We chose Mitton Hall because we instantly fell in love with the room, so much so in fact, that Jen cried when she saw it. Mitton Hall was also one of the only venues that was able to cater for the large number of guests we had in the day and accommodate our special requests.
Our theme was vintage fairy tale with a gold, pink and sage green colour scheme. One of the main reasons for choosing this theme was our love of Disney (or Pixar in Dan’s case). We got engaged at Disneyworld Florida, I had my hen weekend at Disneyland Paris, and our honeymoon included a trip to Hong Kong, Disneyland! Our wedding present from our sisters was even a weekend trip to Disneyland Paris at Christmas time. The Disney theme was continued throughout our wedding including; table arrangements, vows, music and flowers.
For the colour scheme, as it was Jen’s parents Golden Wedding anniversary on that day we incorporated gold within the theme. Our home décor style is also very vintage with a lot of shabby chic furniture and so it was only natural that we carried this through on our wedding day.
We chose the song Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve as it is one of Dan’s favourite songs. During the signing of the register, we had a string quartet play various Disney-themed songs and our first dance was Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman.
We both love afternoon tea and so this was so important to us – a lot of other venues had said they couldn’t do it for this size of wedding but Mitton Hall worked with us to ensure we were happy and it would be substantial enough for our guests, even sourcing mini soup cups especially.
We had a private tasting session and chose some delicious wines. The rosè wine went down particularly well and Mitton also worked with us on the ‘free bar’ element of our day.
For the ceremony we had a string quartet – Rondino Strings. During the daytime, we had a steel drum band and also an ice cream trike (Scoopy Doo with Fredericks ice cream), candy floss and popcorn machine, garden games, and wedding mini golf. We made goodie bags for the kids during the wedding breakfast to entertain them – they were tailored to each child and contained things like tiaras, bubbles, superhero masks, and colouring books. Babies had Disney books and personalised Prince/Princess bibs. We also had the smaller bar area set up with Lego tables (having made special boards to fit over the tables in there) and boxes and boxes of Lego (one of our other great loves).
In the evening, we had a DFC DJ who was great fun and even sent us his photos afterwards. We also had a band who were so amazing! Marc & Abi band. They got everyone up and we selected them for their ‘Proud Mary’ – still gives us goose bumps! The magical photo mirror we had was certainly magical – it looked like the mirror in Snow White and they provided personalized props with details of our wedding on, but also some Disney ones too.
Our photographer was Adam Riley. One of our friends chose him for their wedding and we loved his documentary style of photography and the fact he took natural shots, whilst not disrupting your day. We didn’t want to spend too much time away from our guests for photos and Adam captured everyone having a great time so well!
Lucy and Jess, they were great – we had quite a large wedding, 200 guests in the day, almost 40 of which were kids and there was torrential rain despite it being August – you can’t bank on the weather! They made sure we didn’t even notice the rain – outside games came inside and when we did get out, it was beautiful!
Jen, the Catering Manager was wonderful – we had afternoon tea for 200 – varied dietary requirements and the distribution was synchronised. She even managed to get Jen an extra jelly which was delicious! After our ceremony, she whisked us away for 5 minutes together for us to just have some quiet time reflecting, whilst enjoying a glass of fizz and one of each of our canapes – she knew as soon as we started mingling with our guests we would not get chance to do this. These 5 minutes were so precious and looking back we are so thankful… not just for the mini Yorkshire puds (which were delicious).
Emma…just wow!! The most super organised person we have ever met. She made sure we had nothing to worry about on our special day ensuring all went smoothly (even pinned up Jen’s dress for the first dance). Jen was debating whether to do a speech herself and Emma encouraged her to do so, which we are so glad she did. She made sure it would fit in.
Lesley-Ann and her team were instrumental in bringing the games inside for us last minute because of the weather. She is such a bright and bubbly person too – she even chased after us the next day because we had forgotten some of our leftover wedding cake.
Throughout the day the team at Mitton Hall were very accommodating. The breakfast on the morning at Mitton was perfect and the private room we had it in was so relaxing. We had an after party with make your own subs (sandwiches) provided by Mitton Hall and a Silent Disco in the resident bar. The next morning Mitton Hall even allowed our family who stayed elsewhere to join us for breakfast.
- The Couple: Jen & Dan
- Wedding Date: 24th August 2018
- Venue: Mitton Hall
- Photographer: Adam Riley
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