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The Real Wedding of Caitlin & Carl

The “Chosen” Venue

Looking within the Yorkshire/Lancashire region and after seeing a fair share of fabulous venues we knew Bartle was our perfect venue straight away, looking back fortunately for us we were actually a postponed covid wedding who had to change all plans from a 2020 abroad wedding to a fabulous 2022 UK destination, with only 8 months to plan Bartle made the full change and planning the process effortless.

We especially loved the heritage of the building -

When searching my criteria included, bedrooms on site, accessibility for my mum who is a wheelchair user, a separate ceremony and function room and grounds for beautiful pictures. Bartle hall ticked all of these and then some, with Thicket Lodge, a separate residents bar and sweeping staircase for the bridal entrance. We couldn’t be happier with choosing Bartle Hall in many ways, I feel like it choose us.

The Dress

Like most brides, my dress was nothing as I imagined after trying several different styles in a few bridal boutiques my wow moment was actually a sample dress, made for a bridal catwalk earlier that year. I paired the beautifully laced strapless fit and flare dress with a tulle over skirt with a little belt of sparkle, meaning I had two looks in one and I felt like a million dollars!


Your Four Legged Friend

Well, I just couldn’t not have my little puppy part of our big day. She is a delight, but a handful so we did have to get some friends in to help during the ceremony. However, nothing was too much for Bartle and they were so accommodating for our pooches. Dottie is our little sausage who was present during the welcome drinks and for the photographs. My mums dog, Dixie is an assistance dog and was part of the whole day and almost stole the show.


The Night Before in Thicket Lodge

Thicket Lodge really is a set up! I stayed the night prior with my four bridesmaids and it was the perfect location to relax and start the wedding morning. My now husband arranged a surprise for me the night prior with the gospel choir (he also surprised me with this at our ceremony) to serenade me with a selection of his favourite songs. It was the most amazing moments and started the night off perfectly. He then gave me gifts ready for the big day and left me, our mums, the bridesmaids our daughter and flower girl to enjoy the rest of the night. We enjoyed pizza and fizz in the hot tub, it was bliss!


The Groom and Groomsmen

We decided on black tie as soon as we saw the venue as it fitted perfectly. We hired the groomsmen suits from Owen Scott and the groom wore a velvet tux. The suits were classic and timeless, all the men looked fabulous and the pictures have come out wonderfully.

The Theme

We wanted the day to reflex us as a couple and our personalities rather than a colour or a situation, so it was a bit of a blend, it was 100% us and we loved it! We had waited so long for the day and we genuinely just wanted everyone to have the best day (which we think they did!) Seen as it was the easter weekend we wanted to add in some easter aspects. So had an easter egg hunt with chocolate bunnies as favours. I like wine, so we used corks for the name place settings with polaroid pictures of the guests. The maid of honour wrote a poem for us and arranged to have shots as part of our favours. We had mainly whites, rose golds, pinks, neutrals for the colour schemes in terms of flowers and decorations. However, for some colour and fun we had a pink camper van photo booth and a bathtub prop!

The Ceremony

So, Carl made this extra special by arranging and surprising me with a gospel choir not only to walk me down the aisle but to sing during the ceremony. It made the ceremony so much fun, which is not how I had imagined the ceremony to be. We had wedding newspapers for the guests to read with information about us as a couple, as a family, the wedding party some pictures key dates and a made a lovely keepsake. We also had a reading from our niece which she read perfectly and is very special memory. We had the whole ceremony captured on a live video link for my Australian family who were unable to be there in person to watch throughout.

The Meal

So, in all honestly the food was something I did not fully appreciate the importance of until after! All our guests have not stopped raving about the food served at Bartle Hall. It is actually one of the most remembered aspects of the day when we have asked for guest feedback. The canapes were delicious and plentiful we had a mix of chorizo sausage, selection of tarts and mini slider burgers. The main was a traditional three course starting with pate, roast beef for main and the most amazing chocolate orange torte for the desert.

Best about Bartle

I can honestly say the staff, nothing was too much. From the build up of constant emails and the prompt and reassuring replies to the attention given the night before at the amazing Thicket Lodge and of course the smooth stress free running of the day overall. The staff were an absolute dream and are a genuine credit to the beautiful venue.

Most Memorable Moment

Bride – For me hearing the song “how long will I love you, by Ellie Goulding” being sung by the surprise gospel choir, waiting to walk into the ceremony room. Thinking OH! What is going on, having a small panic and pulling myself together looking at my dad and saying were finally doing this,walking through those big double doors and feeling instantly at ease seeing Carl waiting for me looking very dapper and thinking this is absolutely beautiful and perfect!

Groom – There are honestly so many, one is most definitely seeing Niamh first walk in through the doors looking beautiful and making me feel so proud she brought tears to my eyes. Getting ready with my best man in the morning, exchanging gifts. Hearing the speeches and been able to dote on my beautiful wife during my speech. I can honestly say it was the best day of my life and it Bartle made it happen.


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