Time stood still for Zac the very first moment he laid eyes on Hannah at the department store where they both worked, during their late teens. “I hadn’t met her before as she worked mostly weekends, when I was off. So, when I saw this beautiful brunette walk through my department, everything went by in slow motion,” he says. Once Zac had picked his jaw up off the floor, he asked a colleague for her name, and found her on Facebook. Hannah remembers, “We couldn’t stop messaging each other right from day one. Zac’s confidence and determination are what
attracted me to him, plus I love a tall fella!”
The couple had always wanted to go to the U.S. and in 2018 decided to take a trip to New York, which seemed like a good place to start. Hannah says, “We’d been together for five years at this point, so I was thinking he might propose.” And right she was! Two days before Valentine’s Day the couple were sightseeing in Central Park and Zac set up his tripod on the premise of capturing a scenic shot of the park. But as he posed with Hannah for the all-important photo, he popped the question. “I was totally surprised and it turned out he was videoing the moment so we’d have it to look back on for the rest of our lives. It was the perfect way to get engaged,” Hannah explains.
The search for the perfect venue, didn't take long at all. "We're very impatient people, and can easily make quick decisions," Hannah says. So, when she found Cooling Castle while browsing the internet one Saturday, she arranged a viewing and secured the date all in the same day. She explains, "I was blown away. Everything was in one place and a lot of key elements were included in the package. How could we say 'no'?" Join us as the bride shares her treasured memories of their romantic wedding day...
SETTING THE SCENE
Cooling Castle's beautiful barn was decorated with a rustic vibeusing a palette of blush pink and navy. The couple gifted their guests little hessian bags filled with Love Hearts in a personalised wrapper, fitting the theme nicely. They opted for the table plan supplied by the venue, crafted from hessian-covered board and framed. Hannah turned her hand to designing the place names,which she had printed before hand writing each one.The bride also decorated jam jars with garden string and wooden love hearts, which acted as centrepieces. Some were filled with fresh white and blush pink flowers, while the remainder held tea lights.
These were placed beneath white blossom trees,which were hung with more tea lights. The venue was dressed further with light-up Z & H letters positioned on the upper level. Hannah says, "They lit up the room and gave it that wow-factor." She created her own guestbook corner, using three crates. The bottom two were filled with baby photos of the happy couple and the other with pictures depicting the early years of their relationship. She also got hold of a wooden palette and used a Sharpie to draw up the order of the day. "It took a few hours to do, but added a great look to the day," Hannah recalls.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The catering was supplied by the venue: "We opted for Peroni and prosecco to enjoy after the ceremony where canapés were also being served. Then we went for a three-course meal for the wedding breakfast, and in the evening, we had an American barbecue buffet, which went down a treat," Hannah says.
The big-day bake consisted of a tier of carrot cake, one of chocolate and one of coconut and lime. With fresh flowers adorning each layer it fit in a treat with the rustic vibe. It sat on another of Hannah's crates, scribed with the wedding date and the last name they now share.
TIME TO CELEBRATE
A string quartet performed as the guests arrived and during the drinks reception. Hannah recalls, “They were fantastic, as they played well-known songs, and were a massive hit with our guests. They also played as I walked down the aisle, and as we exited – just the most magical touch.” Not being ones for over-the-top sentiment, preferring instead to enjoy a giggle, the bride and her dad might have started out with a slow father-daughter dance, but moments in they busted into a medley of fun dance tracks. “This surprised our guests and really got the party started,” Hannah tells us.
LOOKING THE PART
The bride looked stunning in her Justin Alexander Signature dress. "I knew exactly what silhouette I wanted for the big day,but after an hour or so of trying on this style, I realised it didn't suit me at all," she explains. In the end the motherof-the-bride picked out a gown, and once a bridal belt had been added, it transformed into the one. Due to the high neck, all Hannah needed to accessorise to perfection was a classic pair of crystal earrings, a dainty crystal bracelet, and a veil shimmering with diamantes. She says, "I wanted the look to be simple and elegant."
Zac wore a blue suit paired with a grey waistcoat and blush pink tie. "He chose it as apparently it brings out the colour of his eyes," Hannah laughs. His groomsmen wore their suits with blue waistcoats allowing the groom to standout. The couple's very handsome pug was dressed in a matching suit. He had very important ring-bearing duties to perform, so the wedding bands were attached to his bow tie.The beautiful bridesmaids wore simple blush pink maxi dresses with a diamante belt sewn in to match.
Hannah shares: "The best thing about the day was how well it all flowed. We had the perfect amount of time together alone. I honestly can't pick one standout moment, as everything was perfect."
Zac remembers: "The highlight for me was the moment I saw my future wife walking down the aisle. She looked beautiful as ever and the first words to come out of her mouth were: 'you alright?' I'll also never forget seeing our dog come towards me with our rings. That was a great moment that I definitely wasn't expecting!"
HANNAH’S WORDS OF WISDOM
“Be organised and write down all suppliers’ contact details and know the order of your day early on. Remember: it’s your wedding, so don’t plan things to please other people. Finally, on the day, try to make time for you and your new hubby, as you’ll find yourselves split up a lot, socialising and taking photos. Enjoy the whole day and take it all in.