The wedding of Emma Downes and Craig Pool at Rowton Hall Hotel and Spa, Chester

05 Nov 2014

The wedding of Emma Downes and Craig Pool at Rowton Hall Hotel and Spa, Chester

Emma and Craig put a lot of handmade touches into their wedding, but knew when to leave things to the professionals

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After Craig proposed to me last year on the beach in Kefalonia, we had a whirlwind 15 months of wedding planning. Our first task on the long list was to choose a venue, and we both instantly fell in love with Rowton Hall’s ballroom, with its high ceiling and elegant décor. Conveniently, it has 37 bedrooms, perfect for all our nearest and dearest to rest their feet after a busy day.

We were determined to get a bit hands-on and made our own invites, table plan and table numbers. Pinterest was great for inspiration. For our table numbers, we used pictures of ourselves at that age - so table one had pictures of us aged one, and so on. Some things are best left to the professionals though - we had an amazing florist who also provided the candelabras for our table centre pieces.

It was important to us that the dance floor was well used and we found a great DJ who played exactly want we wanted and read the mood brilliantly.

 

We enjoyed every second of the day but if there is one tip I can pass on to future brides, it would be to get married early. Our ceremony was at 2pm and nothing can prepare you for how quickly the time flies.

 

MAKING IT POSSIBLE

Photography: Dantuma Photography, Cheshire, www.dantumaphotography.co.uk

Ceremony & Reception: Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Chester, www.rowtonhallhotel.co.uk

Brides Dress and Veil: Aristocrats, Chester, www.aristocratsofchester.co.uk

Grooms Suit: Marks and Spencer, Chester, www.marksandspencer.com

Bridesmaids Dresses: Coast and Debenhams, Chester

Hair: Gillian Roslan of Kreative Hairdressing, Cheshire

Flowers and Table Centrepieces: Cocoa Flowers, Chester, www.cocoaflower.co.uk 

Cake: Tada Cakes, Flint, Clwyd, www.tadacakesbyjody.com

 

Entertainment: harpist, Nerys Hewitt, Chester, www.neryshewitt.com; DJ Melz, www.djmelz.co.uk; Photo Booth, My Photo Booth, www.myphotobooth.co.uk

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