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Christmas Crackers, Mince Pies and Turkey with all the Trimmings!

A Winter Wedding set in a 19th century house in the Newark Countryside, this Christmas fuelled affair just oozes class and style. Bride and groom, Jonny & Zoe filled their entire day with festive features and here's Zoe to tell us more;

"We married In December so there was a festive feel with roaring log fires, candle light and lots of green foliage with red berries. Our wedding favours were Christmas crackers. We had the ceremony and wedding reception all at Stubton Hall and made use off all the gorgeous space. The venue was decorated for Christmas with a huge Christmas tree, a huge swag down the sweeping staircase and a curtain of little white fairy lights that hung at the front. Perfect for photos.

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The Need to Know
Venue
Stubton Hall
Location
Newark
Ceremony
95
Breakfast
95
Reception
95
Dress
Ronald Joyce dress at JS Couture, Marylebone
Flowers
Jacaranda Flowers
Cake
My mum!
Photographer
Darren Cresswell

My mum who is famous for her mince pies made 250 to go with tea/coffee!

Our wedding day was at Stubton Hall in Newark on the border of Lincolnshire and Nottingham. The venue is a stunning 19th century home which we had exclusive use of. The venue is set in beautiful countryside. We had looked at lots of London venues but as soon as we visited Stubton we knew it was the one. The decor is both modern and traditional. Every room is stunning and the bedroom accommodation is equally impressive. For us, the venue ticked all the boxes. It is stunning on the website but even better when you see it in person.

We wanted a tasteful festive/Christmas theme as we were marrying in December. The venue had decorated the place beautifully so we didn’t need to do too much extra. We had lots of huge candelabra’s covered in ivy, green foliage and berries. My dress was very glamorous in a champagne colour that had tiny sequins that caught the candlelight which made it glisten and my bridesmaids were in a deep red to go with the festive feel. The wedding breakfast was a traditional Christmas dinner with prawn cocktail and caviar to start, followed by roast turkey with all the trimmings. We gave Christmas crackers as our favours and my mum who is famous for her mince pies made 250 to go with tea/coffee. My mum walked me down the aisle which was very special and my dear lifelong friend who also happens to be a west end star sang Eva Cassidy’s Songbird during the ceremony which had everyone in tears, including the best men!

We walked down the aisle to Etta James 'At Last' ...

We had a string quartet (highly strung) who played during the ceremony and reception. We walked down the aisle to Etta James ‘At Last’ and walked back up the aisle to Madness’ ‘it must be love’. Everything they played was fantastic with a few festive tunes thrown in. We then had a DJ the venue had recommended and a photo booth, again the props were all linked to Christmas.

I would tell future brides that your day goes so fast, don’t worry about the small stuff and try and get round everyone (during the meal is a good opportunity). I felt like I didn’t get to speak to everyone as I talk too much and wasn’t getting around the tables quick enough. We also had our 8 month old baby there. We hired a fantastic nanny from All Events Childcare who took charge of our little boy and for once I didn’t have to worry about him the whole day! We also had a childminder to look after the flower girls and my nephew who sat in a playroom during the wedding breakfast and speeches, they got to play games, watch dvd’s and not be fidgeting through formal meal/speeches. They had a great time.

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