Real life wedding – Hollie and Alex

At the age of 14 Hollie was in the year below Alex at school. From there first date together chatting on a bench and many years of being together they then married here at Clearwell Castle on Friday 14th July 2017.

Alex proposed to Hollie after being together for four and half years. Set in the Maldives sat on a swing looking over the ocean, on the 10th December 2008, Alex took to one knee.

“That evening Alex got all dressed up and wore his brogues which I couldn’t understand as he was going to get sand in his shoes!! Unbeknown to me, he had a ring box tucked in his socks so there was a method in his madness!”

8 years on and it was time to start choosing a venue.

“We’d always loved Clearwell castle and wanted to make the most of having such a wonderful wedding venue on our doorstep.”

“I remember thinking the castle was magical in every way when I saw it for the first time so it’s no wonder it won ‘Best Wedding Venue’ in 2016 & 2017. I’m not a girly girl but I suppose it could be described as every little girls dream!”

Upon seeing Alex at the Church Hollie shed some tears followed by the taking of their vows.

“I had a real mix of emotions when I was about to walk down the aisle; I was so excited to see Alex but also very emotional and nervous.”

“Its very difficult to decide on the highlight of our day as we loved every minute but making our vows was by far the most special moment for us.”

From the Church to the Castle – It was now time to welcome Mr and Mrs Porter!

Our elegant Ballroom hosted the Wedding Breakfast.

“We both felt quite emotional when we were taken into the Ballroom before the wedding breakfast to see how months of planning had all come together, it was so beautiful!”

Speeches gave moments of laughter and a prank reenacted.

Music on the day was provided by Jemima Phillips on the harp and John Adams and Band for the evening.

The first dance took place in the grand main hall followed by more dancing throughout the evening, leading Hollie to put on a pair of flip flops.

Great weather meant Hollie and Alex could take full advantage of the Castle grounds.

“It’s hard to describe how unbelievably happy we were running up to and on our wedding day. It was all we imagined and so much more, thanks to the efforts of our fantastic wedding planner, Zoe and all of the staff at Clearwell Castle!”

Georgie at Clearwell Castle

If you have any questions relating to having your wedding at Clearwell Castle, please don't hesitate to call Charlotte via the contact details below:


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