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Real life wedding at Pennyhill Park

Find out what made Giorgio and Sarah big day perfect...

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

We met at school and starting dating when we were just 15 and have been together ever since! The weekend of my 26th birthday, in December 2018, Giorgio had booked a surprise spa break at Pennyhill Park, which I was thrilled about. What I didn’t realise until later that evening, was that he’d arranged private dining for us. We enjoyed drinks on a cosy sofa in front of a fire then had our own little room for the meal, which is where he proposed! It was absolutely perfect, as it was just the two of us!

We had always wanted an intimate wedding and had originally planned to get married in Sorrento, Italy in September 2020. However, like so many other couples we were not able to due to Covid-19. When opting for a UK wedding, we knew straight away where we wanted it to be and returned to Pennyhill Park.

We had originally selected a date in April, which had to be rescheduled due to Covid-19, so our third and final date was in August and to be honest we had to choose from a limited number of dates, but that didn’t matter to us as we just wanted our special day and knew our loved ones would be there no matter what.

Why did you choose Pennyhill Park?

When we were unable to go ahead with our original plan of getting married aboard, we knew straight away where we wanted to get married. Back at Pennyhill Park where our engagement took place, as it was already so special to us.

Planning a wedding during a pandemic wasn’t easy with the ever-changing rules and restrictions for weddings but Jodey was so supportive and helpful throughout. We had various options throughout to ensure the day was as special as it could be but thankfully by the time our day came, all restrictions had been lifted.

The whole process with Pennyhill Park was smooth and professional. The planning and organisation ahead of the wedding day, meant when the day came I was able to relax as I knew everything was in hand. The day itself ran so smoothly and the team were fantastic.

Along with our guests we thoroughly enjoyed the food and glad we opted for a couple of upgrades for the wedding breakfast, as it made it feel extra special.

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

We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, partly due to it being an intimate wedding and the fact whilst planning we had to consider the Covid restrictions that were in place at the time. In terms of colours, for me, this came from choosing the flowers for my bouquet and the flowers/vases that were on the table. I had chosen these early on with the wedding team at Longacres Garden Centre and that helped form the colours and styles we selected for the stationery (place cards, children’s activity books, etc.), favours and table decorations.

How did you find your outfit, accessories and/or shoes?

Bride – I think I visited around 8 bridal shops until I finally found ‘the dress’. It was from this gorgeous boutique on the outskirts of Winchester, called Sass & Grace. Sam who owns the boutique is so lovely and has a fantastic range of dresses. Once I had picked my dress, I tried on a few veils and hair clips that Sam had in the shop and ended up ordering two of them for the day.

For shoes I originally ordered a pair from ASOS, which looked great but were not comfortable at all to walk in! So I ordered a pair from Rainbow Club and whilst they were more expensive, I would say they were worth it as they were comfortable all day and complimented the dress very well.

Groom – We had a look online at different suit styles and colours and found one he liked at Moss Bros, so went into a store to try on and ended up buying it. From there we got the shoes and accessories from Next.

What do you remember most about the day itself?

As cliché as it sounds, walking down the aisle to the pavilion where Giorgio was stood waiting. As soon as the music started playing and I started walking down the steps with my Dad, I remember seeing our guests looking at us with huge smiles on their face. I suddenly felt really emotional, as the day/moment was finally here. Our photographer also captured this moment perfectly!

Were there any special moments or surprises?

Menu tasting – we were not expecting what Pennyhill Park had arranged for this and it was a lovely afternoon in preparation for the big day. It was also one of those moments when you realise it’s not long until the big day and helps build the excitement.

About an hour before the ceremony, when I put on my wedding dress, veil and shoes, once my hair and make-up had been done and looking in the mirror! You finally see everything come together. 

During our couples photoshoot we went to a few spots in the grounds of Pennyhill Park, whilst our guests were thoroughly enjoying the Pimms and nibbles. I loved these little moments as even though our Photographer was there, it felt like it was time for just us two to really take in the day.

What tips or advice would you give to future couples?

Everyone says it, but it really is your wedding day so do exactly what you want to do. Our wedding wasn’t exactly traditional, but it was perfect for us and we’re so glad we didn’t change anything. So follow your heart, oh and also keep a spreadsheet on what you’re spending, especially for the little costs as they add up!  

Suppliers and products

- Photographer @ytz.wedding.photogtaphy
- Florist @longacresflowers
- Cake @odihamcakecompany
- Dress and accessories @sassgracebridal
- Suit @mossbros
- Hair and make-up @suzannedusekmakeup