Catherine and Sean’s Vintage-Inspired Wedding

With a big celebration to plan, finding the right venue was top priority for soon-to-be married couple Catherine and Sean. They had guest numbers of 120 for their wedding day and 170 for their evening party – and couldn’t wait to find the perfect location.

Catherine and Sean knew it would be difficult to find a country house wedding venue to cater for their numbers but didn’t want to sacrifice on venue style. They wanted to tie the knot somewhere exclusive and special and in a setting with stunning views.

“We fell in love with the beautiful view from West Tower and loved how it was large yet still felt intimate. The Ballroom was beautiful and the garden and grounds immaculate.” – Catherine

Catherine and Sean's real wedding at West Tower © Matthew Rycraft Photography

The style of the day

Keen to keep things stylish and elegant, just like the surroundings of West Tower, Catherine and Sean dressed the country house wedding venue with just a few natural touches. Their florist looked after most of the venue styling on their behalf, adding hurricane lanterns, candelabras and pink blooms to each of the tables. Catherine and Sean also added a few details of their own – glass jars decorated in lace and hessian with floating candles.

The couple’s classic wedding style was reflected in their classic attire too. Catherine dressed in a vintage lace dress in ivory while Sean opted for a traditional morning suit. He teamed a black jacket with grey pinstripe trousers and an ivory waistcoat and cravat. Catherine’s bridesmaids wore the modern colour of navy blue, perfectly complementing the ivory and pink tones used throughout the décor.

The wedding

Catherine and Sean tied the knot in May, with a whole day of wonderful celebrations at West Tower wedding reception venue. The light-hearted feel of the day was reflected in the pair’s ceremony, with guests giggling as Catherine struggled to get Sean’s ring on. It wasn’t just Catherine experiencing those big day nerves though – Sean did too. In fact, he was concentrating so hard on which hand he needed to put Catherine’s ring on that he forgot some of the words to his vows!

With the formalities over, the pair went on to enjoy a delicious three-course wedding breakfast at West Tower. Guests tucked into a leek and potato soup to start, a roast rib of beef main, and a chocolate brownie dish for dessert. Sean, however, decided on a starter of his own – black pudding served just for the groom!

The day’s celebrations continued at the venue with laugh-out-loud speeches – the best man’s speech being a real winner – and a whole lot of fun. Catherine, Sean and their guests even built their own human pyramid during the evening reception. A busy dance floor was also central to the couple’s evening party – and ensured by their DJ Steve, from Dancefloor Couture. Catherine kicked off the party with a first dance and father-daughter dance, and it wasn’t long before the rest of the party joined in on the dance floor.

Catherine and Sean's real wedding at West Tower © Matthew Rycraft Photography

“We loved every minute. It just went far too quickly!
The staff took such good care of us and really made me feel like a princess for the day. The service was impeccable and the food delicious.”
– Catherine

Catherine and Sean's real wedding at West Tower © Matthew Rycraft Photography