Winter wonder - a Salisbury Wedding
Robert and Charlotte’s wedding in Salisbury included a snowball fight and a magical photo session
Robert Billen and Charlotte Dengel
Where: Ceremony and reception at The Guildhall, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Photography: John Rose Photography
Salisbury is very close to us so from an early stage we settled on the Guildhall as our wedding venue; the heritage and central location was perfect. It also enabled all elements of the day to take place in the same building. Rob picked our colour scheme of burgundy and pewter, as red is his favourite colour.
Our big day dawned with a coating of crisp white snow which was lovely, but caused some concerns as my family and I had difficulty getting into Salisbury. After many phone calls, some tears but mainly sheer determination we all made it.
Throughout this time, I was on the local radio station, Spire FM, keeping everyone up to date with our progress, and confirming the day was still happening. Unfortunately, the vintage wedding car was cancelled due to the snow so my stepdad made three trips in his 4X4 complete with ribbon to ensure we made it.
Walking down the aisle was the most exciting but nerve-wracking thing I have ever done. The two readings were individually written by our mums and both reflected our relationship through their eyes. They were wonderful.
When we were officially announced into the banqueting hall, as husband and wife, it looked magnificent. The evening reception began with the cutting of our cake followed by a set sung by Rob’s talented sisters, Holly and Hannah Billen, culminating in our first dance. This led straight in to the disco and allowed us time for some special photos.
Our photographer John transported us to the Cathedral Close where the picture of our lifetime was captured in the snow; a poignant moment as we spent many lunch breaks together here early in our relationship. John Rose Photography were there for us every step of the way, making sure that our day was captured with images that we will treasure – including a snowball fight.
WHO DID WHAT
Photography: John Rose Photography, Salisbury, 0800 211 8104, www.johnrosephotography.co.uk
Venue: The Guildhall, Salisbury, 01722 342860, www.salisburyguildhall.co.uk
Dress: The Organza Room, Amesbury, Wiltshire, 01980 677325, www.organzaroom.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Black Butterfly, Leicestershire, 07719 824570, www.blackbutterflyclothing.com
Hair: Beau’s Hair, Salisbury, 01722 334460
Groom’s outfit: Moss Bros, Salisbury, 01722 320244, www.moss.co.uk
Cake: Truly Delumptious, Andover, Hampshire, 01264 351220, www.trulydelumptious.co.uk
Catering: Andy Grigg, Salisbury, 01722 340000, www.craneswinecafe.com/bar-event-catering
Entertainment: Holly and Hannah Billen (groom’s sisters); disco, Laser Sounds Disco, Salisbury, 01722 332556
Wedding rings: The Perfect Ring Company, 0800 292 2890, www.theperfectringcompany.co.uk