Callam’s original proposal idea had been for us to fly in a helicopter to Guisborough Hall where he planned to propose in the gardens, but this was ruined by poor weather so instead we went for a romantic meal to celebrate 11 years of being together.
Later that evening I went to open a bottle of Champagne in our living room when Callam took the bottle from me, lowered to his knee, pulled out a beautiful engagement ring and asked me to marry him!
On the big day, we had our ceremony at St. Mark’s Church, Marske-by-the-Sea, before heading to Rockliffe Hall. We fell in love with Rockliffe Hall the moment we laid our eyes on it. The combination of the original architecture and the modern décor was the perfect setting for our wedding.
We would definitely rate the venue a solid ten out of ten – it was first class in every respect! All the staff were excellent, from the moment we first visited, until we left the day after our wedding. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The facilities were brilliant too, many of our guests enjoyed spending the day after the wedding in the spa chatting about their highlights of our day!
We chose Stan Seaton Photography to capture our day. Stan and Jane gave us such a good impression from the first time we met them and their sample albums demonstrated timeless and relaxed photographs, which was exactly what we were looking for.
They work so hard on the day and, once edited, we looked through all the images with a mix of laughter and tears; it was so lovely to relive our wedding through the photographs they had taken. We have already recommended Stan Seaton to so many people, as they exceeded our expectations for quality, skill and personality.
As Callam is an RAF Helicopter Pilot, we had a Military Wedding; we arrived at Rockliffe Hall by helicopter and had a very traditional theme with uniform and traditions, including a Guard of Honour presented by our Sword Party for our exit from the church and wedding cake cutting using Callam’s Squadron Ceremonial sword.
Our colour scheme featured lots of pale pinks so my bouquet was made from blush pink Sweet Avalanche Roses, ivory Carnations, blush pink Carnations, ivory Spray Roses, Gypsophilia and a touch of Eucalyptus. The flower theme from my bouquet continued throughout the table centrepieces which were displayed on tall candelabras and in smaller bird cages, which helped to add character to the room. All beautifully created by Flowers by Nattrass.
I must have tried on over 50 dresses before finally deciding on an ivory lace, mermaid dress with a sweetheart neckline designed by Mori Lee. I returned to Elizabeth George Bridal, in Middlesbrough, to buy this dress as I loved the fit and knew it would complement Callam’s military uniform.
To complete my look, I added a church length veil from Britten Weddings, dusty rose ‘Lucy 100’ Jimmy Choos, an Ivory and Co. tiara, which my Godmother had bought me as a gift, and my garter was borrowed from my mother who wore it on her wedding day, 30 years before. The latter was particularly poignant as mum passed away suddenly, only six weeks before our wedding, so the day was extremely emotional for everyone there.
We managed to have such a lovely day though, and everything that had been planned still had her mark all over it. The additional special moments we planned in her memory, including a memorial table and balloon release, made her a big part of the day and we could all sense that.
To find out more about weddings at Rockliffe Hall please contact our dedicated weddings team on 01325 729999 or email email@example.com.