Real Wedding: An autumn wedding at Elmore Court
A gorgeous autumn wedding within the unique setting of Elmore Court, Katie and James enjoyed a picture-perfect celebration complete with sentimental readings, delicious dining and live music.
The happy couple: Katie Hanson, 30, an international sales manager, and James Roberts, 36, a photographer, living in West London
Wedding date: Friday 13 October 2017
Ceremony and reception venue: Elmore Court
Photographer: Benjamin Wheeler, Destination Wedding Photographer
Flowers: Sorori Design Florist
Stylist: Lauren Grey Wedding Stylist
Dress: Rosa Clara
Bridesmaid dresses: Two Birds
Groom's outfit: Hugo Boss & Tom Ford
Cake: The bride’s 90-year-old Grandmother baked and decorated the cake
Catering: Elmore Court
Entertainment: Band – Family Funk; DJ – i press play
Hair and beauty: Teresa Reynolds Make Up; Donna Banfield Make Up
Rings including engagement ring: Maya Magal Jewellery
When and how did you first meet?
We were introduced through friends. It was actually a set up, but we didn’t find that out until later.
Who popped the big question and how did they propose?
James popped the question in December; he took me away for a few days, we went out for dinner and when we got back the room had been filled with candles.
How long did it take you to plan your wedding?
Why did you choose your venue?
I think we knew Elmore was the one before we even got there, we’d seen pictures and the house and grounds were exactly what we were looking for. We were keen to find a venue that would be right for the ceremony and the wedding breakfast.
The combination of the old house (that we could have exclusively for the night) and a fabulous (soundproofed) party room was perfect for what we had in mind. Our choice was cemented when we arrived as Anselm and his team are absolutely amazing!
Was there an inspiration or theme for your wedding?
Not really, James being a photographer has an incredible eye for detail and knew exactly how he wanted the tables in the Gillyflower (wedding breakfast room) to look. I settled on the colour scheme (with James’ approval) – I wanted pastel colours in keeping with the venue and location, and we went from there.
What made you choose your photographer?
Ben and James already knew each other, and although we did look around, we found no one who could match Ben’s talent and unique style.
How did your wedding photographer capture your big day memories?
He was so discreet, I can only remember seeing him during the group photos! He was like a fly on the wall and quietly captured some amazing moments.
Did you hire a wedding planner or was it a DIY affair?
We considered it, but our wedding co-ordinator at Elmore, Adele, was so helpful and efficient, we quickly discovered we wouldn’t need one, plus my mum is an event planner and was very useful!
Did you make, design or create anything yourself?
Not really…we orchestrated!
Tell us about the wedding dress…
What can I say…it was amazing. I set out to find something that was of course going to be gorgeous, but that I was also going to be comfortable in. The lady who runs the shop that I bought it from (Wedding Atelier, Lancaster Gate, W2) was incredible too; so knowledgeable and gave me great little bits of advice that helped me to make the best decision for me.
What did the groom wear?
Hugo Boss suit, Tom Ford shirt and tie, and Crockett & Jones shoes.
Did you have something old, new, borrowed and blue?
No, I had something old, new and blue, but I forgot the borrowed!
What song did you walk down the aisle to?
We had a pianist play ‘Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence’.
Did you have any special readings during the service?
Yes, The Owl and the Pussycat (which had most of our guests stifling a laugh) and an extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
Smoked salmon and pumpernickel; confit duck; and lemon tart. It was amazing!
What kind of cake did you go for?
What was your first dance song?
‘Nobody Does It Better’ by Carly Simon. Our band did a rendition of it that was beautiful.
What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
Did everything go to plan?
Everything went perfectly and it was all really down to Adele and the team at Elmore, she was absolutely fabulous; in the morning she was so calm and collected and she really made me feel like everything was under control. So many of our guests have since said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to!
What advice would you give anyone planning their big day?
Plan, plan, plan and think about it from your guests’ point of view. Ensuring your guests are kept fed and watered and in the know (within reason) means they can relax and enjoy themselves – and so can you.
Is there anything you know now that you wished you’d known before the big day?
No, but planning really is essential. If you plan everything carefully, you can relax on the day and allow it to take on a life of its own.
And finally, where did you spend your honeymoon together?
Santorini. The most stunning sunsets we’ve ever seen, perfect weather and amazing food.
Wednesday 06 June 2018
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