Mr and Mrs Hextall's wedding

Mr and Mrs Hextall’s wedding

For the first time in its 112 year history one of Bournemouth’s historical and architectural gems, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is opening its doors to offer couples a rare opportunity to get married at this exotic Victorian villa – something newlyweds Mr and Mrs Hextall enjoyed when they became the first couple to have their wedding ceremony at this unique venue.

Located on the cliff top, the historic house and art gallery boasts magnificent views of Bournemouth bay, an exquisite Japanese-inspired garden where newlyweds can have their photography taken and more than 1,000 artefacts and artworks on display, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s masterpiece, ‘Venus Verticordia’.
The Russell-Cotes has licensed five rooms for ceremonies – the Conservatory, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Gallery II and the centrepiece of East Cliff Hall, the Main Hall – each room boasts beautiful individual features. The Main Hall has a magnificent grand staircase for the bride to make an entrance, an intricate stained-glass skylight, grand piano and shimmering mosaic fountain.

The new Mr and Mrs Hextall held their ceremony in the Drawing Room with 13 guests sharing their day with them. It is one of the most opulent rooms in the house and has features delicate, refined and gilded décor. Mr and Mrs Hextall and party overlooked the glorious seascape and garden during the ceremony before enjoying a meal in the Morning Room catered by Urban Renaissance.

Justin Hextall said: “We chose the Russell-Cotes because it reflects so many things that are so important to Sarah and I; passion, love, beauty and the individual. The Gallery is an amazing building in a stunning location with fantastic views across the bay. It’s also jam-packed with stunning art and run by people passionate about their work.

“We feel incredibly lucky to be the first people married here! A big thank you to the Russell-Cotes and to our good fortune!!

For more information about the weddings at the Russell-Cotes call 01202 451858.

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