A surprise trip to Venice to celebrate a happy 3 year anniversary and Daniel proposed to Rosie on a romantic gondola ride on the Grand Canal – you guessed!
It was a ‘yes’……
After returning from their holiday they were eager to set a date, so immediately started looking at Wedding Venues, within 10 days from their engagement they booked St. Audries Park Wedding Venue. Luckily it was the one and only venue they looked at. “As we arrived at the venue it gave us butterflies and as soon as we started walking around we were discussing ideas for the day. St. Audries Park was the first and only venue we visited. As soon as we approached the venue it had the wow-factor and we absolutely fell in love with it.”
Rosie was super organised so with the venue booked she started a wedding file and spreadsheet as well making a Pinterest board and starting gathering ideas for colour schemes, flowers, dresses, cakes… everything to do with weddings!! Rosie also subscribed to Bride magazine to start gathering ideas.
“Daniel and I attended a few wedding fayres, one being at Bath Racecourse and another at Exeter WestPoint Arena. We found local wedding fayres very useful and would definitely recommend going along to meet local suppliers and to get ideas. We sourced our Harpist, Flower wall and Caricature Artist from attending wedding fayres and it was great to put a face to a name before the big day.”
Their hearts were set on a traditional wedding! “Our ‘must have’ was to get married in a church because Daniel’s uncle is a Vicar and it was important to us that he held our church service. Accommodation was also high on our list as we wanted to make it a wedding weekend which is exactly what St. Audries Park offered us, as well as being a beautiful location and setting!”
“Being local to Minehead we knew of St. Audries Park and had heard excellent reviews about the venue. We had driven past the church many times before and always said we’d love to get married there one day.”
Their wedding was a classic, traditional wedding (church service, top hat and tails, and horse and carriage!) with a touch of modern and elegance. The colour scheme was primarily white and dove grey with blush pink. It was just like a fairy tale wedding.
The cake was created by ‘Dreams and Wishes Cake Company’ and was amazing! A 5 tier cake with each tier being a different flavour: fruit cake, lemon cake, carrot cake, chocolate cake and Victoria sponge.
“Our centre pieces were a wreath of flowers, with a hurricane vase and candle burning inside. Simple but very beautiful. Our flowers were created by Jane at Eden Flowers in Taunton, we met Jane through an open day at St. Audries Park and she was amazing, she completely understood exactly what flowers we wanted and the style we were going for. I was desperate to have Peony’s in my bouquet but it wasn’t the right season for them, but Jane found roses which looked so similar to them, I was in love with all the flowers on the day.”
“When I started looking at wedding dresses in my head I imagined myself in a quite fitted, simple dress with a low back and long train. I visited 3 different wedding dress shops and had tried on about 20 dresses without any luck – I was losing hope!
Then I booked an appointment with the amazing Debbie at Somerset Bridal in Minehead and found the one! My mum persuaded me to try on a different style of dress which I did, and fell in love – I finally felt like a BRIDE and loved my dress. I felt like a princess all day long. I never, ever thought I would go for that style of dress but I am so glad I went out of my comfort zone tried it on! The dress was A-line with a long tulle train and felt like an update on a traditional style, it had a plunging V-neckline with matching a V-back. “
“For my jewellery I wore my nan’s diamond tennis bracelet as my ‘something borrowed’. The morning of the wedding Daniel had given his sister Emma a present to give to me when we were getting ready. It was a Tiffany solitaire diamond necklace which was absolutely beautiful and so dainty, although I hadn’t planned on wearing a necklace it was perfect with my dress, and he was really touched when he noticed me wearing it. My bridesmaids and I had matching earrings which was lovely. “
Daniel and his groomsmen wore charcoal grey tails, pinstripe trousers and a light grey waistcoat with a pale pink bow tie. Daniel wore a double breasted waistcoat and wore his grandfather’s pocket watch which has sentimental value. Daniel and his best man had top hats too. Very traditional attire to go with the traditional wedding. Daniel’s nephews, the page boys (Henry 4, and George 6) also had matching tails exactly the same as Daniel – they looked adorable and everybody looked so smart.
With 4 adult bridesmaids – Rosie’s 2 sisters, her sister-in-law to be and her best friend. The adult bridesmaids wore a long dove grey dress with a grey satin sash around their waist – simple and beautiful to suit them all.
2 children bridesmaids – Rosie’s niece and cousin. The 2 little bridesmaids wore long white dresses with a pale pink sash and had a real flower headband each – so pretty.
The Bentley! Thus belonged to Daniel’s relative which he kindly let Daniel and his groomsmen use to be transported up to the church from St. Audries Park.
Rosie’s grandad walked her down the aisle to The Bridal March.
There were 2 readings in the ceremony at St Etheldreda’s Church, one biblical reading by Daniel’s cousin and one secular reading by Rosie’s best friend.
On arrival back at St Audries Park Welcome Drinks and Canapes were served followed by some photographs. Then into the Banqueting Hall for a delicious three course Wedding Breakfast and drinks that kept flowing. Rosie explained ….”Our speeches were amazing. My grandad went first and gave a very emotional, short but sweet one. Daniel went next and had prepared pages of all round thanks and telling stories of how we met 5 years ago. Lewis, Daniel’s best man’s speech was hilarious – he had the whole audience in tears of laughter with his stories about Daniel. We had 3 very different but touching speeches which was lovely.”
The evening party was soon under way and Motown Gold were chosen as the band for the evening reception. Rosie & Daniel love Motown music so do all of their friends and family so they were a great choice to party the night away. The band was excellent and played 2 sets. In between the sets the resident DJ provided very popular music to keep the party going.
Rosie explained that “Our first dance song was by Craig David – Rendezous. We chose this song because it reminds us of when we first dated, we use to listen to it over and over and sing along to the words. We love Craig David as an Artist and the song brings back lovely memories of such a happy time. We didn’t choreograph a routine – we joked we would but never got around to it.
Also at the end of the night their family and friends were surprised with a firework show.
Rosie and Daniel said that the most memorable moment of the day was ….”Walking out the church with the wedding bells ringing, all our family and friends around us, just married, thinking… we’ve done it! Our horse and carriage was waiting for us outside the church, the sun was shining, everyone was smiling, so many happy faces, the atmosphere just was amazing.”
“Jade the Sales Manager was our first point of contact at St Audries Park and was lovely, she gave us a great first impression. Janette was our Personal Wedding Manager and was excellent on the day and made sure everything ran smoothly. The communication from day 1 was amazing and we felt very reassured by all the staff. “
“If we could do it all again, we’d… Not change one thing!”
The day after the wedding Rosie and Daniel flew to Dubai for 5 nights, then onto Mauritius for 7 nights. Dubai was full of activities and site-seeing, they loved it! Mauritius was a sun lounger and book holiday, completely relaxing and beautiful. Just what they needed – paradise!!
Purchase & Hire:-
Wedding attire: Somerset Bridal
Wedding cake: Dreams and Wishes Cake Company
Transport: Ben Ford Carriages
Photographer: Tom Smith Photography
Photographer: Courtney Jones Photography
Flowers: Eden Flowers