Leah even stayed in the hotel the night before the wedding, and was waited on by her own personal butler. On the day itself, their 70 guests arrived by coach from Hastings, East Sussex – and were “very jolly by the time they got there”, recalls Leah.
The Normans and their guests had never experienced anything like the luxury of the hotel. At one point, Leah recalls that her aunt complained of high heels hurting her feet. The management “went off and got a pair of slippers for her,” she says.
Leah carefully preserved her dress, and hopes that one day one of her nieces will wear it on their own wedding day.
The newlyweds’ honeymoon was also included in the prize: two weeks in Grenada, which was a “perfect location with sandy beaches,” says Leah.
The couple had met in the early 1990s, when they were both working in a hotel in Hastings, where Peter was the head chef, and Leah was the second chef. They bonded over a shared love of live music, and forged a friendly working relationship, which gradually morphed into something more. “It wasn’t love at first sight,” says Peter, “but at second sight.”