Clare & Carl Wedding at Oulton Hall
Today we have a wedding and story shot by Image-I-Nation Photography on 23rd June 2012 at Oulton Hall, below Clare tells us the story of the day…
Carl and I first met when he became my physiotherapist after a back injury. I asked him to make me a cup of tea while I waited and when he returned with a cup I knew there was potential there. We chatted and flirted but as Carl was my physiotherapist we didn’t take it any further. Carl moved jobs and I was allocated a new physiotherapist, my trips to the hospital no longer seemed as fun and I didn’t look forward to them anymore. Then 3 months later, just after Christmas my friend suggested going for a meal one Friday night, as we were leaving I walked past the front window to see him sat there eating in the same restaurant. I felt brave as I had already drunk a couple of glasses of wine and knocked on the window. He smiled the broadest smile and came out to see me. We swapped numbers and the rest is history. It must have been fate!
That Christmas we went to see his mum in Lincoln and on Christmas morning we set off to a small beach near their house where seals go each winter to have their pups. We wander amongst the pups and as the weather had been really bad we clung on to each other through the snow and ice. After we had been there about half an hour Carl looked nervous and then asked me to marry him. He had a lovely solitaire diamond in his pocket and I was over the moon, it was the most romantic day of my life. We went back to the car and he had a bottle of champagne waiting for us. We then went to his uncle’s house with the whole family for Christmas dinner and to celebrate. It was an amazing day.
We started to look for venues soon after Christmas and after searching a lot of different of venues we finally settled on Oulton Hall, west Yorkshire. We felt we didn’t have to compromise and that it had everything that we wanted for our luxurious wedding.
We planned our dream wedding for July 2011 however unfortunately I lost my job and as we didn’t want to compromise on the luxury of our special day we made the hard decision to delay our wedding until the following year. As the date of the original wedding came round the weather was horrendous and I saw it as another sign that it just wasn’t meant to be right then.
Carl wanted red and white as the theme but after I realised that this was down to his favourite football team being in the colour we thought again and decided on cobalt blue, something different and fun. I started looking for the bridesmaid dresses and found some perfect little tea length cobalt blue dresses from a high street store and then my amazing mum altered them to add an ivory hem and beautiful corsage. All 4 of our adult bridesmaids loved them and they all looked amazing. Carl decided on a lightweight grey suit and cobalt blue cravat, all the ushers and best men wore the same and they all looked amazingly smart and comfortable. The little flower girls had an ivory dress with a cobalt blue sash and corsage.
I searched literally every shop in west Yorkshire and then decided to get the first dress that I had tried on. My dress was an amazing Ronald Joyce creation with a lovely bodice and a long train. It was the most comfortable dress and I cannot thank the staff at Farsley Bridal for telling me to try it on. As soon as it was on, I felt like a princess and knew it was the one; obviously I had to try as many others as I could before I bought her. I matched with a teardrop three quarter length veil and tiara.
My mum made all the save the date cards, invitations, order of ceremony and all the stationary for the day. She spent hours sticking little blue bows to everything. She decorated the candelabras for the table with ribbon and crystals. Everything was perfect. Our friend made our cake for our wedding present. We didn’t want a conventional fruit cake as neither of us like it so we had a 3 tier chocolate cake with maltesers and chocolate fingers. The cake was a real talking point.
On the morning of the wedding the sky was cloudy but soon cleared and became a beautiful sun filled day. We had a couple of spots of rain but that made it more exciting running in out to avoid the rain and it meant that we got some amazing photographs in all types of weather. Our photographer loves to get a really good sky in to his pictures and these were definitely caught on our day, we had black clouds to white fluffy clouds and then a clear blue sky.
My dad did his speech after the meals and he just spoke about Carl and I form the heart. He didn’t read from a paper or a script he just said what he thought; his speech was lovely and very heartfelt. Carl and the best man then did their speeches which had all the party in stitches ending with Carl presenting the best man with a bottle of alcohol that they had drunk on the stag do, the best man clearly had bad memories of it!
Then it was time for the evening reception where we had hired a dj. We could believe the amount of guests that arrived to help us celebrate. We danced and laughed all night, even getting all the relatives on the dance floor to dance to Michael Jacksons Thriller. Also staying in the hotel that night were dance group Diversity and the guests enjoyed meeting them and having pictures taken with them. We had booked a photo booth for the evening and the guests loved the props. They all got a copy of the pictures to take home and we got a copy too, there are certainly some very amusing pictures!
We stayed at Oulton hall the following evening and used the spa facilities including a full body massage for me. The next morning we drove to Heathrow and flew to Sri Lanka for 2 weeks followed by 8 days in the Maldives. A perfect end to the perfect wedding.
Wedding photo shot by Image-I-Nation Photography