So rick and I have just had a lovely evening in with a bottle of mulled wine and take out pizza looking through our wedding photos and also the teaser video… we just LOVED the video and it brought tears to both of our eyes! We watched it a couple of times and can’t wait to see the feature video and extras!
a very happy Mr and Mrs Barton out here in Australia”
As we both grew up as children Hannah in The New Forest and Richard on the family farm we both have fond memories and love being in the countryside and fresh air. Now that we live in Australia we wanted to have a wedding that incorporated one thing we miss about living back in England, which is the English Countryside. We immediately fell in love with the The Gibbon Bridge Hotel as it offered everything we dreamt our wedding reception venue would have. The Gibbon Bridge Hotel allowed us to have a quaint traditional English country wedding reception after our church wedding. It has beautiful gardens with a backdrop of the rolling countryside along with very friendly staff and has a intimate and relaxed vibe.
How did Richard propose? (gushy details allowed)
Hannah lived in The Netherlands for five years before moving back to England to study nursing in Manchester where she and Richard met on a night out. Hannah and Richard’s first holiday together in 2010 was to visit her parents, allowing Richard to meet them during their university summer holiday, in The Netherlands. After that Hannah hadn’t been back to The Netherlands since because her parents then left the country. Hannah had always wanted to go back to visit The Netherlands as she has very fond memories from her time there and once they knew they were moving to Australia Richard suggested they went for her birthday in the September before they moved in the November. Hannah loved Schreveningen Beach so on her actual birthday they cycled there for the evening. Richard took Hannah to a bar on the beach front that they went to back at the beginning of their relationship (6years ago), which Hannah was surprised he remembered! Richard then asked if she wanted to go for a walk on the beach before getting something to eat. As they were walking along the beach a feather dropped in front of them then blew away and Hannah said ‘oh look it’s Grandma Haggis’ who is Hannah’s Grandma who passed away and Hannah was very close to and misses dearly. The nickname Haggis was because she lived in Scotland! A few steps further Richard then got on one knee and proposed. After the proposal he then said maybe that was your Grandma Haggis giving her blessing as she knew what was about to happen. (Hannah believes that a white feather falling in your path is a symbol that a loved one in heaven is letting you know they love you and are still there with you).
If you had to pick 1 favourite moment, what would it be? (Han & Rick)
Richard: Seeing Hannah walk down the aisle with her Dad.
Hannah: The first dance as husband and wife. I felt like a princess dancing and twirling in Richards arms around the dance floor.
We wanted to have everlasting memories of our special day that we can watch over and over again. We also know that there will be footage of different parts throughout the day that we may not have seen or that we have forgotten and wanted be able to relive these moments all over again.
Why did you choose Mitton Hall for your beautiful wedding?
We chose Mitton Hall because we just loved the big windows at the back of the room over looking the river and the gardens. We thought it was so beautiful as soon as we left our viewing at Mitton we cancelled 2 other venue viewings as We just knew that was where we wanted to get married.
How did Tom propose (gushy details allowed)
Tom proposed in Dubai at the top of the Burj al Arab in the Al Muntaha restaurant. He had asked my dad months before and between the two of them they had arranged for my family to fly out from Saudi (where they lived) and the UK (where my brother lived) to celebrate with us afterwards! I was so annoyed as well as I thought my family were crashing our holiday together & couldn’t understand why they would all want to join us on our holiday haha! Little did I know they were all in on it!
If you had to pick one favourite moment from your special day, what would it be?
Toms favourite moment was the drinks reception after the ceremony as we got to relax with our guests and see everybody before the meal later that afternoon. Nat’s favourite part was actually the same (boring I know) along with the meal as again we got to speak to all of our guests!
Why choose a videographer to capture the day?
We chose a videographer as everyone said it’s a must have as the video captures moments you might not see for yourselves. As the bride you don’t get to see your guests arriving or the lead up to the ceremony so it will be nice to see the page boys and bridesmaids walk down the aisle etc.
We picked Thornton Manor for the grounds and the manor house itself. We loved that it looked like it could be from a fairy tale.
What made you pick RTP Films to capture your BIG DAY?
I was recommended you by someone. I looked on your Facebook and liked the cinematic feel to them. We liked the way that the sound wasn’t necessarily what was on the screen at the time if that makes sense. The videos look really professional.
Do you have a favorite moment from the whole day?
Our favourite moment was probably when we got to walk in to the wedding breakfast as Mr and Mrs Round.
What experience did you want to give your friends and family?
The main thing we wanted was for everyone to enjoy the day. We wanted it to be very traditional during the day but a good party in the evening.
Iscoyd Park completely blew us away when we first visited, and every time we returned we fell more in love with it. We had searched far and wide because although we were going for a civil ceremony, we still wanted a ceremony room that had character and was a beautiful space, which was initially a challenge. Iscoyd’s garden room was everything we hoped for and more. Their fantastic team took care of all the little details and the day ran like a dream.
What reasons did you have for picking RTP films to record your day?
We were researching online and as soon as we saw the clips that RTP had produced we were just blown away by the quality of their films. Each clip we viewed was consistently amazing and their work looked like something from a movie trailer. Roland and Lisa were absolutely brilliant on the day, so down to earth and also practically invisible which was something that was important to us! The speed in which they produced an incredible ‘teaser’ for us right after the wedding is testament to their talent.
If you had to pick 1 favourite moment, what would it be?
Kylie: standing at the front of the beautiful ceremony room with Matt as we’d just been announced as husband and wife and looking back at all of our loved ones as a ripple of cheers went through the room. It was incredible.
Matt: I’d agree with that, plus seeing everyone spontaneously getting up off their chairs midway through the meal and dancing to Sweet Caroline! We had a brilliant acoustic guitarist, Jai, playing in the background and as the drinks flowed everyone got a bit carried away between courses, which was hilarious.
What sort of experience did you want for your guests?
We wanted to create the feeling of an intimate ceremony and drinks reception, following by a very relaxed, party vibe for the wedding breakfast and evening. It was all easy to achieve at Iscoyd, with the stunning tall windows and elegance of the garden room, which was later transformed by the band whilst we all dined next door.
Having a musical backdrop to the whole day was also very important to us. Nero string quartet played for us at the ceremony and drinks reception, followed by Jai’s acoustic set, then on into the evening with the amazingly energetic party band Mad Hen, and finally late night dancing to classics played by our friend Graham ‘Lefty’ Newlands, the resident DJ at London’s Guilty Pleasures.
All in all we were thrilled with the way that the day unfolded. Every last bit of planning was completely worth it!
We chose Thornton Manor because it gave us the best of both worlds with two venues. Julio really wanted an outdoors in the woods wedding and I really wanted the history and grandeur of the house. When we first drove up to the house, I knew is was the venue I had always dreamed of.
What made you choose RTP Films to capture your wedding?
Having someone capture the best day of our lives was really important. It was such a busy day (as I’m sure you remember) that I knew I wouldn’t be able to memories everything. We met with a lot of videographers and it was really important to have a good connection as it is such a personal and special day. We wanted that emotion to be captured. As soon as my dad, mum and I met you, we knew you were the right guys for the job!
What were your favorite parts of the wedding?
The best part of my day was the first dance. It was the first time in the day everything began to sink it. Julio and I have had a rocky road getting to this place and the song ‘At Last’ summed everything up. We finally had each other after everything we had been through. 5 years of long distance was not easy!
How did Julio propose?
4. Julio knew that the most important part of my life is my incredible family. He came from New York to the UK to spend Christmas with my family for the first time. On Christmas Eve, we travelled back to Preston from London (where I work) and when we got home there was the biggest bunch of flowers. Julio, got down on one knee and had a whole speech prepared and I didn’t hear any of it because I just couldn’t stop crying! Straight after we had saw all the family and the weeklong of celebrations began.
Congratulations Chandni & Julio, thanks for making us feel so very welcome x