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Real Life Weddings at Lainston House

How did you both meet and how did the proposal occur?

We met during a workshop at a church in Winchester. Richard was wearing a suit, looking super handsome, but was very quiet. Kasia was serving food, assisting the leader and chatting with others. At one point, we started talking about
charities and work; this conversation led us to our first coffee at Greens in Winchester, which happened a few weeks later. During our first date, we both felt like we had known each other forever; we could not stop talking. 4,5 years later, Richard planned another date on the top of St Catherine’s hill in Winchester. Knowing how Kasia loves her tea, he ordered a special cup for her with a short message on the bottom of the cup. When Kasia finished drinking her tea which in Richard's eyes took forever, she noticed a question on the bottom of the cup saying “will you marry me?”, written in polish. Of course, he went down on one knee and asked Kasia to be his wife, and she said “yes”.

What did you love most about Lainston House?

Lainston House Hotel was always a special place for us. From the moment we first visited Lainston House, we loved the building, surrounding scenery, the elegance of the interior, respect, caring staff attitude and delicious food.

Did you have a theme or a particular style for your day?

We wanted a wedding theme British rose garden, an elegant wedding and ceremony in style with a touch of intimacy and romance. Our talented florist Jeni made our dream possible by decorating the barn and adding flowers and beautiful lights. The Dawley Barn and the decoration created a romantic atmosphere during the ceremony, reception and evening party.

Tell us all about THE dress…..

Finding the wedding dress was a one-day adventure. Kasia tried around 20 or more dresses that day, and in the end, she found the one she wanted. Her Matron of Honour Sandra accompanied her throughout the day, offering advice, support and laughter. The Dress was fitted and covered with beautiful and thick lace. It was Nicola Anne's collection dress called Treasure.

What do you remember most about the day itself?

We mostly remember the wedding ceremony; it felt like it was just us sharing our love and commitment to each other.

Were there any special moments or surprises?

Our day was special because we had our closest friends and family there witnessing our love for each other. Every single person who was with us made the day unique. We had Polish, Spanish and British family, including our friends, with us. The atmosphere felt so intimate because in the end, no matter what background, language or birth place, we all were one big family. However, not only the people we invited to the wedding, but also our florist, Lainston House's staff, entertainment team and lovely toastmaster Malcolm made our day unique and special. They took a great care of us and our guests, making this wedding event possible.
The Dawley Barn looked like a British rose garden, romantic and intimate; the food was delicious, and there was lots of fun, dancing and singing. We were looked after and held by different teams of people who we had never met before, but their professionalism and good heart made our day unforgettable.

What tips or advice would you give to future couples?

Take time to have fun with planning all is possible when you have fun. Do it together. Find a wedding venue or other place that is special to both of you. Brainstorm, set up priorities and go for it.
Engage your imagination and feelings, and think about how you want to feel on the day. Remember, wedding planning helps even when things do not go to plan. Enjoy the day, no matter what happens, it is your day, and it is going to be perfect. You are in good hands with Lainston House Team

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Photographer @kateizakphoto
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