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White Roses at The Carriage Hall {The Wedding of Sarah & Joe}

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White Roses at The Carriage Hall {The Wedding of Sarah & Joe}

Sarah and Joe are a match made in heaven! They enjoyed stress free wedding planning as they both had the same ideas and knew exactly what they wanted. Every aspect of their wedding was relaxed, informal and fabulous!

Over to Sarah to tell you all about how they met and how their big day unfolded…

“Joe and I met through a mutual friend about 6 years ago. We spent the next two years as good friends, part of a wider circle and we got know each other really well. At the time Joe lived in a house shared with a couple of other friends. I needed to move from where I was living and so decided to take up the spare room in the house. It wasn’t until I moved in that our relationship changed and gradually we found we had grown closer than ever.

We bought a house together in 2014, a big commitment! And at that point I think we both knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, although Joe and I never had to talk about long term plans, we always just seemed to have mutual feelings and getting married just felt like the right thing for us to do next. We actually booked the venue and set the date without telling any family or friends! We were a little impulsive but again it just felt right. Then a few weeks later when we had chosen a ring we broke the news to a very happy family and the plans got under way.

Planning the big day was really easy and stress free for us. We knew exactly what we wanted; a relaxed informal day, fabulous food and an amazing band to provide music for the party!

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The Carriage Hall and the team of staff there including Mel and Debs were fantastic nothing was too much trouble and we were free to create the day we desired, they even let us have an ice cream van! We had almost a year to organise and get everything in place, it seemed like enough time to be able to book the people we wanted in advance but without having to wait forever to finally get hitched!

I think for me the best part was the ceremony itself. I tried to soak up every moment and it really was very special to have everyone I loved under one roof for a whole day. But without doubt the wedding band, TI Funk did an amazing job certainly a highlight for us both and I spent most of the evening on the dance floor!

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I am a hairdresser so I was lucky enough to be able to take over my salon for the morning of the wedding. My friends and I got our hair done by my fabulous colleagues at Jazz Hairdressing, everyone looked and felt amazing.

My huge thanks goes to Cristina Lazzarotto who did such a wonderful job of my make up. She came to me at the hotel and spent the next couple of hours making me look the best I ever have! She was a real star and such a calming influence!

My wedding dress wasn’t the usual sort! It came from Matches Fashion a high end designer website and is by Australian designers Camilla and Marc. I didn’t want an expensive lace wedding gown, I wanted a designer white dress. It was beautiful and exactly what I was looking for. I took a risk to order it online without having tried it, but the moment I opened the box I knew it was perfect. The weight of the fabric, light but structured and the way it fit was totally perfect. I felt very lucky.

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I took a trip to London to find my wedding shoes. I was prepared to spend some money on these as unlike the dress I knew I would be able to wear them again! I ended up with a pair from LK Bennet, beautiful cream with a gold fleck. And a matching bag! A bride has to treat herself, right?!

Joe’s suit was handmade by Stuart at Roy Smith Taylors in Nottingham. A bespoke suit was the ultimate treat for him and it was made to perfection, exactly what he was after. Shoes were classic black brogues from Jones Bootmakers and a white shirt and black tie from John Lewis finished his look. He did look very handsome indeed!

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Our wedding band as mentioned before were TI Funk. Booking these guys was the first thing we did after securing the venue it was so important we had them play at our wedding! We used to see them play every week at The Riverbank in the years before we were together, so they held some sentiment for us and even before we got engaged we would say they have to play our wedding one day. They really did an amazing job and all the guests since have commented that they were a highlight of the day.

Our flowers were done by a local West Bridgford florist, Andrea at Flower Scene. She was able to put together a beautiful display within our budget and managed to understand my descriptions and pictures to create a perfect look for us. Everything was kept really simple, no real colour scheme or decorations. We relied on the beauty of the venue combined with Andrea’s white roses and hydrangeas and it worked wonderfully creating a crisp and modern look. Just the right amount of decor and minimal fuss!

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We didn’t have a specific theme for our wedding, we just wanted a relaxed day with informal food which The Carriage Hall did spectacularly with tapas served throughout the day. This meant we could avoid the awkward seating plan situation and we kept a minimal amount of tables in the venue preferring our guests to be able to sit where they liked and mingle with one another whilst eating. We also had a cheese tower by the Cheese Shop in Nottingham. That went down very well with our guests to help soak up the wine from throughout the day, combined with pork pie, sausage rolls and delicious bread and chutneys from The Carriage Hall.

To satisfy the sweet tooths’ we had an ice cream van come from Manfredi’s Ices, who supplied delicious flavours of homemade ice cream in Italian waffle cones, then later in the evening a stand of macarons from L’Amendier bakery in West Bridgford. I was really pleased with all the suppliers we chose, exceptional service and great delivery, they all come highly recommended from us!

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All in all our day was just so special and better than I had ever imagined! Everything came together perfectly and without a hitch, well except the downpour of rain that was constant all day. But even that did not dampen spirits, in fact it didn’t matter a jot, we didn’t even notice it in the end. And the weather is the one thing you can’t control!

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Advice I would give to others would be to make sure you are both on the same page in terms of what you want, if you have to make compromises with each other just make sure you are both happy. This made it so much easier for any decisions we made as we both knew we were in agreement with one another.

And get ahead as much as possible! I left a couple of jobs until the last minute to sort and I really regretted it as I felt a bit stressed out in the few days in the run up.”

{List of Lovely Suppliers}

Photography – Robert Sail Photography
Venue – The Carriage Hall
Entertainment – TI Funk
Ice-cream – Manfredi’s Ices
Macaroons – L’Amendier
Dress – Matches Fashion
Suit – Roy Smith Taylors
Cheese Tower – Cheese Shop
Hair – Jazz Hairdressing
Make up – Cristina Lazzarotto
Groom’s shoes – Jones Bootmakers
Groom’s shirt & tie – John Lewis
Bride’s shoes – LK Bennet
Florist – Flower Scene


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