Emily, 27, married her partner Steve, 33, on September 19 in a scene created from years of family memories accrued through a lifetime of short breaks.
Mum of three, Emily, says: “I’ve been coming to Center Parcs since I was two. My first ever holiday, with my parents, sister and grandparents, was at Sherwood Forest when it first opened. It soon turned into a tradition and we visit together every January.
“I introduced my now-husband, Steve, to Center Parcs and as our family has grown we’ve visited more and more. It’s just such a special place for me; it’s perfect for families and feels like proper time away. The thought of taking my children on a plane terrifies me, whereas Center Parcs is just a couple of hours’ drive and, most importantly, they absolutely love it.”
Speaking to Emily it’s clear she’s an avid fan of the Center Parcs experience and understand just what benefits a short break can bring to families. But why theme your wedding around it?
“I revolved my wedding around my family and what we love doing together: we love coming to Center Parcs and spending quality time as a family”
It was simple, says Emily: “I revolved my wedding around my family and what we love doing together: we love coming to Center Parcs and spending quality time as a family. Center Parcs has been part of my life since I was two years old; it was an intimate wedding with 35 people, everyone there at some point has been on a break with us.
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“The wedding guests loved it. People were asking ‘What does this mean?’ ‘Where’s this from?’ The little touches, such as the acorns and table names sparked interest. A couple of guests have even booked a break since my wedding.
“But by far the highlight has to be my wedding cake.” The five-tier cake, designed and created by Karon Flude of Karen’s Kakery, reflects Emily and her family doing what they love most: a Center Parcs break! “It shows us as a family, whizzing down the rapids, pedalling on a bike and, of course, Steve and I enjoying our hot tub!”