We just adore this wedding, so we had to find out more about the couple behind it. Neil and Matt got together during their early twenties in 2003, but they didn’t get engaged until 2018. “Despite the constant hints, Matt’s proposal was a complete surprise!” Neil laughs. “We were spending Christmas and New Year on an amazing holiday in Japan; it was in the Japanese Alps on Christmas Day that Matt popped the question.” But it wasn’t a traditional proposal,..
..Matt had designed an augmented reality card, which came to life when Neil held his phone over it. “The song Only You by The Flying Pickets started playing,” Neil remembers. “An animation commenced and it concluded with the question. There were tears and laughter – it was truly romantic.” Back home, the duo got to work planning their dream wedding, setting the date for 16th November, 2019, at the beautiful Berwick Lodge. We caught up with Neil to find out more…
Neil and Matt wanted a venue that would work with them on creating their unique vision for their day; a wedding that was totally personalised to them. "We also wanted great food, a warm atmosphere and above all, fantastic service," Neil explains. "Berwick Lodge fulfilled that brief and so much more. Simone and the team worked with us to create a bespoke day. No detail was overlooked."
They opted for a stylish yellow, navy and grey palette, which ran throughout the styling, including their beautiful floral arrangements. "Roberta at Sherbert Bloom completely surpassed our expectations," Neil says. "She got the exact right mix of colour, texture and style." The cake was a real showstopper from Zaza Marcelle. A cool, contemporary vibe was created with the use of midnight blue. "Each tier was a different flavour, and it was simply delicious," Neil says. To finish the styling off, an abundance of flickering candles filled the space to create the perfect welcoming ambience. The men looked dashing in bespoke suits, Matt in blue and Neil in light grey, made for them by Clifton Suits.
The couple are both from Wales, so for a personal touch they treated their guests to Welsh cakes as favours. "They were specially made with white chocolate and cranberry flavours," Neil tells us. The tables were named after locations that have special meaning to the couple. A picture and accompanying story were placed on each table. "We arranged it so the location would mean something to at least two people on the table," Neil explains. "It proved to be a fun and interesting talking point!" Another way the pair reflected themselves in the day was with the place settings, which featured a crest designed by Matt showing their two dachshunds, Stanford and Austin.
A problem that a lot of couples have on their wedding day is feeling like they don't have time to talk to everyone – but Neil and Matt came up with a solution! "We didn't have a traditional top table," Neil says. "Instead, we moved around the room and changed table for each course. This was accommodated with ease by the team at Berwick Lodge, and it enabled us to dine with as many guests as possible."
Pianist Travis Glover gave a classic feel, performing during the ceremony and drinks reception. The couple decided not to have traditional speeches, instead booking a fabulous drag performer for after the wedding breakfast. "Lady Diamond entertained our guests with comedy and songs," Neil remembers. "It was a total surprise to our loved ones, who then joined in by singing along and serenading us! Lady Diamond is a legend and totally lifted the energy and love in the room, making for a truly memorable evening." The party continued into the night with a DJ and dancing.
The grooms admit to feeling nervous, but excitement soon set in at the start of the day. "The ceremony was conducted by our friend who is a registrar," Neil tells us. "It made it so personal and emotional. We kept the ceremony small with just 16 immediate family and friends. This coupled with the beautiful setting made for a very intimate atmosphere. Everyone shed a tear."
The newlyweds were then joined by 70 guests for the rest of the day. "There was such an elated feeling of love and happiness, which was felt by everyone," Neil smiles. The pair have got to give a huge shout out to Berwick Lodge, Sherbert Blooms and Lady Diamond, who all went above and beyond to make their day what it was perfect.
The newlyweds continued their celebrations with a minimoon to The Scarlett Hotel in Cornwall, the perfect place to unwind for a few days after the excitement of the wedding. Their main honeymoon was a few months later – an idyllic three weeks in the Maldives.
Venue and catering