When did you get married?
September 1st, 2017
What made you choose the White Hart as your wedding venue?
Food was one of the most important aspects of the wedding for us – Alessandro is Italian so lives and breathes food, and I write about it for a living. Not long after we’d got engaged, I went there to write a feature about its new restaurant, The Dining Room, and we got to try Mike’s incredible cooking. Since then it’s become our go-to spot for a Sunday roast with family, as it’s a good halfway point between our two families in Manchester and Yorkshire, which also made the location ideal for our wedding.
The Oak Room was exactly what we were looking for in a venue and when we were told about plans for the Pavilion it sealed the deal. We’d initially wanted a barn, and I’d dreamed of an outdoor ceremony, but practicalities like the wonderful British weather put us off. The White Hart gave us the best of both worlds, with all of the rustic charm we wanted – but a roof over our heads.
With family and friends travelling from all over the world it was important to have accommodation at the venue too and the set-up at the White Hart was perfect for us – particularly The Cottages, which gave the bridal party a nice, private place to stay and get ready away from the rest of the guests.
How many guests did you have at your wedding?
About 75 in the day and 90 in the evening.
What food did you have at the wedding?
We went for a menu that reflected both our backgrounds, with a mixture of Italian and British dishes. Beef carpaccio, pork shoulder pate, sea bass with saffron potatoes, roast lamb rump with aubergine, artichoke and truffle ravioli and an Amalfi lemon posset were some of the choices we were able to offer to our guests thanks to Mike, who was really accommodating and open to ideas.
In the evening we had pizza from the wood-fired pizza oven, served outside in the Pavilion, which our guests all loved. The food and service was exceptional all day.
Which other suppliers did you use for your wedding?
We loved Henry’s creative, candid style of photography and we were thrilled with the pictures he took of our day. He captured so many wonderful, personal moments and took the time to explore the beautiful landscape around The White Hart to find the perfect backdrop for some early evening shots as the sun set.
Victoria at Blue Door Flowers in Heaton Moor
I knew I wanted Victoria to do our flowers when we came in for our first consultation and she was casually drinking coffee out of her Smash the Patriarchy mug. We used to live around the corner from her lovely little shop and loved her wild, whimsical creations.
She really took the time to get to know us and understand what she wanted, and was unflappable in the face of all our last minute add-ons. She also saved the day by hiring us some more ceramic pots for our centrepieces when we realised – on the day – that we’d totally miscounted the number of tables (whoops).
Staying at The White Hart the night before meant we didn’t need one – we just walked over.
Greer by Maggie Sottero, from The Confetti Box in Eccles.
Music was really important to us. One of our favourite parts of planning was putting together the playlist for the day over a few drinks and choosing our music selection for our evening DJ (Darren, from thehi-life.co.uk) on their online music planner, which allows you to help them shape your ideal set list.
Did you have any particular themes running throughout the day?
We got engaged in Amalfi, Italy, which is famous for its lemons so we had a few little nods to that – a lemon cake made by my aunt, miniature bottles of home-made limoncello as favours and olive sprigs on the place settings.
What was your favourite part of the day?
When the madness of meeting and greeting everybody after the ceremony subsided and we took a walk up a quiet country lane to have our pictures taken. It was a lovely, peaceful half hour to ourselves in a whirlwind of a day.
Do you have any tips for brides and grooms planning their day that you wished you’d known?
Ask somebody to film the speeches. We’d had a few drinks by then and wish we could remember them a little more clearly!