Paula & Mart

A touch of sparkle…

Paula and Mart’s glamorous wedding day made the most of the summer sunshine with an outdoor wedding ceremony at The Boat House



When looking for the perfect venue for their big day, Newcastle-under-Lyme couple Paula and Mart wanted somewhere clean, new and that had real impact on arrival. Staffordshire wedding venue The Boat House at Aston Marina ticked all their boxes, and the event team’s dedication to listening to what they really wanted for their big day helped seal the deal.



With the date set for a Saturday in late August, the couple opted for an outdoor wedding ceremony in the venue’s beautifully landscaped gardens. A beautiful sunny day with bright blue skies ensured the couple’s dream of saying their vows outdoors became a reality – the bride stunning in her classic ivory gown, while the bridesmaids’ sparkling midnight blue dresses beautifully complimented the groom’s smart suit.



Following a heartfelt ceremony, the outdoor celebration continued with the wedding party enjoying drinks on the lawn before a surprise butterfly release presided over by the toastmaster and close friend, Donna Bailey, who read a poem. The theme of ‘Glam and Sparkle’ continued inside The Boat House, with thrones for the Bride & Groom and blossom trees adorning the light and airy space.



The cake, crafted by Phillip Blackshaw of Esme’s Cupcake Corner, was a real showstopper – midnight blue and encrusted with pearls, the humorous ‘Finally’ topper celebrated the couple’s journey together to their big day. 

When it came to the food, a traditional, formal wedding breakfast was the order of the day, with Soup, Roast Beef, and Cheesecake on the menu. Toasts and speeches followed, with musical duo Ebony Feare and Stephen Goodwin providing entertainment during dining before guests spilled out into the grounds to perform an impromptu Conga and play a game of musical chairs with the bride and groom!



As celebrations continued into the evening, wedding singer James Barlow provided entertainment – first singing live and later DJ-ing, and guests enjoyed a hog roast out on the veranda – making the most of the beautiful summer’s evening. Meanwhile, magic mirrors and a sweet cart ensured guests of all ages enjoyed themselves.



When asked what the highlight of their wedding day had been, Paula said: “Marrying my best friend, and having our 6-year-old son at the wedding – he took an active part in carrying in our wedding rings into the service, and loved seeing his mummy and daddy get married. Also having our best friends and family there – especially my father, who sadly passed away just after the wedding. The amazing weather and the marina’s beautiful grounds both played a big part in making the day so special, too.”


To discuss how your dream wedding day could become reality at The Boat House, contact our events team on 01785 819702 /

Photos provided by EL Norman Photography.