Stu and Sam were high school sweethearts. Their first weekend away was in The Lake District and they knew that was where they would one day tie the knot. Here they share some of the romantic steps that led them to that special day in May at The Wild Boar and why food had more than a little influence on their choice!
Stu proposed on Christmas day. He snuck home in secret during the day and set up a trail of Christmas lights throughout the house, finishing at a note stuck to a mirror asking me to ‘turn around’. When I did, he was down on one knee!
I saw a beautiful Jenny Packham dress when looking in magazines – it really was The One! You can imagine how disappointed I was when I discovered it had been discontinued. I had numerous other dress fittings but none compared. I was overjoyed when the exact dress turned up on preloved.com – my dream dress came true!
Made in Flowers had presented some displays at The Wild Boar Wedding Showcase and we loved the simple, rustic arrangements which suited the style of the venue perfectly. As we got married in May we went for soft pastels and used succulents as buttonholes. We kept the floral theme with the table settings, with simple flower arrangements that didn’t detract from the ambience of the Inn itself.
Having exclusivity of the venue ensured a much more intimate ceremony than we could’ve hoped for. One of our musician friends composed slow piano versions of rock songs that really suited the style of our wedding. It was very emotional indeed.
We both love walking, so The Wild Boar woods was the perfect setting for some fantastic photos. We awoke so early on the day of the wedding that we took a walk through the woods at 6am before anybody was even awake. It was our last moment together as an unmarried couple and one of the most unforgettable moments of the day.
Later on we had a bouncy castle set up secretly at the bottom of the woods and after the drinks reception we led the entire party through the building and we all had a good jump around to build our appetite for the wedding breakfast!
The selection of food at The Wild Boar was one of the main reasons we decided on it for our venue. It was a difficult choice but there was something for all tastes on the incredible menu!
Stu made chutneys for all the guests which doubled up as place settings. Spicy Banana Curry for the men and Blueberry Pear and Ginger for the ladies.
With Sam having a sweet tooth and Stu being big on savoury, we decided on a myriad of homemade cakes dotted around the venue, hand made by one our bridesmaids and Sam’s Mum. The piece de lá resistance was a cheesecake from local company The Cheese Larder. As you can imagine, this went down extremely well with all of the cheese fans in attendance – and was enjoyed for ages after the event as well!
Our song is ‘Dig’ by a band called Incubus. We’re both huge fans although hardly anyone has heard of it. The lyrics mean something special to us.
If you’re planning a wedding and would like to discuss your requirements, come along to The Wild Boar Wedding Showcase on Sunday, 21st February. Emma, our wedding co-ordinator, will be delighted to show you around and introduce you to a whole host of suppliers to bring your dream day one step closer.