Every couple is different, and at the Oaklands Hotel you can really put your own personal stamp on your wedding day, as Amy and Alex Turner discovered.
Alex and Amy met three years ago – they were introduced by their best man who was a mutual friend.
“We met on a night out in Norwich and as soon as we met it was like a Disney film,” says Amy. “Within two months we had our first house together.”
Alex proposed when they were on holiday in Rome celebrating Amy’s 21st birthday. “He proposed in the hotel room – it wasn’t quite as romantic as he’d been planning because I found the ring, whoops,” laughs Amy.
When it came to finding a venue, Amy’s auntie suggested looking at the Oaklands Hotel. The fact that they could decorate the venue themselves and really personalise their day was a big plus point, especially as they were on a budget.
The couple, who live in Norwich, set the date for August 29.“The hotel has recently been refurbished and looks brilliant,” Says Amy. “Alex’s mum made some drapes for the marquee, where the bride enters the room and we put bunting up - and we put a swing with a pink cushion on it in a tree at the bottom of the garden.
“Apart from the bouquets we did the flowers ourselves – we bought as many pink and ivory roses as we could find in the supermarkets and we put vases of them all over. It looked fabulous.”
As well as the decorations, family and friends helped out with the photography, cake, hair and make-up and Amy and her bridesmaids’
beautiful gowns were an internet bargain.
Amy adds that the Oaklands wedding team was great – both during the planning stages and on the day.
“They were always on the end of the phone to answer any questions we had,” she says.
Amy and Alex had their wedding ceremony at 2pm, followed by a meal and a disco in the evening. The couple married in the marquee, looking out over the beautiful landscaped gardens.
Amy walked into the room to Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran (their first dance was to Ed Sheeran too – to Thinking Out Loud).
“I was so nervous, I was shaking like a leaf, but I walked in with the biggest grin on my face,” she says. “I held Alex’s hand so tight.”
For their wedding breakfast the couple chose starters of prawn cocktail and chicken liver parfait, roast beef and chicken in champagne for main course and cheesecake and profiteroles for dessert. Plus, they had a hog roast in the evening.
“It was the most fabulous day. I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” Amy says.
Photos by Alban Donohue