Lauren & Max - December 2014

The First Meeting

Lauren and Max met on a university night out in Leicester and instantly hit it off. Lauren went on to tell us, “Max didn’t do the traditional ‘down on one knee' bit, but casually dropped in the conversation over dinner one night, shall we just do it then? Get married?” Lauren continued. “We then went out to an antique fayre and chose the ring. This all suited our style of doing things a bit differently.”

Choosing a Venue

Now engaged, Lauren And Max then began their exacting search for the right venue, “I must have looked at every venue website within 50 miles of Leicester, selecting around 25 to visit and then dragging my very obliging maid of honour with me”, explained Lauren. “I had already thought Hothorpe looked like a very good bet, so Max came with me to the open day and as soon as we walked through the door we knew it was perfect. We wanted a venue all under one roof, with enough accommodation for the guests and an evening room where the band could play. Hothorpe ticked all the boxes, along with having the quirky edge of a beautiful Georgian building with a well fitted modern interior".

The Perfect Day

Lauren recalls the day fondly.The wedding day itself was a crisp sunny winters day, we couldn't have been luckier as we drove down the drive with the sun rising over the Manor House, you couldn't help but feel this was going be the most perfect day!”

Lauren wore a beautiful princess style dress and her bridesmaids wore pale grey, and each had a different bouquet made up of one main flower and foliage. The men all wore traditional morning suits with button holes that matched the bridesmaid bouquets. The couple had a civil ceremony in the Terrace Room attended by around 80 guests, with another 50 guests joining them for the evening.

Hothorpe’s helping hand 

“The staff worked so hard to get the building set up for our 'vintage chic' style, checking the details with my maid of honour so that I remained worry free”, said Lauren. “The Master of ceremonies was fantastic he made sure the whole day ran smoothly. The wedding breakfast was also very well enjoyed by all. All that was left for us to do was to dance the night away! With nearly all the guests staying the night, they could all make their way upstairs when they were ready. It worked so well. The last treat of the weekend was the incredible breakfast in the morning which was lovely and great to see our guests in the morning before the wedding was over."

Would Lauren and Max recommend Hothorpe Hall?

"If I could have my day again I wouldn't change a thing, Hothorpe was extraordinary, the staff and the venue, everyone had an amazing time.”

Lauren and Max's advice to other couples marrying at Hothorpe Hall?

“Try and stop for a few minutes throughout your wedding day, and take it all in as it goes by so fast, and make sure that you have as good a photographer as we did so you can relive your day through the pictures!”    


Photographer - Amy Shore -

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