We LOVE a Scott Spock wedding because they always deliver something that little bit different, and today we have this gorgeous cocktail-inspired wedding captured at Lartington Hall. So, raise your daiquiris, or mojitos in the air for newlyweds, Laura and Duncan – HUGE congratulations!
Laura and Duncan met in their first year of university, “I moved in to a flat in halls across from Duncan. We both liked each other straight away, but it was definitely a slow burner. We both thought the other should made the first move (it was definitely Duncan!). It took him six months to tell his parents about me, and it was another month before he asked me to be his girlfriend, so I never thought he would get round to proposing!” During a romantic trip to Cameron House on Loch Lomond, Duncan popped the question, which surprised Laura – “good things definitely come to those who wait!”
After looking at nearly every wedding venue in the North East the couple were torn between three. After a recommendation from their photographer, they ventured to Lartington Hall. “We hadn’t heard of Lartington and as soon as we walked in we were absolutely blown away. John and Shona, the owners, have created something so special and unique. We wanted somewhere that we could have the whole day in one place, but also wanted a traditional feel to the ceremony and the chapel at Lartington is perfect for this.
“We also wanted somewhere that we wouldn’t be disturbed by other guests, and Lartington is completely exclusive, with 12 bedrooms that we used for close family and friends. We stayed in the venue from Friday to Sunday and everything was perfect and seamless the whole weekend. The staff are excellent and the planning process was so easy. Nothing was too much trouble and we found it to be a lot more personal than any other venues we visited. If you’re thinking of getting married there then you will not regret it. I would definitely recommend staying the night before the wedding too as it’s so much easier to get ready in the morning.”
“Our main priority for the day was to make sure everyone had a good time. We were conscious that the bride and groom are away for photos for a lot of the day and we didn’t want there to be any dead time. We picked a venue where there would be plenty of space for people for the whole day, and organized a magician for during the reception drinks and a cocktail bar for between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception. We love cocktails, so this was a bit of a theme for us. In addition to a cocktail bar, our wedding favours were miniature cocktails. The girls had strawberry daiquiris, which are my favourite, and the boys had mojitos, which are Duncan’s favourite. Our table names were cocktails too.”
“After the venue, the photographer was the first thing we booked. We saw them at a wedding fair before we even had a date, looked at some of their albums, and immediately knew we wanted them. This was only made more clear when we started speaking to one of their wedding planners, who put us completely at ease with how they work. Their style is so quirky and different, but they still capture every image you could possibly want. We weren’t sure how their modern style would fit with our quite traditional venue, but it worked perfectly. Everyone felt so at ease with them on the day, which was so important to me. Having two photographers meant both Duncan and I could get shots getting ready and they could capture every special moment. Korrine was a godsend on the day in organising everyone, which made us so much more relaxed and saved the groomsmen from having to usher people all day. They really are amazing and we are over the moon with our finished photos.”
Advice for other brides and grooms?
“Our main advice would be to enjoy it as much as possible! It is quite easy to get stressed planning a wedding, especially trying to please other people. Remember it is a happy occasion and everyone is there for you so organise the wedding that you want and don’t worry if things don’t go to plan. I would also say to try and take five minutes to during the day to take it all in and realise you’ve just got married! The day goes by so fast and there are so many people to see and talk to that you hardly get a second to be with your new husband or wife. Lartington is great for this as they took us into a separate room with a glass of champagne for five minutes after our ceremony before the photos started. Also I would definitely say to get a videographer. We have been watching our highlights video on repeat and it captures parts of the day that you didn’t see or remember.”
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