Despite having visited some of the fanciest venues around, including Botleys Mansion, Clandon Park, and Hampton Court, there was something about a Farnham Castle wedding in England that couldn’t keep Lauren and David away…
With a dream to tie the knot in a grand and opulent setting, Lauren and David decided to shortlist the cream of the crop in the Surrey area. Farnham Castle was just one of many venues the pair visited, but it quite easily came out top. “There was something special about Farnham Castle,” says Lauren. “I especially loved all the history of royal weddings at the venue. There was no way that I could pass up on the chance to get married at a castle that William the Conquer’s grandson built!” she laughs.
While a chic castle wedding venue was important to the pair, so was a personalised day. “I wanted people to be able to walk into the Castle and know who’s wedding they were at,” explains Lauren. With this in mind, she spent months getting crafty, creating personalised items for the couple’s big-day. Her creations included painted letters, wedding advice cards, and SOS bags for all the ladies.
The pair also took advantage of popular castle wedding trends and hired a Pimms cart, light-up letters, and a string quartet to play during their drinks reception.
Keen to pick a dress to complement the venue, Lauren opted for something classic with a modern twist, fit for a royal wedding. Her gown, designed by Sassi Holford, was teamed with a jacket created especially for the dress.
Lauren also wanted to change up her look for the evening, as she got ready to party with all her nearest and dearest. Instead of buying a second dress, Lauren simply removed the jacket and added a sparkly belt around her waist.
Lauren and David’s June wedding quickly snuck up on them. They decided to hold their ceremony at a local church, before moving on to the Castle for their celebrations. Despite their summer wedding date it did rain, but it didn’t make their celebrations any less perfect.
The couple’s top priority was for their guests to have an amazing time – and the pair certainly guaranteed this with superb food and a first dance to impress.
Lauren and David opted for a four-course meal, with a surprise course of lemon vodka sorbet and a white chocolate and strawberry crème brûlée dessert created especially for their wedding.
In keeping with Lauren’s Italian roots, the pair shared a first dance to Volare, an Italian song the couple heard once playing at a restaurant. “As soon as we heard it we both said that when we got married we’d have it as our first dance song,” smiles Lauren.
Don’t panic about things going wrong. Even though our cake collapsed before it had got to the venue our cake maker made sure it went unnoticed with some of her handiwork. You’d never have known!
Images © Laurence and Ella Photography