Neil proposed at home with a stunning ring. He had bought the diamond and had the ring made. It had taken months of planning and waiting. He’d originally planned to pop the question on a trip to Berlin, but he couldn’t wait!
The couple had decided they didn’t want a long engagement so they quickly started to look for the ‘perfect venue’
Kim and Neil knew they were looking for a beautiful and historic venue to get married.
“We saw an advert for ‘Country House Weddings’ in a magazine. We then looked online at all the venues and fell in love with Leez Priory”
They loved it that much that they decided to book the 8th August before even seeing it in person.
“Once we’d found Leez Priory everything else just followed”
During the ceremony, they had a string quartet performing whilst the guests were eagerly waiting for Kim to walk down the aisle. Kim’s Mum had the great honor of giving Kim away. She was petrified that she’d stand on the dress but they managed just fine.
They decided to go with Summer Pimms and Bellinis (perfect for a summer wedding) for their welcome dinks to accompany the fantastic canapes. They then chose pesto roasted salmon to start, followed by traditional roast beef main and a dreamy chocolate dessert to finish.
“The food at Leez Priory is amazing. We had so many comments from guests about it”
The very creative groom had great ideas to tie in all aspects, from the invites to the place-settings, favours and cake topper. Name cards and favour boxes were matched to the bridesmaids’ dresses and were branded with their personalised name typography that Neil had designed. It was also on their table plan, post box and as the cake topper.
Thank you to Gemma at Paul’s Studio in Southend for the stunning photos and the very talented videographer who managed to create a fantastic video of Leez Priory.
You can view the video here.
Neil had been following an acoustic singer on YouTube who had covered a few similar songs to the one they hoping to use for their first dance. He asked her if she would be interested in covering ‘Set You Free’ and posting it for us, and she agreed. As it is a dance song they decide to finish the night with the original version. It’s a great song and it was lovely seeing guests dance in the outside courtyard.
“If we could do it all again, we’d invite more people to the evening reception. We had family and close friends in the day, and we only invited a handful of extra evening guests”
After the day that both Kim and Neil had dreamed of they jetted off to Sorrento in Italy for a week, then Rome. From Rome they took a two week cruise around Italy and Greece. A fantastic end to their beautiful wedding.
“Leez Priory is a beautiful building with stunning grounds. There’s a space for everybody, whether you want to chill out in the bar, run around with the kids outside or dance the night away. We also wanted pictures that we would enjoy looking back over for years to come, so a picturesque setting was important. We wanted a place where our family and friends would enjoy being. All those reasons, plus the exclusive use of the venue made Lezz Priory the PERFECT venue”
Groom and Groom’s men – Moss Bros.
Bride – Bridal boutique.
The accessories: Shoes – irregular choice.
Veil – Bridal Boutique
Wedding rings: Goldsmith’s
Wedding cake: Mark’s and Spencer
Invitations: Made by Neil
Photographer: Gemma at Paul’s Studio
DJ: Leez Priory’s resident DJ.
Live Music: Arioso Strong Quartet
Wedding favours: Personalised keychains, made by Neil
Flowers – Scent, Leigh-on-sea.