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Read the latest Real Life Whittlebury Weddings Story.

Your first Date:

Dom and I have known each other since we were children from socialising at the local Cricket Club. Every year they would organise a New Year’s Eve Party. We always danced together to the last song of the night. Finally, just after midnight, we exchanged phone numbers. From there we organised our first date just days later. Our first date was a trip to the cinema on a very cold January evening eight years ago. On the way to and from the cinema, we couldn’t stop talking and laughing. I knew then I had met my match!

The Proposal:

Unbeknown to me, Dom had asked my dad a couple of days beforehand for permission to marry me. My parents had organised a birthday BBQ in their garden on my birthday with my closest family. This would turn out to be the day Dom proposed. Before I knew it, he was down on one knee with the ring. Everyone including me was overjoyed and in tears! A day I will never forget!

The Dress was:

From the Justin Alexander range and bought at the Shop for Brides in Daventry, Northamptonshire.
I went with my Mum and my sister. As soon as I walked through the door, I saw the dress I wanted, but it was on someone else. I knew I wanted lace and lots of detail. So, I tried on a few for fun, but I knew I wanted the first one I saw. Everything became real when I got my dress!

Our budget was spent on:

The majority of our budget was spent on the venue and making sure the day was one to remember, not just for us but all of our guests. The Pavilion was stunning and our co-ordinator Janine was amazing. She had covered everything with us at our planning meetings, and we were taken back how perfect everything was on the day.

Planning is the key to a stress-free wedding:

We did all the planning so far in advance. We knew early on the theme and how we wanted everything to look, so at every meeting, we could tick things off the list and not come away having still got to think about it. This made us feel like it was all handled and sorted.

The important things you were looking for in choosing your wedding venue:

When picking a venue, deep down we knew we liked the Pavilion at Whittlebury Park right away. We hadn’t visited any other venues even though debating a few online. It was ideal as it was the perfect location and we had the whole place to ourselves.

Wedding specialists we chose to complete the look, and our ideas were:

Charlotte Ayre created something beyond my wildest dreams. The table decorations were vintage glass cakes stands, topped with peach carnations, white and peach roses, and gypsophila, to match the bridesmaid’s bouquets. Scattered duck egg crystals and white tea lights lay around these on mirrored plates to reflect the light around the room.

Terri from Summer Lily Studio was our fabulous photographer throughout the day and did an amazing job to capture so many magical moments.

Potter Group, the house DJ, were wonderful and really helped us pick the ideal playlist to get people dancing the night away, opening with our wedding song Never Too Much by Luther Vandross. Plus the added sparkle of the disco ball and ceiling lights were a great touch.

The wedding favours were provided by Springfield Kitchen whom we had met at the Towcester Food Festival the year before. We loved the unique idea of homemade jams and chutneys as little keepsakes for our guests.

Our wedding cake was our wedding gift from my Aunt. Following the theme of the day and the flower decorations, she created a beautiful wedding cake along with the wedding toppers to incorporate my husband’s love of Arsenal. Plus the bottom tiers were carrot cake which is my husband’s favourite!

My sister and brother in laws gift of the love sign, it was the one thing I hadn’t planned down to the last detail and was absolutely amazing!

The Best Part of the Day was:

There was no one part I could pick as being the best as I would relive the whole day every day. But for me, surprising my husband with the 2003 framed Arsenal football team signed shirt. It was the one thing he didn’t know about, and he was completely amazed!

If we could give one tip to other couples, it would be:

Give yourself plenty of time to organise the day. The little details take the most time and planning. Make sure it is about the two of you, it’s your day, so do it your way!


We would like to thank you for all your efforts for making our wedding day a very special day. The entire day was fantastic; I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much!

Real Life Whittlebury Weddings Gemma

Real Life Whittlebury Weddings Dom