Your East Midlands Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 60)

I was expecting to be quite stressed the morning of the wedding when I was getting ready, but everyone was so calm and I thoroughly enjoyed the lead up to the ceremony. The hair and make-up teams made us all feel so relaxed, and we enjoyed some bucks fizz plus pastries while listening to music. I felt like a princess after getting ready! I remember feeling really confident and comfortable in my dress, which is exactly what I wanted. I just couldn’t wait to see Ryan’s reaction when I walked down the aisle. We had rain and clouds in the lead up to the wedding – it was quite cold! When I woke up at 6 am, there was so much mist I was starting to feel disheartened as we knew we wanted to get married outside in the Walled Garden. By 9 am, it was blue skies and sunshine for the whole day and it just made it so much more perfect. Ryan was much more nervous than me, particularly about his wedding speech. He had to be at the venue about an hour before the ceremony to greet all the guests and said it felt like a lifetime before I eventually came down the aisle. We wanted the flowers to be the main event at the wedding, so we had four tables with high floral centrepieces and four tables with smaller arrangements to give that wow factor. My nanna and grandad used to volunteer at Doddington Hall & Gardens, and I sometimes joined them during school holidays when I was younger. The owners used to send my grandparents Christmas cards and invite them along to events, which I occasionally attended. We didn’t even have to look at any other wedding venue as I had always told my family I wanted to get married there. 37 REAL WEDDINGS