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Matching your wedding style to your venue can be easy when you have a blank canvas (a marquee or a purpose-built venue) but when you’re marrying at a stately home or boutique hotel it’s easy to confuse styles. I always encourage couples to consider the style of their venue when making decisions on wedding decor: a boho look won’t work in a modern hotel, just as a classic wedding dress can look out of place in a field at a festival wedding. Stately homes are our classic venue choice, but how can you make sure your styling options aren’t limited?

Wedding ideas from Froyle Park by Jennifer Sinclair Photography Hampshire (1)

My lovely friend and sponsor Jennifer Sinclair Photography styled two shoots at Froyle Park – both with classic dresses to suit any bride, but incorporating a colourful, floral look with a lovely crown for one bride, and with more chic, vintage-inspired styling for the second bridal look. I love them both – and either look works beautifully with a stately home venue like Froyle.

Wedding ideas from Froyle Park by Jennifer Sinclair Photography Hampshire (3)

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Today’s wedding blog is all about the romance – with wonderfully decadent and pretty peony bouquets in the fabulous setting of Froyle Park.

Wedding blog from Froyle Park with Graham Nixon Photography (12)

The styling elements come together beautifully to create a soft, romantic French theme: with soft pastel colours and a pink pop from peonies in the florals. The dress is divine; hair and make up is soft and romantic. There are DIY elements – the table plan was made from charity shop frames and looks fab! And I adore the stationery by Hip Hip Hooray. The shoot was curated by Lyn from Lily Marie wedding and event planning, and she has written a little about her inspiration for the day.

Wedding blog from Froyle Park with Graham Nixon Photography (30)

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Wedding blog from Froyle Park with Graham Nixon Photography (23)

My first experience of Froyle Park was driving past one evening; and glancing up the stunning, beautifully lit lavender and tree lined driveway, which reminded me of places I had visited holidaying in France; such a romantic setting.

So I jumped at the chance of organising a shoot here when approached by make-up Artist Natasha Wiggins and photographer Graham Nixon.

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It’s hugely important to me that the English Wedding Blog isn’t bossy; I’ll never try to dictate how a wedding ‘should’ look. Every shoot I feature is a suggestion, an inspiration and a collection of ideas to help you style your wedding. Today’s is a perfect example: photographer Aksela curated this lovely styled shoot with minimalism in mind.

Wedding style at Froyle Park in Hampshire with Amamini Flowers and Aksela Photography (14)

“There’s no need to go overboard on wedding styling if you can choose a few beautiful statement pieces instead.”

Images are from Froyle Park in Hampshire, a magnificent manor and country house estate an hour outside London. Lovely Elisabeth from Amamini Flowers was first to show me the images, and I love the way she created elegant place settings and a beautifully textured bouquet for the shoot. Statement flowers are my favourite way to create a unique bridal look, and these are just fabulous!

Wedding style at Froyle Park in Hampshire with Amamini Flowers and Aksela Photography (24)