Wedding: The Venue




Wedding photography by Jo Hastings

I hope you enjoyed the first post in my wedding series (if you haven't, read it here). Today I'm going to tell you all about our beautiful wedding venue, why we decided to get married there and a bit more about how we spent the day. 

I have to admit, I had my eye on our wedding venue before Chris had even proposed. My parents moved to Lincoln 4 years ago, and Doddington Hall & Gardens was a short 10 minute drive from their house so we would visit regularly (they have an amazing farm shop). When we got engaged, we went to look around it as a wedding venue and were sold straightaway. It ticked all of the boxes and was so handy to be close to my parents house. We didn't look at any other venues!

On our wedding day, my Dad and I drove up to the venue and walked up the beautiful drive to the hall. I loved having this time with my Dad - it was really special and a lovely bit of quiet time before the day really began. We met the registrar in the library of the hall, and then made our way up lots of steps to The Long Gallery for the ceremony. I had been so anxious all morning but as soon as I was waiting to go into the room, it switched into pure excitement which I was so relieved about!

The ceremony was perfect, and we had the most brilliant registrar (the best in the county according to the venue!). He'd asked us how we wanted the tone of the ceremony to be and we'd said light-hearted and relaxed which is exactly what it was. We had two readings (He never leaves the seat up and The Apache Wedding Blessing) by my cousin and one of our groomsmen and our lovely string quartet played throughout. The room was filled with so much love and laughter and it was the most amazing feeling which I can't begin to describe. 

After we were officially married, we were (literally drowned) in confetti and had a few group photos before heading off to the beautiful gardens for some private photos. Whilst we had these photos taken our guests were ushered to the Coach House which is where we'd be for the rest of the day. The Coach House is gorgeous - light and airy, with huge sliding glass doors running throughout one side of the main room, overlooking a private garden. There is one room for your meal, and an adjoining room for the drinks reception and evening entertainment, but you can use both all night which is great as you don't need to move tables to make room for a dance floor (as I know is quite common at wedding venues). We were so lucky that the weather was absolutely gorgeous (after a week of rain!) and the sun shone all day. It meant that our guests could make the most of the private garden before and after the meal. The Coach House feels so private and like your own little bubble which is what you want for your wedding day!

I have to also mention the wedding team at Doddington. They were absolutely brilliant. As an organisational freak, I was so happy to find that they were all about the detail and planning, and we had a great planning meeting 3 weeks before where we shared geeky spreadsheets! Nothing was too much trouble, they were quick to respond to my hundreds of questions and they helped make the day run seamlessly.  I can't recommend them highly enough. When you get married at Doddington, you also get exclusive access the day before and after your wedding. This was so handy as meant we could set up from 12 the day before, and didn't have to rush to clear up the following day.

Another bonus was the Doddington had accommodation on-site so we could have lots of wedding guests to stay. The accommodation is beautiful and our bridal suite was a dream! Lots of guests arrived the night before and they all went for breakfast at the on-site cafe with Chris the morning of the wedding.

We both absolutely loved our venue and have had so many compliments from guests. It's all been lovely being able to go back and visit - my Mum and I went to the farm shop recently and just reminisced the whole time!

Daisy x

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