This led to a gorgeous wedding at Eaves Hall in February 2019.
We chose Eaves Hall as it had a stunning visual and wow factor; as you approach you can imagine your guests arriving thinking this is amazing.
We also wanted exclusivity and lots of onsite accommodation.
Although the venue was beautiful one of the main reasons that we chose Eaves Hall was the staff. We found that at other venues the staff weren’t very personable and at Eaves Hall we could tell that our day would run smoothly and professionally.
Even though we had a fast turnaround all of our requests were taken on board. The chef even created a pan Asian menu for us as I said that that would be our dream. We even had a private tasting as there were no slots available.
Eaves Hall was one of the first venues that we saw. We had only recently got engaged so had no firm plans for dates and timelines, but we assumed we would get married in 2020. I really wanted a weekend wedding with a pre-party on the Friday night. Over a year in advance having a pre-party wasn’t really available as a wedding could be booked that day.
However, Emma our wedding planner did have a last-minute available slot which we could have all weekend which was in 3 months time! We didn’t really take this seriously at the time and just said if you can offer us a banging deal we will think about it. After that we went to see a few more venues and decided that Eaves Hall was our favourite and started scouting out if it was possible to organise a wedding in 9 weeks!
Our wedding wasn’t themed, however there was a nod to Disney. Stuart designed the table plan and decorations as Disney films and the harpist played ‘Tale as Old as Time’ during the ceremony. Decoration wise we had cherry blossoms as our main feature and rose gold was the main colour, with sequinned table clothes and rose gold rings.
Of the many none traditional things on our wedding our favourite part was walking down the aisle together. I met Stuey at the top of the aisle and we walked to Cannon in D played by the harpist.
Due to our fast turnaround we thought we would just have to choose off the standard list. At the meeting with the chef he asked us what we would really want and to my surprise we created the menu that we wanted together. We really wanted a Pan Asian theme similar to our favourite restaurant Tattu.
Our main courses included Sesame crusted miso cod, Fillet of beef takaki with soy caramel sauce and Sesame and chili tofu with udon dashi broth, the fact that Eaves Hall were prepared to do bespoke menu was just fantastic.
We had a harpist (Sarah Davies) for the pre, post and during the ceremony and at the drinks reception.
We had a magic mirror from Reflections Entertainment.
Our evening band was the Jager Maestros Oompah band and the DJ was DFC.
Our first dance was ‘Re-Write the Stars’ from The Greatest Showman, we did a choreographed dance to it.
Our Videographer Jo Gendle was fantastic. She was very un-intrusive and gelled well with the guests. Our finished wedding video is amazing a great memory from the day. She even did a promo video for our band and our photographer was 2 Ducks Photography.
Emma was the wedding planner and Lauren was our function manager. Pre-wedding Emma did a great job of helping us plan. For the weekend Lauren and Patryk were fantastic.
The run up to the wedding was quite stressful as we only had 9 weeks to organise everything. One of the biggest stresses was the legal wedding ceremony. We had our heart set on a family friend who is a humanist carrying out our ceremony. Due to the short time scales the council and registrar wouldn’t allow this to happen. Eaves Hall were very accommodating and allowed us to move our legal wedding to the day before so that we could have our humanist ceremony on the day. This was really special as we had only 5 close family members for our legal ceremony and had our pre-party afterwards.
For our pre-party we had 50 guests who all stayed in the venue. We had a pie and pea buffet. My bridesmaids organised a flash mob after dinner which all the guest sang their parts. They had rewritten the words to Dancing Queen and changed it to Pizza Queen.
The night before the wedding storm Eric arrived, the rain was hammering down, and the winds were blowing. Due to the noise outside I ended up sleeping on the sofa in the hallway outside of the bridal suite! This was fine until there was a power cut and all of the emergency lights went on at about 3am. As time went on a few people ended up joining me on the sofa. At 6 am my makeup and hair dresser arrived having battled past a fallen tree. As time went on we were putting an action plan together for us getting ready at a different venue when at 8 am the power came back on! This all added to the drama of the day and will make our wedding even more memorable.
Wedding date: February 2019
Venue: Eaves Hall
Photographer: 2 Ducks Photography
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