For the first ever time at Whirlowbrook Hall we have done 5 weddings in one week although I don’t suspect it will be the last.
The first of the ‘I Do’s’ this week, were said by Sarah and Rob in our beautiful Oak Room on Monday 1st August. The new Mr and Mrs Miljevic opted for a different look when decorating the hall and Instead of using chair covers and sashes to add a splash of colour, they hired in chairs with their own hint of purple. These chairs looked stunning in the Hall and went perfectly alongside the neutral decor. The flowers that were attached to the chairs along the aisle were a beautiful little touch and really transformed the room.
The rest of the decorations around the Hall were also simple yet effective. Sarah and Rob had a lot of flowers incorporated into their wedding, which always gives the Hall such a summery feel. The card box they chose also fit with the regal purple theme and was very eye catching. No one could mistake where to put the cards!
Our second wedding of the week was Natalie and Phil Cargill, who joined us at Whirlowbrook Hall on Thursday 4th August, after their church ceremony. Mr and Mrs Cargill arrived, champagne flutes in hand, in such an elegant car that looked right at home outside the Hall. Pictures of the Bride and Groom stood next to the classic car got underway and we entertained the guests with lots of Pimms and canapés.
When planning weddings with couples, I always try to imagine what their decorations are going to look like and let’s just say, I never get it right. I had never imagined that Phil and Natalie’s Alice in Wonderland theme could have looked so perfect in our Hall. Instead of the normal table confetti, they opted for tiny bottles and keys, just like the ones Alice has in the book. This was such a brilliant and effective idea! The same theme was incorporated in their ‘Message in a Bottle’ which is such a great way to get some lovely (and sometimes drunken) messages and advice from all your guests.
Mr and Mrs Savage were the next couple to tie the knot, again at church on Friday 5th August. They decided to name their tables after places that they had been to as a couple. Their top table which is of course the most important was named after the place where Kevin popped the question. This was such a lovely way to incorporate the memories of that day into the wedding.
Jenny’s mum was a big help when planning decorations for the wedding and made all the bunting herself! I say this in a very surprised way as there really was a lot of it and it looked absolutely stunning! Another homemade element to the wedding was the knitted Bride and Groom figures that sat on the cake table. These really were the cutest things and I definitely wanted some for myself. I think Jenny and Kevin’s wedding has really showed that making your own decorations really can make all the difference to your day.
Our penultimate wedding of the week was Kerry and Andy Bethel’s which took place on Saturday 6th August. Kerry and Andy had booked their wedding two years ago, almost to the date and Kerry had started planning from that moment on. I absolutely loved how organised Kerry was; it was really refreshing to know that she had everything planned perfectly; I didn’t have to ask for anything. Kerry and Andy’s wedding exuded elegance and beauty. All the decorations matched perfectly, even down to the sparkles on the chair covers. Once again I imagine, down to Kerry’s amazing planning!
I think my favourite element of Mr and Mrs Bethel’s wedding was the baby grand piano. Not only had we never had a piano in the Hall before, we had never had to fit one in a ceremony room along with 75 guests. Whilst this was a challenge, it was definitely worth it as it looked exquisite in the corner of the Oak Room. It was so amazing in fact; it has really made me want to take up piano lessons just so I can have a go!
Our 5th and final wedding this week saw Amina and Motaz become Mr and Mrs Almahdy on Sunday 7th August. Amina went for a pink theme and incorporated it into every aspect of the wedding. We opened all the decoration boxes, as we do most mornings and set about putting them up. By the time we were done, the hall was transformed. From fairy lights and candles to petals and glitter, the Hall looked beautiful.
We absolutely loved their cake which was covered in delicate pink and white flowers and surrounded by tiny sparkles. Similarly, the stairs which were wrapped in beautiful glittery fabric with silver cuffs looked stunning and very eye catching! I must take credit for the slanted bow at the bottom and will remember never to take up a career in venue styling.
Next week may be a little calmer but definitely will be just as fabulous!