Kate & Tim

Kate and Tim decided to have a very intimate weekday wedding for just 14 people. The final result was such a wonderful, special and incredibly personal day for all involved.

This wedding really highlights how nice it is to do things your own way and was certainly one of the most special marriages we have ever been privileged to hold at The Court. Kate, Tim and guests arrived on the Sunday afternoon for tea and crumpets in front of the fire (unfortunately the English summer wasn’t playing ball so we had our open fires stoked up and roaring for the duration of their stay) before heading out into Ross for dinner before the big day. As the day itself dawned Kate and Tim lit a hurricane candle in memory of Tim’s mum, that burned brightly throughout the entire day and was placed on the mantelpiece of each room the wedding was celebrated in. A later ceremony meant that there was plenty of time after breakfast for relaxation, with everyone coming together at midday for hot baguettes, sandwiches and fruit before the ceremony.

The ceremony took place in the Entrance Hall, with Kate (looking stunning in a flowing Grecian gown and plaited hair) gliding elegantly down our spiral staircase, to be met by her handsome groom at the bottom, before making their way together down the aisle. As it was such an intimate ceremony guests were seated in the round as opposed to a more traditional set up, which added to the air of intimacy. A very emotional ceremony followed, Kate and Tim both learnt their vows off by heart and as they said them and the registrar made them man and wife the sun came out from behind the clouds as if to bless the union. The sun was good enough to hang around for a little while as Mr and Mrs Humberstone made their way out onto the lawn for a glass of fizz, canapes and photos, but soon the rain returned, which meant digging out all of Glewstone’s available umbrellas and rescuing a few guests who got stuck under a bush during a particularly soggy downpour!

The speeches took place in the drawing room before they went in to dine, with everyone gathered around the bay window with a glass of fizz. The best side of having a smaller ceremony and reception is that you can really go to town on the smaller details, and Kate did an absolutely spectacular job of making the Dining Room look beautiful. Everyone was able to dine on one oblong table, with a beautiful green gingham table runner flowing down the length of the table matched by bunting hanging form the mantelpiece (all sewn by the bride) Kate found three wonderful cream milk churns online, that I filled with a riot of Lissianthus, Roses and Freesias. Each napkin had a green ribbon tied around it, with sweet peas tucked up inside. The overall effect was gorgeous, and a lovely final touch was that each guest was able to choose and have ready on their place setting their own bottle of wine. They dined on a choice of simply served smoked salmon, crab cakes or our own chicken liver pate to start, followed by either cooked to order fillet steak, Carmarthen Pork, Marches Venison or Sea Bass, finished off with Summer pudding, chocolate brownies, Sticky toffee pud or a selection of organic ice creams- A real feast! After puds guests slowly made their way back down to the Drawing Room to be met by in my opinion the piece de resistance of the day- The Doughnut Tower Wedding Cake! Strawberry jam doughnuts form the Golden Crust bakery in Ross, Adorned with sweetpeas and Ivy from the garden and looking almost too pretty to eat (but not quite!) A very relaxed evening followed, with unconfirmed reports of the bride being so ‘relaxed’ she took a small tumble from a free standing hammock given as a wedding gift and tried out on the night!After breakfast the next morning Kate and Tim headed off to the lake district for a surprisingly dry and sunny honeymoon.

A word from the bride…

“Nothing was too much trouble for Kate and the staff at Glewstone in the run up to our wedding day and throughout our stay. We were made to feel very much at home which meant that we felt completely relaxed when the time came for our ceremony.  The food was delicious and up to its usual exceptional standard and staff were always on hand to ensure everyone had what they needed.  We cannot recommend Glewstone Court highly enough as a wedding venue and haven’t stopped talking about our day since!”

Your hospitality was wonderful, with warmth and fun at its core. Your cooking is delicious making each meal a joy and the hotel itself is a pleasure to experience. Thankyou too for the care that you took with Mum. You contributed such a lot to making her birthday fun from the egg cup at breakfast to the posie and card.

Pam and John