21st June 2019.

  • competition winners at Dovecliff hall


Carl & Danielle were selected as the lucky Bespoke Competition Winners at Dovecliff Hall, winning Free Venue Hire at this stunning venue. To enter Round Two for the chance to win their Food & Drink Package, Carl & Danielle had to write a short story about how they met, proposal etc. 

Here is a snippet including one of their first conversations;

It was during our 1st conversation that Danielle revealed she was into running and doing the Birmingham Half Marathon in a months time. I can confirm at this point that I was not “into running” but that I had been forced by colleagues at work to sign up for the Birmingham Half Marathon; something that required a lot of training and preparation none of which I had done or was even preparing to do as I simply wasn’t going to show up on the day of the race.

Danielle was a serious runner and had completed 2 full marathons and 2 half marathons and ran 2 -3 times per week. I wasn’t a runner at all but somehow in that 1st conversation managed to tell Danielle one truth and one big fat lie:

The truth being that I was signed up to do the Half Marathon and the big fat lie being that “yes I too was a serious runner and that I had previously ran the Boston Marathon”

On finding out they had won the Food & Drink Package, Carl said…

Proposals are one thing; however, setting a date, finding a venue, planning the day and all the countless other things that go with it makes a wedding really challenging to organise. It was Danielle who got in touch with Bespoke Weddings and when she told me she had entered us into a competition to win an entire Wedding Package naturally I was a bit sceptical.


Nevertheless, Danielle went through with the process and to our surprise and complete delight we won round one with an opportunity to hire the beautiful Dovecliff Hall as the venue for our very special day. Ever the optimist Danielle was over the moon to give the old “I told you so line” and I have to say we were both genuinely thrilled.


The lovely people at Bespoke Weddings then entered us into round two and as a coupe we genuinely didn’t think we could win that as well. To be chosen as the 2nd round winners was a complete and utter surprise, but what made it more special was that it was our story of how we met that had swayed the judges vote in our favour.


The second round win probably means more to us than the first round win because when you meet someone for the first time you never ever know what the future may hold and we are proof that little bits of magic can happen and a story of love can resonate with other people who you’ve never even met. Thrilled is actually an understatement.
Thank you Bespoke Weddings 😊


Special thanks to the following WVSA Accredited Suppliers for providing prizes;

Dovecliff Hall Hotel


  • Dovecliff Hall Hotel

Dovecliff Hall is a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian manor house dating from 1790 nestling within 7 acres of gardens and overlooking the River Dove.

Located between Derby and Lichfield it is a very rural but accessible location, on the Derbyshire / Staffordshire border.

The gorgeous surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs. Many couples favour the ancient cedar tree as well as the rose garden and fountain.

The period features inside the hotel also provide many photo opportunities, should the weather be inclement on your special day.



For your chance to WIN the wedding of your dreams like Carl & Danielle did, click on the link above to enter our latest Bespoke Win a Wedding Competitions.


Past Winners

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