Sunday 21 April 2019

Real Wedding: A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

Lucy and David Potter opted for a relaxing and happy celebration at Stonehouse Court, with a helicopter ride, canal boat, and a fun and meaningful cake topper.

The lowdown

The happy couple: Lucy Potter, 27, an accountant, and David Potter, 30, a carpenter who live in Eastington, Stroud.
Wedding date: Friday 24 June 2016
Ceremony and reception venue: St Michael and All Angels Church, Eastington, and Stonehouse Court Hotel
Wedding theme: Coral


The suppliers

Photographer: Your Hand in Mine
Flowers: Kopend Creations
Dress: Grand Jour, Stroud.
Bridesmaid dresses: Long coral dresses with beading from Little Mistress in House of Fraser
Groom’s outfit: Moss Bros Cheltenham
Cake: Janette's Celebration Cakes
Catering: North Nibley Hog Roast in the evening and Stonehouse Court Hotel for the wedding breakfast
Transport: Friends provided a Range Rover for the groom and his party, I used a Jaguar from the photographer. We also had a helicopter from the church to the venue and a canal boat at the venue.
Stationery: Lyn McGauley, A day to remember, Bristol
Entertainment: Generation Events Gloucestershire
Favours: We had funny face puzzle pieces and props that we organised ourselves
Hair and beauty: Hair by Kerrie from Browns Boutique and make-up by Alice Tinton
Rings including engagement ring: Rings were designed and made by online company, CoolJoolz


The details

When and how did you first meet?

‘Dave and I met in a local nightclub in Stroud, in 2007, through mutual friends,’ says Lucy.

Who popped the big question and how did they propose?

Dave proposed to me in front on his family on Christmas day in 2012.

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

It took two years to the day to plan.

Why did you choose your venue?

‘I chose the venue as it was local to us and the majority of all of our guests, it was able to accommodate the landing of the helicopter, and the grounds are stunning’, said Lucy.

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

Was there an inspiration or theme for your wedding?

None, other than to be a relaxed occasion for all to enjoy.

What made you choose your photographer?

Stephen’s website had the most stunning examples of his work and he really made us feel comfortable and at ease in the initial meeting, so we knew he would be perfect for our day.

How did your wedding photographer capture your big day memories?

Lucy says: ‘I genuinely couldn’t have asked for better memories of our day! He ensured that everyone got involved in the photos and they didn’t look posed, more natural.’

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

Did you hire a wedding planner or was it a DIY affair?

‘I decided to organise the wedding myself due to knowing what I wanted and my strengths being attention to detail and organising,’ said Lucy.

Did you make, design or create anything yourself?

I made the wooden, gold glittered table numbers myself.

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

Tell us about the wedding dress

It was a champagne coloured Mon Cheri, David Tutera designer dress.

What did the groom wear?

A navy blue suit hired from Moss Bros, with a gold handkerchief and tie to match my dress and veil. Brown shoes from Next, and an Armani watch given to him on the day from me.

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

Did you have something old, new, borrowed and blue?

My dad gave me a blue garter with our wedding date and my married name on. My something old and borrowed was my grandad’s signet ring as he is an important person in my life and it belonged to my great grandad prior; and my something new was a diamond heart necklace from Dave.

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

Did you incorporate any other special family details or heirlooms, for example?

I included my dad’s parachuting wings on my bouquet.

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court
A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

‘A thousand years’ by Christina Perri.

What did you have for your wedding breakfast?

Caesar Salad with garlic croutons and parmesan cheese for starter; mains included stuffed chicken breast wrapped in bacon with Dauphinoise potatoes, green beans and roasting Jus; while I had the vegetarian option of roasted vegetables, garlic and stilton wellington. For dessert we had strawberries and cream with mini chocolate cups and honeycomb pieces, tea and coffee.

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

What kind of cake did you go for?

One side was chocolate with strawberries to look like a mud slide, and half in the style of my wedding dress. It was a three tiered cake. The top tier was lemon, the middle tier was salted caramel, and the bottom tier was polystyrene as we didn’t want it to go to waste… and it certainly didn’t as people wanted more!

On top of the cake there was a digger with handmade models resembling us. Dave was inside the digger and I was in my wedding dress with shopping bags sat in the diggers bucket. The digger was chosen to represent Dave’s dad, who passed away 10 years ago.

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court
A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

What was your first dance song?

‘Wherever you will go’ cover by Charlene Soraia.

Did everything go to plan?

A company we paid for closed their business without notifying the customers and we were left without a photo booth or our money, close to the wedding.

We accepted the loss, and as upset as we were decided not to replace it, but on the morning of the wedding, we were surprised by Lucy’s bridesmaids and a few close friends who had generously contributed and organised another company to provide a photo booth for the evening!

The team at Stonehouse Court were so attentive and couldn’t do enough for us and all our guests. We requested that two specific members of the team be put forward for the hotel’s staff award evening at the end of the year, due to their impressive hosting skills.

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

What advice would you give anyone planning their big day?

Leave plenty of time, don’t rush and always try to negotiate.

Is there anything you know now that you wished you’d known before the big day?

Lucy says: ‘If I had truly known how quickly the day goes… I may have tried to plan a wedding over an entire weekend, as I would do it all again in a heartbeat!’

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

And finally, where did you spend your honeymoon together?

10 days in St Lucia, all paid for by our lovely friends and family!

A relaxed and colourful celebration at Stonehouse Court

If Lucy and David’s bright and beautiful wedding has inspired you to host your big day the manor house hotel, see Stonehouse Court, and for further details about the couple's photographer, see Your Hand in Mine.

© SoGlos
Wednesday 16 November 2016

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