Real Weddings | Samantha & William

10th Apr 2018


Samantha and William tied the knot at Hampshire wedding venue, Careys Manor Hotel on Sunday 29th October 2017. Here's is the story of their Autumn wedding.

The Proposal

We'd been out for Sunday lunch at The Woolpack at Sopley. The weather was beautiful so we decided to go for a walk at Hengistbury Head. When we arrived there were police cars, vans, dogs and officers walking around. As we approached the beach and were walking along taking in the drama, Will suddenly dropped down claiming he'd found something in the sand. I continued walking along only to turn around and find him on one knee, ring in his fingers and asked me to marry him. Just as he popped the question, a police helicopter flew over us as the criminal was on the run on the cliff top! Turns out they got their criminal!

Why did you choose Careys Manor Hotel for your wedding?

Careys Manor had everything we wanted in a wedding venue. It was light, bright and airy. With rustic and woodland features that went perfectly with our Autumn themed wedding. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the venue had such a relaxing feel to it. It just felt right.

The Dress

It was a Stella York ivory dress with a strapless sweetheart neckline. The dress was fishtail style and covered in lace with a long train behind, edged in lace. The back of the dress showed off a lace panel with ivory buttons with diamontés going down the back. Round the waist I'd had a diamonte belt sewn into the dress and round the back to compliment underneath the lace panel. I wore ivory t-bar shoes by Rainbow Club, which had pearls and diamontés going up the middle section. My veil was a simple ivory veil with very fine diamontés around the edging. When the outside photos were taking place I wore an ivory faux fur shawl to keep warm!

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The Groom's Outfit

Will wore a Marc Darcy tweed jacket and waistcoat. Underneath he wore a cream shirt with brown tie, and black chino trousers. Finished with tan shoes and personal chainsaw cufflinks from Sam (He's a tree surgeon!)

The Bridesmaids

Sams sister Georgina was the only bridesmaid. She wore a full length red lace dress by Dessy, with a cut out back and small train. When the outside photos were being taken she also had an ivory faux fur shawl to match her ivory shoes from Rainbow Club.

The Ceremony

The ceremony was held at St Marys Church, Breamore. I walked down the aisle to A Thousand Years by The Piano Boys. I'd loved this song for so long and when I'd found a more classical string version I just had to have it. We'd gone very simple and rustic with our church décor. Using hessian bows around the church with our chosen flowers. Will arrived on his Fordson Major Tractor and I had arrived in a vintage style 6 seater Bramwith covertible.

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The Reception

We had our Main reception in the Manor Suite. It fitted all our guests in perfectly and comfortably. The staff were extremely attentive and the food was enjoyed by all. It was lovely that they all had a choice of food. For our table decor we had decided to use wood slices for our centrepieces with pumpkins on the top, hollowed out with flowers put in the centres. We then decided to scatter false leaves and pine cones around the tables to bring in the autumn feel. Tables had been named after trees and place names were small rounds of wood. For our favours we made a donation on our guests behalf for Wessex Heartbeat, a charity extremely close to our hearts.

The Flowers

Wills mother did all of our flowers, with help from myself, my father, sister and mother. We chose sunflowers as our main flower, surrounded by orange gerberas, coral and deep red roses and gypsophila. The grooms party all wore barley for their buttonholes.

The Décor

We decided to go very rustic and autumnal for our wedding decor. It tied in perfectly with the time of year and matched in extremely well with the venue. We chose to have the wicker stars supplied by the venue hanging from the ceiling which gave a wonderful touch. We also decided to have a cake made to look like logs which took everybody by amazement!

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How do you feel the day went?

We both thoroughly enjoyed our wedding day. We had streaming sunshine all day, and everything went as it should have and couldn't of been any more perfect. Françoise and the staff are a real credit to Careys Manor and couldn't fault them one bit. A few of our guests stayed the night and they all had a wonderful time and enjoyed the venue very much.

Any particular memories from your Wedding Story that stand out that you would like to share?

Our first dance... We had never practiced a dance and decided to wing it on the day. Half way through Will decided to break into his own dance routine and picked me up and spun me around the room. Everybody was cheering and clapping and in fits of laughter. It may not have been the most romantic first dance, but it couldnt of been any more suited to us! Toby was a great DJ - Ive never seen a dance floor so full of people dancing as I did at our wedding. Everybody had an amazing and relaxed time and we couldn't of wished for a better day.


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