The lucky overall winners will not only be crowned with the Wedding of the Year 2009 title, they’ll also win a romantic night away for two at Mansion House in Reading, worth £300. The prize includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms with dinner and breakfast.
This fabulous prize is provided by De Vere, who operates a large chain of luxury hotels and coveted wedding venues throughout the UK.
The lovely couple in questions are Richard Hood and Lisa McCann who were married on 1st August 2009 at Holy Trinity Church, Ardington with their reception at the beautiful Ardington House.
“One of our bridesmaids made our four-tier wedding cake,” says Lisa. “Something must have happened while the cake was being transported to the venue, because by the time we reached the reception only three layers remained. “When it came to taking photos of the cutting of the cake, the photographer had to take shots very quickly as the cake started to resemble the leaning tower of Pisa! All you can see in the photos is us laughing as the cake slowly collapses. Fortunately, the venue staff were very close to hand to catch the falling layers so it could be cut and served up later. By the end of the night there was no chocolate cake left at all – every last bit was eaten. It was so delicious and moist, which might have had something to do with why it collapsed.”The best surprise was the one we actually gave our guests at the end of the night. Just before people started to leave we invited everyone outside and gave each couple a Chinese lantern to light and make a wish as they let them float off into the night. It was absolutely beautiful and so poignant, and many of our guests were moved to tears. It was so nice to be able to do something surprising for them, as the day so far had just been about us.”