Real Wedding: Cathryn and Gareth
The Elvetham hosted the beautiful wedding of Cathryn and Gareth on the 27th May 2017. They share with us their planning process and the highlights of their special day.
“I had no idea where to begin when I started looking for wedding venues. I knew I wanted something with the wow factor and had always liked the idea of a castle or country house hotel. I began with Google searches of venues in the area. We viewed about 13 venues and they all had something missing or weren’t quite right for one reason or another. The Elvetham certainly offered the wow factor as soon as you drive up the drive way. It also had a special feeling. Despite its grandeur the venue still had an intimate feeling….and a 24 hour bar! The staff really made the venue and the service leading up to and on the wedding day was unreal.
Ceremony in The Oak Room, photographed by Robert Hooper.
I went to four shops in total looking for my dream dress. I knew the type of style I wanted before I went (an ivory, fitted dress with lace detail). I would estimate that I tried on about 25 dresses in total. I finally found my dress in the Bridal House of Cornwall on a visit to see my parents. My mother was looking at mother of the bride outfits and I thought I would have a look in the shop for wedding dresses at the same time. From looking on the internet I knew I liked Justin Alexander dresses and they were a stockist. I couldn’t stop smiling when I tried it on I knew I had to wear it again. The service in the Bridal House of Cornwall was like no other wedding shop I had been into – not only was it beautifully decorated the girls in there were so nice and helpful!
White roses filled Cathryn’s bouquet created by her sister-in-law, photographed by Robert Hooper.
Our main colour scheme was white as I’d always dreamt of having everything white on my wedding day. However, I also added a bit of pink (bridesmaids) and grey (cravats, pocket squares and stationary) to liven it up a little. My choice of flowers centred around having white roses as they are my favourite flowers. My sister-in-law is a florist and so she suggested the rest. I know that she was unbelievably talented and so I trusted her!
The avenue of yew trees create the perfect backdrop, photographed by Robert Hooper.
We were very lucky in that the weather was beautiful and we were able to have drinks and canapes on the lawn during our reception. We even had our own waiter who stood with freshly topped up prosecco and canapes. It was so great to be able to talk to our guests after the ceremony. The wedding breakfast was beautiful and served in The Library at The Elvetham, which we felt was more intimate than the other rooms. My favourite part of the wedding breakfast (and maybe even the wedding) was the speeches. My father, my husband and the best man all made excellent speeches which had just the right amount of emotion and humour.
Wedding Breakfast in The Library, photographed by Robert Hooper.
Top tip for other brides: I wish i’d known how quickly the day goes. The best advice I got was to take 15 minutes just me and my new husband going for a walk around the grounds to take it in.”