Amy & Dan - August 2015

The First Meeting

Amy and Daniel first met at Roadhoggs Running Club and discovered over a post race pint that they had actually lived in the same street in Cardiff at the same time during their university years, “Little did we know that 15 years later we would fall in love and get married!” said Amy.

Choosing a Venue

Like many of our happy couples, it was love at first sight for Amy and Daniel as soon as they looked around Hothorpe Hall. “Dan’s mum Jenny actually found Hothorpe for us. We attended an open day and knew as soon as we walked through the doors that Hothorpe was the venue for us,” explained Amy. “We wanted the legal ceremony to be very intimate, just the two of us and our witnesses. We used the beautiful chapel for a more formal ‘marriage blessing’. It worked perfectly for us.”

The Perfect Day

“Our wedding day started brightly although rain did prevent photos outside later on. It didn’t matter at all, we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the big day,” said Amy.

Amy and Daniel were joined by 80 guests for the blessing service in Hothorpe’s chapel. “The majority of guests stayed at Hothorpe which made arrangements really easy for the day,” remembererd Amy, who continued, “The flowers were a mixture of burnt orange Calla lilies and Cherry Brandy roses, giving a stunning contrast to the royal blue of the bridesmaid’s dresses. The dress attracted a lot of compliments, it was a Mori Lee design with a stunning lace back. It was extremely comfortable to wear, even on the dance floor.”

Did the team measure up?

“I can’t praise Hothorpe staff enough for their professionalism and help before, during and after the wedding day. Lisa, our wedding co-ordinator was brilliant and we felt in very safe hands with Matt, our Master of Ceremonies who remembered everyone’s names and made us feel completely at ease with the formalities,” Amy shared.

What are your lasting memories of your special day?

Amy and Daniel have some perfect and personal memories of their Hothorpe wedding, “Our lasting memories include the marriage blessing with my Mum as priest, raising the roof with the singing of the hymns, walking down the aisle to the theme tune of ‘Game of Thrones’, the Best Man’s speech, our delicious wedding breakfast, our very special wedding cake made by Dan’s Mum Jenny, our first dance, the photo booth and finishing the evening with a conga round the dance floor to Muse.”

Would Amy & Daniel recommend Hothorpe Hall?

“Hothorpe Hall was the perfect wedding venue for us and I would recommend it as a unique package of flexibility, quality food and service, friendly and knowledgably staff and some stunning Leicestershire countryside,” Amy recalled.

Amy & Daniel’s advice to other couples marrying at Hothorpe Hall

Amy has some top tips for prospective couples, “Don’t fixate on things you have no control over (ie the weather), enjoy every minute of the day as it goes very fast, have a practice session with your photographer, agree where you want your shots if it were to rain” Amy Advises. “Trust that the wedding coordinator and master of ceremonies will take care of things on the day, invest in a videographer (ours was worth his weight in gold), invest in a beautician – every bride wants to feel and look fabulous on her wedding day. Happy wedding planning!”

Photographs courtesy of Andrew Creswell, ASC Photography   

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