Lockdown Love at Donnington Park Farmhouse
Due to marry on 26th June 2020, Sarah and Simon were on an emotional rollercoaster during the Covid19 lockdown – between a heartbreaking postponement, monitoring the ever-changing regulations and coordinating with multiple suppliers on a potential new date, their wedding planning journey was far from simple. Originally securing a second date for 18th December 2020, after hearing the news that small wedding ceremonies were able to go ahead, they “bit the bullet” and booked their big (little) day in for 6th July. With rustic vibes and pastel tones, Donnington Park Farmhouse was the perfect setting. Sarah and Simon have kindly given us an insight into pulling off the perfect, post-lockdown day.
What made you want to go ahead with your wedding under the lockdown restrictions?
We had been planning our big day for over two years, trying to have everything we had dreamed of but, unfortunately, life doesn’t always go to plan. We decided that it was more important to us to become husband and wife than it was to have the big wedding. Over the last 12 months I had lost my dad due to Ill health and, in May, we lost our good friend and usher, Gary, to COVID-19. It made us realise that time is so precious and we didn’t want to wait any longer!
What helped you organise your day?
Having support from family and friends in our plans but also having a very accommodating venue, that took an equal financial loss to allow us to have our day. Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel was amazing. Unfortunately we couldn’t have an evening reception on the day and we couldn’t stay the night before due to government restrictions. So we had to arrange transportation to the venue, ‘capital limousines’ in Swadlincote were fantastic at such short notice too (just two weeks). The camper van was stunning!
What did you struggle with?
There were lots of hurdles to jump over or sort out; from dress fittings to bridal cars. Due to not having a 100% confirmed date right up to two weeks before the wedding, we were updating suppliers every other day. But the main struggle has to be deciding on our 24 guests, we have lots of close friends and family but everyone was so understanding and knew how much we wanted to get married.
On the day how did it feel?
It was a very emotional day. There were tears, sighs of relief, but most of all, love and plenty of laughter. A truly amazing day, more than we could have wished for. Perfect for us!
What advice would you give other couples reading this?
Don’t delay your day, the two most important people are you two. Friends and family will understand and you can always have a party at a later date like us. Plus you get to wear your dress twice.
What would you do differently now you've done it?
Nothing, I’m so pleased that we’ve been able to have our special day. Becoming husband and wife to one another is a beautiful gift and more important than the big event. We can’t thank everyone involved enough.