Real Weddings | Sarah & Tad

27th Feb 2019

We take a look back to last May when Sarah and Tad tied the knot in their dream wedding at Careys Manor. 

The Proposal

Whilst on holiday near Loch Rannoch, Scotland, Tad took Sarah for a picnic on the loch beach at sunset. There were many mosquitoes and other reasons for it to go wrong but he persevered and asked just as the sun dropped behind the mountains.

Why did you choose Careys Manor Hotel for your wedding?

Originally, we chose Carey's primarily because we were keen to get married outside and their outside space was just what we'd hoped for. The hotel generally is beautiful and the staff were helpful but not intrusive whenever we visited. However, as we got to the end of our day, we couldn't believe how smoothly the staff at Carey's had run the day, keeping our wishes firmly in mind.


The Dress

Sarah wore a satin white strapless dress that laced down the back with purple sequin embroidery down the side of the dress.

This dress was nothing like I'd been looking for, but I walked into a shop and saw it and immediately decided in my head it wouldn't fit (last one in the shop, and on a small manikin), but after trying many dresses, I asked to try this one and knew it was the dress.

The Groom's Outfit

Tad wore a forest green suit with a green paisley tie and a cream waistcoat with light green and lilac embroidery.


The Bridesmaids

Mel, a friend Sarah met at university, was the maid of honour and Sandra, Sarah's sister, was the bridesmaid.

The Ceremony

The ceremony began at midday, when the sun was highest in the sky, outside in the walled garden. We put up lace bunting around the walls and plants, made little lace flowers for the chair backs, and had Owen's arches down the aisle.


Sarah walked in to 'Here Comes the Sun' played on acoustic guitar, and the guitarist played some classical arrangements (that Sarah used to play in string quartets at university) during the signing of the register. The 2 readings were 'Union' by Robert Fulghum and the Traditional Irish Blessing.

We left to the guitarist playing 'Fields of Gold'.

The Reception

The wedding breakfast was in the Cedar Suite at Carey's. As there were less than 30 of us, we had one table in the centre of the room so we were all seated together which was brilliant. We had more lace bunting around the room.

When the evening guests arrived, we spilled back into the walled garden and started the music playing in the Cedar Suite (songs as requested by guests). We had braziers lit in the garden as the BBQ got underway. Our first dance was to 'Lime in the Coconut' - Tad making up the Ceroc dance moves as we went along!


The Flowers

The bouquets and boutonnieres  were a mix of dried, paper and silk flowers (Sarah and Tad have a tendency to hayfever!). Owen provided beautiful arches down the aisle and some living arrangements for the table. He created 3 long arrangements like a woodland floor with moss, orchids and other delicate purple flowers and foliage.


Tell us about the décor you chose

Carey's is really beautiful, so we did little in terms of decor. Mostly little colourful touches that we'd made, such as the bunting.

How do you feel the day went?

We couldn't have had a better day! We felt very taken care of and exceeded our expectations at every point.


Any particular memories that stand out that you would like to share?

When we walked together down the aisle, married, and then had a few moments together with a glass of bubbly. This time set the scene for the relaxing and enjoyable day to come (we'd both been a bit jittery before and during the ceremony- it was quite important!).

To start planning your dream wedding at Hampshire wedding venue, Careys Manor Hotel, book a peronal show around with our wedding Coordinator Francoise. Our next wedding open day is Sunday 10th March 2019 so pop a note in your diary and we'll look forward to welcoming you then. 



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