We meet Carl and Alice, who's wedding at Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa was beautiful inside and out.
"Carl and I really wanted a venue that had beautiful views, close to a church, with somewhere for people to stay, and for the inside to be just as beautiful as the outside as we were having an October wedding (you can never be too sure of the British weather!). We weren't having much luck in finding somewhere that ticked all of our boxes, it was either beautiful views but stuck in an incredibly expensive marquee or a beautiful venue but in the middle of nowhere, and we really didn’t want to just “settle”. Then I remembered that I attended a great work conference at Nutfield Priory in Redhill, Surrey, a few years before and how much I completely fell in love with it. I knew Carl would love it too, and as soon as we drove up the winding driveway and he saw the beautiful gothic building, I knew we were onto a winner. We had our show round, had a drink in the library just gazing in silence at the awe inspiring views, and at that point we agreed we had found our dream venue. Boxes most definitely ticked!
Carl and I met when we worked in publishing in London 6 years before our wedding, so we knew if we were to have a theme, this would certainly play a part! The other was memories. Sadly both of my parents have Alzheimer’s, so I wanted there to be a real focus on capturing every moment. Our tables were named after magazines we have both worked on, and Carl printed the logos for the tables in our wedding colours - dusky pink and grey - it was great fun putting people on certain tables, especially some of our Ex Colleagues who had views on some of the titles we picked! For the memory part we created our own hashtag - #waiteitslattertime – and placed selfie sticks on every table with the hashtag on the handle. We also had a photobooth which has resulted in some of the best photos I’ve seen in a long time. Such amazing memories created, and with the hashtag we can enjoy the moments that our guests personally experienced. Just perfect.
Our brilliant suppliers made the day even more fabulous. First of all was our fantastic band, who we actually found before we were even engaged! We saw them performing at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park in November 2016, they were so amazing and we had so much fun that I tipsily told Carl if we were ever to get married they had to be our band! So of course once he proposed to me a few weeks later they were the first to be added on to the budget list, everything else had to work round them! www.trulymedleydeeply.com
My wedding dress came next, I was actually dreading this part of the wedding planning. I knew I would find the dress trying on quite sad as it wouldn't be the mother daughter experience I had hoped for because of my mothers illness. However Laura at ”Go Bridal” Tunbridge Wells and Martine at “Miss Kays” seamstress made sure I had a great time, and when my mum was there they were incredibly understanding and fantastic with her. They managed to make what could’ve been a sad occasion a happy and loved one, for both my mum and I. I really cannot thank them enough for the whole experience, and of course for helping me find and then perfect my dream dress!
I actually found my hairdresser and make-up artist Grace Nethercott on facebook. She was recommended on the Go Bridal page so I booked up an appointment straight away. Not only did she do an amazing job on my hair and make-up on the day, and on two of my bridesmaids, she is now my regular hairdresser so I can wholeheartedly recommend her.
There was never any doubt about who we would have shooting our wedding. Ryan Cox has been the photographer at two of my best friends (and bridesmaids) weddings, and has always helped us feel relaxed, has a cheeky joke and never gets in the way. I love his photography style, and can’t recommend him enough. He also made a great stand in guest with Andy Bird, our fab videographer, for two no shows! They kept the name change and fictional story of how they knew us throughout the whole wedding breakfast!
The whole day was incredible and ran so so smoothly (as far as I was aware anyway!) that we can’t pin point just one moment as the best. From walking down the aisle with my father, to seeing Carl's (slightly nervous) smiling face at the end of the aisle and saying our vows to each other when it felt like we were the only ones in the church. To then enjoying the most incredible wedding breakfast in the Fielden suite, and being able to watch our friends and family having fun in the Grand Hall - from the balcony above - just taking every possible moment in. See, it’s impossible to pick just one!
We cannot express how grateful we are to everyone at Nutfield Priory for making the run up to our wedding, and our wedding day, the most relaxed, stress free but magical event! First of all, the food was incredible, looking around the room there were only empty plates to be seen, and that’s an amazing effort as the portions certainly weren’t small. Everyone has commented on how brilliant it was, and that’s impressive as we had some real foodies there. But where Nutfield excelled, was with the service and attention to detail. We had two amazing function managers assigned to us for the day before the wedding, and on the actual wedding day itself, Marion and Chantelle. We could not have had the day we had without them, they made me feel like I was the most important bride they had ever dealt with, and nothing was too much for them – I actually cried when I said goodbye to Chantelle the day after! They even gave me a bell to press for when I needed them….which blew my little mind. I wonder if Carl would allow this for our home….."