Images by: Suzy Wimbourne Photography
Today, we come to you with a Real Wedding feature. Just over three months ago, on Satruday 30th September, Florence and Michael celebrated their love with a summer wedding at our very special castle wedding venue.
There’s lots to love in Florence + Michael’s whimsical wedding day. With the prettiest colour palette and personal touches galore, it's time to settle in for a moment or two and see how this gorgeous couple made use of the castle and grounds. Prepare to be inspired for your own big day.
Notes from the Bride...
If I’m honest, a big church wedding was never at the top of my to-do list! However, when I got engaged to a Catholic with an enormous extended family, I had to rethink things a little.
We actually first saw the castle while driving to Wales to visit Michael’s family, as we were living in Shrewsbury at the time. When we got engaged, we decided we wanted to get married in the country. Once we had settled on Shrewsbury Catholic Cathedral, Rowton Castle was the obvious choice for our reception, because it was cosy, beautiful, and surrounded by lovely countryside.
We booked on our first visit to the castle, because we loved the feel and decor, but also because Jack, the owner, made us feel so welcome, and we could tell immediately that he and his staff know their stuff. We were confident the day would be polished to perfection, and for two very detail-focused people, that was crucial.
The Look of Love
What better to wear for a castle wedding than a blush pink, princess-style dress by Needle and Thread and glittery Carvela shoes? I also wore a sparkly headchain from Etsy, as well as a love-knot ring I made for the occasion. Michael and his groomsmen were in three-piece navy Ted Baker suits with faux-blackberry buttonholes. My two bridesmaids were in claret-coloured full length gowns from Phase Eight, and, of course, jewellery by Tiding of Magpies - I made them rose gold and pearl necklaces and earrings as a thank you for being part of our big day.
Blackberries were the motif for our September wedding, and my grandma, a botanical artist, provided the beautiful artwork that appeared on all of our signage and stationery. Our colour scheme was navy, claret and rose gold, which worked well with the castle’s rich interior design. Michael has terrible allergies, so I created the floral arrangements and bouquets with silk flowers, with a bit of help from my mother-in-law.
A Day of Two Halves
I spent the night before the wedding at the Tower House with my parents and bridesmaids, and we got ready there on the day as well, which made everything a lot more relaxed. Plus, while we were being done up, our lovely photographer, Suzy, took my accessories for a photoshoot around the castle…
After a pre-wedding shoot at Haughmond Abbey, where Michael used to work, we headed to Shrewsbury Catholic Cathedral for the ceremony. The cathedral was Michael’s local church when we lived in town, so it was nice to be back - and of course we had Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer and Jerusalem as our hymns, since we’re from opposite sides of the Welsh border!
Food, Glorious Food
We went for a simple, traditional three-course wedding breakfast, including a gorgeous lemon tart for pudding. In the evening, we put our cheese cake to good use, along with some antipasti boards - we weren’t about to interrupt the games for a sit-down meal!
Neither myself nor Michael are big dancers, and we wanted a more relaxed vibe for the evening celebrations, so we went for a games night theme instead of the more traditional disco. This was another reason we picked Rowton - the comfy lounge area was perfect for chilled board games, and the Cardeston Suite worked well for more competitive tournaments. We also had outdoor games in the Jaci Vianna Room for the adult kids, and gave out prizes at the end of the night!
Come Rain or Shine
Despite picking the end of September as a relatively safe bet for the weather, it rained almost all day. Luckily, we caught the only dry half-hour when we were at Haughmond Abbey, but the rain actually made for some lovely shots in the Linden Belvedere and surrounding grounds…
From one Bride to Another...
As a jewellery designer, I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to how things are presented, and one of the best things about having our wedding at Rowton was that the staff completely understood that and ran with it. When I turned up the night before with my detailed table plans, photos of centrepieces and obsessively-labelled boxes of game pieces, I knew they were in good hands. Seeing the dining room for the first time was one of the best bits of the day for me, and everyone had done such a lovely job of setting things out how I wanted. We had rather a rainy day for the wedding, and the staff also laid out things like our photobooth and the garden games indoor without missing a beat. They’d already sorted everything before I even had a chance to worry about it!
If Florence and Michael's castle wedding has inspired you and your own big day, why not contact us and speak with a member of the team. We'll be happy to discuss ideas for your wedding and help you to start the planning.
Venue Rowton Castle
Photography Suzy Wimbourne Photography
Bride's Dress Needle and Thread
Bridesmaid Dresses Phase Eight
Suits Ted Baker
Floral Design, Florence and the Mother of the Groom
Stationery Artwork, Florence's Grandma
Hair and Makeup The Blusherettes, Verity + Charlotte