“The setting at Careys Manor is so lovely and if I could, I would do it all again tomorrow!”
On a boat cruise along the Yangtze River in China during our travels in 2010. He had somehow managed to sneak off with our tour guide and buy an engagement ring that day in an area of China that is renowned for having many wedding shops and jewelers. It was perfect.
The Wedding Dress
My dress was handmade by a very talented designer in Southsea. It had a vintage lace look, with a strapless ivory satin dress underneath. I accessorised with some feather earrings and matching necklace made by a good friend of mine. My hair was done by another good friend who I have known since school and had wired yellow butterflies through it.
The Groom’s Outfit
Chris wore a 3 piece suit with a black shirt and yellow bow tie. He accessorised with a top hat, cane and black/yellow feather buttonholes made by the same friend who did the flower arrangements. I always said his outfit would upstage mine!
My sister, sister in law and best friend were my bridesmaids. They wore black and yellow kimono style satin dresses made by the same designer who did my wedding dress.
The room was decorated beautifully and had a lovely Christmas theme due to the date (21st December). All our close family and best friends were able to make it – one couple from Australia! We had a great registrar who made us feel very relaxed and comfortable, but both of us were very nervous! I’m glad my stepdad filmed it as I don’t remember a lot. My mum gave me away which was very important to me and she was great at keeping us all calm in the lead up to the ceremony.
We had an amazing Thai dinner which everyone complimented and mini deserts were served on black and yellow record cake stands, to represent our love of music. We served them with a variety of teas served in Chinese teapots. The speeches were brilliant and my mum very bravely said a few words, which I was so proud of.
In the evening we had a few more people arrive and our friends played live music for about an hour and the rest was a playlist. The dance floor was rarely empty, unless people were off to sample some of the lovely cheese we had for the evening buffet.
We had an Asian theme running through the wedding design, as that’s where we went travelling and got engaged. We had Japan planned for the honeymoon so that part of the world is very special to us.
We used black tablecloths and chair covers with organza yellow bows. This was quite challenging as not many places do black, but it really made the room look beautiful and striking. We did a little display table where people could leave messages which all had an Asian theme.
We had very oriental flower arrangements – again decorated with feathers and silver. My only request was to have yellow roses as they are my favourite. I am very lucky to have some very creative friends and the florists were really happy to be able to do something a bit different.
It was perfect from start to finish and Careys Manor could not have been kinder to us. They looked after us all day and nothing was too much trouble for them. I am so glad that we chose this venue for our wedding day and we are going back this year for a spa weekend to mark our 1st anniversary!
Which particular memories stand out for you?
There are so many! We were very lucky with the weather given that the day before had been floods and heavy rain, so we had some concerns about people being able to get there however, on the day the sun shone for us. It was cold and sunny – my favourite type of weather.
For more information about weddings at Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa, please contact our Wedding Coordinator Françoise Gysemans on 01590 625204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.