Ladywood Estate Wedding Pavilion. This wedding features the beautiful pavilion at Ladywood Estate and a very emotional church service at All Saints Church in Oakham, enjoy!
Ladywood Estate wedding pavilion was the venue for Rachael and Darren’s wedding preparations and reception last May while Oakham All Saints Church was the venue for the ceremony. I’m not going to write a long intro as Rachael has provided loads of great content in what turns out to be a great review of Ladywood and all of the other vendors they hired. The article ends with some wise words of advice for anyone currently in the stages of planning their own wedding.
“We had our ceremony at Oakham All Saints Church. It is just such a beautiful church. It was close to our reception venue also and even though we are not very religious people, it was clear that we felt it was paramount to us both to have our ceremony in a church. It was not our local parish, but we regularly attended, and it was a pleasure to get to know everybody there. We visited with our children and with them being so young we thought they may be a little disruptive and get a bit fidgety. They did not though as there was a play area for the children, and we felt that they were very welcome – noise and all! We had a beautiful ceremony.
We had our reception at the beautiful Ladywood Estate Wedding Pavilion in Knossington, Oakham. When we initially booked Ladywood, the pavilion was still just a plan on paper. We toyed with the idea of a marquee but instead went with the building after seeing the plans. When we went up to see it once it was ready, we were blown away – no way could we have had a marquee sat next to it! We fell in love with Ladywood because of its beautiful surroundings with nothing around but rolling countryside. Stunning!
We prayed for a good weather day so we could make the most of it. We also loved that we could hire the house out for the whole of the weekend. It was great having family stay, and it was a beautiful place to get ready for the big day and also to have some time to enjoy the venue after the wedding day. It was perfect for what we were looking for for our big day!
[vcex_spacing size=”30px”]I am not entirely sure how to describe the style of wedding… I wanted it to be fresh looking, bright and with soft warm colours, so I went with pinks, pale greens and cream. They worked so well together. I wanted to create a relaxed vibe at our wedding reception where everyone could feel free to let their hair down and have a great time… and we all did indeed!
[vcex_spacing size=”30px”]One of Ian’s albums was at Ladywood, which Mike the owner showed us. His style was just what we wanted! We did not want lots of posed photos, and we just wanted a fly-on-the-wall style of photography. We felt no need to look any further really. He had good price points, and when we met him he was passionate and highly experienced and listened to us! Ultimately, we felt comfortable with him!
One thing we felt was imperative was to be able to have our visions heard and considered. At the same he was able to advise us on ways to make our ideas work better and tell us what works/doesn’t work. He spoke technically but in a way that was relevant and so we could understand. We quite obviously loved him!
Ian was very flexible – we could only meet in the evening, and it was not easy for us with us having children, so he came over to us which we very much appreciated. We would certainly recommend Ian to others for all of the above reasons! He was also very unobtrusive! We did not notice him around – were you hiding in bushes Ian? He was lovely with all of our family and friends, very patient when trying to round everyone up for some group photos we wanted to have and very organised!
[vcex_spacing size=”30px”]We LOVE our food, so this had to be perfect! Moreover, perfect we found with Rutland Gourmet! We had a tasting session at her house which was just divine, and I always thought that the meal on the day would not quite live up to that standard when cooking for 100 people. I was wrong! Each course was perfect, and our guests loved it! www.rutlandgourmet.co.uk
For stationery, my very dear friend and bridesmaid Marissa Basher worked so hard to design and create all of that! Putting up with my demands, changes in ideas and adaptations! I am very thankful!
Our stunning cake came the Gingerbread Cottage in Oadby, Leicester. It is a bakery that my husband visits almost every day for his lunch when he is at work. We always have our special occasion cakes from there – they are just delicious. She always remembers I love extra buttercream filling; it is a must!
Flowers were by Flowers by Sarah in Quorn. A few of my friends used her for their weddings – she is very reasonably priced and always delivers something beautiful. I met her a few times, told her a few types of flowers I liked, colour scheme, shown a few pictures I’d cut out of magazines and almost gave her all control! I had no idea what I was going to receive on the day! Slightly crazy I know – but I had faith she would come up with something beautiful!
Our wedding car which was a Bentley of some kind was borrowed from a friend of a friend very kindly! We were very lucky; It was beautiful!
I am so pleased – and I think our guests were – that instead of giving our guests favours, we instead made a donation to a charity. We donated to HeartLink as they do such an incredible job raising money to help support the children’s heart unit at Glenfield Hospital who helped a very special little girl close to us!
We hired a chip van for evening catering which everybody loved. We hired one from KK Catering! Everything was so fresh, and such good quality and just helped create that relaxed vibe we wanted.
We hired a photo booth from Jackstar Productions which was fab! We hired casino tables from Royal Flush Events – it was awesome fun too for all ages! uk
Our band were THE BEST! Our ushers booked them for us as our wedding gift from them – so very generous! They are called the JukeBoxJets! Amazing! Such cool guys also!
We hired our bar from Events34 which own Manhattan 34 bar in Leicester. They make THE BEST cocktails – so we also had a cocktail menu at the bar too, and French Martinis went down a storm! They provided a fantastic service, and we had quite a few meetings to discuss drinks menu options and a tasting session! The service on the day was excellent – well staffed and I do not remember noticing empty glasses anywhere either!
We used The Rutland Marquee company to dress the venue. We loved what they did.
I think that is all!
[vcex_spacing size=”30px”]My dress was from Boa in Richmond London with alterations done by Hannah at Noble and Wright. She was brilliant and is so good at what she does! She customised my dress exactly how I wanted with some very big changes! It is a gorgeous shop with excellent service!
The boys’ suits were from M&S.
Videography was by Andrew Tregoning. The video could not have captured the whole any more perfectly! We received the video the next day also – such a talented man! He posted it on YouTube as THE PENDER WEDDING. So glad we decided to have videography done!
Makeup and hair were by an amazing woman whom I can indeed call my friend, Joanna Ace. She is so so passionate about her work and just does such a fantastic job and works so hard. She is full of ideas and can easily recreate style and looks from a picture and adapts to suit you! Real professional!
Bridesmaid dresses from Coast, flower girl dresses from Monsoon.
Table plan and all signage (and stationery again) was from Marissa Basher! Find her on facebook she would be more than happy to take orders.
[vcex_spacing size=”30px”]With having two children, planning a wedding and sourcing every detail was hard work! In the end I did not use so many props and vases and tea lights and bits and bobs simply because I had got to the point where I did not care – I just wanted to get married! I had little time and felt I did not wish to put on people, but I now wish I had taken every bit of help offered to me! They all genuinely wanted to help!
However, still it looked beautiful, and I did not want to get bogged down with jobs – I just wanted to enjoy the lead up to the day. My bridesmaids were awesome. The night before the wedding, they were working their bottoms off to make it look perfect so that I had nothing to worry about on the day! Massive credit to them – each one of them was amazing!
Also, you can set a budget but my goodness is it hard to stick to it. I would say we overspent by about 10k! Not good, but we only get to do this once, and I suppose we made the choice to have what we wanted exactly! Now we have come out of the whole wedding world I look back and realise how much I got sucked in! I have no regrets because we truly had the perfect day – but if I am honest with myself it is the people that make it just that! It is not about how the napkins fold, or if things do not run on time or not looking how you expected, it just doesn’t matter! You could have put us anywhere with a bar and some food, and we still would have had a blast. I spent so much time looking for and sourcing things.
For us our priorities for the planning was to have a beautiful setting and amazing photos! Apart from what we saw through our own eyes and what we retain in our memories, this is the only other documentation you have of the day. To show our children when they grow up, and then our grandchildren, and even people who couldn’t make it. Even to see the day from another set of eyes- you can’t be everywhere all of the time and the photography captures so much that you don’t get to see. We loved receiving our photos to see everybody else enjoying the day so much as well as having some special photos of us!
My advice – stay focused, be savvy on spending, make time for each other which we did, and I am so glad we did. So many couples we have spoken to, hardly saw each other and regret it. Moreover, soak up every moment!”