Adam and Natalie’s wedding journey began when Adam proposed at a twilight spa at Center Parcs:
It was lovely. I kept telling him to put his dressing gown down so we could go in the pool and he kept having to make excuses as he had the ring hid under it! Eventually he got down on one knee and asked the question and of course I said yes – Natalie
They decided to book their wedding reception with Bride Beautiful at Elsham Hall after a viewing with Elaine:
We had looked around many other places but no venues matched up to Elsham Hall in our eyes. The venue of the barn itself is absolutely beautiful and we thought the gardens would be lovely for our wedding photographs. Also, our first meeting with Elaine when we were enquiring about booking Elsham Hall for our wedding was very pleasant. I felt as though Elaine was on our wavelength and very organised which put my mind at rest before we even started – Natalie
After their wedding ceremony at Healing Church, Adam, Natalie and their guests arrived at Elsham Hall on Saturday to canapés and reception drinks in kilner jars. As the photographer captured snapshots the wedding party mingled and sipped their drinks in the light summer breeze in the courtyard.
The bride looked radiant in her stunning wedding dress: ‘as soon as I saw it in the window I knew I had to have it! It was a sweetheart neckline with a fully beaded bodice and then the skirt down to the floor was covered in ruffles and feathers’ (Natalie). She was accompanied by her four bridesmaids, dressed in long, ocean-blue dresses, and two charming flower girls aged two and twelve, who wore lovely dusky pink dresses.
The groom chose to have two best men, and four ushers. Their clothing similarly embraced the colour scheme; they wore light grey suits with pink waistcoats and cravats.
The Barn was set in a delicate, pastel-pink vintage theme for the wedding breakfast, with white birdcages entwined with pink roses and pearls. Stunning free-standing floral letters spelling the word ‘LOVE’ in front of an ivory trellis provided the perfect romantic backdrop to Adam and Natalie’s top table. ‘I like to think that I am quite creative so I chose to make lots of the wedding stationary myself. I really enjoyed making my favours and name cards and menus. We had a vintage birdcage theme and the staff at Bride Beautiful added flowers and pearls to complement this’ (Natalie).
The wedding party enjoyed a delicious, waitress-served three course meal of the finest Lincolnshire cuisine, after which the father of the bride, groom and best man made congratulatory speeches, thank yous and proposed toasts to the bride, groom and wedding party. They then moved to the Garden Room for after-dinner tea and coffee served in vintage tea cups, accompanied by a tempting cheeseboard and mouthwatering home-made fudge.
As the music began and the evening guests flocked in, the wedding party followed the bride and groom back into the Barn, which had been transformed into their evening entertainment venue. Adam and Natalie cut their cake in the centre of the dance floor; after photos were taken and the cake cut, the father of the bride joined his daughter on the dance floor for a touching father-daughter dance to a favourite Eric Clapton tune. To the end of the song Adam joined Natalie, and they embarked on their first dance as husband and wife to the heartfelt words of Gary Barlow, after which they truly got the party started as the guests joined them to boogie to the Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Got a Feeling’.
A magnificent ivory sweet cart provided tempting treats in the corner of the Barn whilst a hog roast station in the Courtyard allowed guests tired from dancing to get a breath of fresh air alongside their tasty refreshments. A three-piece band expertly provided a variety of tunes to get all of the guests grooving during their two sets, whilst the DJ played the perfect soundtrack to Adam and Natalie’s evening reception, an assortment of their favourite tunes.
Some of the highlights were the speeches and the first dance with my husband and father as well as our last song at the end of the night, which was ‘Never Forget’ by Take That. My husband and I ended up being in the middle of a circle with all of our guests dancing around us. It was really fantastic – Natalie
As the evening celebrations came to a close, a sparkler send-off to the chauffer-driven Mercedes ensured that every last moment of Adam and Natalie’s wedding day was truly unforgettable.
The happy couple spent two weeks in River Maya in Mexico on their honeymoon: ‘we had honeymoon drinks in the sky bar looking out over Mexico which was fantastic!’ (Natalie). Natalie’s top tips for wedding planning are: ‘Keep organised. I had a little book that I kept everything in which made it really easy and definitely a spreadsheet to measure finances. This was essential. We added all of the pay dates to remind us when things needed paying.’
For more information about the venue styling of Adam and Natalie’s day, please visit the BVDécor blog.