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J + B’s Elegant Winter Wedding at Courteenhall Estates
J + B’s wintry wedding was the perfect balance of elegance, classic glamour and intimate details. Everything was beautiful and everything had meaning deep in its roots, from the music to the historic venue. Their November celebration was crisp and cold, and we celebrated the season with warming mulled wine alongside the champagne. Delicious!
Belinda and Jonathan said their vows in a traditional church in the presence of 150 guests – their close family, their friends and church family. St Giles Church was somewhere special to the couple, and the whole wedding had a number of very personal moments, where the couple’s friends and family played their part too. One of Belinda’s closest friends sang ‘Ribbons on the Sky’ as she walked down the aisle, while a string quartet provided romantic melodies to introduce the couple and guide the service.
The Most Romantic of Dinner Parties…
After a drinks reception at the church, complete with sensational hot and cold canapés, the couple and 60 of their guests moved the celebrations to nearby Courteenhall Estate. Belinda and James wanted a softly elegant and inviting atmosphere to their winter wedding reception – more like the sophisticated ambience of a dinner between friends than an all out party. My team and I were more than happy to oblige!
Courteenhall Estate is the perfect place for an elegant wedding that doesn’t scrimp on grandeur. Able to cater for parties of up to 1000 people, it’s also adaptable enough for an intimate wedding. What a setting! Romantic gardens dotted with water features, sheep that roam the private parkland, a sweeping tree-lined driveway and a gloriously ancient 18th Century Hall are sure to take your breath away.
We wanted the couple and their guests to be wowed from the moment they approached the hall. The driveway was lined with flaming torches, and Brigitte and her team from Moss and Stone worked their floral magic on the stone steps leading up to the entrance. She adorned them with abundant, tumbling installations of autumnal flowers, and dotted them with dozens of flickering candles. The overall effect was totally enchanting.
After a welcome drink of crisp, cold champagne or spiced mulled wine in the stately columned hallway –– it was time to dine. I loved hearing the buzz of happy chatter from the guests, and watching the candlelight flickering off the crystal chandeliers and the glinting gold cutlery. Belinda and Jonathan selected a beautifully flavourful seasonal menu, serving their guests creamy hot smoked salmon soufflé, followed by succulent guinea fowl stuffed with wild mushrooms and a decadent brandy snap basket with vanilla mascarpone and grilled pineapple to finish. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water – I do so love elegant-yet-hearty wintry dishes!
Music is hugely important to this couple, so we had the string quartet and a harpist play soft strains of delicate classical music throughout the dinner. It felt a little like stepping back in time, to a regal and sumptuous dinner filled with romance.
Less Is More
I loved this wedding for its understated elegance; it was beautifully balanced, and never went over the top. We worked closely with Belinda and Jonathan to design a day that encapsulated the things they love. The end result was filled with flowers, candle, music, good food and good company, and a whole lot of love. I couldn’t have been prouder!
If you’re planning a winter wedding, and looking for styling and design with elegance and flair, then I’d love to talk to you. Get in touch, and let’s see how we can make your wedding dreams a reality.