With Lisa and Chris at The Norton House Hotel

I do love the Norton House. It is very close to where I live so I don’t have to start off too early in the day and it is staffed by real professionals. The Hotel has at least three different venues and Chris and Lisa chose the Garden Suite which is, to all intents and purposes, custom built for a wedding with a separate bar where everyone can meet beforehand. Outside it is like a walled garden (actually the roof of the spa) and, on a really nice day you can get married outside if you wish, as long as you don’t get too distracted by the planes taking off from the airport. The main room has huge picture windows through which the bride would be very visible as she arrived, so they draw the curtains and then open them when she is in position for her grand entrance. It all adds to theatre darling!

Lisa and Chris’s ceremony was beautiful, thoughtful and simple with two great readings and some lovely vows, which I will share now:

I Rely On You by Hovis Presley

I rely on you
like a Skoda needs suspension
like the aged need a pension
like a trampoline needs tension
like a bungee jump needs apprehension
I rely on you
like a camera needs a shutter
like a gambler needs a flutter
like a golfer needs a putter
like a buttered scone involves some butter
I rely on you
like an acrobat needs ice cool nerve
like a hairpin needs a drastic curve
like an HGV needs endless derv
like an outside left needs a body swerve
I rely on you
like a handyman needs pliers
like an auctioneer needs buyers
like a laundromat needs driers
like The Good Life needed Richard Briers
I rely on you
like a water vole needs water
like a brick outhouse needs mortar
like a lemming to the slaughter
Ryan’s just Ryan without his daughter
I rely on you

and their vows were so special:

I promise to be your friend and partner,
and to walk beside you always;
to love you with all that I am as you love me;
to support, respect and share with you in all of life’s decisions,
through joy and sadness, triumph and uncertainty, laughter and tears;
to have you in my life every day for as long as we live.


Isn’t that so lovely.

Julie and Charles at Norton House

So, it was a lovely day in between Christmas and New Year and Julie and Charles chose the wonderful Norton House Hotel for their wedding. There are several rooms that can be used as venues for a wedding from the intimate to the seriously large in the ballroom. But Julie and Chaz chose the Garden Suite, a large self contained venue with a separate bar area. The room is beautiful and, in summer, if the weather is good, you can even have your ceremony outside in the walled courtyard. Not really the venue for a December wedding however but it wasn’t that cold, well not cold enough for you to spot Julie’s goosebumps.

One of the highlights of their ceremony was when they made their promises to one another:

Would you now join hands. Julie and Charles, will you seek to have a loving marriage, allowing it and each other to change and develop, supporting each other in happiness and sorrow, health and illness?
Julie and Charles: We will.
Will you seek to live together as equal yet different individuals, and to recognise and accept each other’s strengths and weaknesses?
Julie and Charles: We will.
Will you seek always to learn from your shared experiences, and to build from them a full and caring friendship based on trust and on respect?
Julie and Charles: We will.


Julie was good enough to send me an email after the wedding:
Chaz and I just wanted to thank you so much for last Saturday. All our guests loved the ceremony with a lot of people passing on nice compliments! I know a few people getting married next year and I will definitely be recommending you.
Thanks Again for everything.
Happy New Year.

Julie and Chaz x