Chris & Annabelle
Chris & Annabelle
Real Life Weddings

Warwickshire couple Chris and Annabelle Powell-Smith enjoyed a fabulous wedding day with their guests at Sketchley Grange Hotel in Leicestershire - and they still have their honeymoon to look forward to.

The couple, who married in 2017, are planning to take their four year old son to Disneyland in Florida next year.

Chris and Annabelle who met through a friend in 2011, got engaged a couple of years later in 2013. They began to plan their wedding and then found the perfect venue quite by chance.

Annabelle said, “My mum and dad bought us an overnight stay at Sketchley Grange in Hinckley as a present and while we were there, we just fell in love with the hotel and spa. It just felt like the right place for us to get married and we had a fabulous day.”

Chris, who works for Warwickshire Police, and Annabelle, who is an account manager with the NHS supply chain, had over 100 guests to the wedding reception and a further 30 for the evening party when they all enjoyed a hog roast, singer and DJ.

For the service, when the couple wrote their own vows, Annabelle couldn’t decide on which wedding dress to wear – so in the end chose two, one for the daytime celebration and a second for the evening party.

She said, “For the daytime celebrations, I wore a Princess line white gown with a lace details bodice and a tulle skirt, along with a cathedral length veil. I actually bought a plain dress to start with and my seamstress Lisa Haggan did a wonderful job at making it exactly what I wanted. In the evening, I wore a fitted Grecian-style sparkly gown.”

For the ceremony, Annabelle had five bridesmaids, all wearing pastel colours, with dresses in baby pink, baby blue, lilac, mint and soft lemon. Her flower girl wore a white dress with a pastel petal design on the skirt. The couple’s son was a pageboy.

“The only problem at the wedding was that the flowers arrived a little darker than expected. Our photographer Matt Nicholls and Videographer Oliver Mitchell were both fantastic and helped us make the flowers look much better,” said Annabelle.

After the service, all the guests enjoyed a traditional three-couple wedding breakfast. The couple’s tiered wedding cake had a vintage feel and included lots of cupcakes made by Annabelle and her mum.

On the morning of the wedding, the couple were still undecided whether to have their wedding service inside or outside. “The hotel has a beautiful pagoda but it kept raining on and off so we had to make the decision to hold the service inside. We still had a super day and everything else, apart from the flowers, went to plan. The months leading up to any wedding are very stressful, especially with all the planning, but everything went well and it was a fabulous day,” said Annabelle.

“I particularly enjoyed seeing my wedding dress when it was finished as it was exactly what I had in mind and the finished article was perfect. All the staff at Sketchley Grange were amazing and we couldn’t have asked for more.”

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