Hello there beautiful! I hope you’re having the loveliest week already – and I have something fabulous to help inspire your day: we’re talking opulence and elegance on the English Wedding Blog this morning.
Today’s stately home wedding shoot takes us to the magnificent Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. There are designer dresses by Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford and Suzanne Neville, antique furniture and exquisite stationery to inspire those of you planning a stately home wedding – we’re talking lush, big budget styles with a classic flavour.
Styling a stately home wedding is all about working with the venue to create a gorgeous overall look. In today’s shoot Kelly (The Bespoke Wedding Company) did it with flowers, stationery and delicious accessories to complement the elegant surroundings of The White Room, Waddesdon’s newest wedding location.
Whatever your wedding budget, styling and decor can be scaled to fit your pocket: one thing I love about this shoot is its flexibility: Kelly has created floral displays at the end of the aisle, as centrepieces in tall displays and as scaled-down table arrangements with mercury glass. Choose whichever fits your budget best, and your stately home wedding will look beautiful, I promise!
Words prepared by Kelly Chandler, The Bespoke Wedding Company www.thebespokeweddingco.com
Waddesdon Manor is a very special location in rural Buckinghamshire. It’s one of Europe’s last remaining properties in le style Rothschild. Built in the late 19th century as a showcase for Baron Ferdinand’s unique collections of decorative fine arts and legendary hospitality, the Manor is today owned by the National Trust but still managed by the Rothschild family.
The Waddesdon Estate boosts many separate and equally charming venues and it’s through planning weddings for several clients at The Dairy for many years and getting to know the events team that The Bespoke Wedding Company was called upon when the team were keen to launch the Manor itself to a small number of weddings annually. I’ve been working with them to bring weddings alive at the Manor and this photoshoot which I styled, designed and organised is a big part of that to show how this stately home can look and feel on a beautiful wedding day.
The concept behind the shoot was primarily a practical one to see and to show how The White Room (which is the location recently licensed for wedding ceremonies for up to 60 guests) can be transformed and how it can look set for a luxurious and semi-classically styled wedding day. With a venue as stately and naturally beautiful as Waddesdon and its White Room, the focus was quite a classic look but with a contemporary twist. This is very Waddesdon and often the style of clients choosing The Bespoke Wedding Company to help them with wedding planning. Waddesdon are well-known for combining the old and the new all across the Estate in artworks and sculptures and the very contemporary broken modern porcelain ‘Porca Miseria’ piece that you see photographed in the Blue Room is one such example of the juxtapose of old and new working seamlessly.
We wanted to show the magnificent light in the aptly named “White Room” and chose typical bridal colours for maximum appeal. The focus was on stunning high quality pieces and a “less is more” approach with lush florals and mix of banqueting and one-off hired antique furnishings which suited the location. Our fabulous bride and groom were our icing on the cake and really brought the venue alive demonstrating different bridal styles that would work in the setting and in general for a couple seeking elegance and marrying in a very English, historical, slightly formal setting. The Blue Room shown is an ideal location for bridal party photos or for very intimate wedding celebrations. The house itself can host wedding breakfasts/banquets for up to 30 guests but more typically a separate bespoke marquee would be needed for dining and dancing.
There are numerous other locations on the Waddesdon Estate and you might like to read about the Day of Wedding Discovery on my blog here which I hope helps explain; there really is something for everyone!
Here are the full credits for the shoot:
Photography: Stuart Bebb Photography Stuart Bebb Photography
Venue: The White Room and The Blue Room Waddesdon Manor
Planning and styling: Kelly Chandler, The Bespoke Wedding Company
Dresses: Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique
Suits: Stephen Bishop Suiting
Models: Adele and Jamie Roche
Bride’s accessories: Kelly Spence
Hair and make up: Elle au Naturel
Flowers: Justine, JF Flowers
Guest chairs: Options Hire
Antique furniture: Farley
White carpet – Marquees and Pavilions – Marquees & Pavilions
Sequin cloth – Pudding Bridge
Stationery – Emily&Jo