Saunton Sands Hotel held its annual wedding fair in January, which had over 500 attendees in the grip of wedding fever. Here are some of the pictures of the day.
Beachy cakes by Juicy Lucy Cupcakes www.juicylucycupcakes.co.uk
Meet Saunton Sands Hotel’s concierge, Paul Belmont
What’s your job? I’ve been the hotel’s concierge for 18 years and my aim is to make people feel welcome when they arrive and to let guests know we’re here to help, whether they’re on holiday or business trip.
Hotel manager Mr Anthony Kingdon with Tracy Edwards of Blue Fizz Events.
What sort of services do you provide guests with?
Flowers by Penny and Barbara from the hotel.
Katrina Simpson of The Wedding Collection in Barnstaple. www.weddingcollection.biz
Saunton Sands Hotel’s wedding coordinator, Shaun Sanders.
I know which guests are arriving each day and make sure they receive a warm welcome. I put beds and cots in rooms, provide extra linen, book taxis and provide local information for transport and sightseeing. For business guests, I often set up meeting rooms. I’ve even organised chauffeur-driven vintage cars and helicopter trips. In the summer, we have quite a few helicopters come over. You’ll see me out with a fl uorescent jacket making sure the area’s clear.
What would you recommend guests do?
Because I’ve been living in the area for a long time, I often drive the minibus for walks organised by the hotel manager. We’re keen to promote the local area and provide information. We also try to make sure the kids don’t get bored if they’re walking too!
What’s the best thing about Saunton Sands?
Fabulous dresses from Fiona Bartlett of Frilly Frocks in Barnstaple www.frillyfrocks.co.uk
It’s really rewarding when families come back year after year and you see their children growing up. There’s a family which has been coming on holiday to Saunton for years. The daughter is getting married at the hotel in March, which I’ve been invited to. They’re more like friends now.
Singer Milli Taylor www.millitaylor.com
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