When Mr Robertson and I were invited to spend a night at Ashford International Hotel, I must admit we were not expecting anything glamorous. Thinking the location would be the selling point – a short drive from the Eurostar at Ashford International station – we went along with open minds but low expectations.
Well, you know that old saying don’t judge a book by its cover, that came to mind when we found out what is behind the less than inspiring name.
Because, the hotel, regardless of its name, literally offers brides and grooms everything they could wish for for their big day. Want a small, intimate wedding? The Courtyard Suite and the Garden Suite are ideal as they host just 50 people each for a wedding breakfast. » Read more
I’ll always leap at an opportunity to talk about weddings, especially when I’m asked about my own big day!
So, when a journalist got in touch to discuss wedding traditions with me for a feature she was writing for Wedding Ideas magazine, I was obviously up for the chat.
As much as I’m a hopeless romantic and love many wedding traditions, my husband and I weren’t afraid to ditch the ones which didn’t mean as much to us.
If you’re battling with the potentially controversial decision to go against traditions for some or all aspects of your wedding, have a read of this for some inspiration and encouragement to do what suits you.
You may recall, recently mum and I visited Sussex to check out a couple of wedding venues to tell you about. The first was a beautiful seaside themed hotel right on the beach of Camber Sands. Our next stop was a complete contrast and stunning in a different way.
The George in Rye (www.thegeorgeinrye.com) is a sixteenth century building on the cobbled streets of the medieval town. The Grade II listed bolt-hole offers a wealth of interest for foodies and design lovers, with rooms individually created, each with their own theme. » Read more
In just a few short weeks, my good friend Charlie Smith from Truly I Do (http://trulyido.weebly.com) will stand with husband Dan before their friends and family and renew their wedding vows…but this time, their three children will be a huge part of proceedings.
Catching up with Mrs Smith to see how the planning is coming together for September 19… » Read more
Torn between the desire for a beach wedding and the want to have all of your family and friends with you? I have found the solution! The Gallivant (www.the gallivant.co.uk) sits across the road from the stunning sand dunes of Camber Sands beach in East Sussex. Inspired by the coastal retreats of California, The Gallivant not only has the seaside location, but is also the most incredible wedding venue you could wish for.
My mum and I went for a visit and were blown away by what we found. In the weeks leading up to our trip, my mum had been swooning over images online of the venue, with its New England decor and restful haven feel. The reality lived up to expectations and we enjoyed the most relaxing 24-hour “holiday”. » Read more
How lucky is diary bride Noemi Kelly? Not only did she get engaged in Venice (her story was on the blog recently), not only is she getting married next year in Italy, BUT her friend only went and got married in Spain and invited her along, too! I’d love to be in that friendship group!
Handing over the blog to Noemi to tell us all about the Spanish celebrations… » Read more
As we all melt in the UK heatwave, my thoughts are taken straight back to this time last month when we celebrated our second wedding anniversary in the beautiful Tuscan sunshine. Italy is a place I’ve long been keen to explore, with a list as long as my arm of parts of the beautiful country I want to visit. So, our wedding anniversary seemed the ideal time to take our first trip.
Some of my favourite things in the world are cosy character hotels, time to relax and enjoy a pampering and, of course, beautiful weddings! So, a trip to The Swan at Lavenham (www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk) was pretty much a perfect offering for me.
My husband and I visited for his birthday and so were looking for an ultra special overnight stay and we were not disappointed. The higgledy piggledy 15th century hotel, spa and wedding venue is among a charming and characterful medieval Suffolk countryside village…if oak beams, wonky floors and history are your thing, then this is the place to go. » Read more
Imagine marrying within 100 acres of parkland in the Devon countryside. With the launch of brand new wedding venue Bridwell House and Deer Park (www.bridwell.co.uk), that is an option open to brides from this year.
The family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, is now offered as an exclusive use wedding venue, full of charm and character. Romantic spots in which to say “I do” have been created, with a Gothic-style chapel and 150-seat orangery with French doors opening on to the gardens.
Take a look at their brand new website for more information.