As Craig was an old friend of Emma’s brother, the couple had known each other for quite some time before love blossomed. “It was after a couple of ‘shandys’ in 2010 that I asked Craig out on a date - the rest, as they say, is history!” explained Emma. In 2014 the couple went to Disneyworld in Orlando for Emma’s younger brother’s wedding, and it was while taking a romantic stroll around the lake at Disney’s Boardwalk, that Craig surprised Emma by getting down on one knee with a gorgeous sapphire and diamond ring.
Hothorpe Hall was the first venue that Emma visited, when she took her mum along to a wedding showcase. Emma and Craig went on to look at another 11 venues around the area, but none compared to Hothorpe Hall, so another visit was arranged, this time with Craig, who could immediately see why Emma loved it so much, “It was light and modern inside, but with all the grandeur of a country house on the outside,” Emma told us. “The other thing that no other venue matched was the views – they were spectacular, especially from the Terrace Room where we would be having the ceremony.”
Emma, her mum and bridesmaids got ready in Hothorpe’s Round Room on the morning of the wedding, and meanwhile Emma had arranged a surprise for Craig, in the shape of a bright red E Type Jaguar to transport him to Hothorpe in style!
The ceremony took place in the Terrace Room, where the couple had wooden hearts hanging on the back of the chairs with personalised ribbon in teal and duck egg, the colour scheme for the day. Emma had a brooch bouquet in golds, silvers and teal pearls. “Two of the brooches were very special as they belonged to my grandma’s who are no longer with us, Emma explained. “One was a blue dragonfly on the front of the bouquet, and at the back a Mickey Mouse brooch. It meant I could have my grandmas with me for this special day”. The bridesmaids had cream bouquets with Amnesia Roses in a lovely mocha colour. This theme was carried through to the centre pieces in the Langton Dining, where there were teal, blue and lace sashes on the chairs.
Emma’s dress was champagne silk with an ivory lace overlay which also had sequins in the lace for a little sparkle. She had a champagne veil with crystals at the bottom and a pearl headband. Two of the bridesmaids wore teal one shouldered floor length dress and another two wore duck egg blue dresses. Our flower girl had an ivory dress with a tulle skirt which matched the style of the bridesmaid dresses. The gentlemen wore brown tails with ivory waistcoats that had a gold stripe. Craig had an ivory cravat to match Emma’s dress and the dads, best man and usher had teal cravats to match the bridesmaids.
“Stephanie, our Wedding Co-ordinator, Matt the Toastmaster and everyone else at Hothorpe ensured the day went as smoothly as possible and I don’t think it could have gone any better.”
“The whole day is something we will never forget, but walking down the aisle to the string quartet playing ‘Greatest Day’ by Take That and seeing Craig at the end of the aisle brings a massive smile to my face. I didn’t see anyone else in the room. The way the wedding breakfast room looked was perfect and just how loved we felt from all our friends and family. We had so many people come up to us and tell us how nice the venue was, how good the food was and what a great time they were having.”
“We would 100% recommend Hothorpe Hall as a wedding venue. The staff were friendly and couldn’t do enough for you, the decor was beautiful and the views breathtaking. Not once did it feel like this was just another wedding to them, we felt special and looked after from start to finish.”
“Definitely use a toastmaster to get people where they need to be, it saves you having to worry about it,” Emma told us. “Don’t be afraid to tell the photographer that you want some time to enjoy the wedding and be with the guests. They have made the effort to attend and you should make the effort back to be with them. Take a few minutes to be alone together and take in what is happening/has happened. Enjoy!”
With thanks to www.chrisbunce.co.uk for the images.
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