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Real wedding: A winter wonderland celebration in Cheltenham

Karen Scott and Alan Tang fell for the fairy tale setting of Cheltenham's Manor By The Lake which provided a spectacular backdrop, both inside and out, for the couple's elegant winter wedding.

The lowdown

The happy couple: Karen Scott, 35, a neonatal nurse, and Alan Tang, 45, an engineer, who live near Bristol.
Wedding date: Friday 27th February 2015
Ceremony and reception venue: Manor By The Lake
Wedding theme: Winter wonderland


The suppliers

Photographer: Photography By Stefanie | photographybystefanie.co.uk
Flowers: Berkeley Flowers
Dress: Truly You, Thornbury
Groom's outfit: Grey slim fit suit, with grey waistcoat from Moss Bros. and navy tie, to match the bridesmaids.
Cake: Made by two of Karen’s colleagues
Favours: Little love heart boxes with Belgium chocolates inside and Champagne bubbles.
Hair and beauty: Cornelius from DoubleDutch, Swindon
Rings: A titanium band for Alan and a white gold band for Karen, both from Beaverbrooks.


The details

When and how did you first meet?

Karen explains: ‘We met on eHarmony. With our busy work schedules and my ever-changing shift patterns, it was proving difficult to meet a potential partner or suitable candidate as I jokingly referred to them. Our first date was in October 2013 and we hit it off straight away. I just remember laughing and giggling the whole evening and was amazed when I realised how quickly the night had gone.’

Who popped the big question and how did they propose?

Alan proposed in June 2014. We had spent the day at my favourite beach, Rhossili Bay in the Gower Peninsula. It really is the most beautiful beach in the world. It’s hidden away along long winding narrow country lanes and seems so natural and back to basic. It’s about three miles long and is fantastic for surfing and body boarding, which is what we were doing that day.

After a few hours in the sea, we sat down for a picnic in one of the many sand dunes. It was such a lovely day and I couldn’t have wished for a better setting for the proposal.

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

It took about seven months. I hadn’t realised what an endless choice there is available out there and there were so many beautiful things to choose from. I have to admit I was completely consumed with all things wedding by the end of it and was even dreaming of them.

Why did you choose your venue?

We chose Manor By The Lake because when we went to look round, we fell in love with it. The manor house itself is so stunning to look at and the grounds and lake felt like you were walking through a fairy tale. The venue offered the ceremony and reception at the same place, which really appealed to us as we planned to have a civil ceremony.

The team at the manor were so professional and made the whole planning process so easy for us and on the day they acted with the same professional, calm, warm and friendly approach.

Did you hire a wedding planner or was it a DIY affair?

We didn’t have a wedding planner; we just looked at lots and lots of magazines, websites, eBay and the invaluable Pinterest which was a great tool.

Tell us about the wedding dress

I went dress shopping with a fairly open mind, but one thing I knew I wanted was sparkles. When I tried the Cosmobella dress on it was exactly what I wanted. It had a detailed sequin and diamanté bodice with beautiful lacing at the back, mountains of material around the bottom of the dress with a lovely train at the back. I felt like a princess all day; it looked more beautiful than I could ever have dreamt of.

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

‘Air’, from the Water Music Suite by the composer G.F. Handel.

What did you have for your wedding breakfast?

The food from the Manor By The Lake catering team was absolutely delicious. Our guests could choose from fish cakes or pea and smoked ham soup to start; sea bass or braised beef with selection of country vegetables for the main course and we finished with chocolate brownies.

What kind of cake did you go for?

It was a fabulous three-tier rich chocolate cake. It had ivory lace wrapped round it and dusky pink roses cascading down one side. It looked, smelt and tasted like heaven.

What was your first dance song?

‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran. What a great song.

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?

It’s hard to choose as we really had the best day ever. Right from the morning preparation with my hilarious bridesmaid, through to the emotional ceremony, amazing food and wonderful party with our family and friends.

Did everything go to plan?

Yes. I think the wedding team at Manor By The Lake had a lot to do with that. They gave us a detailed itinerary of timing before the day and keep us calm and relaxed throughout.

What advice would you give anyone planning their big day?

Enjoy the wedding preparations; your attention to detail will be remembered by you forever.

Where did you spend your honeymoon together?

We went to skiing in Arinsal in Andorra which was amazing. It was quite surreal to be planning the wedding one day and then a couple of days later to be skiing down the side of a mountain.

Is there anything you know now that you wished you’d known before the big day?

I know everybody tells you before you get married how fast it goes, but it really does. It was such a magical day; a fairy tale dream we will never forget.


If Karen and Alan’s big day has inspired you, see Manor By The Lake for more details.

For more information about Karen and Alan’s photographer see Photography By Stefanie or visit photographybystefanie.co.uk directly.

© SoGlosWeddings
Wednesday 27 May 2015

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