Drive a few miles West out of Basingstoke,on the road to Andover, and you come to Oakley Hall. It is a stately Georgian mansion that was completed in 1795 by the Bramston family – apparently Jane Austen often used to visit the family here – so think Pemberley and you’ll be in the right place. It is now a four star hotel and was the beautiful setting for Dave and Sallie’s April wedding. I had met up here with Sallie earlier in the year for her pre-wedding consultation to go over the details of the day. This is something that I like to do because it gives me an idea of the location and the client can show me things at the venue that they particularly want.

It was a lovely family occasion, Sallie’s sister had flown in with her family from Australia and many of Dave’s family had travelled from the Midlands and Scotland to be with them to celebrate. The day started for me with Sallie’s bridal preparations upstairs in the hotel. She had her two little bridesmaids and her mum and sister to help in the room. I didn’t get to meet Dave until just before the ceremony as he waited in the library for the bridal party to arrive. Both Dave, his Bestman and most of his male relatives were in kilts and they looked fantastic. After the ceremony there was a bagpiper who played as the wedding party exited the room and made their way onto the terrace for group photos. As usual I whisked Dave and Sallie off for some romantic couple photos while their guests enjoyed some fizz and canapés. The grounds at Oakley Hall are both extensive and stunning and we were fortunate that the weather held all day.

Many congratulations to Dave and Sallie.

Thanks to the team at Oakley hall for their assistance, special mention for Jo Chaney, the wedding co-ordinator

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