Hotel wedding venues have always been a great choice for couples wanting a traditional and elegant big day – and looking at Claire and Fergal’s stunning hotel wedding at popular Surrey wedding venue, the Burford Bridge Hotel in picturesque Dorking, Surrey, we can see why!
The London-based bride, her bridesmaids and the mums all got ready together (how lovely is that?!) before heading to the nearby St Giles’ Church in Ashtead, Surrey for their romantic ceremony and then back to the hotel for a good ole knees up – with fireworks and Irish additions… But, enough from us, here’s beautiful bride Claire to give us the goss:
Fergal comes from Northern Ireland and we were at his parent’s house in a remote part of Fermanagh and we woke up on Boxing Day 2014 to a blanket of snow. We thought we’d go for a walk to a nearby waterfall and viewpoint called Correl Glen. When we reached the top of the viewpoint, Fergal turned to me and said ‘I got you something else for Christmas’. As I turned around he produced the most stunning engagement ring and asked me to marry him. He claims I was more focused on the ring and forgot to say ‘yes’ but of course that isn’t true…
We chose to get married in Surrey as I grew up in Ashtead and we have had close family and friends also marry in St Giles’ Church.
Luck of the Irish…
Although the wedding was fairly traditional, we scattered green four leaf clover confetti to the tables and also the favours were Bailey’s Irish cream chocolates, to add a bit of an Irish touch!
My sister organised the gift table, she decorated it with a message tree and a bird cage style post box for cards. On the wedding breakfast tables we had fish bowls with purple and white flowers inside and then four small purple candles around it. The candles added a lot of atmosphere so I would definitely recommend having them!
The cake I had designed by a family friend, she made the cake exactly to my request- three tiers, white with purple roses and green four leaf clovers for the leaves. It was stunning. Also, we were surprised with a firework display that my family had organised as a surprise. It was incredible and added a real wow factor.
I didn’t have much time to plan the wedding- only about six months so I just had to make quick decisions. But I really enjoyed spending time with my bridesmaids and close family throughout that time.
My top tips for other brides (or grooms) to-be are…
Make sure you don’t leave much to do in that last week before your wedding. You want to enjoy that last lead up, and concentrate on spending time with friends and family that may have travelled far to see you. Also I know it’s hard (brides in particular!), but try not to stress about small details too much, you’ll wonder why you worried so much come your wedding day.
If we could do it all again we would… Not change a thing!
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Gorgeous, wasn’t it? We especially loved the fun photos around the pool and in Surrey’s beautiful countryside! Those Irish touches, such as the lucky four leaf clover confetti sprinkled on all tables and Bailey’s Irish Cream chocolates (bet they went down well!), combined with the bride’s Surrey roots, really bought together both heritages in a lovely, personal way! We can’t believe Claire and Fergal planned this beauty of a big day in just six months either – well done them!
Thank you to the happy couple for chatting with us and massive WOW love to fab photographer Mona Ali for capturing this dreamy Surrey wedding!