REAL WEDDINGS

A Luxury Summer Soirée at Woodhill

Sharifa and Michael's modern minimalistic matrimony was held at the iconic Woodhill for an unforgettable weekend with all the feels and no frills.
REAL WEDDINGS

REAL WEDDINGS

A Luxury Summer Soirée at Woodhill

Sharifa and Michael's modern minimalistic matrimony was held at the iconic Woodhill for an unforgettable weekend with all the feels and no frills.
DATE Sep, 02 2023
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VENUE Woodhill
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PHOTOGRAPHY Imogen Kate Photography

REAL WEDDING

READ THE ROMANCE

HOLIDAY ROMANCE

When on a business trip in Ibiza 10 years ago, Sharifa met Michael at the iconic Ocean Beach Club. Michael then popped the question at the Lodore Falls Hotel in the Lake District and they planned their wedding in record time, in six months and with two children – we can all imagine the nail-biting, hair-pulling-out moments! But with a well-established hero venue like Woodhill and their team of amazing suppliers they managed to create a perfect day to remember.

 

THE VENUE

With an original plan to wed in Greece, their vision was stopped in its tracks but as if by fate they came across Woodhill's Grecian, Santorini-inspired Olive House, and knew this was the one and only venue for them. They didn’t view anywhere else as they felt Woodhill had everything they wanted.

As they had family from Ireland and the UK it was the one place that could offer a very intimate wedding weekend where everyone could be together, with a BBQ on the Friday to kick off the weekend and let everyone to catch up before the big day ahead – a perfect way to relax and really immerse themselves in the celebrations.

THE VIBE

Sharifa and Michael wanted fresh, modern and minimalistic to be the feel of their wedding, therefore the perfect florals for styling encompassed crisp white roses and delicate baby's breath to compliment their vibe.

 

THE DRESS(ES)

After trying on only three dresses, she tried on THE dress and Sharifa knew from the moment she put it on. She loved how it had sequins, beading and was strapless with tulle wings, giving her an elegant luxurious look. However, Sharifa is a short queen at only 5'1", and she knew that it would be difficult to bust some moves on the dance floor with a long skirt! How could she solve this... with a second dress of course! Sharifa chose a gorgeous fitted and feathered mini dress, which she rocked with her pink Ugg slippers – sounds like heaven.

Their photographer Deb at Imogen Kate Photography was one of the few people with a very calm and collected presence on the big day, which makes you feel at ease when you are in front of the lens. Deb had photographed their family shoots and their legal ceremony too, they knew she was the one to entrust with capturing their day.

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WE KNEW WE COULDN’T HAVE HAD ANYONE ELSE THERE TO CAPTURE OUR DAY. HER EYE FOR DETAIL AND FOR CAPTURING THE MOMENT IS SOMETHING SHE HAS TO BE CREDITED FOR. SHE IS SUPER TALENTED!

SHARIFA, THE BRIDE

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BRIDE Q&A

What’s your Funniest Memory from the Day?


The speeches were one moment where everyone was cracking up, another funny moment for me was smashing the cake into Michael's face! It’s an Irish tradition we have back at home, however I don’t think Michael appreciated it in the same way!

Favourite Image and Why?


Our confetti shot and the first dance, they were both so natural and Deb helped us capture these moments of the day.

How did you Feel as you Walked Down the Aisle?


It felt surreal the more I look back it was a moment I'll never forget having my brother walk me down the aisle, he’s been such a huge influence and a father figure to me throughout my whole life. To seeing Mike standing at the top of the aisle it was a special moment that I will never forget also having my two children there was something I could have only ever dreamed about.

If you could Bottle One Special Moment of your day to Keep Forever and Relive Whenever you Needed it most, what would that Moment be?


Definitely our vows, they were personal to both of us and came straight from the heart. Our celebrant Dannielle helped us both create a ceremony that hopefully us and no one will forget.

Feeling the Santorini vibes too? Check out Woodhill for yourself for more venue inspiration. Or feel the love further and check out more of our real weddings here.

THE FINER DETAILS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rose McLean

Rose McLean

Digital and Editorial Manager at Belle

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