Lucie and Iain Stirling - December 2016 - Arundel Town Hall
Iain and I moved to Arundel in March 2015 when we took over as owners of Arden House B&B, so an Arundel-based wedding was an obvious choice for us.
We chose Arundel Town Hall as our venue, enabling us to offer our guests one destination for the ceremony and reception. With stunning architecture and a decked terrace, this venue is even more magical in December, with subtle Christmassy décor complementing our floral arrangements by Wild & Green. To add to the splendour of the venue, we booked Arundel’s Town Crier, Angela Standing, to ring our guests into the ceremony.
We opted for vintage-style wedding outfits with Iain looking every bit the country gent in quality clothing from Allans of Petworth. My LouLou Bridal dress and accessories were supplied by Proposals. I treated myself to a professional bridal hair & makeup artist, and was artfully transformed on the day by the talented Lucy from ID Makeup, Hair, Beauty. Our photographer was the immensely likeable Neil Walker Photography.
Coming from a food-obsessed family, the wedding feast was always going to be a focal point for the day. We selected the wonderful Jonty Gilbert from Piggery Catering to help us put together a fantastic winter wedding feast for 70 guests.
Our brief was for a locally sourced produce, with plenty of personal, home-made touches. Jonty exceeded our expectations by creating a sumptuous menu, with canapes featuring local crab, and Brighton Gin cured smoked salmon. The mains included slow cooked, pulled Sussex pork shoulder with a smoked paprika, fennel & thyme rub, and char grilled rosemary marinated leg of Sussex lamb, served with delicious sides, and jars of homemade salsa verde and apple sauce and – at my new husband’s request – PILES of crackling!
Jonty worked flexibly with us to enable our family to take over and provide the homemade desserts, which we presented as a GBBO-style cheesecake bake-off, with my husband and mum judging the entries in the style of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry!
As well as providing charming waiting and bar staff, overseen by the incredibly efficient Sacha, the Piggery also catered our evening reception (c100 guests), laying on a feast which included a cheese wedding cake, charcuterie, pates, homemade Eccles cakes and chutney, artisan breads, homemade chocolate truffles and much more!
We provided the drinks for our event, which helped to contain cost and ensured a plentiful flow of beer, wine and bubbly throughout the day!
A wedding’s not a wedding without music, and we booked Touchscreen Jukebox Hire which enabled our guests to select their favourite anthems! And as I sing in the Eagle Choir (The Eagle Inn, Tarrant Street), my choir buddies were there to sing a few songs with me, accompanied by talented musician Will Hall (normally to be found presiding over Jazz night at www.arundeljailhouse.co.uk).
And so, to bed…. With our family cosily tucked up in our guest rooms at Arden House B&B , Iain and I checked into the Swan Hotel along with many of our guests. The Swan Hotel shares our passion for providing warm and welcoming accommodation and an excellent breakfast, and they did us proud, from looking after the groom on the eve of our wedding (and ensuring he didn’t get up to too much mischief!), to welcoming additional guests wishing to join us Sunday morning for a post-wedding full English Breakfast!
We’ve spent the last 2 years welcoming wedding guests to Arden House, and now we can say, hand on heart, that there is no better place to get married than Arundel! 🙂