Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - September/October 2023 (Issue 100)

Our ceremony and wedding breakfast took place in The Albert Room at The Royal Hotel. It was an intimate affair with 30 guests. The table centrepieces, table plan and favours were Mermaid Gin-themed as the wedding took place on the Isle of Wight, where the Isle of Wight Distillery makes the gin. The company uses local, wild-foraged and ethically sourced botanical ingredients. I have worked for Wightlink, Isle of Wight Ferries, as a partnerships marketing manager for more than 19 years and passionately promote the island as a destination. I love the Isle of Wight and consider myself a true ambassador, promoting all that’s great on the island. Of course, we used the company to get to the destination. My lovely Mum and I have stayed at The Royal Hotel for 14 years. We are known as the ‘loyal royals’. I didn’t hesitate to choose the property for my wedding venue as the staff are like family to us. The evening reception occurred three weeks later with 100 people at The Port House, overlooking Port Solent Marina in Portsmouth, where Bradley and I had our first dance. We had Mermaid Gin miniatures for wedding favours, and all the tables were named after the different flavour options. 46