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Lisa & Dave celebrated their wedding in September 2018. Here's their story:

Why did you choose Cantley House Hotel as your wedding venue?

We wanted a venue with accommodation onsite and this was a big factor in our venue hunt.  Almost all our guests were travelling long distances - we had guests from 7 countries coming. We knew the wedding day itself would fly by and so wanted all our guests to be able to spend time seeing each other and seeing us either side of the wedding day.

We were also looking for somewhere with country house charm and a bit of glam.  The fact that we could have the barn for the reception and evening party with its rustic charm and the beautiful house and gardens for the ceremony and reception won us over. We also had a great connection with the events team and were over the moon at the exclusive venue package that we finally agreed on.

What advice would you give other couples getting married at Cantley House?

Take one of the suites as the Bridal Suite.  There is lots of space and plenty of light for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready and it creates a lovely relaxed vibe to be able to open the courtyard doors.  The bed is also a lot bigger for your wedding night - hehehe! Make the most of the lawn.  We hired garden games as a last minute spend and they ended up making the drinks reception such fun! Trust in the events team. They know what they are doing, they are fabulous and they will make the wedding day happen seamlessly!

What was the favourite part of your day and why?

This is an impossible question!  The whole day was amazing and it was the combination of so many different elements that made it so wonderful.  Seeing each other for the first time was incredible.  We also loved having the time together to reflect whilst the photographers took some shots, just to be together and soak it all in.  The other big highlight was our drinks reception on the lawn with the garden games, watching everyone laughing and having fun and having the stress of getting through the ceremony all over!

Was there a theme to your wedding and what were your decorations?

We were going for a country glam look, embracing all the beautiful dark wood and rustic feel and adding our own touches.  Our colour palette was navy blue, gold and accents of blush pink.On the tables we had a navy table runners, gold charger plates and navy napkins and the centrepieces were gold lanterns, fairy lights and candles and some lush green foliage. We had lovely pink chiffon drops over the backs of the chairs rather than traditional chair covers. Given the colours were quite bold and Cantley already have lots of fairy lights up we didn’t put up a lot of decorations around the barn itself. We also had big LOVE letters against the back wall.

Would you change any part of your day?

If we could have changed the laws of physics and slowed time to be able to enjoy it for longer….. but no, we wouldn’t have changed a thing.  It was absolute perfection!