We're over the moon to share another storybook romance and dreamy fairytale wedding orchestrated by Strictly Weddings' Luxe List partner, Unique Wedding Planning. Be prepared for serious swooning as you take in the sublime floral artistry of Red Floral Architecture and tantalizingly delicious desserts of Chocoshack; two more of our highly esteemed Luxe List-ers!

Bride and groom, Kate and Joe, chose the beautiful Peckforton Castle as their venue for their New Year's Eve wedding. They were given access to all of the historic building's unique rooms and booked the castle's individually styled suites to accommodate their overnight guests. With only six short months to coordinate all the remaining wedding details, they enlisted the top notch services of Unique Wedding Planning to bring their perfect vision to life. The couple wished for an elegant affair that was both intimate and utterly romantic. The result? Our UK wedding dream team devised an incredibly special day that was nothing short of magical.

Photo Credits (left to right): Sansom Photography 1, 2, 6, 8, 10 Samuel Docker Photography 3-5, 7, 9

Peckforton Castle boasts magnificent architecture and spectacular vaulted ceilings, and the floral by Red Floral Architecture brought an extra sense of grandeur. Flowers hung from crystal chandeliers and glorious ivory blooms were surrounded by the glow of hundreds of candles, which dotted the luminous aisle. Red Floral Architecture also dreamed up an enchanting archway where the bride and groom said, "I do."

"The ceremony was the most special part-it felt that we were the only ones in the room. It was perfect," Kate gushed.

Photo Credits (left to right): Sansom Photography 1-4, 6-11, Samuel Docker Photography 5, 12, 13

Kate and Joe filled the venue with a number of personal photographs and portraits of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days. For the happy couple, it was just the right personal touch and made the day even more memorable.

"We also wanted to achieve a high standard of dining, which we were delighted with," Kate said. In addition to the award-winning chef at Peckforton, they selected Strictly Weddings' partner Chocoshack to design their stunning wedding cakes. The lovely centerpiece cake featured their theme colors of white and silver along with intricate pearl icing and handcrafted blooms.

Finally, Kate and Joe joyously counted down the New Year with their family and friends, celebrating amongst the confetti and fireworks.

"It was beautiful. We started the new year with a sparkle and a band!" Kate said.

Kate and Joe brought so much love into the new year. We wish them many more happy years to come!

Photo Credits (left to right): Sansom Photography 1-4, 8-11, 16-20, 24 Samuel Docker Photography 5-7, 12-15 21-23, 25, 26

More on the couple

Joe and Kate met in 2003 when they were just 15-years-old and have been inseparable ever since. They were introduced by a mutual friend, Chris, who was one of the ushers at the wedding and walked Kate's sister down the aisle.

Joe proposed to Kate during an incredible four-week trip to Thailand in Koh Samui at a luxury private villa overlooking the sea. Upon their arrival, Joe arranged a relaxing massage for Kate while unbeknownst to her, he was arranging hundreds of flowers and candles around the villa. Dinner was prearranged on the terrace where Joe got down on one knee and asked Kate to marry him. She answered with one word-yes. To end a perfect evening, Joe arranged fireworks that lit the sky over the sea.


Wedding Planning: Unique Wedding Planning / Photographers: (First) Samson Photography, (Second) Samuel Docker / Hair & Makeup: Michelle Sissons / Bridal Gown: Vera Wang / Flowers & Styling: Red Floral Architecture / Wedding Venue: Peckforton Castle / Ceremony Music: Solo Players String Quartet / Toastmaster: Stephen Saunders / Pianist: Benjamin James Clark / Evening Entertainment: The Prototypes Music / Wedding Cake: Chocoshack /Lighting, Projection & Dance Floor: Hip Swing / Fireworks: 1st Galaxy Fireworks / Light up Letters - The Word is Love