Hannah & Liam's Wedding Story
We chose Cave Castle because the grounds are so beautiful and the room for the ceremony over looked it. The suite we got married in was the Balmoral Suite, it’s very neutral therefore was perfect for our colour scheme. Also, let’s be honest who doesn’t want to get married in a castle, it’s like the perfect fairy tale. Emma Evers and Leila Benlamkaddem from Cave Castle were very hands on in organising everything on the build up to the big day. Leila was also available on the day to ensure things ran smoothly and if we required anything she would sort it straight away.
Our overall theme was mainly white with a hint of pink and gold. With us getting married in June, we wanted it to be a light colour scheme without any bold colours. We also wanted to add personal touches, so decided to DIY some decorations for the table. We painted wooden love hearts and hand wrote in gold the place cards and spray painted jam jars to put flowers and sweets in.
I chose a mixture of lisianthus, hydrangea, peonies and gypsophila. All in white for myself, the bridesmaids and button holes. Then for the centre pieces they were the same on candelabras but with a hint of blush pink. I didn’t want the flowers to be arranged too neat and perfect, they were more loose and draped down.
Hannah – I was really excited in the morning, we weren’t getting married until 3.30pm so was nice and relaxed. Me and my mum Vikki had stayed over the night before, so got a good lie in. My bridesmaids arrived around 11am and we just had a good laugh getting ready. But when it came to going downstairs I was so nervous and shaking. I was worried about tripping over or getting my words wrong at the altar, but once I saw Liam I was relaxed and couldn’t stop smiling.
Liam – I was quietly confident of the day. A lot of the guests were asking me if I was nervous yet, in truth I was in awe of the day and couldn’t stop smiling. I knew the amount of effort that had gone into the day so I could just take the day and enjoy it. When I arrived at Cave Castle I knew we had picked the right venue, the grounds looks fantastic, the weather was clear and everyone was in great spirits.
Hannah (Bride) and Vikki (Mother of the bride) stayed over the night before. A family friend had let us borrow his driver and Rolls Royce for the Liam (Groom) and his two nephews Brooklyn Birss and Lindon Birss to arrive in. We were also allowed to borrow the car for photographs later on.
The ceremony was to take place at 3.30pm followed by photographs outside before the wedding breakfast. And let me tell you the food was so nice! We both loved the dessert, it was refreshing on such a warm day, and the service of the food was really good too.
For our wedding cake we did things a little different. We both really enjoy traditional vanilla and chocolate sponge cake, however when it comes to weddings they can be quite expensive. We spoke to Jill Fisher from Cake Creations and she suggested doing a ‘fake cake’ for pictures and then go buy the cake we like for them to serve up. What a great idea I must say, she designed a simple white 4 tier cake that was polystyrene but covered in real icing with roses. It looked so realistic and was great as most guests thought it was real!
For our entertainment we just had a DJ Steve Jackson who often does functions at Cave Castle. He was great, before the wedding he asked us for a rough idea of a playlist and what songs we did and didn’t want playing. Everyone was up dancing so was good fun.