I do love a good castle wedding! Emma and Nick chose Belvoir Castle in Grantham as the majestic setting for their wedding ceremony. The plan was for Emma and Nick to get ready at the nearby Belton Woods (separately!) and for their guests to arrive there too, as the wedding reception would be held there later in the day. Then everyone would travel to Belvoir Castle for the wedding ceremony, followed by drinks and photographs in the beautiful grounds and gardens.
However, we all watched the weather forecast in the week before the wedding day and realised that the proposed outdoor elements of the day probably weren’t going to go according to plan! The forecast was for heavy rain, and just this once the weathermen got it absolutely spot on. But if you’re going to be stuck inside on your wedding day, then there’s surely nowhere better to be stuck than in a castle!
And Emma and Nick’s guests certainly couldn’t complain that the weather in any way spoilt the day. I have been to a LOT of weddings, but I have never known a wedding where so much amazing entertainment had been laid on for people to enjoy! The guests travelled in style to and from Belvoir Castle in two London buses. I know what you’re thinking: “That’s great, but I’m probably going to be bored ten minutes into the fifteen minute journey on the amazing London bus.” But that’s where you would be wrong, as Sean Reidy was on hand to entertain with his incredible caricatures! Being able to draw a caricature is a skill that I can only aspire too. Being able to draw a caricature on a moving bus is surely the sign of a skilled artist (in future all art schools and colleges should have a final exam to be held on a moving vehicle of the artist’s choice)!
Emma arrived a little earlier than everyone else to Belvoir, and was able to relax and prepare herself in the elegant King’s Rooms, as her fiancé and their guests began to arrive in the Guard Room. Soon the string quartet began to play; signalling the start of the wedding ceremony. The music choices for the day were certainly inspired! As the bridesmaids made their way down the aisle the musicians played “The Final Countdown”, which changed to “It Must Be Love” as Emma arrived in the room. The ceremony went off without a hitch, barring one anxious moment when it didn’t look like Nick’s ring was going to fit onto his finger! Then the newly-weds walked back up the aisle together to the romantic strains of the Benny Hill theme tune.
You would think that the splendour of the castle would be enough to hold people’s attention after the beautiful ceremony, but just in case Emma and Nick arranged for an owl and hawk display which took place in the old kitchen of the castle.
The sun made a brief appearance just in time for some confetti, which was awfully good of it. Then it was back off on the buses (with more caricatures) to Belton Woods, where the guests were further entertained during their wedding breakfast by Ashley Turner – a fantastic magician – and Nigel – a fantastic guitarist! We set up the Wedding Studio photobooth too, and there was even a children’s crèche complete with nursery nurses, play dough, snacks, painting, toys and… wait for it… an indoor bouncy castle!
A Mario Kart theme ran subtly through the reception (not so subtly when you look at their AMAZING cake!), culminating in their first dance to the song “Mario Kart Love Song”, played by their brilliant band Partybeat.
Emma and Nick’s wedding day was simply perfect. It was really important to them that everyone enjoyed themselves and had fun, and judging by the sheer number of smiles I saw throughout the day it was certainly mission accomplished!
Emma and Nick’s amazingly organised and lovely wedding planner Amy from Amaranthyne Weddings
Bride’s Dress by Mon Cheri; Nick wore his own kilt
Rings from Francis and Gaye, Leicester
Hair by Hannah Coxhead Hair Studio
Make-up by Viciente
Flowers by Bloomin’ Marvellous Loughborough
Cake by Love Life Eat Cake!
Magician The Trixta