Today’s ‘Real Life Wedding’ blog is all about Gemma and Brian who were married with us on 20th October 2013.
Living in Bristol, Gemma and Brian arrived the night before their special day and stayed in Holly Cottage and the Old Rectory overnight. They enjoyed a lovely evening relaxing before their very special day with supper served at 7pm in the Old Rectory and our ever popular Italian Antipasti Feast featuring on the menu. The ladies were woken nice and early in Holly Cottage and treated to chef’s lovely fresh warm Croissants whilst Brian and his party enjoyed a lovely Continental Breakfast in the Old Rectory served by our lovely Steph (Deputy Head Waitress). It wasn’t long before Gemma and her bridesmaids and page boy were having their hair and makeup done in the Bride’s changing room.
Meanwhile Brian and the groomsmen were busy getting ready in the Lady Hood Suite- and how smart they looked too!
During the morning- Janette- their Front of House Manager was busy meeting suppliers and briefing our super team members on the order of the day. With the flowers and cake delivered by wedding guest Betty Clarke, Limeleaf Photography armed with their cameras and then finally the arrival of the Registrars, the day was ready to proceed!
The ceremony was conducted in the lovely Orangery at 2pm with 60 guests witnessing the marriage of Gemma and Brian. St Audries Park chair covers and black sashes looked stunning in the early autumn sunshine. Whilst the register was being signed, guests listened to relaxing background music chosen carefully by Gemma and Brian.
Welcome drinks and canapes were then served to guests as the photographs were taken.
Guests were welcomed into the wedding breakfast which was served at 4.30pm and consisted of a wonderful array of fresh locally produced free range produce that chef created into mouth watering dishes. The wedding breakfast was finished with chef’s delightful bitter chocolate tart for dessert.
The wedding breakfast was drawn to a close after the humourous speeches- the best man Will- Brian’s son did a marvelous job at only 12 years of age in both safeguarding the rings and delivering a faultless speech. After tea and coffee had been served the wedding breakfast was drawn to a close with the announcement that the Candy Stand was ready and the Cocktail Bar was about to open.
The evening party soon got under way with the ceremony of ‘cutting the cake’ followed by Gemma and Brian’s first dance and guests partying until late into the evening. At midnight the evening celebrations were drawing to a close and the time came to say goodnight to a wonderful wedding party.
Most guests stayed overnight and enjoyed a famous St Audries full English breakfast the following morning in the Banqueting Hall.
A wonderful couple had the most wonderful wedding and everyone at St Audries Park wish Gemma and Brian (and their children) a lifetime of happiness and success. We know we will see them again one day soon!
Wonderful photographs courtesy of Limeleaf Wedding Photography
A message from Gemma and Brian:-
“Brian and I knew from the beginning that St Audries Park was where we wanted to celebrate our big day, not only because of the perfect House and Grounds but because of the ever so friendly and helpful staff.
If ever we had any questions about our day (including the panic questions the day before) Alyson and Janette were always there with a speedy reply that always put our minds at ease.
Janette was amazing on the day, ensuring that all the wedding party were calm and happy, just ready for a perfect celebration. We have had endless comments on how perfect the food and service was and we cannot compliment St Audries Park team enough!”
Alyson at St Audries Park