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Charlie & Stu’s Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

I have been planning on doing a real wedding series for a while now, so I thought there was no better way to start than with my best friends wedding.

Charlie and Stu had been together for 5 years, when they got engaged on 1st July 2010. It was something lots of us thought would never happen, including Charlie. They had already been living together for 4 years and had just had their second son. Having almost a 2 year engagement before the big day in May 2012. Charlie decided to book the wedding on Stu’s birthday so he would not be able to forget their anniversaries in the future!

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Venue

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Having chosenΒ Barnsdale Hall Hotel, a beautiful location right on the edge of Rutland water. They opted for a civil ceremony that took place in the Edith Weston Suite, within the grounds of the Hall. With the beautiful sounds of a violin and a flute, playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D, as Charlie walked down the aisle. Accompanied by her Dad, Maid of honour (which just so happened to be me) and Mia, her 6 year old flower girl.

 

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Wedding Dress

Charlie wore a stunning fit and flare lace gown by designer Maggie Sottero. The gown was lined with a champagne coloured taffeta and had a beautiful ivory lace overlay, with a long tulle train. Along with ivory shoes and a crystal hair brooch that sat along side her vintage style up do. Make-up was completed by a lovely local make up artist, who also completed make up for Charlie’s Mum and me.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Bridal Party

Charlie’s bridal party was made up of her maid of honour and a flower girl. I wore a stunning cornflower blue full length dress. I carried a posey of peach Vendela roses with ivory flowers that were hand tied with beautiful lace. Mia her 6 year old flower girl wore a Next ‘Occassion’ dress with floating petals layered into the dress. Mia carried a mini posey of blue hydrangeas and peach roses that matched Charlie’s.

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The Grooms Party

Stu opted for 2 best men, Matt and Richard, they had all been best friends since childhood. Stu’s Brothers were both Ushers for the day, along with Stu and Charlie’s Dads completing the grooms party. They wore matching black morning suits with cornflower blue cravats and ivory waist coats, their button-holes were made of ivory roses.

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The Colour Scheme

Charlie and Stu opted for a cornflower blue and ivory theme, with a vintage feel. Setting the tone of the wedding with an ivory and blue invitation. The flowers were blue hydrangeas and ivory and peach Vendela roses. Along with candelabras as the table centres with blue and clear crystals scattered on the tables. Each of the tables were named after different types of roses. The top table being Vendela which was the rose used in the bouquets and button holes. The name place cards were hand written by Charlie, they all had little blue roses on them, tying to the colour scheme. The children were kept entertained with personalised activity packs.

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The Wedding Breakfast

The Wedding breakfast was a 3 course sit down meal consisting of smoked salmon and prawns, Charlie’s favourite starter. Followed by a main course of roast beef and all the trimmings and a delicious cheesecake for pudding, Stu’s favourite. Guest sat at round tables of 8 people with a traditional top table, of parents, maid of honour, best men and of course the bride and groom.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The beautiful wedding cake was made up of 3 tiers, each tier being a different flavour. One fruit, one chocolate and one lemon. It was covered in ivory icing, topped with roses and trailing cornflower blue petals. The style of the cake complimented the look of the wedding and tasted delicious, it was even served at a BBQ the following day.

As it was Stu’s birthday he was given a transformers birthday cake during the speeches and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. Charlie and Stu finished off the lovely speeches giving out gifts. The groomsmen where all given transformers cufflinks. While the mothers were given beautiful floral bouquets. I was given a lovely rose pandora charm for my bracelet while Mia was given a charm for her nominations bracelet.

The Evening Do

Their evening guests where welcomed with a yummy hog roast, that was cooked all day outside, along with drinks and a great disco. To keep the children entertained throughout the day and into the evening there was a bouncy castle, which was a brilliant idea. It kept the children busy and allowed the parents to sit around it on the outside tables and enjoy the day.

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The Honeymoon

Charlie and Stu spent a week in Sorento in Italy. Opting for a stay in a luxury hotel for a child free week, while their children stayed at home with the Grandparents. They are hoping to return for their 10th wedding anniversary.

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Dreaming of a Castle Wedding…

Every little girl dreams of getting married in a big castle, with a horse drawn carriage to carry her and prince charming off into the sunset.

In the UK we are blessed to have some stunning wedding venues. Included in that are many beautiful castles. Which means your childhood dreams can come true. Although some of these venues are not for everyone’s budget, they are all stunning in their individual ways.

See my top 5 picks from across the UK.

Hever Castle – Kent

Castle Wedding - Hever CastleHever Castle was built in 1270 it was home to Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife. It is now privately owned by the Guthrie family. Hever Castle offers varying different options for wedding packages. The Castle, the Astor Wing, the Italian Garden or Marquee set in the grounds. There are 28 bedrooms to hire, perfect for guests wanting to stay over. Prices start from Β£165 per person.

Peckforton Castle – Cheshire

Castle Wedding - Peckforton Castle

Peckforton Castle was built in 1851 by John Tollemach, in a medieval style, taking 9 years to complete the build. Home to numerous TV and film sets. They proudly offer many different wedding options. The Great Hall, Hexagonal Room, Drawing Room, the Wine Cellar and the Chapel that offers blessings only. There are 48 bedrooms for hire fitting in family and friends for almost any size wedding. Prices are on quotation only, as they provide a price plan to meet your requirements.

Hensol Castle – Vale of Glamorgan

Castle Wedding - Hensol Castle

Hensol Castle was built in the 17th Century. Set in 650 acres of Welsh Countryside its a beautiful setting for your dream wedding. It has been used as the set for many TV shows. Hensol Castle offers 6 different functions rooms with its newly built Courtyard Hall. There is also the Oak Room set aside for ceremonies. The castle is adjacent to Vale Resort, a luxury spa resort, perfect for all of your guests to stay in. They offer discounts for people attending weddings. Prices start at Β£2750 for Castle hire, then packages start for 42.95 per person.

Dalhousie Castle – Edinburgh

Castle Wedding - Dalhousie Castle

Dalhousie Castle was built in the 13th Century it is proudly Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle. They offer various different wedding packages with prices starting from Β£1000 for 30 people, making it possible to have a castle wedding on a smaller budget. There is even a beautiful chapel that is perfect for your ceremony. It is a unique and romantic venue that offers extras that I haven’t seen in many other venues. Like the falconry package. Where an owl delivers the rings during ceremony…… perfect for any Harry Potter fans out there!

A castle wedding might not be for everyone but they are magical. Keep your eye out for future posts. Including weddings on a budget.

What would be your dream wedding venue?