A big day at the office

When you own a wedding venue, choosing where to tie the knot is a 'no brainer' as Serena and Jordan can testify

Serena and Jordan first met through mutual friends in a bar and quickly bonded over a shared love of food. Jordan was living in Stoke on Trent at the time and after a week of constantly messaging each other, he drove down to meet her for lunch before dashing off on holiday the following day.

“When he returned two weeks later, he got a taxi straight from Manchester Airport to my house, dropped his suitcase at mine and never left,” laughs Serena.

They were together for nine years before Jordan popped the question after dragging Serena off on a surprise three-hour bike ride to arrive exhausted and bemused at the five-star Luton Hoo Hotel where he proposed in a secluded waterside rock garden. Despite the gruelling journey, she said 'yes' of course and they toasted their engagement with a champagne picnic. The surprises kept on coming throughout the day, including a relaxing trip to the spa, their own luxury suite, room service and a host of other treats before being joined by family members to share the celebration. They tied the knot 18 months later on 12th August, 2016 and styled their day around a classic, glamorous theme with a lush colour palette of champagne gold, cream and deep red tones with soft pink and peach accents. Here, Serena tells us more about their dream day...

A big day at the office: Image 1aMy Caroline Castigliano ball gown-style dress wasn't what I was initially looking for but my mum preferred it to the more fitted styles I favoured at the time. On the day it felt just right and I was very glad I'd listened to her.

A big day at the office: Image 1 I arranged the helicopter flight for Jordan and the groomsmen and he kept it a secret from the rest of the lads, so they were all very excited when it turned up!

 

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Getting married at our own venue gave me the flexibility to really go to town and actually enjoy the setting from the other side for once.

 

A big day at the office: Image 3aWe had beautiful, tall flower displays in crystal vases with hanging Swarovski crystals as centrepieces, surrounded by candles and low -level gold vases of fresh roses. The tables were scattered with petals with a red rose tied with a gold ribbon at each place setting.

A big day at the office: Image 3 The cake was amazing! Presented on a champagne gold sequin tablecloth, it was five tiers of perfection, set off by a gold leaf layer, a delicate lace and pearl design and absolutely stunning cascading flowers.

 

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The bridesmaids wore maxi dresses in champagne gold silk which reflected the light beautifully and tied in perfectly with the groomsmen's cravats.

 

A big day at the office: Image 5aThe favours were gold tea light holders engraved with guests' names. We held a brunch the next day and gave everyone their candle mementos to take home.

A big day at the office: Image 5 We used crystal glassware and décor with candelabra and candlesticks for added romance, hung glass tea light holders from the trees and had extra moodlighting throughout.

 

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Jordan organised the horse and carriage for me as a surprise. I didn't find out until an hour before the wedding, which was a risky strategy as it meant I had to be ready half an hour earlier!

 

A big day at the office: Image 7aThe table plan was a handmade blossom tree with hanging crystals and laser-engraved, acrylic place names tied with gold ribbon.

A big day at the office: Image 7 As well as a magician entertaining our guests all day, we had live music and a mirror photo booth, which was very popular.

 

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There were flower displays everywhere combining beautiful deep red David Austen roses and dahlias, hydrangeas, neutral and dusky peach roses with soft green foliage.

 

A big day at the office: Image 9aWe had a large ice sculpture champagne bar for the magnums of bubbly.

A big day at the office: Image 9 We had interactive food and drink including a dry ice gin bar and an oyster meister who not only served and opened the oysters, but talked to guests about how best to enjoy them.

 

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The live music went down well with everyone and our DJ started his set at midnight. I was convinced everyone would have collapsed by then but the dancefloor was packed until the early hours of the morning.

 

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The day was everything I'd ever dreamed of and more. The staff were fantastic, our suppliers were amazing and being at Sheene Mill just made me feel more comfortable and 'at home' the whole day.

 

Serena and Jordan's contact book


Additional catering
Jam Tartz
www.jamtartz.co.uk

Band
Rollacoaster
www.rollacoaster.co.uk

Bride's dress, veil and belt
Caroline Castigliano
www.carolinecastigliano.com

Bridesmaid dresses
Burr Bridal
www.burrbridal.co.uk

Cake
Pretty Tasty
www.prettytasty.co.uk

Ceremony and reception music
Fire Elephant
www.fire-elephant.co.uk

DJ
3D Events
www.3deventscompany.co.uk

Flowers
Wildwood Floral Events
www.wildwoodfloralevents.co.uk

Groom and groomsmen's suits
Chimney Formal Menswear
www.chimneymenswear.co.uk

Hair
Bliss Perfect Brides
Tel: 07940 668 938

Magician
Lee Smith
www.walkaboutmagician.com

Make-up
Jane Iredale
www.janeiredale.com

Mirror Photo Booth
www.mirror-photobooth.com

Oyster Meister |
www.oystermeister.com

Photography
Scott's of Cambridge
www.scottsofcambridge.co.uk

Photography
Phil Lynch
www.phillynch.com

Rings
James Veal Bespoke
www.bespoke-rings.co.uk

Stationery
Intricate Creations
www.intricatecreations.co.uk

Venue and catering
Sheene Mill
www.sheenemill.com

Venue styling
Raspberry Bespoke Events
www.raspberrybespokeevents.co.uk

Videography
Reel In Life
www.reelinlife.co.uk

 
 

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