Dan and Becki met in a nightclub called Enigma which is in Market Harborough. They danced for hours and knew they had found something special. Becki told us “we both told our Mums the following day, we thought we'd found 'the one' and we turned out to be right.” Dan proposed on Christmas Day 2014, Becki said “It was perfect as we then spent the next week enjoying celebrations with our closest family and friends.”
Dan and Becki hoped to find a venue within Leicestershire so it would be close to home. Becki recounts “I viewed Hothorpe first with my Dad and fell in love. The venue is absolutely beautiful with amazing views of the countryside. The rooms inside feel really open and airy with their high ceilings and the whole venue is so elegant.” She felt Hothorpe Hall met her criteria, and didn’t go to view any other venue.
Once the dress had been chosen and Hothorpe had been booked, the couple chose a rustic and vintage theme for the wedding. Becki We used subtle grey and yellow colours and a lot of wood, jam jars and glass bottles. We chose to have a civil ceremony followed by a blessing. This was ideal as we had a party of 100 guests so everybody could attend the civil whilst the blessing was a little more intimate. The room we used for the wedding breakfast was perfect because, although we had 100 guests, we had a clear view of every one of them. The three course meal was perfect and many of our guests have commented on the quality of both the food and service since. A large amount of guests stayed overnight which meant we were able to continue the celebration the following morning. It was great to wake up to our closest family and friends the day after the wedding and to all enjoy breakfast together.” The bride wore a lace backless dress with a small train. The dress had a champagne/pink coloured silk material beneath. The bridesmaids wore grey one-shoulder dresses, and the groomsmen wore dark grey morning suits.
Becki said “The staff were amazing! An extra special thanks to Lisa for putting up with all our demands and complicated requests. Whenever I emailed with another question she always responded promptly and I had no concerns that the day would go anything but smoothly. A big thanks also to Alan the toastmaster. He ensured that everybody was where they needed to be and when. He also helped the photographer to gather families for pictures. His organisational skills along with his sense of humour meant our day ran smoothly without feeling like a military operation!”
The couple said “we've so many lasting memories of the day, we wish we could do it all again! It was absolutely perfect in every way. Having all of your friends and family in one place at one time really is a once in a lifetime experience and we'll cherish every moment of the day for the rest of our lives.”
“We'd be delighted to! We had the perfect day at Hothorpe and won't hesitate to recommend you as a venue! The venue is beautiful and sells itself but the staff are what make it extra special. Everybody was so helpful and friendly from the day we first viewed to the morning after the wedding. Every member of staff do all they can to ensure your day is exactly what you want it to be. We were so relaxed all day and we have everybody at Hothorpe to thank for that!”
The couple told us their advice would be “plan the day well and ensure you communicate well with the staff at Hothorpe before the day itself. That way, when the day comes, you can trust them to do their bit and you can simply relax and enjoy your day. We'd also say allow at least an hour for speeches, ours over ran by over an hour so our evening do started a lot later than expected! The speeches are one of the best parts of the day so make you allow the time to enjoy them. However, if they do over run, you really won't mind on the day, it'll be the best day of your lives!”
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