With friends and family travelling from all over the world to be part of their special day, Terence and Russell wanted a country wedding day that was all about fun and family. They wanted every single one of their guests to feel integrated and to enjoy and celebrate a traditional wedding day…
Farnham Castle was the only venue Terence and Russell visited – and from the moment they stepped inside they knew they knew it was perfect for them. “Farnham has real wow factor and an events team that are committed to making every wedding special and unique,” says Terence. “This made it a really easy choice for us,” he adds.
Farnham Castle provided the perfect backdrop for their English garden country wedding theme. Of course, flowers were key to creating the whole look, so the couple worked closely with their florist to get everything just right. “Our florist completely transformed the rooms – there were flowers absolutely everywhere,” says Terence. “Other than that we kept things simple and let the venue and flowers do all the talking.”
When it came to the couple’s wedding attire, eccentric English country gent was the brief. This allowed both Terence and Russell to wear complementary attire yet express their different personalities. “We both went with tweed blazers but mine was tan, rust and cream and Russell’s was different shades of blue,” explains Terence. The pair also wore contrasting, yet complementary, waistcoats and trousers. “We reflected each other and our differences,” smiles Terence.
As Terence and Russell were spending their whole wedding day at Farnham Castle, they decided to spend the night before in Farnham too. “This allowed us to move into the Gatehouse first thing in the morning,” explains Terence. “In fact, the Gatehouse became our base for the day – with family and friends popping in to join us throughout.”
The couple’s country wedding ceremony didn’t come without its comedy moments. “We had to laugh when the registrar pronounced us husband and wi…husband!” laughs Terence. “It was her third wedding that day and autopilot had kicked in. We all saw the funny side though!”
Galloping Gourmet’s delicious menu was just the beginning of the couple’s celebrations. “They had such an amazing selection of menus,” says Terence. After much deliberation, the couple selected a ham hock and chicken terrine starter, beef wellington main, and a trio of desserts – all of which tasted divine on the day itself.
The pair’s evening party was pretty impressive too with everyone up on the dance floor. “We had guests from the UK, South Africa, the US, Australia, Zimbabwe, Ireland, and the Netherlands,” laughs Terence. “We wanted everyone to get involved rather than just observing our day,” he smiles.
Consider holding your wedding ceremony earlier in the day. Despite booking 14 months in advance, we could only secure a 3pm ceremony on our chosen date. With hindsight, we would have tried to secure an earlier slot so that everyone had more time for dancing.
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