Love was in the air at Wolverhampton’s beautiful Bantock House Museum and Park when it hosted its first ever wedding on Saturday – for a couple who live right next to the popular attraction.
Corrinne Wilde and Steven Carpenter are the first to use the house, situated off Finchfield Road, as a wedding venue.
The couple, who have five children and seven grandchildren between them, married in the Arts and Crafts-inspired Drawing Room in front of 35 guests.
Corrinne’s proud daughter, Sarah May, said: “We couldn’t believe this was the first wedding at Bantock House, it is such a lovely place, we assumed other people would have already used it as a wedding venue.
“Mum and Steve live in Broad Lane, right by the house, it’s almost a home from home for them. They walk on the park most days and are always taking their grandchildren there so it was an obvious choice for their wedding day.”
Bantock House Museum is a Grade II listed building, set in 48 acres of lovely parkland. It was the home of Thomas and Mary Bantock first and then their son and his wife, Baldwin and Kitty Bantock, who generously gave it to the people of Wolverhampton in 1938.
Much of the Edwardian house interior is influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement.
Sarah added: “After mum was widowed 12 years ago she met Steve, who was divorced, and they moved to their apartment overlooking Bantock Park, so it is a very special place. Following the ceremony, they travelled to the Mount Tavern, in Penn Road, where they first met, to celebrate with more friends and family.”
City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “Congratulations to Corrinne and Steve, we wish them lots of happiness. Bantock House is a lovely place and the perfect venue for an intimate family wedding.”