An outdoor ceremony sat top of Sian and Michael’s wedding wish list, closely followed by a fantastic photographer to capture the true essence of their day. Of course, a picturesque venue with an outdoor wedding license and plenty of garden space was crucial in ensuring all the couple’s big day dreams came true.
Shrewsbury’s Rowton Castle boasted everything the pair needed – allowing them to have the wedding they’d always wanted. The couple could get married outside and there were plenty of great spots for their newlywed shots. “It was simply stunning and we instantly fell in love with it,” smiles Sian. “Everything was well maintained and the staff were enthusiastic and inviting. We knew from the onset that it was the right venue for us.”
Sian and Michael opted for a regal colour scheme of navy blue, brightened up by colourful spring flowers. The décor itself was classic and simple – perfect for a castle wedding – and featured plenty of flowers, candles and candelabras. In fact, floral design featured in much of the décor, including the wedding stationery and on the wedding cake.
Luckily, the pair needed to do little styling of their own on the day – thanks to the help of staff at Rowton Castle. “The staff dressed all our tables and our wonderful florist, Wendy Shaw, arranged all the stunning floral arrangements and bouquets,” smiles Sian.
The perfect fit
Sian looked every part the princess for her special day, dressed in a glitzy princess gown and sparkly Carvela shoes. “I didn’t think I’d ever pick a big ball gown, but when I put it on I knew it was the one,” explains Sian. Michel opted for designer style, looking sharp in a three-piece Ted Baker suit in navy, teamed with a pink tie and pocket square and brown brogues.
The couple’s bridesmaids beautifully complemented the style of the day in a mix of navy and floral gowns. Sian’s six adult bridesmaids dressed in navy and her two flower girls wowed in pretty floral Ted Baker dresses teamed with flower crowns to match.
The night before
Both Mike and Sian enjoyed a luxurious and relaxing evening the night before their wedding. Mike stayed the night in the Castle’s Tower House, along with is best men and ushers, while Sian relaxed at a nearby guesthouse – only to switch places the next morning. “We carefully swapped places with Mike and the boys so we could make use of the fabulous Tower House and its facilities,” explains Sian.
As they’d hoped, the spring sunshine came out for Mike and Sian’s special day. This meant the pair could tie the knot at the stunning Linden Belvedere – which was definitely one of the most memorable moments of the day for Mike and Sian. “Our wedding allowed us to finally become a proper family unit,” smiles Sian. “My children were very excited for Mike to become their stepfather and this was confirmed by the lovely messages in the guest book.”
A fun-filled drinks reception in the Castle grounds followed with Prosecco for the ladies and bottles of beer for the men. Reception snacks included ice cream cones from a traditional ice cream cart – perfect for the couple’s late spring wedding. Of course, the delicious ice cream was only round one of three fantastic food offerings.
Good food, good times
The couple’s three-course wedding breakfast took place inside the Castle and included a beef main and Florentine biscuits and cream for dessert. Come evening, a sociable hog roast feast was enjoyed as guests took a break from the dance floor. “We were so impressed with the quality of the food, as were our guests,” smiles Sian. “Our wedding at Rowton Castle was everything we wanted and more. We were even happier that our guests enjoyed it as much as we did!”
Images © Brett Symes Photography
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