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PUBLISHED: 08:45 04 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:27 27 April 2015

Lucy Pickett, Loseley Park - photo by Mindy Coe

Lucy Pickett, Loseley Park - photo by Mindy Coe

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When it comes to planning your wedding, there’s nothing like hearing from fellow couples who have already tied the knot. Here we chat to three brides who chose to hold their special day at a venue in Surrey…

Sarah Monk, Barnett Hill - photo by Malcolm RobertsSarah Monk, Barnett Hill - photo by Malcolm Roberts

Loseley Park, Guildford

Bride: Lucy Pickett (née Burchett), office manager

Groom: Adam Pickett, self-employed property maintenance

Hometown: Woking, Surrey

Stephanie Bradford, Langshott Manor - photo by Danni BeachStephanie Bradford, Langshott Manor - photo by Danni Beach

Where did you get married?

We chose to get married at the stunning Loseley House, which is surrounded by lovely countryside, just outside Guildford. Our ceremony was held in the house where an enormous Christmas tree stood at the front. We then had photographs taken in the gardens before food and drinks were served in the barn. Ta\he staff were amazing in making sure all our requirements were met and that our day went smoothly.

What did you wear?

I wore a beautiful lace dress by Justin Alexander from Mamfii bridal wear, with an ostrich feather bolero. I wore a lot of jewellery to add that bit of sparkle.

How many bridesmaids did you have?

I chose my sister, cousin and two best friends to be my fantastic bridesmaids.

Who was the photographer?

Our photos were taken by Mindy Coe from Mindy Coe photography. Mindy was so adaptable and knew just the style we were after. She also worked her magic with the photo studio for our guests, which was great in getting everyone involved and creating lots of giggles. The best bit was when we received our photos and we saw what our guests had been up to in the studio!

What about the flowers?

I wanted simple cream flowers for all the bouquets and buttonholes, which Sarah More-Molyneux created perfectly. She combined cream roses, freesias and gypsum with a few sprigs of rosemary (my grandma said this was a must!). Our table decorations were simple dark red roses in a silver fishbowl that sat on top of a round mirror surrounded by scattered rose petals. We wanted to keep our table decorations low so all our guests could chat to each other easily.

Was there anything you did to make your wedding different?

We didn’t do anything to make our wedding different but kept it in keeping with us! The band had the music spot on and were just great. The dance floor was never empty! The sweetie bar and photo booth were also a winner!

What was the best thing of all?

There was so much that made our day ‘the best’. Loseley Park looked magical, the band were fantastic, the photo studio was great fun, and the candy bar and food 
and drink were all fabulous. It was also lovely to see all our friends and family enjoying themselves and looking gorgeous! In fact, the whole day was perfect and better than we could have imagined.

And, finally, your top tip for couples getting married in Surrey?

Surrey is a wonderful place to get married. There is some stunning countryside and venues with wonderful hotels. Everyone at Loseley Park was fantastic and everyone involved in our special day made sure it was perfect. We had friends travelling from France and also all over England so getting married in a place that is really connected helped. With Heathrow being nearby and plenty of easy rail access, the travelling didn’t eat in to their holiday.

Loseley Park, Guildford GU3 1HS. Tel: 01483 405120 / loseleypark.co.uk

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Barnett Hill, Guildford

Bride: Sarah Batterbury (née Monk), lawyer

Groom: Stephen Batterbury, estate agent

Hometown: Guildford, Surrey

Where did you get married?

We were married at Guildford Register Office, had the service of blessing at St John the Baptist church at Wonersh and our reception was at Barnett Hill.

What did you wear?

Our wedding had a 1930’s theme so I wore a vintage, bias cut, satin wedding gown from Pennies in Islington. I then had it customised by Ning Cooper in Weybridge. We also had a 1930’s car called ‘Angela’ from Clover Care Wedding Cars in Send.

How many bridesmaids did you have?

Just one. Our daughter Alice.

Who was the photographer?

Our photographer was Malcolm Roberts at Castle Studios in Guildford. He was amazing!

What about the flowers?

Myself and my friend Phoebe went to Covent Garden Flower Market and did the arrangements ourselves. I chose antique roses, dusty miller and blue thistles.

Was there anything you did to make your wedding different?
We had our friends heavily involved. From the flowers, the cake and the photos, they were all done by friends or neighbours. Plus, I made the wedding favours, table numbers and guest book myself so there were lots of really lovely personal touches.

What was the best thing of all?
Absolutely everything was perfect from beginning to end. Barnett Hill had friendly service with a wonderful wedding planner called Jasmine to help organise things. The venue was stunning and the food was superb. I cannot praise Barnett Hill enough!

And, finally, your top tip for couples getting married in Surrey? 
Don’t ever stress! This is the happiest day of your lives!

Barnett Hill, Blackheath Lane, Wonersh, Guildford GU5 0RF. Tel: 01483 893361 / sundialgroup.com/barnetthill

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Langshott Manor, Horley

Bride: Stephanie Bradford (née Cooper), group sales manager

Groom: Sean Bradford, sales & marketing executive

Hometown: Crawley, West Sussex

Where did you get married?

We had our ceremony at Our Lady & St Peters RC Church in East Grinstead and our reception at Langshott Manor Hotel.

What did you wear?

I wore a Sophia Tolli dress in alabaster Paris satin with a fishtail style and a chapel-length train. The dress was embellished with crystals and pearls and I had it customised to a sweetheart neckline. I accessorised with a satin-trimmed hip-length double veil, a marabou feather cream shrug and a pearl and crystal headpiece.

How many bridesmaids did you have?

I had two bridesmaids. My sister was one and the other was my oldest friend.

Who was the photographer?

Danni Beach from Danni Beach Photography. She took some amazing photos, was very discreet throughout the day and made everyone feel at ease.


What about the flowers?

All of our flowers were from Philippa Craddock Flowers. My bouquet consisted of deep red, grand prix, David Austen roses with red carnations. It was finished in a dome and tied with satin ribbon.

Was there anything you did to make your wedding different?

Sean and I got together on Christmas Eve in 2005 and then got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2009. We wanted to continue the festive theme by getting married in December. The ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast was elegant and traditional. However, for the evening entertainment, we wanted to ensure everyone had fun and a good friend gave us a custom-made photo booth complete with a festive dress-up kit. It was a highlight of the evening and produced great pictures!

What was the best thing of all?

The entire day! We had the best day of our lives and we couldn’t have done it without our friends or family, and of course, all our wonderful suppliers!

And, finally, your top tip for couples getting married in Surrey?

Make sure you have the exact day you want. It’s your day and it will be the best day of your life!

Langshott Manor, Ladbroke Road, Horley RH6 9LN. Tel: 01293 786680 / alexanderhotels.co.uk

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