tomato, fresh basil and mozzarella, wrapped in Parma ham and puff pastry,
Mediterranean cous cous,
Wrapped in puff pastry, roasted cherry tomato sauce,
Served with new season potatoes in fresh herbed olive oil,
Panache of spring green vegetables and carrots.

Trio of Desserts
x x x
Strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake,
Vanilla brulee, honeycomb topping,
Chocolate orange brownie with fresh raspberries.

Coffee and petit fours
x x x 
Mini Baileys and chocolate bar,
Caramel and chocolate shortbread,
Fudge squares, 
Mini raspberry doughnuts.

Evening buffet,
x x x
Crispy smoked bacon rashers, served in baguettes, ciabatta bread and granary baps.
ChefGary's hand cut chips.

Food photo gallery
Crayfish and prawn cocoktail
Chicken liver parfait, caramelized red onion chutney
Crispy duck spring rolls, sweet chilli sauce
Bruschetta, tomato, onion and fresh basil
Platter of cured meats
Chorizo, sliced red chilli and spring onion
Parma ham. parmesan shavings and rocket salad
Stuffed chicken breast in puff pastry
Stuffed chicken breast in puff pastry

Trio of desserts (More desserts)
ChefGary @ work!

All photography by Julian and Sue Porter
Julian's blog


  1. Gary although we have enjoyed your food many times, this was our first wedding experience,

    The food was simply amazing, a very well thought out menu and very well excecuted by you and your staff

    The food not only tasted but looked amazing too.

    Great work my ChefGary, its an honour to have you as a friend

    Jules and Sue

  2. Wow Jules and Sue, I am utterly speechless at your kind words. Your amazing photography has really brought out the best in my food.

    Thank you so much.


  3. I've known Gary now for a couple of years, soon after i met my wife. We've always enjoyed spending evenings with Gary and Karen and each time we met it wasn't difficult to see how passionate Gary was about his cooking. He was always so enthusiastic about everything from the little details to old favourites and so willing to help others learn. When Issy and I got engaged, he was not only the obvious choice for our wedding catering, but by far the best too.

    Gary organised everything for us and made the whole process very fun for us. From beginning to end he put so much effort into the day and the results were clear in the food he produced. Our menus were so personal to us and we had so many fantastic comments about the quality. The only difficult part of the whole process was choosing the food from all the fabulous options!

    I wouldn't hesitate to use Gary again, and can't recommend him enough! Thanks Gary for a fantastic job and for making our special day so tasty!