A Fairytale Wedding at Rowton Castle / Steph & Rich

Steph & Rich got wed at beautiful fairytale location Rowton Castle in the Summer of 2019.

Photography: Fox & Bear

The Proposal

I found a map and a piece of red rope attached to my car door handle, I followed the map home and along the way there were A3 pictures at different points. The first was a picture of where we went on our first date, films we watched on our fourth date etc. As I drove home, I was getting really excited, I thought I was getting a birthday surprise (it was the day before my birthday), as I walked through the front door following more red rope, our favourite song was playing, as I went out the back door, into the garden, there he was down on one knee ☺ We went for a meal at the restaurant we went to on our first date and then I had a huge party the next day for my 30th which coupled as an engagement party.

Theme / Colour Scheme

Shades of purple was our colour theme, I didn’t want to drive myself mad trying to match one shade of purple and it’s my favourite colour. 

Special Touches & Unique Ideas

Everything was a special touch really, the whole way the room came together, the flowers complemented the candles with the brushed silver candelabras and the rose petals. The outside coming to the inside and everything just gelling together.

The Big Day

I started my day at the Orchard Suite at the castle, we stayed there overnight with my mum and 2 bridesmaids, Sarah and Lacey arrived at 8ish to start hair and make-up, I was really calm, having a great time, until Dewi turned up around 11 and started taking photos, then it all became real. Rich had sent me a bangle with a charm on it saying to my beautiful wife and I broke down ☺ My very talented friend Hannah played the piano and sang I can’t outrun by Home Free, which is our all-time favourite song and I wanted to make Rich cry, I really struggled to say my vows as I was so emotional.

Funny Moments

Just me really, everyone thought I was drunk because I was just so much of a hot mess saying my vows, thank goodness I had such a talented MUA, my make-up stayed exactly where it was supposed to.

Top Tips

I wish I’d really listened to people when they told me how fast the day would go, I also wish that Rich and I had taken half an hour in our suite before the evening started, just to take in the fabulous room. 

I’d spent so much time planning this day, when it came to it, I was going to enjoy every minute of it, I didn’t worry about anybody else having a good time, all that mattered on that day was Rich and I.


The wonderful local wedding suppliers that helped bring Steph & Rich’s vision to life are as follows:

Venue: Rowton Castle
Photographer: Fox & Bear
Cake: Tuesday’s Cakery
Flowers: Di Shackson Flowers
Venue Dressing: Elegance Weddings
Stationery: Bride made herself via Papier
Brides Dress: Designer Stella York from Wedding Belles
Bridesmaids Dresses: House of Fraser
Grooms Suits: Hugo Boss and Moss Bros
Mother of the Bride: Matthew O’ Brien
Hair: Lacey Reade
Makeup: Sarah Louise Hair & Makeup Artist
Rings: The Jewellery Quarter Birmingham

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