I thee Wed – Lorna and Paul
Today is the most gorgeous wedding and one very close to my heart as it was held at Thrumpton Hall, my wedding venue back in May 2010.
Fabulous pictures by the Butterworths and a lovely write up by the blushing bride Lorna:
♥ Firstly, where and when did you get married?
We got married on the 1st July 2011 at All Saints Church in Thrumpton. Afterwards we had the drinks reception,wedding breakfast and party in the grounds of Thrumpton Hall…it was the most perfect day.
♥ What made you decide on your venue?
We didn’t really know where we wanted to get married, we live in Leeds and Paul’s from Yorkshire but I grew up in Nottinghamshire and its where my family live, so we looked at loads of venues in both areas until we decided on Thrumpton. I saw 36 in total! It sounds crazy but I really enjoyed looking around all the fabulous places you can get married and to begin with we didn’t really know what kind of wedding we wanted, so it helped us to piece together what we liked. We decided we wanted a big wedding so we could be surrounded by all our family and friends and liked the idea of a garden party that gave the whole thing an informal but summery feel. We also really liked the idea of a marquee so that everything could happen in one place with everyone together. Thrumpton Hall has such beautiful grounds, I never even knew it existed, but when we finally decided what kind of wedding we wanted it was the perfect fit. Everything from the charmingly intimate church, to the fact we could walk to the reception venue, the stunning rose garden overlooking rolling countryside and the huge marquee set beside the peaceful stream, it was everything we wanted. So many of our guests commented on the venue and said how much they loved it.
♥ What was it like choosing your dress and had you always had your heart set on that style?
Well, after hunting through the 36 venues I think my Mum and bridesmaids were dreading me then finding a dress, but it was actually only the 2nd dress I tried on and we did it all in a day! I’d never really thought about what dress I would wear on my wedding day before, but I’d started flicking through the bride magazines and turning down pages on the ones I liked. I knew it would be something quite extravagant and detailed and I knew which style wouldn’t suit my shape, but I still didn’t really know what I was looking for. Mum and I went to the Wedding Show at the Birmingham NEC to get some ideas on themes, suppliers and decor, so hadn’t really gone expecting to try any dresses on but there were hundreds of stands there with boutiques from all over the UK so Mum convinced me to try one on and from then on I was like a kid in a candy shop.
The first dress was the sort of design I thought I would probably go for, but when I had it on I didn’t think the style suited me at all, then I saw my dress and just loved it from the moment I saw it. To begin with I thought it was a bit OTT and thought it would blow the budget out of the water, but it was actually quite reasonably priced given all the detail it had and when I put it on I didn’t want to take it off. It sparkled and swooshed and made me feel amazing…I didn’t want a simple or understated dress – you’re only a bride once so I decided that when it came to the dress more was definitely more! I tried on lots of others that day and there were some beautiful dresses but both Mum and I knew that this was the dress for me.
♥ Talk us through the theme and decor of the wedding
We wanted it to feel like a summer garden party, so we had Pimms and Apple Mojitos as the welcome drinks, which was held in the rose garden while a live jazz band played in the background, we scattered flowers and candles in hurricane vases around the garden and twirled fairy lights around the outside of the marquee. It was a gorgeous summer day – we were so lucky with the weather, so guests mingled in the sunshine on the lawn until dusk and then some sat out under the stars and twinkling fairy lights – it was exactly how we’d imagined it. For the colour scheme we chose pink and a vibrant green, which looked really fresh and summery. We both love travelling so we added subtle hints of this through the food we chose and our table names, which were the names of places we’ve visited together.
♥ Anything quirky and creative we should know about your wedding?
Both Paul and I absolutely love cheese, so instead of a traditional cake we had rounds of cheese stacked into a tiered cake and decorated it with figs, grapes and flowers, we then served it with antipasti meats, rustic breads and pickles in the evening – it looked great and I’m told it tasted amazing, although I never actually got to have any. We also booked a live jazz band – Mad Dog and the Sophisticats – who were just fantastic! As all the guests were leaving the church they appeared from nowhere and started playing. We hadn’t arranged it so it was a real surprise and everyone loved it. They walked with the guests from the church to Thrumpton Hall – it was so funny to see such lively, upbeat music being played in the usually sleepy village and lots of the neighbours came out to see what was going on, it was very surreal. They played the whole way through the drinks reception and wedding breakfast and were very entertaining, serenading a few of the female guests and generally amusing the audience, but their finale, after the wedding breakfast, was brilliant – they had all of our guests singing and acting out the moves for “I am the music man” with full on “pia, pia, piano” blasting out by all. Very funny!
We had the most incredible wedding day – I loved every minute.
How fabulous does that wedding sound? I know I’m bias but Thrumpton Hall really does look pretty amazing in those shots 🙂
Big thanks to the lovely Butterworths for their fantastic images and the bride, Lorna for such a heart warming story about her beautiful big day.