It was all about luxury romance at Doddington Hall & Gardens for Daisy & Chris…
Daisy & Chris chose Doddington Hall & Gardens in Lincolnshire as the setting for their glorious Summer wedding, tying the knot on 10th August last year on a beautifully sunny day - after a week of rain! It was a celebration filled with love, laughter and happiness - an unforgettable day we're sure! The couple had their ceremony in The Long Gallery before moving into The Coach House for drinks, dinner and lots of dancing!
We'll pass you onto the lovely bride, Daisy, so that you can read a little more about their big day at Doddington Hall & Gardens…
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY…
“It was a really personal day which was something we were keen to have – my Mum did the flowers (and enjoyed it so much that she’s gone professional!). I made all of the table settings and the table names were polaroid photos of us from each year of our relationship, my brother designed our invites and table plan, my Aunt made our wedding cake (she works for Choccywoccydoodah so it was an incredible cake), my sister’s girlfriend did mine and the bridesmaids’ hair, a friend captured our wedding on video and we even had a surprise rap from our Master of Ceremonies!We were keen for the day to be filled with entertainment so that it was the most amazing day for all of our loved ones. We had a magician during the drinks reception, garden games, a photobooth and the most incredible band who let my sister drum with them! We provided flip flops in the evening so that everyone could keep on dancing (they had all gone by 8pm) and glow sticks for some extra fun. It was the most wonderful day and our friends and family really made it – we just provided some extra sparkle for them.”
TELL US ABOUT YORU VENUE…
“My parents moved to Lincoln 4 years ago, and Doddington Hall & Gardens was a short 10 minute drive from their house so we would visit regularly (they have an amazing farm shop). When we got engaged, we went to look around it as a wedding venue and were sold straightaway. It ticked all of the boxes and was so handy to be close to my parents house. We didn’t look at any other venues! We loved how you could get married in the hall, and then move to the Coach House for the reception – the Coach House is well planned and light and airy – it also has the added bonus of a private garden which we really made the most of on our sunny wedding day.
We were instantly impressed with the wedding team, led by Justine and that was a big plus for us – as an organisational freak, I was so happy to find that they were all about the detail and planning, and we had a great planning meeting 3 weeks before where we shared geeky spreadsheets! Nothing was too much trouble, they were quick to respond to my hundreds of questions and they helped make the day run seamlessly.”
The food at Doddington helped to seal the deal too – they use seasonal produce from the estate and local suppliers and so we knew it would be delicious.
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING…
“I wanted our wedding to have a relaxed country, but classic feel to it and I think we achieved that. We didn’t have a colour scheme as such but the flowers really set the tone for the day – I knew that I wanted lots of foliage, cream/white flowers and touches of pink and Mum (who now has her own floristry business!) delivered exactly what I envisaged. She used lots of flowers including roses, gypsophila, lisianthus, hydrangeas, honeysuckle and cosmos, and then lots of foliage – eucalyptus, pittosporum and ivy. The buttonholes were a simple white rose with a piece of eucalyptus and rosemary. They worked beautifully with the blush pink bridesmaid dresses, and the blue suits of the wedding party.
We wanted to be as hands on as possible and do as much of it ourselves as possible- there were so many personal touches. Our centrepieces were inspired by an image I’d seen on Pinterest and we put them all together ourselves – we had some fun weekends decorating jam jars! For the table numbers, we decided to go with each year we’d been together. I got a polaroid printed with a photo from that year, and then propped it up on a miniature easel. The place settings were painstakingly stamped by myself, and then tied to pieces of rosemary which was simple, but looked lovely. We also had bikes feature throughout the day – Chris is a keen cyclist so we wanted to add this in, in a subtle but charming way. My brother designed our stationery so he used a beautiful bike image on the save the dates, and table plan and we hired the gorgeous Betsy bike from Pretty Little Extras and filled it with flowers. The same type of bike also featured on our cake!
I was keen to add little touches to the day, as they are something I always look forward to at weddings. We put wedding advice cards for guests to fill in (we’ve had some wonderful advice) on the tables and provided activity books for the children. In the evening we bought lots of glow sticks and put them in jam jars around the dance floor – something so cheap and simple but which proved very popular – it was so funny to look around the dance floor and see everyone glowing! We also hired a basket of flip flops from Pretty Little Extras – so that guests could dance all night long, and these had all gone by 8pm!”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“I went wedding dress shopping a couple of months after getting engaged. I went to four bridal boutiques in the Lincoln area (where my parents live) and found my dress at the first place we went to – Belle and Bouquet in the beautiful village of Wellingore. I can’t recommend them highly enough – the girls there are amazing and the setting is incredible too. They also have a huge selection of Maggie Sottero dresses.
I tried on many different styles of dresses but I couldn’t stop thinking about the Maggie Sottero dress ‘Melanie’. It also helped that we could take photos of the dresses and so could look back at them – as soon as my sister saw it she said it was the one. I didn’t have that emotional, crying my eyes out moment but I just felt so ‘me’ in it, I thought it was beautiful and adored the back of the dress. The team at Belle & Bouquet added a belt which added the final bit of sparkle. For my accessories, I wore a fingertip length veil and a beautiful hair vine alongside some simple pieces of jewellery.
I felt like I nagged Chris every day for a year about getting his suit sorted, but he was keen to sort it all himself and a couple of months before the wedding he went to Suit Supply with his two best men to choose them. They picked so well and I love the look of the blue suits against the ivory and pink in our wedding colours. Their lovely waistcoats were from Next and we found the ties on Etsy. We asked the three ushers, and two Dads to wear their own blue suits, and gave them all the ties we’d bought.
I was so happy with the bridesmaid dresses – we found the Debut Sophie dresses from Debenhams in rose. I loved the really pale, almost blush pink look for a wedding and pink has forever been my favourite colour so knew I wouldn’t regret it. I also liked how the dress came with straps so the girls could choose to have them if they wanted to – there’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in a strapless dress!”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT AND DRINK?
“We knew the food was going to be delicious as our venue, Doddington Hall uses seasonal produce from their own estate and local suppliers. To accompany our Pimms and Prosecco reception we had a small number of canapés – mini toasted pittas with hummus and salmon blinis. For the wedding breakfast we were able to give our guests two options for each course. For starter it was either a seasonal vegetable soup or oak smoked duck; for main it was a choice between a blade of Doddington herd Lincoln red beef or shoulder of Lincolnshire lamb and for dessert it was either strawberries and cream or gooey chocolate pecan pie.
Later that evening we had a big cheese table with in house delicatessen counter cheeses, olives and artisan breads. It came with fresh fruit and homemade chutneys, and we also added charcuterie and Doddington pies. It was very well received after a good few hours of dancing!
Last but definitely not least was our incredible wedding cake. We are so very lucky as my Auntie Jenny works for Choccywoccydoodah (you can sometimes spot her in the TV show!) and so made us our beautiful cake. She even managed to add in a bike for Chris! It’s a work of art and we really didn’t want to cut it, but luckily we did as it was so delicious and we carried on eating it the next morning. We went for a dark chocolate layer with chocolate ganache, a chocolate orange layer with chocolate ganache and a lemon layer with white chocolate ganache.”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?
“I feel like music really sets the tone and ambience at a wedding. I absolutely adore the strings and was so happy to find the Simply Strings Trio who had a great repertoire and had played at our venue before. They played throughout the ceremony and into the drinks reception.
For the evening we had the most fantastic band called The Indie Killers. I find that a band can make or break the dance floor at a wedding so did lots of research and was totally convinced after seeing so many rave reviews for The Indie Killers. They were everything we wanted and more – the dance floor was full all night and they were amazing at getting everyone involved, there was so much energy! They also let my sister, and one of our friend’s play with drums with them which was so special. It really was our own personal gig.
I also can’t talk about the music and entertainment without mentioning the special surprise from our MC, Tommy. He’d been talking to the band secretly to arrange a rap performance of ‘Ice Ice Chris and Daisy’ – it was amazing and so thoughtful!
Chris absolutely loves magic so we had to have a magician for the drinks reception, and we thought it was a great way of filling the time between the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Tyler Harrison was fantastic and so down to earth and friendly. We loved hearing the gasps and laughs around the garden as he performed.
We also put out some garden games for guests to enjoy and luckily it was such a beautiful day so people really could make the most of them! We hired Giant Jenga from Pretty Little Extras and this went down a storm – every 10 minutes we could hear it topple over!
Another part of the day which I had to make happen, was the photo booth. If there is a photo booth at a wedding I am all over it. We hired the selfie booth from Snapz who were absolutely brilliant and genuinely lovely guys. I loved the selfie booth as it’s open so everyone can watch the fun, and you can fit lots of people in a photo. It also doubled as our guest book – everyone got their own print out and then one was put in the guest book with a space for them to write their message.”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“- Choose your wedding party wisely. They were such a huge help and support for us and were invaluable on the day for being our ‘go to people’
– Research all of your suppliers as much as possible. I looked up loads of their reviews to make sure they were highly thought of, and it meant that we had no issues or stress in the run up and everything was seamless on the day. Having a very good wedding venue helped with this too. They were as overly organised as I am!
– Have a google docs spreadsheet – I had this from day one and had tabs for everything. Also had tasks listed for each month which broke everything up.
– Smile and look at everyone as you walk down the aisle.
– Relax and enjoy – share your happiness. People feed off your energy so if you’re really happy they will be too!
– Anxiety. I have spoken about this a couple of times on the group and on the morning of the wedding I felt awfully anxious- I was sick twice and had to have some time out to rest. However as soon as everything properly started and we went to the venue I felt absolutely fine and honestly loved every second. I had an amazing calm group around me in the morning which helped and was just open with everyone about how I was feeling. It is hideous though and I was so glad to feel fine as soon as the ceremony began- I think it was just the anticipation.
– The little things are noticed – actually everything is noticed! Every thing I had put effort into was commented on which was a lovely feeling.
– If you can, try and do something the next day to continue the celebrations. We put on a big breakfast at my parents and half the wedding guests dropped in! People stayed for hours and it meant we could catch up with everyone properly. You can also chat about the day with everyone which is so nice as you’re on such a high.
– Record your speeches! Even if you don’t have a videographer, get a friend to record them as you will want to hear them again.
– If you are having a band, do your research and read reviews to make sure they will work for your ‘audience’. We had The Indie Killers who get everyone on the dance floor involved with sing-offs and people joining them on stage. It made the evening and people were on the dance floor all night!”
POP ALONG TO THE DODDINGTON HALL & GARDENS WEDDING FAIR THIS WEEKEND!
If you’ve fallen in love with this magnificent wedding venue in Lincolnshire, pop along to The Doddington Hall Wedding Fair on Sunday 25th March 2018!
Doors open 10:30am-3pm with FREE entry, where you’ll be able to wander around the hall and gardens at your leisure. You’ll also have the chance to meet a selection of spectacular wedding suppliers, including florists, photographers and bridal wear.
So, come along to meet the team and discover your dream wedding venue. Find out more here!