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Come Rain or Shine {The Wedding of Kate & Mark at Prestwold Hall}


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Come Rain or Shine {The Wedding of Kate & Mark at Prestwold Hall}

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Kate and Mark chose Prestwold Hall for it’s magnificent appearance yet homely cosy feel. They kept their styling simple and personal to them, as the venue décor spoke for itself. Inspired by Pinterest, they created their beautiful favours, table plans and table numbers with the help of Etsy and Not on the High Street.

Over to Kate to tell you more…

“Our wedding ceremony was at St. Winefride’s Church in Shepshed which is my family’s parish church. It was the most important part of our day. For the reception, we looked at a lot of venues in the East Midlands but Prestwold Hall was the only one that felt just right. It is a stunning venue – especially the dining room – but feels quite cosy and homely inside. MJ and her team were so experienced and professional that we knew we could trust them to help us achieve the reception that we wanted.

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We also wanted to make sure that we didn’t have to rely on the Great British weather for our venue, which was the right decision as it rained all day without an inch of blue sky in sight!

We wanted a venue that was big enough to hold all our family and friends, but without feeling vast or impersonal. We have loved so many friends’ weddings where they have decorated the venue and styled it themselves, but we are distinctly lacking in the creativity genes and knew we needed something quite classic and timeless. We decided on soft, blush pinks for the church and reception flowers but added little details that reflected our shared loves – such as personalised teabag favours and our grandparents’ crockery on the tables. Prestwold is already gorgeous so we only added decoration to the tables. We think the overall feel was relaxed, happy and beautiful.

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My dress was the Pronovias Urdiel gown from Rococo in Melbourne.  As soon as I visited Rococo I knew I would find my dress there – Sarah and Donna create a wonderfully relaxed and friendly environment and there are so many beautiful dresses in there.  I wanted a dress that would last the test of time and this seemed perfect; a lace wedding dress with a flattering, feminine mermaid shape. I added a cathedral length veil and an embellished ivory belt at the waist.  I couldn’t recommend the shop highly enough.

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In the morning, I went to my usual hairdressers Mewies and Indy in Quorn who I could completely trust to style my hair.  Kaye Salmon did make up for me, my mum and sisters once we were back home getting ready.  My makeup lasted all day and Kaye was wonderfully easy going.

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For the wedding ceremony, we hired the Caroline Sharpe singers to ensure that the church was filled with song and one of my best friends Jenny played the flute for the signing of the register.  Our wedding car was a cream convertible Beetle from Leicester Wedding Cars. Our driver Clive was a lovely man and cracked open the champagne for our journey to the reception.

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Our wedding favours were created using teabags, muslin bags, string and fabulous personalised gift tags which we sourced from Etsy.  Our invitations were designed by Alessia Rorison, a talented graphic designer who is just starting up in the world of weddings.  The table plan was an idea borrowed from Pinterest – we used a variety of photo frames to display names, accompanied by a table filled with pictures of family wedding portraits. The table numbers were surrounded by pictures of us at that age and we filled crockery and recycled bottles with beautiful flowers from The Blossom Tree in Melbourne.  Kerry also created the bouquets for me and the bridesmaids, which included my favourite delicate blush-coloured garden roses.

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The wedding cake was a joint venture between my Mary Berry loving husband and his mum and we added a Mr and Mrs Pallett topper from Not on the High Street.

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Our guests danced all night to the Nanna Radleys band, who were incredible and knew exactly how to please the crowd.

Last but not least, Ed Godden was our photographer.  I first met him at the Save the Date wedding fair in Nottingham, the Wedding Event with a Difference, and loved his relaxed, friendly manner and his stunning photographs.  We wanted a reportage style for the day but also some pictures of just the two of us where we didn’t look awkward or formal.  Now that it is all over, our memories and the photographs remain and we are so grateful that we made the right choice with Ed.

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My advice to future brides would be to plan your wedding as a couple and try not to worry too much about how to please everyone.

Don’t try to organise too much happening at once – we had lots of ideas for the evening but then realised that after booking our band, we didn’t need anything else.  Our favourite part of a wedding is always having a boogie.

On the day – relax and enjoy every minute because it will be over all too soon!

{The List of fabulous suppliers}

Venue: Prestwold Hall
Photographer: Ed Godden
Dress: Rococo Weddings, Melbourne
Flowers: The Blossom Tree, Melbourne
Make up: Kaye Salmon
Hair: Mewies and Indy, Quorn
Suits: Moss Bros
Band: Nanna Radleys
Pianist: Robert Cromwell
Choir: Caroline Sharpe singers
Car: Leicester Wedding Cars
Cake topper: Not on the High Street
Favours: Etsy

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