imago surprises Leicestershire couple with dream wedding

A lucky couple from Leicestershire were today named as the winners of an all-inclusive wedding worth £10,000, courtesy of imago’s four star Burleigh Court Hotel in Loughborough.

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Stephanie Rennocks and Matthew Iliffe fought off fierce competition to win the wedding package, which includes the reception venue – complete with table linen, room dressing and chair covers – accommodation for the bride and groom, a four course wedding breakfast, drinks, a civil ceremony, guest invitations, a photographer, flowers, a dedicated wedding coordinator, rings, a bridal dress, a suit for the groom, wedding favours cake, evening entertainment and a hen party at the hotel’s spa, Burleigh Springs.

The happy couple won-over the judges with their heart-warming plea as to why they should win the wedding of their dreams. Matthew first told his grandma that he was planning to propose to Stephanie, just after she had undergone an operation. The happy news spurred Matthew’s grandma to get back to full health. Matthew and Stephanie have been working hard to save for their wedding but with a young family it has been difficult. The couple entered the competition so that Matthew’s grandma could see them get married.

To really spoil the newlyweds, imago has also thrown in a free three month gym membership, a luxury Dermalogica facial plus complimentary Sunday lunch following the initial coordination meeting and breakfast the morning after the wedding.

What’s more, Burleigh Court is planning a full refurbishment of its restaurant from 17th August to 6th September, just in time for the wedding on 20th September.

At an event to announce the winners, held at Burleigh Court Stephanie, the-bride-t0-be, said: “We are both over the moon and actually can’t believe we won. When our names were called out, it felt so surreal. We only found out about the competition when we attended Burleigh Court’s wedding fair. We can’t wait to tell everybody the good news.”

Matthew added: “We can’t believe our luck. Tonight was also the first time I played the Euro Millions so I’m going to check my numbers when I get home.”

Kay England, CEO of imago, said: “We were inundated with hundreds of entries from all over Leicestershire, but Matthew and Stephanie’s story really stood out. Both the bride- and groom-to-be have worked around the clock to save up for their dream wedding and we knew that they deserved day to remember.

“Matthew and Stephanie will now have the full support of our dedicated events team to ensure that their day is special in every way. Burleigh Court is flexible enough to meet all requirements so we look forward to making their dreams a reality. With everything taken care of, the happy couple can now relax and enjoy their special day with the people closest to them.”

The competition followed a big year for Burleigh Court. Not only did the venue celebrate its 21st anniversary in 2012 but Burleigh Court and imago also formed an integral part of Team GB’s official Olympic preparation camp.

Burleigh Court prides itself on being able to offer one-on-one support and weddings which are personalised to the needs and requirements of each couple. With easy access to the M1, plenty of high quality bedrooms and all venues in one location, Burleigh Court is perfect for those wanting to relax and spend as much of the day with friends and family as possible.

For further information on imago visit, call 0845 036 4624, or follow @imagolboro on twitter.

With thanks to imago’s partner suppliers


Cakes by Minel

Brides of Ibstock

Bristol Favours

Christopher Scottney

Enka Events

Helen Burrell jewellery

Ian Bursill Photography

Burleigh Springs

Holywell Petals


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