Kate and Darren Baker had snow much fun on their wedding day!
Learning to scuba dive is an incredibly rewarding experience, but it’s even more magical when it leads to you finding true love. That’s what happened to Kate and Darren, who were good friends for seven years before they got together. Appropriately, a scuba diving trip to Cornwall was set up to be the perfect setting for Darren to propose but the excitement of true love knows no bounds, and he ended up popping the question just before they left instead. “It was very Darren,” Kate says about the proposal. “He really gets into things and puts his all into them! I think he is the most handsome man I have ever met and I really do believe we are soulmates.”
When it came to deciding where to get married in January 2016, the exquisite Berwick Lodge, with its glistening chandeliers and opulent decor, was ideal for the couple. “It was just perfect for the winter wedding we both wanted – it was hard not to fall in love with the place!” says Kate. By echoing the beautiful woodlands surrounding Berwick Lodge, they were able to make their dream of a winter wonderland wedding come true. In fact, it was as if their guests had stepped through C.S. Lewis’ wardrobe as with the help of their wedding planner Linda from the Cotswold Celebration Company, the ceremony room was made to “look like something out of Narnia,” explains Kate. As they celebrated their nuptials, Kate and Darren were surrounded by a natural, wild woodland created by the presence of masses of flowers, put together by florists Sweet Lavender Blue.
What was truly magical about the day was how many thoughtful touches that the couple included for the benefit of their guests. “Everything we could think of was made personal to us and our guests,” explains Kate. “That way they got a sense of us and who we are.” In the morning, that meant spoiling the bridal party with personalised gift bags including dressing gowns and tasty treats, and in the evening, when guests were dancing the night away to their requested tracks, the couple had bespoke metal lights made into their initials that were added to the dance floor. During dinner the table plan was made out of individual Lego people and all the guests had log slices with their names burnt into them to act as place settings, all contributing to making them feel special and well looked after.
For Darren that also meant spoiling guests with amazing catering. “I wanted delicious food that people would remember, including a dessert table full of yummy late night treats and an awesome cake that was as big as we could get it!” And the cake truly was a Bake Off-worthy showstopper. As well as following the woodland theme it was made to look like it was floating – not easy with a seven-tier cake!
As well as treating their guests, Kate and Darren enjoyed a snowy treat of their own, when some of their friends organised a snow machine for the day. “We dreamed of snow at our wedding, so this was a magical surprise!” says Kate.
All of the details of the day were beautifully captured by Charlene Morton, whose relaxed approach put everyone at ease. There was further artistic documentation when the couple arranged for Parody Portraits to draw fun pictures of the guests in the evening.
For a couple who were passionate about getting all the little details just right, luckily the weather was right too! “There was awful rain in the weeks before the wedding, so when I woke up and the sun was popping out, I knew we were going to have a brilliant time,” says Kate. “It was fantastic to see a year’s worth of work come together to make our dream day.”