Ian asked me to marry him in October 2018, two years and one day after we met. We knew it’d be quite a long engagement, not least because I wanted to wait until my youngest was about to start university. So we set a date in the summer of 2021.
It’s the second time for both of us, but we don’t want a small, quiet affair. Rather, we want to celebrate with our closest family and friends. We feel incredibly fortunate to have met and we want to share that joy. Because it’s a second marriage though, we have a lot more potential guests than we had twenty-odd years ago. Friendship circles have widened, families have grown and new generations have been born. Because of that, we have to be slightly selective with our guest list.
Choosing the wedding venue was the first thing we did after we’d set a date. Initially, we didn’t know if we wanted the marriage ceremony and wedding reception to be at the same place or whether we’d have them at separate venues. What we do know was that we wanted something meaningful, somewhere beautiful and something a little bit different.
After a lot of thought we came up with two suggestions, one for the marriage ceremony and one for the reception. Once we had these suggestions, we knew that nowhere else would be the same. We are having our reception at somewhere we have stayed at before, a charming, unique, family-run boutique hotel with an excellent reputation for food. Because it isn’t a corporate venue, we’ve been able to chat at length with the owners to make it truly special. They are creating a bespoke menu and we will have the hotel to ourselves for the whole weekend. Because we have stayed and dined there before, we know first-hand that it will be perfect. And I think that’s very important when planning a wedding reception. It is without doubt THE perfect wedding venue. We cannot wait.
My bespoke heart sunglasses are a gift from my friends at Feb31st. They can be made in numerous different colour combinations. They’re perfect for wedding and honeymoon and the sides can even be engraved with a memorable date. See “Bespoke Heart Sunglasses and Eyewear by Feb 31st.”