This winter wedding took place at The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa
Christine and Martin’s love story started at the most glamorous of locations – the local Co-op!
They both told me that they felt an immediate mutual connection and knew they were meant for each other just after that first conversation. As you can imagine my inner Disney Princess started to swoon and I was already excited to hear more.
Martin, the eternal mischief maker, ditched his idea of proposing over dinner at a fancy restaurant, and while Christine was on a video call with her work friends decided that was the moment to pop the question! Obviously, Christine said yes, much to the delight and amusement of all her friends sat there watching through their screens. I would love to have seen their faces!
The Wedding Day at Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa
The wedding took place at The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa in December. Even though it was a winter wedding, they steered clear of the obvious Christmas colours and décor and went for a beautiful Pastel winter floral theme.
They used soft pinks, ivories and light purples accented by eucalyptus to give a winter-frosted appearance to the bouquets and table centrepieces and the theme was continued across to the three-tier wedding cake which was decorated with matching fresh flowers. The combined smell of cake, eucalyptus and flowers was uh-may-zing!
Christine opted not to have morning prep photos, I however got there a little earlier than planned to capture the last few finishing touches and check on any nerves. She looked simply stunning in her elegant, fitted lace dress, and the Bridesmaids looked glamorous in their pale pink dresses (well, until the 5th round of shots were produced later that afternoon!)
As Christine was very organised, and had pretty much everything ticked off her lists, Martin was simply given 1 job to do – make sure Christine’s three sons were “suited & booted” on time. Luckily Martin’s Best man/wing man was on hand to supervise (while wandering around the house, providing some background music playing the guitar) and everything went to plan, and they all looked fab.
The whole day was friendly and relaxed and had one clear message – the importance of their friends and family.
It was a priority to them both to have their parents at their wedding and for Christine’s dad to give her away. He walked her down the aisle exactly a year to the day after being discharged from hospital after a quadruple heart bypass and contracting Covid whilst in hospital recovering! His nervousness at potentially getting things wrong when he gave her away was the sweetest.
Martin’s dad – what a character! I had a wonderful time listening to the stories of how he and his friends used to go skating on the lake in the winter and what it used to be like when he was a boy. He had all the venue staff wrapped around his finger even when he was giving them instructions on how to put together the dancefloor and pointing his walking stick as a way of directing what they should do next.
Unfortunately, a key guest couldn’t make the wedding due to Covid, but the Best Man solved the problem of him not being in any photos on the day – a life-sized photo of the missing guest’s face on a stick! He became the ultimate photo bomber and looked like he had a quality night!
The wedding dream team
Venue: The Petwood Hotel
Photographer: Pink Photographics
Bride’s dress: Phase Eight
Bride’s accessories: Wilcox and Carter Jewellers
Hair: Gemma Clare
Contact name: Hair by Gemma Clare
Make-up: So Chic Beauty Clinic
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Coast
Groom’s suit: Coneys of Boston
Ushers Suits: Cavani at Coneys
Wedding cake: Rosie’s Cakes and Bakes
Flowers: Flowers by Maxine
Stationery: Pumpkin Wedding Designs