Venue: Shottle Hall
Wedding Date: 16th September 2018
Date Booked: 30th January 2018
Austen’s memorable moment: The Bestmans epic execution of cutting Simons tie off !!
Simon and I met in 2010, after 4 years together Simon got down on one knee and proposed to me in a beautiful Italian restaurant and of course I said yes!
Another 4 years went by and no plans of getting married but that was about to change. Simon had been on Nights and came home at 9am, as always Aurora (our dog) ran to greet him at the front door. Aurora then came running back upstairs with a note attached to her collar. It read ‘Mummy, Daddy wanted me to ask you if you would do him the honour of marrying him on September 16th at Shottle Hall?’
Before I could even register what was happening Simon was stood in front of me with a huge grin on his face saying ‘well?’ Simon had booked it all without me even knowing! How he managed to keep it a secret I do not know. After the shock had passed it was straight into planning the rest of the wedding as I was getting married in only 7 months time!
Simon took me to see Shottle Hall about a week later and it took my breath away, the chandeliers across the house and the marquee were stunning. I could see straight away why he chose this venue as he knew I would love it. The grounds of the venue were beautiful, just fields all round, so peaceful and picturesque. I could already see our wedding coming together.
I managed to fall in love with a dress pretty quickly too, my dress made me feel like a princess (who doesn’t want to feel like a princess on their wedding day). We went for a nice simple colour theme of white and peach as this was my Mum and Dad’s colour theme when they got married many years ago. I had a simple and elegant bouquet of roses as they are my favourite.
Fast forward to the most amazing day of our lives, we couldn’t have asked for it go any better. I cried all the way down the aisle but it really was the most amazing moment finally walking towards the love of my life, my best friend and my Husband to be with my Dad by my side. The rest of the day was perfect, the food was amazing our cake was stunning and the venue just spoke for itself.
When it came to the photos unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side. This is where I have to give credit to Austen Blakemore, his creativity and passion throughout the whole day was recognised by all at the wedding. He promised me I would get beautiful photos no matter what the weather was doing and he was right. After receiving our photos we were over the moon with how they have turned out. To know you have a photographer that is fully committed and will do anything to ensure you get the perfect shots and capture all the special moments is just what a Bride needs on her big day. I would recommend Austen to anyone in a heartbeat.
My tips for anyone planning their wedding at the moment would be to not worry about the small things such as centrepieces and venue decorations as you really don’t even notice them on the day, take in every moment as the day is gone in a flash and make sure you get a photographer that has a passion for what he/she does because the photos are your memories to treasure forever, spend the money because you will never be able to re take them.
To go from having no plans to get married and having the surprise of a lifetime to now being a Wife all within 7 months is such a beautiful story to tell.