A dream wedding at Witney Lakes Resort

You may have seen from Facebook or Twitter that we have now selected our couple, Ross and Emma. We’ll be sharing their story on the blog very soon. In the meantime, here is an insight into the gorgeous venue of Witney Lakes Resort where Ross and Emma will be getting married in April.

Our chosen couple, Ross and Emma.

Our chosen couple, Ross and Emma (Photo: Darren Bedding Photography).

Witney Lakes Resort was one of the very first suppliers to come on board with The Big Day. As well as providing the location for the wedding ceremony, they are generously providing a three-course wedding breakfast, with wine, for up to 75 people, drinks on arrival and for the toasts, and an evening buffet.

An outdoor ceremony in the stunning summerhouse

Ross and Emma’s wedding ceremony will take place in the stunning waterside summerhouse (unless it’s pouring with rain – so keep your fingers crossed!). Let’s not tempt fate but last year, out of 21 weddings at Witney Lakes, only one was held inside.

If the ceremony is held indoors, it will be in a room with neutral décor, which can easily be transformed into a beautiful wedding venue, complete with a red carpet to greet the bride as she walks down the aisle.

Functions Manager, Karen Wicks, does all she can to plan for an outdoor ceremony and always checks the detailed weather forecast with RAF Brize Norton. This is very apt, since this is where bridegroom Ross is based!

We caught up with Event and Business Manager, Lauren Beck to find out more about Witney Lakes’ involvement with The Big Day.

Why did Witney Lakes become involved with The Big Day?

Lauren: “It’s a great opportunity to provide the couple with a lovely location to get married. The fact that it was a competition made it all the more interesting. How the suppliers have come together is amazing and it’s great to be part of that. It’s always a pleasure to see any couple smiling on their wedding day but this will be extra special, to see them really happy on the day.

It’s also a chance to show what we can do for weddings. We have a fantastic team involved and we’re seeing growth in our weddings business each year. Most people come from referrals/word of mouth so it’s an extra bonus to raise our profile and to meet some new suppliers in the wedding business.”

What makes a wedding at Witney Lakes Resort so special?

Lauren: “The outdoor ceremony. I don’t believe there’s anywhere else in Witney where you can get married in a setting quite like ours. And, as we’re off the beaten track, it’s so quiet and peaceful. Even people sitting out on the patio always fall silent as soon as the wedding starts.

Ross and Emma in the summerhouse at Witney Lakes

Ross and Emma in the summerhouse at Witney Lakes (Photo: Darren Bedding Photography).

“People rave about how hard our staff work to make sure that everything is perfect. We take the stress out of things for the couple too – there’s a meeting two weeks before the wedding when they hand their list over to us and then they can relax. In the nicest way, we hope not to hear from them in that time!”

Witney Lakes’ Director, Sean Parker, recently met the bride and groom for the first time. He says, “I was delighted to meet Emma and Ross. They’re such a lovely, humble couple. I could tell how much they already appreciate all the planning and care which is going into their big day. We are extremely happy that our beautiful venue is where all the magic is going to take place!”

You can keep up to date on plans as they progress on Witney Lakes’ Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Lula Mai team will be blogging at least every month between now and The Big Day – telling the story as it unfolds, featuring some of the suppliers and of course sharing an exclusive interview with the bride and groom. So please do follow us: Facebook and Twitter are the places for up-to-date news and the blog is where we’ll be sharing some more in-depths insights.

Thank you for following The Big Day story.


Introducing Lula Mai – The Big Day

Hello and welcome to Lula Mai’s Big Day Blog. This is our first post on an exciting journey, which will run right up to April 2015. We’ll be following the story of one lucky couple as they prepare for the wedding of their dreams at Witney Lakes Resort.

I’m Lucy Eckley, The Big Day’s creative writer, and I’ll be blogging each month as the plans unfold. I do hope you’ll join us along the way.

What’s The Big Day all about?

The Lula Mai team wanted to do something tangible to help a deserving couple.

The Lula Mai team wanted to do something tangible to help a deserving couple.

Lula Mai is run by a team of military wives, based at RAF Brize Norton, and was founded in 2013 by Rachel Williams and Sally Hayward. I caught up with the team to find out how The Big Day began.

Sally says, “In January this year, we’d been established for a year, we’d helped our hub of suppliers to develop their businesses and we thought “now what?” We wanted to give something back to someone deserving. Rather than just pick a worthy charity, we wanted to do something tangible to make a difference.”

So the idea for The Big Day was born and, in partnership with Witney Lakes Resort, Lula Mai Events is hosting a wedding for a deserving couple from a military or emergency services background.

For Rachel and Sally, there is the added bonus that The Big Day encourages local wedding suppliers to work together. The Lula Mai team has been working tirelessly ever since to persuade businesses to pledge all the services that are vital to creating a beautiful wedding, including the wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, wedding cake and photography.

Rachel says, “We have been amazed at how people have just said “yes”, even to providing the ‘big ticket’ items. Of course it might help that most of our deals are made over cake!”

Lula Mai’s in-house wedding planner, Christina Barker, says, “I can’t wait to meet the couple, to help them plan their special day and to be there to see them enjoy it. With so many people involved, it’s going to be an amazing group achievement with lots of smiles all round!”

What’s next?

Applications close on 14 June, so at the moment the team is focused on sending out application packs and securing suppliers for the last few items. Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing you to the chosen couple and featuring some of the local businesses that are giving their services to The Big Day so generously.