Good morning! How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was really lovely – romantic and special. I hope you all had a wonderful day to remember, and for those of you celebrating your last Valentine’s Day before you become Mr & Mrs, I hope you had the best day ever! We’re celebrating on the blog with a February wedding at Blenheim Palace. This is romantic, and timeless, and has some gorgeous details you’ll love as well as some fascinating traditions to discover.
Rahele and Michalis used their cultural backgrounds to inspire their wedding day. I love the Persian tradition of dipping pinky fingers into honey to share! – watch out for the photo and read Rahele’s explanation in her wedding report about half way down this blog feature.
The images are all from Weddings by Nicola & Glen – Oxfordshire based wedding photographers who’ve recently had a wedding featured on Style Me Pretty! I think they’re fabulous and I’m sure you’ll agree! They’ve very kindly taken the time to write an introduction to today’s wedding blog for us. Enjoy! Claire xxx
A wedding at Blenheim Palace – introduction by Nicola & Glen
Rahele & Michalis’s wedding was a seasonal inspiration with the red berry colour scheme adding blushes of warmth and depth to this glamorous winter wedding held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
The berry colours & actual berries were in all the flowers for the day (kindly made by Rahele’s friend Tracey Holding), Rahele’s lip & nail colour, and both her sister (Maid of Honour) & mother’s outfit on the day and the favours of traditional sugar coated almonds.
Another friend of Rahele, Rosie Clowser, also made the chocolate cake for them. Both bride & groom got ready at hotel Malmaison, originally the city of Oxford’s old historic jail house.
The wedding reception was held at the Orangery at the magnificent Blenheim Palace, perfect for the cold weather as splendid views of the beautiful Italian gardens could be enjoyed from inside looking through the elegant room’s huge arched windows. The ceremony itself was in The Marlborough Room, a double vaulted ceiling rising to the full height of the Palace.
Despite the cold & time of year the spectacular Palace and grounds made a breathtaking setting for their wedding. Guests came from far and wide as Rahele is Persian and grew up in Sweden and Michalis hails from Greece. The two fused elements of their Greek & Persian heritage throughout the event to pay homage to both cultures.
The official proceedings started with a double ceremony, a civil ceremony followed by a traditional Greek orthodox service. During the reception Persian traditions were upheld by having a table of wedding favours for all the guests bedecked with various items of symbolic importance. One of these is the cup of honey where the bride and groom each dip a pinky finger in the honey and feed it to one another to sweeten life for their future together.
Wedding report: Rahele and Michalis at Blenheim Palace
How would you describe your wedding style?
Glamorous, Traditional and stylish
A little about the wedding ceremony:
Celebrating in the Marlborough Room at Blenheim palace we had two ceremonies one traditional Greek Orthodox and a Civil Ceremony. The flower girls playing harp in the background.
Which readings did you choose?
‘I love you’ by Mirtiotissa and ‘Blessing for a Marriage’ by James Dillot Freeman
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
Blenheim Palace is a glamorous and stylish venue full of style and well thought of. We had mini favours which consisted of 5 almonds in each bag. Table decorations were burgundy colour calla lilies in a high vase with a floating candle on the top.
Invitations and reception stationery:
Made by the Bride and Groom.
Wedding music and entertainment:
Fusion Entertainment with a mixture of Persian, Greek and Swedish music
What did you wear?
I wore a stunning gown with lovely detailing on the straps and front, complimented by a blusher style veil, both designed by The Wedding Square in Sweden. My shoes were from Pink and my jewellery from Crislu.
Michalis was wearing a Lincoln Morning Suit from Moss Bros, and cufflinks by Hermes
Memorable wedding day moments:
All day really but the most enjoyable was our first dance, the Entrance of the Bride at the ceremony room and the buggy trip around the grounds with Glen and Nicola for our pictures. To honour my Persian heritage as bride and groom we each dipped one pinky finger in a cup of honey to feed to one another as is tradition. The meaning of the honey is to sweeten life for the couple’s future together.
Wedding day advice:
Stay calm and collected, make sure you definitely eat and drink your expensive food (as I didn’t eat anything), take time to talk to all your guests as much as you can, dance all the time (make sure you have soft insoles in your shoes, brides), take pictures with all your guests and enjoy as much as you can! This day is all about you and your husband and nothing else matters!
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Wedding Square- Sweden
- Moss Bros
- Crislu jewellery
- Tracy Holding for Flowers
- Rosie at ‘thecakemaker’ for the cake.
- Reception Venue: Blenheim Palace blenheimpalace.com
- DJ: Fusion Entertainments fusionentertainments.com
- Shoes: Paradox London Pink paradoxlondon.com
- Jewellery: Hermes hermes.com and Crislu crislu.com
- Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Moss Bross moss.co.uk
- Pre Ceremony Location: Malmaison Hotel malmaison.com