If there was ever any proof needed that Low Wood Bay can do small and intimate weddings, as well as grand affairs, Vicky and Chris’ wedding provides just that. With a wedding package ‘Just for Two’, Vicky tells us their romantic story and how the team at Low Wood Bay became part of their perfect day.
We both work for Greater Manchester Police, and first met in 2015. Chris is a police officer and I am a Radio Operator. He used to come up to the communication room for brews. We started talking for a few months and, after a lot of persistence on his part, we finally met up for a drink. The rest is history as they say!
In February 2017 I was dreading turning 30! It had always been my ‘scary age’ and really wasn’t looking forward to it. We booked 3 nights in Paris and stayed in a beautiful hotel, just around the corner from the Arc de triumph. My birthday tradition is that I always stay awake until just past midnight, until the time I was born. We went out for a meal on my birthday-eve, came back to the hotel room and were watching TV. When it was exactly 00:17 Chris proposed. It was very personal and low key, just the 2 of us – no fuss and no audience! In the morning Chris had roses, cake and champagne delivered to the room for breakfast.
We decided straight away that we wanted a ‘wedding for 2’. We liked the idea of it being personal, intimate and (probably selfishly) exactly how we wanted it. We love the Lake District and have spent anniversaries and birthdays in and around Windermere, so there was no question where we would look for a venue. We came across Low Wood Bay while looking for intimate weddings. We didn’t want to feel ‘lost’ in a venue, because we had no guests. Low Wood Bay had a specifically tailored ‘just for 2’ package. It was perfect. It felt like it was specifically catering for two people, rather than just fitting us into the ‘traditional’ wedding day. It included everything we were looking for and the views over the lake are amazing.
We booked an appointment with the wedding team to look around, and booked it there and then! It was the first and only place that we looked at. It was just perfect.
The wedding team was amazing. We weren’t made to feel like we were being picky or fussy about anything. They pre-empted our questions and requests before we even had to ask! Our duplex suite in the Winander Club was just so luxurious – direct access to the roof terrace with stunning views, and 2 floors/2 bathrooms, so that Chris could have his own privacy on the wedding morning, whilst the hairdresser/makeup artist and photographer were trying to work their magic on me!
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel so special, from the Gate Keeper who knew who we were on arrival, to the prosecco on check in and the congratulations card given to us by the Blue Smoke staff the evening before. Chris had asked for flowers to be delivered to the room on our wedding morning, and I was greeted with a dozen of the most beautiful red roses, along with a delicious breakfast in the room and prosecco and beer to settle any nerves!
As it was a very low key wedding I didn’t want to stand out too much and go for the big meringue dress! I opted for an ivory 2 piece, top and trousers by Catherine Deane, which I found in a lovely bridal boutique in Clitheroe called Kimberley Anne Bridal Boutique. It was perfect. I still felt like a bride, but not too conspicuous. Chris looked very handsome in a blue Hugo Boss 3 piece suit.
We were married in a very relaxed ceremony with just a handful of guests, consisting of hotel staff, wedding planners and our photographers. It certainly took the pressure off any mistakes during the vows!
As we had no guests, Rachel, our Wedding Co-ordinator, and James, our Master of Ceremonies were witnesses. Rachel was also ring bearer! We don’t know who was more excited. By the end of the day it felt like the wedding team were our wedding guests! After the ceremony when we were having our photographs taken, everywhere we turned, James was there with drinks in hand. They even came to meet us for a celebratory drink after they had finished for the day, dressed with fascinators, waistcoats and ties! The whole team really did go above and beyond to make us feel so special.
We didn’t have the ‘traditional’ wedding breakfast. We started married life with Afternoon Tea in the Atrium overlooking the lake and spent our evening in the Windermere restaurant enjoying yet another delicious meal.
The Low Wood Bay setting is stunning with plenty of opportunity for scenic pictures, the jetty onto the lake is very picturesque, and we went for a wander around the back of the hotel and ended up with some new wedding guests – the sheep!
For our honeymoon we flew to the Dominican Republic 2 days later, for 10 nights of pure luxury at the stunning Excellence El Carmen resort. We had a swim out suite, all inclusive, numerous restaurants and bars, and lived in pure relaxation for ten days!
When we returned we celebrated with family and friends at Cosy Club Manchester for our ‘evening do’…. Aka an excuse to wear our outfits again and eat cake!
We wish Vicky and Chris every happiness in their life together. As Vicky said, we don’t know who was most excited and thrilled on the day!
If you are planning your wedding and would like to chat through your dream wedding wish list, whether large or small and intimate, call Low Wood Bay wedding team on 0330 4042 693