Real Weddings: Pre vs Post Covid

We check in with two LUXE couples from the north east who experienced very different wedding days...
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Over the past couple of years, couples across the globe have either had to put their wedding plans on hold or come up with creative solutions to marry their soulmate. But now, as we prepare to welcome back restriction-free weddings, we celebrate the notion of ‘love conquers all’ by checking in with two luxe couples from the North East – one who experienced a pre-covid wedding, the other who married during the height of a pandemic…

 

Close to home >>

 

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Christie and Craig McGarrell tied the knot at The Vermont Hotel in August 2019. Here they tell us about their special day and how they intend to keep returning to the stunning venue that will always have a special place in their hearts…

 

NAMES OF COUPLE

Christie and Craig McGarrell

 

WE TIED THE KNOT AT…

The Vermont Hotel

 

WE DECIDED TO SAY ‘I DO’ AT THIS VENUE BECAUSE…

As soon as we stepped into The Vermont Hotel, we knew this was where we wanted to get married. It radiates elegance and sophistication and has a timeless feel. The atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for and we loved the art deco style. The Ballroom had everything we wanted: beautiful large windows, an adjoining room with a bar for guests to relax, and the most breathtaking chandelier. The staff were all so helpful and put us at ease straight away. When we met our wedding co-ordinator, we knew that everything would be taken care of and completed to a high standard.

 

OUR HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BIG DAY…

Everything about the day was amazing. Walking down the aisle surrounded by friends and family and the beautiful setting was memorable. Dancing together under the incredible chandelier was one of the highlights; it was truly magical. Throughout the day, the food was delicious and nothing was left on the guests’ plates.

 

SPECIAL DETAILS…

The Vermont’s staff were all brilliant. Nothing was too small of a detail; everything was taken care of. Fyzal, our photographer, was incredible and captured all of the key moments from our day, which we will always look back on with a smile. One special moment was taking some time, just myself and Craig, to really appreciate the day.

 

OUR GUESTS SAID…

That it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to. The day was planned so guests were constantly provided for and informed of timings. From start to finish, everyone enjoyed themselves.

 

WE RETURNED AS A HAPPY COUPLE TO…

Enjoy our first anniversary meal which was just as delicious as the food on our big day. Since then, we have attended special events for family celebrations and always love to visit for afternoon tea. It will always hold a special place in our hearts. Whenever we go, we reminisce about our wedding and relive that incredibly special feeling.

 

WE’LL BE BACK FOR…

Our next anniversary! We will always return to The Vermont Hotel for that date – it’s a new tradition. We frequently book evening meals at The Maven restaurant, afternoon tea in the lounge and can not wait to visit ABOVE soon.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Fyzal Kirk, fyzal.com

 

Further afield >>

 

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Helen and Lee Westwood said ‘I do’ in 2021 at theBellagio in Las Vegas. Here they tell us about their special day, their ‘wow’ backdrop, and how they hope to return to this breathtaking venue in the near future…

 

NAMES OF COUPLE

Helen and Lee Westwood

 

WE TIED THE KNOT AT…

The Bellagio, Las Vegas

 

WE DECIDED TO SAY ‘I DO’ AT THIS VENUE BECAUSE…

The Bellagio is such a stunning hotel, it has everything you could ever want to make your special day magical. One of the stand out features for us was the iconic backdrop of the fountains.

 

OUR HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BIG DAY…

Everything about this place is truly exceptional, but the staff went above and beyond at every opportunity to make each and every detail unique to us.

 

SPECIAL DETAILS…

It was everything we dreamed of and more. A stand out had to be the flowers – they were perfect. Another thing was how much care and attention to detail was put into my hair and makeup. I loved it – I was made to feel like I belonged in a fairytale. The professionalism and the friendliness of the staff was also incredible, we were even gifted crystal champagne glasses which made it home in one piece!

 

OUR GUESTS SAID…

Our wedding was during the midst of the global pandemic. 2021 came with a lot of uncertainty – there were a lot of restrictions in place – especially when it came to travelling, so we actually didn’t have any guests at our wedding. It was just the two of us, but we were blown away!

 

WE’LL BE BACK FOR…

We don’t have any set plans in place at the moment. As you can imagine, the golf calendar takes priority, so it may be an impromptu visit before a tournament, but we will definitely be back to visit.


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