JAMES Elliott and Stella Garrill were married at Allington Manor, owned by Leo Vincent, in April 2011.
“James and I found Allington Manor on the internet and went to visit Leo. It couldn’t have been more perfect - old, quirky, squeaky floorboards and loads of character. All that the manor had to offer coupled with Leo’s confidence and passion for the house, was very inspiring.
“We booked the top package, two nights and all the rooms with the ceremony in the house. We had no fixed ideas on how our wedding would be - only that we wanted to keep the ceremony to close friends and family, with a party in the evening. The rest of the plans came together so well, after choosing the venue it meant the rest of the jigsaw could be put together.
“Visiting the manor over 10 times from that point on, we measured, we discussed, we met our photographer there, we ate afternoon tea with family, we visited Amy in the beauty lounge for the most amazing massages ever, we felt at home.
“The day before, it was the royal wedding, I stayed at home to watch Kate, with her lovely lace dress, beautiful weather and the man of her dreams. I cried, not only with happiness, but knowing that our wedding was here - it was finally here. I rushed to get finished packing, then off to Allington Manor to get my nails done by Amy.
“When I arrived, car laden and stressed, Leo was there to greet me. He took everything in his stride and put me at ease. My chief bridesmaid and I had our nails done, then met everyone for dinner at the pub.
“After a restful sleep I woke early in the beautiful lady’s room, with a roll-top bath in the middle of the room, four-poster bed, lots of old pictures and quirky furniture, and two huge windows overlooking the front of the house.
“I took my time to wake up, coffee and breakfast in my room, I stayed there all cooped up, secretly in hiding until it was time for me to marry.
“After the ceremony we had drinks on the lawn, had photos and sat down to eat at 1.30pm. It was the first time I had seen the room all set up, and it amazed me, the tables looked beautiful. The food was perfect, and the staff very attentive.
“Leo presented the mothers with bouquets, we had speeches. We all had a rest, then the evening party started where more guests arrived.
“On the Sunday morning, all our nearest and dearest joined us for full English breakfast, there were at least 12 of us all sat together on the big round table in the hall, such a relief that the whole event had gone so well, and such a great tasty breakfast.”
If you are interested in getting married at Allington Manor call 01400 282574.
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