“Angela moved to attend university in Hull, and I moved from Manchester to Hull for work reasons,” explained Colin. “We became friends via a mutual friend around the year 2000. I was immediately besotted with Angela, but for various reasons nothing happened for a very long time (about a decade!),” Colin continued. “During a burst of determined adventure, Angela quit her job to ‘go and see the world’ – fortunately agreeing to do so from my Malaysian home base. One thing led to another and before we knew what had happened I was down on one knee by the seafront at the Eastern and Oriental in Penang. She said yes.”
“Angela always knew what her wedding venue would look-like - outdoors, brimming with nature in a stunning setting.” The couple were one of the first to book The Woodlands, ‘off-plan’ prior to construction. “There wasn’t a whole lot to see when we viewed it – it was largely just a field surrounded by woodland. We loved it and could see the potential. Most of all we were blown away by the quality and consistency of the people we met at Hothorpe,” said Colin.
The couple conducted a ‘celebration’ at The Woodlands as legally they had already been married for two years, “Our first marriage was a quick service in what looked like a shoddy mall – not every women’s dream day!”, Colin explains. “Our theme was ‘natural’ – so we had lots of colourful seasonal flowers, but otherwise dressing was minimal. The woodlands had such innate natural beauty, it looked excellent.”
Angela wore a gorgeous V necked ivory laced gown dress by Caroline Casligliano, with a stunning long pure silk veil. The veil and head jewellery were designed by Gillian Million, in Teddington. The bridesmaids wore navy, V necked, knee length dresses.
“The ceremony itself was sublime," said Colin. “The weather was perfect, the place looked fabulous and our celebrant, Jan Shillto, was superb. The afternoon hog roast was delicious, the bar well stocked and the wedding breakfast outstanding. But, the tree house was particularly special – it is straight out of a fairy tale.”
“The entire team were excellent," said Colin. “Lisa especially – what a star. As we were co-ordinating from overseas (without a dedicated wedding planner) we lent heavily on the staff team – both before and on the day. Wow. They were brilliant. One of the first things to strike us about the team (prior to booking the venue) was just how well everyone seemed to work together. On the day the staff made sure all of our guests were taken care of and that everything was executed to plan.”
“In a heartbeat. The Woodlands offers a rare mix of great outdoors with lush indoors (I know it’s rare, because we searched high and low to find it). In fact I would recommend every bit of Hothorpe, as the team will ensure you have a truly fantastic day.”
“Our wedding lasted a full day – ceremony at 12:00pm, hog roast at 13:00, drinks in the afternoon, dinner around 17:00”, explained Colin. “This worked out great as we had plenty of time to enjoy the day and get around the guests. In retrospect, I think I would have booked an extra night in the treehouse to enjoy a nice day alone with just me and my new wife.”
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