Your East Anglian Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 59)

Maddie and Michael met 10 years ago while still in school, “Although we were in the same year, we had never really spoken to each other until a History trip where we were in the same group. After spending the day together, we instantly connected, and the rest is... history!” recalls Maddie. Michael proposed in May 2021 on a weekend break to Bath, “We visited Prior Park Landscape Garden where Michael knew there would be beautiful scenery, and a Palladian bridge which I had desperately wanted to see. Although the day had showers, it had stopped raining as we got to the bridge where Michael popped the question. I knew it might have been a possibility as I always joked it would be a beautiful place to get engaged!” she shares. The big date was set, Thursday 27th October 2022, with Woodhall Manor and burgundy, navy and blush colour scheme setting the scene. Here we find out more about their day… SETTING THE SCENE Woodhall Manor was the first and only venue the couple visited and by the end of their viewing they’d fallen in love. “It felt perfect for our day,” Maddie says. “It was rural and secluded, and we loved that we could use the venue for the entire wedding and that there were separate rooms/buildings for each part of the day. The manor house itself had around 13 guest rooms and, the part that sold it for me, was the party room which was also beautifully decorated.” For favours, Maddie and Michael gave guests hot chocolate jars, perfect for an autumn wedding and something they both love. The table plan was placed on an old mirror with wax seal stamps, which also featured on the place settings, while the table centrepieces were domed flower arrangements on short candlestick. “Our flower arrangements complemented our colour scheme and included roses, eryngium, amaranthus, astilbe, dahlia, lisianthus, berried eucalyptus, protea, waxflower and mixed foliage,” shares Maddie. The big-day bake was a threetiered semi-naked cake design adorned with matching flowers. The couple also decorated the space with black and white photos of themselves at various locations they’d visited together (also the table name inspiration). 54