Are you considering a winter wedding here in the UK?
Bekki & Frank married here at Shottle Hall on a glorious sunny day in February this year. From the photos you can see the sun was shining the gardens looked lovely and crisp. The couple chose the most romantic day of the year and held their wedding ceremony on Valentine's day.
So maybe February could be the best month of the year to get married?
When & where did you first meet? We met in Ibiza, 2nd July 2014. Frank was on a friend's brother's stag do and went very last minute. Bekki was on a girls holiday with her friends and we met in a Bull Bar at the far end of the main road through San Antonio by both of our hotels.
Tell us about the proposal. How long were you engaged for? Frank asked me to marry him on my birthday in 2015 (13th June). We were in Budapest. We were engaged for just over 3.5 years before tying the knot on Valentine's day 2019
Why was Shottle Hall the perfect venue for your big day? Shottle was the right venue for me (Bekki) because it was the perfect size, not overwhelming and not too crammed in for the amount of guests we knew we would have. I booked the venue in August '17 and took Frank's mum to see the venue on that day. Francis did not see the venue until October '18 when we went for our first wedding meeting with our coordinator Helen, and luckily he felt the same way I did about it!
Your ceremony We went with a simple and elegant civil ceremony and kept the vow choices short and sweet. We chose not to have any readings as our daughter was under 2 when we married so we didn't want it to be too long, for her or our guests.
Your dress My dress was a Mori Lee 8126 in Ivory. Purchased from La Belle Boutique in Sutton-in-Ashfield at a sample sale
Who was your Florist ? We went with artificial flowers from "Wedding Flowers by Cheryl" after a recommendation from another bride
Centrepieces, did you make your own or use a venue dresser? We used "Bliss Chair Covers and Unique Wedding Decorations" who we got a special offer with and it took all the pressure of me, as they supplied the full package: chair covers; centre pieces; table runners; table numbers; cake table balloon arch; starlight backdrop for top table; starlight skirt for top table; starlight skirt for cake table; popcorn machine; sweet stand; chocolate fountain and a photo-booth for us!
Who made your wedding cake? What flavour did you have? Vicky at "The Pantry Door", we had a Marvel reveal on the back and the 3 tiers matched our colour scheme - Top - chocolate fudge cake, middle - red velvet and bottom - cherry Bakewell
Who was your photographer? Shell Spear from SW Wedding Photography was our photographer We have only had a sneak peak of the images and have not had our official photo's back yet - Due by May 14th latest.
Tell us what menu you choose for the wedding breakfast ? Tomato and pepper soup Posh sausage and mash! Profiteroles for dessert
What entertainment in the evening did you choose ? Bliss's pop corn, photo-booth and choc fountain Carlo at Derbyshire Wedding Events for Disco, with pics included in his price
What were the most memorable moments? The weather on the day! It was so warm and sunny for February! The staff who were all so helpful and polite and welcoming. And my daughter hiding in the wardrobe and not wanting to see Daddy or go to the ceremony!!
Can you sum up your day in one sentence? Absolutely amazing due to our friends and family, the weather and our venue!
What is your best piece of advice to pass onto other couples who are planning a wedding at Shottle Hall? Ask as many questions as you need to for peace of mind. Helen was brilliant and no question was too silly or being too bridezilla! Think about sauces at dinner as some guests would not want gravy on theirs!