Mary & Sam

June 2018

Mary and Sam met while studying catering at college and went on to work together in a professional kitchen. Two years later, as the couple were enjoying a holiday in Rome, Sam proposed on the hotel’s star lit balcony as a Jazz musician played on the street corner below (perfect timing!)

Searching for the perfect venue

Mary and Sam knew what they were looking as they began the search for a venue. Viewing The Woodlands confirmed the outdoor, rustic feel was perfect for them. Mary says, “We were sold from the second we got onto the driveway! Walking down to The Woodlands with the beautiful wooden buildings just felt like the perfect setting for our big day!”

The Big Day

The day itself didn’t have a theme as such, the couple stuck to neutral colours and kept things rustic and simple, yet effective. Mary says, “We wanted to keep The Woodlands natural as the venue is perfect just as it is, our tables were named after herbs as being chefs we wanted to bring our passion for fresh ingredients to our wedding.”

Lasting memories

“It has got to be… well … the whole day,” say the couple, “Everything ran so smoothly and having both our families together in such a beautiful setting was just spectacular! We will definitely be returning for our first anniversary!”

Advice to other couples

“Our advice to other couples would be to keep calm during the planning and enjoy every second of the day itself as it really does fly by,” say Mary and Sam, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they are silly. Even if things do go wrong it is highly unlikely that anyone will notice anyway – we made our own cake and on the journey to the venue one side got squashed, but at the end of the day it was only going to get cut up, eaten and enjoyed anyway!”


“All the staff at Hothorpe Hall & The Woodlands were fantastic all the way through. From the first viewing to the day, nothing was too much hassle and any questions we had were answered,” says Mary, “The staff on the day were all so friendly, helpful and always smiling. The chefs did an amazing job and the food was delicious!”


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