When it came to their wedding day, Emma and David just wanted a celebration to remember with all their family and friends. Of course, a wow-factor setting and good food would also help – just two of the many reasons why they picked Farnham Castle.
As soon as the couple arrived at the Castle they were suitably impressed. “It is such a stunning place and the staff were brilliant,” smiles Emma. The couple knew it would be perfect for their religious ceremony too – with the option to say ‘I do’ in the Castle’s Norman Chapel. “We had such a fantastic feeling about the Castle – it was definitely right for our day,” adds Emma.
With a Christmas wedding to plan, the couple opted for chic, seasonal décor featuring a plum and silver colour palette. The pair handmade all their stationery but needed to add little to the beautiful setting of the Castle itself. “Conveniently, the venue was already decorated with Christmas trees dressed in white fairy lights,” smiles Emma.
Emma also got creative with her wedding cake, which she decorated herself with handmade sugar paste flowers. “It took me a while but it was worth it!” she smiles.
Finding the perfect wedding gown was not quite the chore that Emma had expected. In fact, she only went to one shop and it was the last dress she tried on. Her chosen gown, called ‘Jenny’, by Diana Harbridge, made her feel just like a princess – while reducing her mum and bridesmaid to tears. “I knew it was the one,” says Emma. “I also thought it was fate as my sister’s called Jenny – just like the dress!” she laughs.
Emma and David celebrated a festive wedding on the 23rd December. The bridal party enjoyed a relaxing morning as they got ready at the Gatehouse while sipping on a glass of bubbly.
Despite having passed away four years ago, Emma made sure that her father was part of the ceremony too. “I had a lovely bridal locket filled with pictures of him in. This meant he was able to walk me down the aisle,” she smiles.
Good food, laughter and a whole lot of dancing on the dance floor made up the rest of the couple’s celebrations. “The food was amazing,” says Emma. “In fact, most of our guests commented that it was the best food they’d had at a wedding!”
Of course, while scrumptious, the food wasn’t the only highlight of Emma and David’s celebration. “The day ran perfectly from start to finish. If there were any hiccups the Castle took care of them and we were completely unaware!” she laughs.
Don’t take on too much and allow others to help you. Our family and friends got involved with all our DIY, and we decided to hire a toastmaster too – to take away the worry of running the day. It was worth every penny!
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