Louise and David both worked for the same company for several years without realising all their shared interests, and it took an office night out to bring them together. After that, things quickly took off. Two years later, after an early morning two-mile hike up to Chiesa Madonna della Rocca Chapel while on holiday in Sicily, Louise turned around to find David down on one knee with an engagement ring, just as the sun had risen. “I wasn't expecting it at all, and then felt very bad for moaning about being hungry, tired and hot,” says Louise.
The setting and aspect of Caer Llan completely won the couple over, allowing them to plan an extended celebration with all of the immediate family being able to stay at the venue. The big day started with a ploughman's supper on the Friday night and included cooked breakfasts on the Saturday and Sunday morning. “It was such a lovely way to celebrate surrounded by our family,” says Louise. “The venue was exclusive to us and honestly felt like our own country manor.”
Here, the bride shares more details of their big weekend…
We can't recommend the Caer Llan as a wedding venue highly enough. Nothing was too much trouble for Vicky and Jake and they and their staff worked tirelessly the whole weekend to ensure that our wedding was exactly as we'd imagined.
I had a bespoke dress made by Sassi Holford, which was based upon her Georgie design from the So Sassi collection. When I found the perfect bodice from one dress and the skirt from another I thought that I was going to have to compromise but Emma from High Society arranged for me to have a bespoke dress made incorporating all the aspects that I liked.
I loved the speeches and felt so proud of my dad, David and the best man for making such wonderful and heartfelt comments.
Henrietta Cars was a superb choice. Rob was a very calming influence on the way to church and even helped to ferry guests back to the venue.
I treated myself to a pair of Jimmy Choos and David bought me a pair of Tiffany earrings as a wedding present. I wore a hair clip from Jon Richards and a simple veil from High Society.
Our stationer Sarah Want's rustic, vintage style really matched our theme, so we used Sarah to make cards for the table plan, which were then mounted in a hessian-backed photo frame.
I had two bridesmaids, my lifelong best friend Kate and David's eight-yearold daughter, Ella. Kate wore a pale green dress which was beautifully accented by the pink and pastel bouquet. Ella wore an ivory dress and had a matching bouquet.
David wore a grey suit with an ivory waistcoat and pale green tie to match the bridesmaid dresses.
“The part that stood out for me the most was seeing Louise for the first time walking down the aisle looking beautiful.” – David.
The hit of the night was when the venue owner Jake took to the grand piano in the bar and entertained us with a solo performance. It was a great end to the night.
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