Blog – A Perfect Summer Wedding
The happy couple, Ben and Rebekah held their beautiful summer wedding at our Hospituim in June 2019 and had incredible pictures throughout the York Museum Gardens.
So how did it happen? Tell us your engagement story
We first met at Lancaster University in 2010, we started dating on bonfire night 2011, 7 years later Ben got down on one knee on the last day of our holiday in Crete at sunset by our private pool and proposed, it was a lovely romantic evening.
Why did you choose the Hospitium for your special day?
We loved the venue, the setting is beautiful within the museum garden grounds and by the river, the location was close to the centre of York with a range of places for people to stay and very accessible transport links. The flow of the day worked well with the ceremony downstairs, meal upstairs and the evening reception back downstairs; we had plenty of space and no-one could get lost!
Did you pick a theme or have a vision for your day?
We wanted a light springtime feel for our day with soft blues and yellows for a springtime colour palette and lots of flowers.
Onto the flowers! Who did your flowers and what style did you go for?
Fiona Hogg did a fantastic job with our flowers we told her our springtime soft blues and yellows theme and she ran with it. Our bouquets and buttonholes were beautiful and she decorated the venue too with petals down the aisle, greenery around the pillars, as well as our table plan and table centre pieces.
How was the run-up to the big day? Any nerves?
We booked the late availability package at the hospitium where lots was included, this helped reduce a lot of stress and nerves! But there was little sleep the night before the wedding thanks to a mixture of nerves, excitement and anticipation.
Tell us about the ceremony and reception décor…
We paid for different chairs as we’re not a fan of the traditional white chair covers, instead chair covers of York provided us with nude coloured sashes to go over the chairs and Shindig events provided jewelled brooches to tie the sashes together. Fiona Hogg provided the floral decorations as well as fairy lights and flameless LED candles to complete the decorations.
What about the music?
Nightowls played all the classic wedding songs to get guests of all ages up and dancing, they also allowed requests so guests could ask for their favourites. (We smashed the Macarena!)
Who can forget the food, tell us what you went for?
Bradshaws of York did our catering and it was amazing, we’ve had several comments on the quality of the food served. They served amazing canapes with the reception drinks, a quality three course meal, tea, coffee and handmade chocolates and an evening buffet! There was a huge quantity of food that tasted amazing.
We also had a three tier naked wedding cake by Kirsty Ann Kitchen decorated with fresh berries and surrounded by chocolate brownies too!
Did you have a standout moment?
So many! Our first moment seeing each other was the best moment, we also had 5 minutes to ourselves and walked around the gardens in the evening which was lovely.
The day before the wedding we met a lovely elderly couple who have been married for 60 years, we chatted to them about the wedding and they came down on the day to wish us well which was lovely.
Photographer – Laura Calderwood
Brides Dress – Victoria Robson Bridal
Brides shoes – JD Williams – online
Grooms formal wear – Slaters Menswear
Makeup Artist – Amy George
Florist – Fiona Hogg
Cake – Kirsty Ann Kitchen
Entertainment – Night Owls Disco