Kirsty and Ross tie the knot at idyllic Nottingham Wedding Venue

Kirsty and Ross Tie the knot

Kirsty and Ross have been together for 5 years and Kirsty tells us all about their engagement…

The proposal was a complete surprise. We were going down to London for a short break to see Matilda the Musical, Ross had bought me tickets for Christmas and knows how much I love London (I used to live there so it’s one of my favourite places), unbeknownst to me this was all part of his proposal plan! We went to see Matilda, had a lovely dinner and went back to the hotel. The next morning he suggested a walk along the South Bank where they hold the South Bank Book Market three times a week. We’re both English Teachers and huge fans of literature and I used to spend nearly every weekend at the book market. Its situated next to the National Theatre, another one of my favourite places and after we’d looked at the books he suggested we sit on the bench for a bit outside the theatre. He then told me he’d got me a present, and gave me a book, I opened it up and he’d filled it with lots of pictures of a Lego version of him and me around our house, all with little captions next to them, the last caption read ‘And because of all these things and more, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.’ Then he put the ring box in my lap, right there on the South Bank! He’d always said he wouldn’t propose in public so to say I was shocked was an understatement! Then I cried like baby, said ‘Yes’ and snatched the ring out of his hand, haha!

Ross chose my engagement ring and I LOVE IT!!!

Kirsty and Ross were married at the beautiful Swancar Farm Country House in April this year.

They wanted somewhere rustic – love exposed beams and bare brick so knew it had to be somewhere with those features. This idyllic venue is relatively close to Leicestershire which was the icing on the cake!

It also had to be affordable as they didn’t want to plan anything that they would still be paying off after the wedding had happened.

Tell us about your venue and reasons for choosing it?

Swancar had an excellent reputation and when we went to look around it was lovely, the Oak Hall where receptions are held is perfect for small or large weddings, we only had 50 people during the day and it didn’t feel too big or like we couldn’t fill it. We also wanted a venue where once people had arrived they didn’t have to travel to somewhere else after and we wanted it to be private, just us and our wedding party. Hayley, our wedding planner at Swancar, was fab from start to finish; nothing was too much trouble for her and she was always available on email. 

Your Wedding Dress

Like most brides to be I had looked on Pinterest and had been to enough weddings myself to have an idea of what I did and didn’t like. I spend most of my time wearing leggings and big jumpers so it was always going to be a bit strange for me choosing a wedding dress and knowing that everyone would be looking at me on the day. A friend that I went to school with had found her dress at ‘Dress Me Pretty’ and highly recommend Amy and the ladies so my Mum and I made an appointment during the Easter holiday. It was the first shop that we went to and Jodie was lovely from the beginning, both myself and my Mum picked out some dresses and Jodie picked one or two up as well. The only way to say it is that everything I picked did NOT suit me at all, haha! So I was in need of help. Jodie picked out my dress, and at first my reaction was “Oh no, that’s not me, I can’t wear that it’s too tight fitting, I don’t have the body for it.” But Jodie was really encouraging (without being pushy) and I gave it a go…and that was my dress! I didn’t recognise myself in the mirror, I didn’t cry (that’s not very me) but it was perfect.

Lovely Jodie then went off on maternity leave so I met Amy, Kerry and Stacey throughout the process and they were are absolutely brilliant!

Kerry who Dress Me Pretty recommend for alterations was absolutely outstanding as well, she fitted my dress perfectly to me and was just as lovely and supportive as the ladies at Dress Me Pretty.

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.


As with most couples we wanted the wedding to reflect us and we aren’t serious people, we laugh about everything in life and we wanted that to show in the wedding arrangements. A few of our favourite things were things we made ourselves and our cakes. Throughout both of our childhood’s we’d had Caterpiller birthday cakes so we had Colin the Groom and Connie the Bride caterpillar cakes from Marks and Spencer and Hannah Worrad (The Lanes), who did our styling and flowers, made a sign to go on the cake table that said ‘Is it even a party if there’s not a caterpillar cake?’

As big readers and English teachers we came up with the idea of giving each of our guests a book that we’ve read and loved as a wedding favour, so we spent a couple of weekends going around charity shops and buying books that we loved for each guest and then we made bookmarks thanking them for coming to the wedding and wrapped the books with brown paper and string – one of our favourite parts of the day was seeing everyone open them and start discussing them on their tables!

Who was your Photographer?

Kathryn Edwards Photography

Where did you find your photographer and what was it that prompted you to book them?

We found Kathryn whilst googling wedding photographers that favoured candid photos and were good with camera shy people. Ross is very self-concious in front of the camera and usually avoids any photos at all and Kathryn has loads of positive reviews of how good she was with camera-shy brides and grooms. As soon as we met her we knew she’d be great, she was relaxed and chatted away happily with us, we had the same interests and we had a pre-wedding photoshoot at Wollaton Hall to get used to the camera. On the wedding day she was brilliant, she took so many informal shots which was exactly what we wanted and she even had a dance with us in the evening! I’d highly recommend her!

Other Wedding Suppliers that helped made Kirsty and Ross’s day so special

Hannah Worrad @ The Lanes – Styling and Flowers

Dream Weddings and Events Ltd – Our DJ

Hollie Seager Bridal and Occasion Hair

Touch of Elegance Mountsorrel – Nathalie – Make Up