Pontlands Park Wedding Photography
Glorious sunshine, beautiful locations, and a very radiant bride = All the ingredients for an amazing summer wedding day. I love a summer Pontlands Park wedding and I just knew this was going to be an amazing wedding day. Belo, we find out from the couple all about their big day.
Please tell us a little about yourselves.
We met at University after only six weeks; while both studying English Literature we were paired together for a tutorial. When we walked back to our Halls chatting we arranged to go for a coffee two days later. Then, six years on, we got married!
How would you describe the spirit of your day?
We had a high-spirited, gloriously sunny, incredibly fun day!
Was there a theme to your wedding? If yes what was the theme and why?
We didn’t have a theme in mind. However,t we did incorporate our love of literature (and way of meeting!) by having one of the ushers read an extract of Shakespeare at the ceremony. Furthermore, our recessional music was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Additionaly, the best man very thoughtfully included a poem into his speech.
What flowers did you choose for your bouquets?
We had big bright sunflowers, white roses and lily of the valley.
What was the best moments of your wedding day?
[David] seeing Emma walking down the aisle – I realised then it was all actually going to happen! And sitting in the gorgeous Rolls Royce afterward.
[Emma] Our lovely drive together after the ceremony was such a nice moment – I was so elated and shell-shocked all I could think of to say was, “So… do you like my dress?!”
What style was your wedding dress and who was it by?
My dress was a lace and taffeta tea length Oleg Cassini with a matching veil. I really couldn’t bear the thought of a massive train that I’d trip over and get all muddy; I’m also a former ballroom dancer so it was really important that I had a dress I could comfortably boogie in!
What did the groom and ushers wear?
The boys and dads had dove grey tailcoats and pastel green waistcoats and cravats from Debenhams.
Were there any meanings behind any of the aspects of your wedding?
We really wanted all our separate groups of friends and far-flung families to get to know each other, so we didn’t have a seating plan at all. Our wedding cake was a ‘bakewell tart’ themed cake with apricot jam and almond flavoured icing, as on our first date we shared a bakewell tart from a bakery.
How did you decide on the venue of your wedding and your reception?
We go to the church every week for Mass and have done for a couple of years; the reception venue was harder to find. We are blessed with big families, many relatives and lots of friends – but not much money! We were starting to worry that we couldn’t afford to get married at all. Pontlands Park really saved the day by offering us an ‘evening only’ party package – one big buffet, reception drinks, and canapés for 150 people and 11 hotel rooms in their absolutely gorgeous hotel and grounds. We couldn’t have been happier.
Did you follow any family wedding traditions? What do you do?
Not consciously, but we did get married at 4.30pm; my mum and dad were married 35 years ago at 4pm! Unfortunately only three of our eight grandparents are still alive, so we had photographs of our departed loved ones at the reception, and I took baskets of the bridesmaid flowers to my grandmothers at their resting places on the morning of the wedding.
What was the title of the song for your first dance? Why did you choose that particular song?
We danced to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tarrell ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough’. David plays American Football and is a big fan of the film ‘Remember The Titans’ which features the song. I taught him a basic cha-cha-cha for the chorus and he did brilliantly!
Where did you go, for your honeymoon. What made you choose that place
We went to Goa in India. We wanted to go somewhere where neither of us had ever been, or where likely to go again, and discover a brand new place together. As we got married so late in August we had to wait until December to go away – celebrating Christmas Day on the beach eating a curry for lunch as newlyweds is something I’ll never forget!
What tips would you give to other couples when planning their wedding day?
Remember you are not obliged to do anything – it is your day. Also – eat the food! Trust me – you will drink a lot of champagne; eat the food, for your own safety!!!
Scroll down to see a few photographs from Emma and David’s wedding day
For more details about my Pontlands Park Wedding Photography call or text me on 07961 100 580 or email me Jeff@JeffTurnbull.com