Catherine and Henry were married this October at Stubton Hall near Newark, in Nottinghamshire. Stubton Hall is a relatively new wedding venue which quickly became one of my favourites. I particularly like the way the rooms have been decorated which also helps me out if the weather is not so good. Claire and Kent, the owners, have certainly managed to capture the grand old English country house feel. Stubton Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies and there are a number of elegant rooms to choose from. The Music Room with it enormous windows overlooking the parterre, is perfect for weddings of up to 100 guests. For larger groups the Orangery can seat up to 210 people for the grandest wedding breakfast. There’s plenty of room for a live band, a DJ and a proper dance floor too.
Catherine and Henry have military conncections which means a guard of honer will be performed at some point during the day. Usually this is when the newly married couple exit the ceremony building. This is one tradition you only get with military weddings. I didn;t realise until recently that the guard of honour is actually the personel that make up the sabers arch, and not the arch themselves. You learn something new every day!
The First Dance
Usually I ask the bride and groom whether they have been practising a routine for the first dance, or whether they have planned a querky surprise for their guests, and the response is a definite no. But in this case I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Henry and Catherine love to dance, and not only that, the whole family love to dance too. When dad changed into his dancing shoes I knew I was in for a treat. It’s such a shame I wasn’t filming this wedding.