Not many bride and grooms can say they meet in the romantic setting of a cave! However a relationship blossomed for this pair of budding speleologists and there was love at the end of the tunnel. We pick up the story of Emma and Neil below:

When & where did you first meet?

We met in 2011 at Chesterfield Caving Club

Tell us about the proposal. How long were you engaged for?

Neil popped the question at one of our favourite places in Ffestiniog, North Wales. Exactly 1 year before we got married.

Why was Shottle Hall the perfect venue for your big day?

We only viewed the one venue and from the moment we stepped foot in Shottle Hall we just knew it was the Perfect Wedding Venue for our wedding. We loved the homely feel and period features of the building.


 Wedding of Emma and Neil

Please tell us a little bit about….

Your ceremony

We had a beautiful civil ceremony in the lounge.

Your dress

I chose a lovely ivory dress with a splash of burgundy detail

bride and groom gardens

Who was your Florist ?

We didn't have a florist but had artificial bouquets made by Luxury Forever Flowers, we love the fact we can keep these forever.

Centrepieces, did you make your own or use a venue dresser ?

We did all of our own decorations, for centrepieces we got rose trees and added some lights into them and a rustic plant pot We also had some rustic candle sticks.

Rose trees at wedding

Any other venue styling you want to mention ?

As we met through Caving we designed a few things to reflect this such as the chair sashes were tied in a knot we use when caving, also our favours were handmade bracelets made from caving type rope.

Who made your wedding cake? What flavour did you have?

We didn't have a traditional wedding cake but as I work in Gregg's we decided to have a Gregg's donut tower.

Who was your photographer?

Merv Spencer was our photographer and we were very happy with the wedding photographs.

Tell us what menu you choose for the wedding breakfast ?

We had butternut squash and goats cheese soup to start, sausage and mash main course and chocolate brownie to finish.

What entertainment in the evening did you choose ?

We had Ashley from GC Events who provided disco and photo booth. We also had Paul Grundle the magician. 

Who were all absolutely fantastic!

Derbyshire wedding venue

Just a few more questions.... 

What were the most memorable moments ?

 Obviously there were so many but if we had to choose one each it would have to be..

Neil - seeing Emma walk down the aisle

Emma - our first dance 

Bride at Shottle Hall

Can you sum up your day in one sentence ?

Absolutely perfect and unforgettable. 

What is your best piece of advice to pass onto other couples who are planning a wedding at Shottle Hall ?

Don't lose sight of who your wedding is about/for so make sure it reflects you as a couple and on the day make sure you get 10 minutes to yourselves to take it all in