For Nicola and Vincent, the first step in the wedding planning process was to find the perfect venue. Having worked at West Tower a few years before the couple’s planned wedding day, Nicola had high expectations for their outdoor wedding.
After researching and visiting dozens of venues, it became clear that nothing came close in quality. She just kept comparing everything she saw to West Tower – it was her perfect venue.
“For us, it was only ever West Tower, nothing else compared. Having worked there as a student, I knew how meticulous they were with wedding planning and how attentive they were on the day. It was an easy choice.” – Nicola.
The style of the day
To complement the manor house wedding venues neutral palette and chic elegance, the couple decided on a rustic and minimalist theme. Flowers played a key role in their wedding décor, featuring on the tables and throughout the venue. The pair opted for natural colours and lots of greenery and combined floral designs with materials like hessian and lace. Candles finished off the couple’s romantic wedding décor and were placed throughout West Tower.
Lovely lace also featured in Nicola’s wedding dress. Her ivory tea length gown, designed by Anna Sorrano, combined lace and tulle, had a beautiful low cut back and twirled beautifully on the dance floor. Her glittery navy wedding shoes were her ‘something blue’ – and her bridesmaid dressed in blue too. Vinny also opted for blue, choosing a navy three-piece suit and fine white polka dot tie with matching pocket square.
Having planned an August wedding, Nicola hoped she could wed outside in West Tower’s pagoda. However, on the morning of her wedding, high winds dominated the landscape – putting the couple’s outdoor ceremony at risk. But luckily, although a little windy, the couple did get their dream outdoor wedding.
The wedding breakfast was a welcome retreat from the stormy summer skies and guests warmed up with a delicious three-course meal. The couple chose a ham hock starter, beef main and West Tower’s popular chocolate plant pot to finish, which was particularly popular among wedding guests.
The evening party began with a traditional first dance –the most nerve-wracking part of the day for the couple. Once they’d done their bit, friends and family joined them on the dance floor for a laid-back night of partying.
“The whole day was perfect. The staff did everything they could to accommodate our outdoor wedding – despite the weather – and the food was out of this world. In fact, to this day, my nan still comments on how exquisite the food was!” – Nicola