We meet Natalie and Mark who's passion for gin sparked the theme for their wedding at Wood Hall Hotel & Spa in Yorkshire.

"We got engaged at Norton House Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh and have always loved the character of Hand Picked Hotels. Mark is from Yorkshire and although we live in Hampshire now, we always knew we wanted to get married near his home town so I was very excited when we booked a wedding appointment at Wood Hall. I instantly knew this would be our venue when I caught a glimpse of the hotel as we drove up the stunning drive. 

We had a travel and gin theme for the wedding and our chosen colours were cerise and aubergine/plum colours which worked really well with the hotel's interiors. We both have a passion for travelling; our tables were named after places that mean a lot to us and stem right from the start of our relationship together. We also both love gin and especially love Edinburgh Gin so we had miniature bottles of this for our favours. We also collected lots of different gin bottles and these were our table decorations with bright autumnal flowers and glittery jars with tea lights, it worked really well and was very effective. 

Our photographers were the amazing Andy and Jill Sutcliffe who Mark has worked with before so he booked them as soon as we got engaged! We loved sharing our day with them and they certainly captured every detail which we will love looking back on in years to come. Our florist was Sofia from Ivy Florist, a very creative lady and although I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for, Sofia did!!! I fell in love with the flowers as soon as I saw them and they smelt beautiful!

We knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding cake but cupcakes instead, I knew exactly what I was looking for and through a recommendation we stumbled across Crumbs Cupcakery behind the minster in York, Danielle was very helpful and made the most delicious cupcakes in lots of different flavours such as chocolate orange, lemon drizzle, chocolate brownie and raspberry cream. 

When I started to look for my wedding dress I fell in love with the designer Stella York and when my local wedding dress shop had a Stella York event I booked an appointment straight away and found my dress, the second one I tried on!

Our band were called The Dominos a London based band who we saw at a friend’s wedding and also at a local event which was when we decided to book them for our wedding. All our guests commented on how brilliant they were, they even played the Lion King for our page boys and flower girl which was a hit, the dancefloor was filled all night, they are extremely talented! It was a part of the day Mark and I were very excited about and wont forget.

We both had an incredible day and the best part was making a long weekend of our wedding celebrations with the people we love the most. We were lucky enough to stay at Wood Hall for 3 nights over the wedding which meant we really enjoyed the lead up (stress free!) and also caught up with family the day after whilst enjoying the hotels facilities and surrounding areas. 

We were extremely pleased with how smoothly the whole day ran, Elizabeth and Kevin were exceptional and exceeded all expectations. Many of our guests commented on the amazing venue and how delicious the food was. Nothing was too much trouble and they went out of their way to ensure we had the most beautiful day. We would recommend Wood Hall Hotel to anyone looking to get married or even for a celebration or a lovely weekend away, we can’t wait to return for our first anniversary!"