Three years later, Ryan proposed to Kirsty in front of their friends at another New Year’s Eve party. He put the ring in a champagne glass, which Kirsty nearly drank, and got on one knee as midnight hit. She says, “I knew he was going to propose as we’d been ring shopping a few months earlier, but I had no idea when he would be asking and it was a huge surprise.”
Situated in Lincolnshire, The Dower House Hotel provides couples with an elegant and intimate backdrop to their wedding. With plenty of charm and character, what venue could be better for Kirsty and Ryan's special day? Kirsty says, "This was the only venue we visited and we fell in love with the romantic and relaxing spaces instantly – especially the outdoor area." She adds, "Our aim for the wedding was for a fun-filled day with love and laughter, which it certainly had."
The couple added beautiful touches to the reception space; each table featured rose-gold table runners and 80cm silver candelabra with wreaths of flowers and hanging candle lanterns. Gold vinyls were used for place names and guests could find their seats using the large gold mirror decorated with stunning blooms.
Each adult was given little jars with strawberry and cream pips for favours while the children had Maltesers.The Dower House created all the food for the wedding breakfast. Kirsty comments, "Everything tasted amazing and left all of our guests in a food coma for a good hour. We chose the ham hock terrine for starter, the roast sirloin of beef for main and the strawberry and lime cheesecake for dessert. The chefs were amazing and catered for guests with dietary requirements."
The venue served the cake created by The Little Cupcakery Horncastle during the evening. The bride says, "We had a hoop stand that had ivy and pink roses, white wisteria and floating glass lanterns – it was my favourite decoration." The pink and white treat matched the colour scheme and happened to be the couple's favourite cake ever!
"The day goes so quickly, so take a moment as husband and wife to take everything in. The stress of planning your wedding will be 100 per cent worth the result." – Kirsty
Everyone wants to find that perfect gown that not only reflects their theme but makes them feel their big-day best. Kirsty looked incredible in an Essense of Australia dress from The Ivory Room Bridal Boutique in Woodhall Spa. The tight-fitted dress with a nude underlining and ivory lace overlay featured beautiful details and beaded straps. She says, "I knew it was the one the second I tried the dress on; I looked in the mirror and cried. I've never really felt good about myself, but I loved how everything looked and I just felt amazing." Rose-gold heeled sandals, a small pearl necklace and earrings finished off her look beautifully.
The groom looked dashing in a lovely blue Marc Darcy suit with gold detailing on the pockets from Gere Menswear in Lincoln. To tie everything together, he added brown shoes and a gold tie.
The couple's two eldest sons Aaron and Joseph, were the groomsmen while their youngest was the pageboy – they looked adorable while matching with their dad.
The bride wanted the day to be family-focused and didn't have any bridesmaids. She comments, "I loved it that way; getting ready in the morning was so relaxed with just myself and my mum."
Having the right entertainment company can really add to the wedding and create unforgettable moments. The Piano and Cello Duo provide live music on the day and created so much emotion. There wasn't a dry eye in the house once they started playing as the bride stepped down the aisle.
To keep the little ones happy, the couple provided garden games on the lawns and an ice-cream cart, which was a huge treat. The lovebirds couldn't have a big evening reception because of Covid-19 restrictions, but that didn't stop them from having the most relaxing evening. The couple loved being able to socialise with friends and family with some drinks.
Both Kirsty and Ryan couldn't stop smiling on the day, the wedding couldn't have been better and exceeded all their expectations. Kirsty comments, "The ceremony performed by our celebrant Jenny Brown stood out the most to me. We were under the beautiful stone gazebo in the grounds, the weather was amazing and the atmosphere was beautiful with live music playing in the background."
After such a challenging year, having their loved ones together meant the world to the couple and the images showcase the love shared. Many suppliers made Kirsty and Ryan's wedding extra special, especially the venue's amazing team who were extremely helpful from the start and helped the couple create the perfect day.
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