Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful relaxed Hertfordshire Wedding at the Cromwell Hotel in old town Stevenage with accents of grey and gold.
Images of the day were captured by Lina and Tom.
Lina and Tom are one of the UK’s leading husband and wife wedding photography teams, specialising in fun UK weddings, luxury destination weddings, adventurous engagements and extraordinary events filled with love and a party spirit.
They are based in Royston, Cambridgeshire.
They say of the couple and their relaxed Hertfordshire Wedding day…
We’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dave and Catherine’s families for a few years before their wedding, as Dave’s daughter Tori attended a wedding we photographed.
She then approached us for her own wedding in Santorini a couple of years later, so thankfully for us we were first choice for Dave and Catherine when their own big day
This family make us feel like old friends and the feeling is mutual. We knew Dave and Catherine would have a fun wedding day focused on everyone having a great time, and they did not disappoint!
From dancing back down the aisle to the Proclaimers’ 500 miles to the raucous Irish dancing section in the evening, this was a day of so much energy and laughter!
I hand over to beautiful Bride Catherine…
How did you meet?
We met as a couple through work.
Tell us about the Proposal…
It was my birthday and I was looking forward to a day out in London, Dave didn’t tell me what we were doing as it was a surprise.
We got off at St Pauls tube station and as we walked past the cathedral, he suggested we go in as we hadn’t been there.
I reluctantly agreed but inside was thinking…..’REALLY, it’s my birthday…where’s the pub’!!!!
We had a look around and took a walk up the stairs to the top.
When we got up there and eventually got our breath back we decided to test out the whispering gallery.
Dave walked halfway round the gallery and started to talk to the wall, eventually after a couple of tests of ‘can you hear me?’ etc. I could understand what he was saying.
That’s when he threw in the question ‘Will you marry me?’ To which I responded, ‘What?’ He asked again, I was gobsmacked and said ‘yes’.
He took me completely by surprise, I never expected it nor for him to do such a wonderfully romantic and memorable thing. It was very emotional.
He then walked towards me where he got down on one knee and asked me again. The surreal thing was that no one seemed to notice!!!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
For us what was important was that everything was in the one place, the ceremony, the dinner, the party and somewhere for the guests to stay.
We needed to take the stress that can be involved with getting from venue to hotel etc. away from the guests as well as us so that made it easy to find the venue.
We are not by nature organisers, we’re the ones that turn up to all the parties and nights out but do not get involved in planning any !!! 7
Dave made the initial contact with the Registrar, venue and other bits and pieces, I did most of the follow up and on line activity for everything else.
Most people told me about the stress of it all but I didn’t feel stressed about any of it, Dave seemed pretty cool too.
For someone that doesn’t enjoy being the organiser I actually quite enjoyed this experience. Checking out dresses and suits, how the tables would look, all the other little extras like wedding favours etc. It was good fun.
Any special touches/DIY?
We had blackboards hanging off the chairs up the aisle that had one word on each of them that was the first 2 lines of the song ‘I’m gonna be’ (500 miles).
Dave’s daughter (Tori) put together our wedding favours and set up the gift table with little blackboard signs too etc.
What was the colour palette of your Big Day?
The general colour scheme was grey and gold.
What was the best bit of your day?
Not one bit specifically as we had the best day. But it’s the realisation that your friends and family have so much love for you that makes it all so overwhelming.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
It does not have to be 100% perfect!
There will always be a hiccup of some sort, it’s inevitable, so do not stress about the possibility of what could go wrong, no one else is that bothered.
Venue – The Cromwell Hotel
Photography – Lina & Tom
Bridesmaid Gowns – Sistaglam at Next
Suit – Next
Cake Maker – The Sugar Boutique – Knebworth,
Florist – Barnabys Florists – Stevenage
Rings – Goldsmiths Jewellers
Venue styling – Sara – Queen & Eden
Stationery – The Bridal Paperie
Make up – Loca Bella Makeup and Zella Bratherton
Hair – Penny at Salon 42 – Stevenage
Candelabra hire – Anne Smith – Toddington – Bedfordshire.