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3 Days of Wedding Celebrations

for Charlotte and Ed

Charlotte and Ed at The Gatehouse
The Wedding Party at the Gatehouse
Charlotte and Eds Reception
“It was destiny as Hodsock was 10 times better than our original venue”.Charlotte

Spring 2016 marks the first anniversary of married life and 10 years of togetherness for Charlotte and Ed.

Having met at a club in Derbyshire where Ed worked as a bouncer and then been pestered by mutual friends to go out on a date, they’ve hardly spent a day apart. It’s clear that their loved ones are hugely important to them and were one of the first considerations after the couple became engaged.

Originally from Oxfordshire, Charlotte explains that she didn’t want her family and friends to be travelling such a long way on the morning of the wedding or disappearing straight after the reception. The idea of a three day wedding arose but finding a venue willing to host the celebration proved difficult.

It was a twist of fate that led the couple to Hodsock Priory, a place that is now close to their hearts. They’d secured a venue close to the Derbyshire church where they’d be married but their booking was cancelled four months later. Charlotte says that despite the setback and stress, it was “destiny as Hodsock was 10 times better than our original venue”.

Ed and Charlotte

Charlotte and Ed’s first thoughts about the venue were that it was “just beautiful, awesome. We were sold from the drive in”.

After a show round with Lynda Pepper, Hodsock’s weddings manager, and meeting with George Buchanan, the ninth generation resident owner/manager of Hodsock Priory, they saw Reverend Kate Bottley of Blyth’s Norman church, St Mary and St Martin, where they sought permission for Ed’s uncle to marry them.

A few elements of the 3 Day Wedding House Party Experience were tweaked, including increasing guest numbers. Immediate family joined the couple for afternoon tea on Friday from which Margaret’s “best meringues ever” are still discussed to this day!

Their Friday night supper invitation extended to their travelling guests and was catered to their exact requirements. Family guests then stayed in the 10 five star Courtyard B&B apartments and Charlotte & Ed’s parents stayed in the main House, while George recommended local hotels for extended family and friends who were transported to and from Hodsock by minibus.

After coming together for breakfast on Saturday, Charlotte joined her bridesmaids and Mum for wedding preparations in Hodsock’s magnificent Bridal Suite. She states “I’d give anything to stay there again”.

The church in Blyth was just minutes away and the marriage ceremony was conducted with the couple’s adored dog, Penny, as the ringbearer (complete with bridesmaid’s flowers). “She’s family, we couldn’t have had our wedding without her.” said Charlotte.

Charlotte in the Bridal Suite
Penny the Ringbearer

The couple had chosen the florist, cake maker, caterers and DJ for their reception from Hodsock’s Grand Wedding package which includes everything from bridal flowers and wedding cake to fizz and the wedding breakfast. With such a classic venue, they’d opted for a simple rustic theme in the Pavilion dressed with gypsophila, bassia and shades of lilac and purple.

Charlotte and Ed said “We loved all of the suppliers we chose from the package.

Yvonne Fretwell made our wedding cake, Flowers by Kay created our stunning bridal flowers and extra floral decorations for the church and for gifts which were amazing and Gail Dandy Catering produced our delicious canapés and fantastic wedding breakfast.”

The Pavilion
Wedding cake

Nearly 110 guests celebrated Charlotte and Ed’s fabulous wedding day and enjoyed entertainment in the form of ‘Looch’ a mindreader who “had our guests talking about how he’d read their minds for months after” and Charles Burns ‘The roving artist’, a silhouette artist who had guests fascinated by his talent. Charlotte’s mum had booked him in secret after they’d seen him in action at a friend’s wedding!

Sunday’s post-wedding breakfast was a party in itself. Increased in numbers from 26 to 60 guests, everyone returned to the Pavilion for a special but much less formal meal than the night before.

It really gave Charlotte and Ed a chance to relive the events of their wedding day with those closest to them and they presented the floral table decorations for guests to take home.

George surprised the party with an impromptu house and cellar tour. Charlotte says “It was a really nice way to end the day. Hodsock is an amazing place and you can tell how much George loves it! His family home feels like a home, we were told to make ourselves comfortable and we all felt welcomed into it.”

Many thanks to Simon Revill Photography who captured the magic of Charlotte & Ed’s wedding day on camera.

“We think the world of George and Lynda. They really couldn’t do enough for us and made everyone feel so welcome. We love Hodsock and every time we get really excited about going back. It’s nice to have the Snowdrops and bluebells as occasions to visit and see George and the team.”Charlotte and Ed

The 3 Day Wedding House Party Experience

Hodsock Priory, North Nottinghamshire

Our family home is yours for an incredible three day wedding celebration. This package includes exclusive use of the venue with catering and luxury accommodation for 26 people for two nights, and including the wedding reception, flowers, wedding cake and entertainment for 60 guests. Additional guests are welcome throughout the weekend (maximum 120) although please note we can only accommodate 26 overnight guests on site.

With our all-inclusive wedding packages (including the 3 Day Wedding) you’ll enjoy:

• Exclusive use of the House and Gardens for your celebrations
• One night’s stay in the Bridal Suite
• Your choice of exquisite flowers
• Drinks reception, fizz for the toasts
• Wedding breakfast feast, complete with wine
• Wedding cake
• Music entertainment