James & Susie’s wedding at Stoke Rochford Hall

May 30, 2018

James and Susie got married at Stoke Rochford Hall with a civil ceremony in the orangery, drinks & canapes on the lawn and dinner in the library. They both got ready there, too. Having everything in one place makes for a really relaxing day because there are no logistics to worry about. And it means maximum time having fun!

Stoke Rochford Hall is incred. It’s set in acres of countryside near Grantham in Lincolnshire. The drive into the estate is serene; you follow a winding lane, feeling like you’re in another world as you go over a sweet stone humpback bridge, passing ancient oak trees, a waterfall and fields of sheep before driving through ornate wrought iron gates into the courtyard with the imposing mansion coming into view straight ahead. It’s a dream.

There are three things I particularly loved about James and Susie’s wedding:

  1. All the dogs
  2. The high energy
  3. The cake

… in that order!

Dogs are family & weddings are family occasions

Anyone who has seen me when there’s a dog around will know exactly how much I loved this wedding!

I knew James and Susie’s 16-week old puppy Benny Bear (a bear-coat Shar Pei) would be attending. In fact, Susie had me at “Are you okay with a dog around?” in her first email to me!

However, I didn’t expect all the wedding guests to have their dogs with them too. Imagine my wide eyes and sharp intakes of breath when I saw pup after pup! eeeek! Hats off to Stoke Rochford Hall for being so dog-friendly.

It was so nice to see everyone’s dogs taking a seat for the ceremony, enjoying the gardens during the drinks reception and snoring under the tables during dinner. The best bit? When everyone cheered and clapped just as James & Susie were pronounced husband & wife and the dogs barked the Hall down! That was brilliant!

 

Fun all the way

James and Susie’s wedding was charismatic, lively and totally fun. It was an intimate day with their closest family and best friends. James and Susie were really inclusive and made sure everyone felt welcome and was having a ball (including me which was really nice).

The energy was super high all day and I was blown away with how James made the humble list of Groom’s thank you’s so exciting with his “come on down” style speech. That was genius and really set the tone for the party to follow.

Another favourite moment was when James gave Susie a wedding gift during his speech. It was something very sparkly! Her expression when she opened the box was a picture. A picture that’s below, in fact.

 

And the cake?

That’s a Choccywoccydoodah. James and Susie asked the Choccy team to create something that incorporated their pets (two dogs & two lovebirds) and that fitted in with their wedding decor. So a chocolatey candelabra creation (that you could actually light!) it was. Utterly fabulous.

Stoke Rochford Hall - a wedding venue near Grantham in Lincolnshire

The gates to Stoke Rochford Hall - a wedding venue near Grantham in Lincolnshire

A detail on the chimneys at Stoke Rochford Hall in Lincolnshire

Bride's dress hanging in the bridal suite at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride's Jimmy Choo wedding shoes at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride having her make-up done at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride getting ready at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride getting ready at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride coming down the stairs at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Groom and his dog getting ready at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Dog at a wedding at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Groom sitting in a chair before the ceremony at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Groom's Usher before the wedding ceremony at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Groomsmen taking labels off the bottom of their shoes at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Groomsmen taking labels off the bottom of their shoes at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Dog at a wedding at dog friendly wedding venue Stoke Rochford Hall

The ceremony room at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Guests entering the ceremony room at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Guest greeting dog as they enter the ceremony room at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Guests entering the ceremony room at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Dogs greeting each other at dog friendly wedding venue Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

A dog sitting on a chair ready for the ceremony at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

A dog laying down on a chair ready for the ceremony at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

The Groom waiting for the Bride at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride walking down the aisle at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride greeting her dog at the start of the wedding ceremony at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom making their wedding vows at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom exchanging rings at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom pronounced husband and wife at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom signing the register at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom getting their marriage certificate at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom about to walk down the aisle at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom at the end of the wedding ceremony at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom walking down the aisle at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Throwing confetti at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Drinks reception at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Drinks reception in the gardens at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Guests coming outside after the ceremony at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Wedding guests enjoying the drinks reception at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Wedding guests enjoying the drinks reception at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom walking with their dog at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

A portrait of the Bride & Groom with their dog at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

A portrait of the Bride & Groom with their dog at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

A portrait of the Bride & Groom with their dog at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

A portrait of the Bride & Groom in the gardens at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

A portrait of the Bride & Groom in front of Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

The Bride & Groom in front of Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Groom laughing during the portrait photos at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

The library set for the wedding breakfast at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Wedding flowers, stationery & favours on the dinner tables at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

A Choccywoccydoodah wedding cake at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom welcome their guests for dinner at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Receiving line for the wedding breakfast at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Guests coming in for the wedding breakfast at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Guests chatting during the wedding breakfast at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom hugging during the speeches at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride opens her wedding gift from the Groom during the speeches at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & guest hugging during the speeches at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom cutting their Choccywoccydoodah cake at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

Bride & Groom's first dance at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham

 

Are you planning a wedding at Stoke Rochford Hall?

I’d love to hear from you if you are. In the meantime, here’s another wedding I shot at Stoke Rochford Hall.

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