Real Wedding Planning Stories: Craig & Chloe

Happily Ever After

Due to get married in 2020 our clients, Craig & Chloe, were in the final stages of planning their wedding when the first lockdown was announced and, like so many others, they were left having to decide whether to cancel or postpone their big day. With the added complication that their wedding was supposed to be taking place in Portugal, and the borders showing no sign of opening up anytime soon, they made the difficult decision to cancel.

And so it began… cancelling suppliers, claiming for flight refunds and talk of what next.

With all the uncertainty of travelling abroad Craig & Chloe felt they couldn’t ask their guests to book flights again so it was our job, at Kate Park Events, to find their dream UK wedding venue. It was a lengthy process trying to find somewhere that ticked all the boxes but after exploring a range of different venues, and even considering craning a marquee structure over one, the winning choice was the beautiful Castle Howard in York.

With the venue chosen and with it being so different from what they originally were having in Portugal, we essentially started the planning again from scratch. Although the majority of the suppliers we had booked for Portugal were available on the new date (luckily!) the whole vision for the wedding had changed. This meant new supplier site visits, florist design meetings and sample showcases, all of which we (Kate Park Events) arranged and attended to bring Craig & Chloe’s new wedding vision to life.

Craig and Chloe’s wedding took place in July 2022, 2 years after their original date, and it was definitely worth the wait! The ceremony was held in the Great Hall and then the wedding breakfast and party in a marquee we had built in the grounds with glass windows so guests were looking out at the stunning views of the Castle. The service was slick, the flowers were showstopping and the entertainment was electric!

To some a marquee is just a standard structure with basic linings but to us at Kate Park Events it is a blank canvas for us to bring it to life! With no limitations in terms of space or rigging, which can inevitably come with a venue, it gives us the freedom to think big and make our clients dreams into a reality. Our organisation, creativity and knowledge of the best suppliers means we can transform any space (marquee or otherwise) to make your big day everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Craig & Chloe’s wedding was 4 years in the making, and we have grown to know each other very well in the process (having even helped Craig with the proposal!) so receiving their kind words the following day was a delight and made everything worthwhile…

“Kate you absolutely nailed it. Thank you for creating such an unforgettable day, you and Rachel deserve a medal… The amount of comments we have received is overwhelming. It was amazing!”

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