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Stone couple in running to win Sandon Hall wedding reception competition

Lisa and StaceyStone couple Lisa McCandless & Stacey Hulse are in the running to win a fantastic wedding reception package as part of a Sandon Hall competition

Lisa and Stacey met 12 years ago and in March this year, after 3 years of planning, Lisa popped the question to Stacey. Lisa works as a Behavioural Leadership Coach at Jacobs (the cream cracker people) and Stacey is a midwife. They set up home in Stone 18 months ago when they fell in love with the town.

Here’s what Lisa had to say about the proposal:

“Growing up I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to raise a family, let alone get married – however I was lucky to fall in love with an amazing and inspirational woman who has given me both these dreams. A woman who invited me into a fabulous world of supporting the upbringing of two amazing people. After twelve years of being part of this family I knew I had to be the one to find the courage to propose.
To me every proposal needs two essential ingredients, the venue and the ring.
The Venue – three years in the planning we were in the middle of the Caribbean Sea on a beautiful cruise ship, my girlfriend under the impression she was there only to celebrate her recent significant birthday – venue check ✅
The Ring – when I told my mother of my plans to propose she instantly removed a ring from her finger and asked me to propose with this. One of the most important and significant moments in my life I will always treasure as this was a gesture offered by a woman with Alzheimer’s. So clutching tightly the solitaire diamond ring my late father bought for her on their last Caribbean cruise together, I managed to transport this safely with me for this moment, I was ready! – Ring check ✅
The evening was perfect, the scene was set – sat holding hands in the Atrium bar at the foot of a breathtaking staircase, looking at the magical, twinkling night sky, I glanced at my gorgeous girlfriend and whispered ‘I have something I want to ask you …..”

Should Lisa and Stacey win the prize they want to take the opportunity to “pay it forward”.  The Stone couple have decided to use their wedding as a fundraiser for a local Breast Cancer Charity.

Lisa said:

“It will be humbling and a great privilege to win such a prize, also this would free up some personal funds so we can give back and make a personal donation and we will also be asking our guests to do likewise instead of a wedding gift.

“The Breast units at Stafford and Stoke are made up of incredible Nurses and Doctors who were simply fabulous to me and thousands of other women finding themselves having to deal with this disease. Stacey, I and our families have been touched in so many ways by cancer as so many of you have too I am sure. I was incredibly lucky to have been chosen to have an early mammogram and would want the same opportunity to be provided to other women my age or even younger.

“So to all the fabulous Stone residents don’t forget to regularly check your boobs ladies and gentlemen check your dangley bits! Anything not feeling right or out of place get it checked out as quickly as possible.”

Here’s a video of Stacey and Lisa talking about the proposal and their relationship

Lisa and Stacey are in the running with two other couples, Tom Savage and Amber Griffiths of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford-based Cameron Howard-Wight and Charlotte Hughes.

It now all comes down to votes, the couple with the most public votes between Saturday 16th June and Saturday 30th June will win the exclusive use of the hall and gardens on Saturday, 27th April 2019 for a wedding reception party.

The prize package, worth more than £12,000 will see award-winning Vanilla in Allseasons provide arrival canapés, three-course wedding breakfast for up to 40 guests and evening sausage and bacon baps for up to 80 guests. The Estate Boys will offer a drinks package including arrival drink, a third of a bottle of wine per guest during the wedding breakfast, Cava or Prosecco for toasts and a paid bar service throughout, in addition to a 5-hour DJ set with music tailored to the couple’s favourite genre. Photography by New Road Photography, toasts led by The Staffordshire Toastmaster and venue dressing service courtesy of Vintage Venue Dressing complete the comprehensive prize.

Sandon Hall Events Manager Laura Davies says:

“The competition has been great fun and we’ve had so many wonderful entries from couples telling us their proposal stories. Choosing the final three was a real challenge – there were stories that brought tears to our eyes, some that made us laugh and others that were just jaw-droppingly romantic. Our finalists all have very special stories and we feel that a public vote is the fairest way to decide who wins this prize of a lifetime.”

To cast your vote head to https://sandonhall.co.uk/big-wedding-competition-final-vote/ or visit https://www.facebook.com/SandonHallCountryHouseWeddingVenue. Voting will close on Saturday 30th June at midnight.

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