Lucy’s an event planner at heart having spent her working life and personal time planning, arranging and managing events for a wide range of clients. Lucy’s passion is weddings and she loves nothing more than helping 2 people enjoy the happiest day of their life with all of their friends and family.
Lucy started her career in charity fundraising, working within the wedding and events industry and has continued to work in the fundraising sector. Through her career she has worked on various events including the National Wedding Show, photography shoots, balls and gala dinners and even the London Marathon. It was a natural fit for Lucy to launch her own wedding planning company and join the Extraordinary Destination Weddings group.
Lucy works creatively and passionately to bring to life a bespoke wedding that meets yours and your fiancés needs. Lucy’s attention to detail along with her ability to see the full picture creates stunning, detailed and personal events that you and your guests will never forget.
The UK has many wonderful venues to choose from; Cornish beaches, country manors, beautiful barns and stunning central London rooftops to name just a few.
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Wedding and Civil Partnership Choices in Britain and London
With five subtly but surprisingly different countries at your disposal, the chances of your finding a truly memorable setting for your big day are strong.
London, the British and former Imperial capital, is one of the great cities of the world to get married in – and not just because this year, on 29th April, it’s the turn of Prince William and Kate Middleton. There’s so much more to the place than royal glitz, red buses and time-capsule telephone boxes. London is a treasure house of European culture (art galleries, museums, theatre, opera, every possible kind of music and dance) and a tapestry of historic sites and buildings. Add to this richness the wealth brought by a hundred minority cultures ––the transcendentally beautiful Hindu temple at Wembley, for example, or the riot of colour and sound that is the Notting Hill Carnival––and you begin to see the scope. So, for your own wedding/civil partnership venue, you might wish to think beyond the usual luxury hotels and consider almost any of these, or indeed a wide selection of ancient guild halls and great country houses – the list is endless.
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Here are just five of our own suggestions:
1. Where else to tie the knot than at the geographic centre of the Earth –– that is, at Greenwich, the prime meridian of the world. At the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and Royal Observatory, your guests can enjoy spectacular views across London and commune with the stars by telescope after dinner in the original Meridian Line courtyard.
2. Exchange your vows on one of the great rivers of the world. Meandering from royal Hampton Court in the West, past iconic buildings such as the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge, the Thames is the perfect background for your triumphal wedding cruise, or a memorable drinks reception afloat. Or you might aim even higher and take your guests for a turn around the London Eye, before inviting them on that celebratory cruise.
3. Or again, if your man is seriously into sport, let him claim your hand in the holy of holies –– Lords Cricket ground, Wimbledon. Twickenham, or the Emirates Stadium. Just be quite sure you know what you are letting yourself in for, and do check the date, or you might have company!).
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4. Fine-dining for your reception? No shortage here of Michelin-starred establishments (238, in fact) and super-chefs: Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Anton Eldermann, Gary Rhodes, Jamie Oliver to name just a few. If this fails to suffice, raise the tone with an enchanting view, from Galvin at Windows, The Oxo Tower, The Gherkin, or the Paramount Restaurant.
5. Last, for something more literary, choose your favourite writer and see what’s on offer: John Keats, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are all around for business, as is Shakespeare’s reconstructed Globe Theatre. And there’s plenty more.
The United Kingdom
These days it’s easier than ever to plan a matrimonial event in the UK that embodies your own unique style and personality. Over half of British weddings and civil ceremonies take place in daringly unusual or thrillingly romantic venues. These begin with crenelated castles and historic country houses – where you’ll find four-poster beds, moats, battlements and landscaped views – and includes everything from world-renowned sports stadia to quaint rural hostelries. The possibilities are endless.
For pre-wedding activities, the great Scottish, Welsh, Irish and provincial cities add to the list of awaiting pleasures, and your guests from overseas can turn their visit into a memorable sojourn. But where to start?
The castles at Windsor and Edinburgh (where Balmoral perches on its extinct volcano), Caernarvon and Warwick are all soaked in tradition. No part of these islands is without some feature of unforgettable beauty and cultural significance. Bath – where you can enjoy a romantic moonlit dip in the open-air rooftop pool overlooking the elegant city; Lincoln and Salisbury, Gloucester and York with their glorious cathedrals; the ancient university towns of Oxford and Cambridge, Glasgow and Durham (with another fine cathedral) … and everywhere the landscape is picturesque and varied, from the sea-battered coves of Cornwall, up past the Brecon Beacons National Park and mountainous Snowdonia, through the eternally lovely Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and beyond to the remotest islands – and that’s only the western half! So remember, it’s well worth thinking beyond the box, splendid as it is, that is London.
My Favorite Properties
Bovey Castle ~ Devon, England
Located in Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle exudes history, excitement, glamour, and adventure. It’s the one place where you can wear your Hunter wellies at 8am, golf spikes at 3pm and Manolo Blahniks for dinner. But while it offers its guests luxury and indulgence, this is not a stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture or let your kids enjoy themselves.
Originally built in 1907 as a private residence for Viscount Hambledon, son of the business baron W H Smith, the castle combines the vibrant atmosphere of a country home from the last century with the modern luxury of an international resort. Whether you’re planning a lavish party for hundreds or an intimate affair for close friends, the elegant architecture, stunning landscaped gardens, spa and championship golf course provide all the ingredients for a memorable celebration.
Bovey Castle offers a range of luxurious ceremony, dining and entertaining options that will guarantee a destination wedding day that’s as unique as you are. You’ll have the option of four different locations within the hotel for your wedding venue, from an outdoor civil ceremony and celebratory drinks at our Summer House, to the regal setting of the beautiful Cathedral Room. Following your ceremony, Bovey Castle’s executive chef will create a sumptuous menu and table settings you and your guests will remember forever, with food and wines tailored to your precise tastes. You’ll even be offered the opportunity to create your own wedding cocktail with their resident mixologist.
One of the major attractions of a destination wedding is the ability to expand the experience beyond the wedding day alone. Why not extend the fairytale by making this beautiful private castle and its 64 rooms completely your own for the weekend? Bovey Castle is also the perfect honeymoon location for the adventurous couple. Take part in a Falconry experience with expert Falconer Martin Whitely, fly away in a hot air balloon, take off by horseback and explore legendary Dartmoor National Park, take a lesson in fly fishing on one of the castle lakes, or enjoy more sedentary pleasures with a visit to their world class spa. There is literally something for everyone at Bovey Castle.
Marygreen Manor Hotel ~ Brentwood, Essex
Deep in the heart of the Essex countryside, you will find the beautiful Marygreen Manor House, a gorgeous example of Tudor style architecture. Although the home has seen multiple refurbishments over its 500 year history, it has always remained true to its original prestigious timber roots. Originally the home of Henry Roper, gentleman servant to Catherine of Aragon, the hotel displays an abundance of oak beams, cozy Ingelnook fireplaces, and other quaint features steeped in history that exude both character and charm.
Marygreen Manor comes complete with Period Function Rooms, Secluded Courtyard Garden, Delicious Food, Exceptional Service and a range of Stunning Guest Accommodations. Truly, your search for the perfect venue ends here! The proprietors are so confident that you will fall in love with Marygreen Manor, they will even allow you to try before you buy. Enjoy a 3 course a la carte dinner for two, followed by overnight accommodations and a full English breakfast in the morning for just £120.00. If you book your wedding within two weeks of your initial stay, your initial visit will be credited towards your wedding day account.
Offering both onsite accommodations and a restaurant, Marygreen Manor is the perfect location for a gorgeous country wedding.
Bath’s Historic Venues ~ Bath, Somerset
Located 100 miles west of London, you will find the city of Bath. First established as a spa by the Romans in 43 AD, the city is now a World Heritage Site. During the 18th century, Bath became the leading center of fashionable life and today it is the home of several theatres and museums, making it one of England’s most popular places to visit. It is the perfect location for a well heeled wedding.
Make your special day one to remember in Bath’s Historic Buildings. Imagine your ceremony in a stunning Georgian venue, a wedding reception amid the steam and torchlight of the Roman Baths followed by a reception or party in the elegant Pump Room. For a choice of stunning and romantic settings for your wedding in Bath, choose between a range of licensed venues including The Pump Room, Assembly Rooms and The Guildhall.
Ceremonies at the Roman Baths can be held at 8.30 am as the larks serenade you, making it a stunning and truly unique sunrise setting for your exchange of vows. Complete your special day with a Champagne breakfast in the elegant Pump Room Restaurant. For an afternoon wedding, the elegant Kingston Room overlooking Bath Abbey is suitable for wedding ceremonies for up to 40 guests. Evening receptions can also be accommodated in the Pump Room. Relax with champagne and canapés alongside the romantic torch-lit and steaming waters of the Roman Baths before moving to the beautiful Georgian Pump Room for dinner and dancing. The Pump Room can accommodate up to 160 guests for dinner & dancing or The Terrace, overlooking the Roman Baths, allows up to 80 guests for dinner. Continue the evening’s celebrations with dancing in the adjoining Reception Hall. The historic venues of Bath are the perfect backdrop for the perfect wedding.