A beautiful September’s day at Pentillie Castle saw the wedding of Zoe and John, a Solicitor and an Accountant who have lived in Dubai for the past three years. They had spent 15 months planning their big day and it paid off, as their organisation was slick, and they were a delight to work with.
Zoe and John’s wedding is suddenly 7 months ago, and now that the wedding dust has settled we have had chance to catch up with them and find out more about ‘their story’.
Zoe and John’s Big Day – 14th September 2013
Having met at University back in 1998, they were together for 14 years before John finally got down on one knee…
“We got engaged at a resort in the middle of the desert, about two hours outside Abu Dhabi. We were sitting on the terrace, watching the beautiful sunset and he asked the question. After all these years I obviously said yes!”
The couple married at John’s family church of Maker on the Rame Peninsula. This held a special place for him as he was also christened there many years ago! After their church ceremony, the guests returned to Pentillie for a reception drink on the terrace, whilst Zoe and John explored the grounds with their photographer to have some gorgeous photographs taken.
Zoe, on choosing Pentillie Castle as a venue, “We looked at all the venues in the area and Pentillie, for us, was by far the best. The Castle itself is stunning with a rich history, the views and location are second to none and the rooms are perfect. It was also important to us to be able to use the Castle over the weekend and to incorporate it and the Castle into the day, both of which were possible. The family are so welcoming that it really does feel like your own Castle for the weekend.”
Zoe and John’s wedding breakfast took place in a beautifully decorated marquee attached to the Loggia, this allowed it to feel like an extension of the Castle. Their marvellous tulips were the stunning centrepieces in their simply styled marquee. Their ‘slate’ blue chair covers were hand made in Dubai and tied by both families and Team Pentillie on Friday.
“We didn’t have a theme as such, simplicity was key with personal touches and a blue and white colour scheme.”
Zoe continues, discussing her favourite part of the wedding, “It’s hard to identify one specific area, the whole weekend was fantastic. Getting married at John’s family church was very special, the venue was perfect and having our friends and family from all over the world with us was something we will never forget.”
‘My Girl’ by the ‘Temptations’ was their choice for the first dance, their evening then continued into the night, with music, food and drink…
“My advice to Bride and Grooms would be, although it may sound selfish, focus on what YOU want and what is important for YOU, at the end of the day it is your day. We focussed on the things that were important to us to make sure we, and our guests, had a memorable weekend, finding an amazing venue, a stunning church, providing plenty of alcohol (starting on the bus from the church), a great band and plenty of opportunities for our friends and family to see each other over the weekend.” Zoe said.