Zaraf & Fatima’s Poundon House Fusion Wedding

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Images by Aparat Photography.

We have another beautiful fusion wedding to share with you from the incomparable Poundon House. Zaraf & Fatima had a Civil ceremony at this Oxfordshire wedding venue but chose to embrace both the East & West in their truly bespoke celebrations.

Once again the fashion is to-die-for (the bride made her own dress people!) and the colours are utterly delicious.

I’ll hand you over to the very beautiful bride…

Notes from the Bride

Fatima:

Zaraf proposed to me by sneaking a ring into a box of Charbonnel et Walker chocolates on my birthday. Total surprise and a sweet touch because he used to buy those for me when we first got together. Apparently he had been planning it for a while – he found an ethical jeweller (as he knows that is important to me) and designed the ring himself! I’m not a fan of traditional engagement rings so the stone was a beautiful star sapphire, surrounded by small diamonds. I hadn’t, and still haven’t, seen a ring quite like it. The very same chocolate box was used to carry our rings on the wedding day!

We wanted a really fun wedding with everyone we really love. Family had travelled from all over the world – America, Canada, Pakistan, Bangladesh – so we just wanted them all to let their hair down and enjoy themselves. At the same time, we wanted it to be true to us and to the things we really like. Poundon House was the perfect venue choice because it’s absolutely stunning, but a home away from home. They’re so willing to help you plan a wedding tailored to you – with your own caterers and your vision. Just a joy to work with. Poundon House has a beautiful marquee, but you’re free to style it as you want.

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Mita & Nathan’s Poundon House Wedding

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Images by Matt Horan Photography.

I could not love this wedding more. The colours, the fashion, the love. It has everything!

Mita & Nathan chose Poundon House for their English & Indian fusion wedding and it was perfect. With a stylish wedding ceremony in their Yellow Room and an outdoor traditional Hindu ceremony, this venue was the perfect exclusive-use country house for this gorgeous celebration!

Notes from the Bride

Mita:

Nathan and I got married at the beautiful Poundon House in Oxfordshire. The family run Country House is set in private grounds boasting amazing views of the Oxfordshire countryside. There were so many reasons why we chose Poundon House; it is a stunning property and expertly run by a lovely family. Despite its grand nature it always felt intimate and welcoming, like you were staying in a family home and Esmond and his family were amazingly accommodating.

It was the first venue we looked at and we simply fell in love with its charm and history. The venue definitely gave us the stunning backdrop and ‘wow’ factor we wanted and provided the perfect “English Country” setting to our colourful fusion wedding.

As we were having two ceremonies, one of the key factors was to find a venue which would allow us exclusive use from the early morning to the late evening. Poundon House provided us with exclusive use for the whole weekend, which was amazing. Our wedding felt like a true escape. Poundon House offered a range of possibilities for your wedding day, each part of the house and grounds is a perfect as the next so it enabled us to plan our day to maximise the space.

We decided to use their Yellow Room for the civil ceremony, as we wanted to our guests to enjoy the vintage charm of the house from inside. This was followed by an afternoon tea in the marquee whilst we prepared for the Hindu ceremony that took place on the patio outside with the countryside as our backdrop. We used the lawn and water fountain area to host the champagne reception and everyone finally moved back to the marquee for the Wedding Breakfast.

With our wedding being a fusion between Indian and English cultures we were in a fortunate position where we could be quite selective with the style of wedding we wanted. We both like to be a bit different where we can so we didn’t really stick to a particular style but we wanted the elegance and charm of an English wedding with the colours and exuberance of Indian weddings. As much as we could we mixed the two elements together, such as our afternoon tea where, along with the more traditional items, we served sandwiches with cheese and chutney, masala tea and a spiced sticky toffee and date cake. We both love a great party and we wanted ours to have a sophisticated edge so I chose a dress that would look just as suitable for the red carpet as a wedding, the groomsmen wore black tie and Nathan changed in to a tuxedo in the evening.

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A ‘Home Tour’ of Newington House

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Images by Gyan Gurung Photography.

Newington House is a stunning 17th Century stately home set within 50 acres of impeccable Oxfordshire countryside and exudes quintessentially British grace and character. Guests are warmly invited through the gates to create their own unforgettable experiences within the grandeur of this country retreat, in an atmosphere that is both relaxing and welcoming.

One recent guest was Gyan Gurung, the photographer behind our last beautiful Home Tour, and today he’s sharing these stunning images of Newington House and a view of the venue that’s exclusive to Coco Wedding Venues.

We asked Alex, a member of the Nettleton family, to tell us a little more about this marquee wedding venue. We hope you fall in love with it as much as we have…

Notes from Newington House

Alex:

The story of Newington House is impossibly romantic. Built in the 17th Century as a gift for a homesick Italian princess by her British husband, the house is styled on Rubens’ collection of engravings, “The Palaces of Genoa”, the look is a beautiful blend of both classic English and Italian design.

Newington House was lovingly restored by the Nettleton Family in the 1980’s and it’s interior reflects the house’s Italian influence and is very classical and elegant in design. Many of the original features remain which add to history and grand feel of the house.

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Blenheim Palace; A Special Wedding Destination

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Images by Lisa Dawn.

So what does make Blenheim Palace a special wedding destination I hear you ask..? Well funnily enough I have some answers for you. Discover why the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site makes such a special, memorable and unique venue for a wedding celebration and civil ceremony!

Happy Friday reading my friends… The fact geeks and true romantics amongst you will be very happy.

  • 300 years of history and counting Blenheim Palace is a privately-owned home and Estate with a hugely diverse history that is still being written. The Dukes of Marlborough have lived here since 1705 and today the Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and their family. The Estate is a working one and is part of a long, living and lasting heritage.
  • Sir Winston Churchill (who was born in the Palace) once said “My greatest achievement was to persuade my wife to marry me” and he achieved this in The Temple of Diana in the formal gardens here. Churchill proposed to his beloved Clementine as they took shelter from a downpour in summer 1908. The spot is now a romantic must-visit for couples and a popular wedding photo location.
  • ‘The Finest View in England’ Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2000 acres of Parkland, and is one of the largest and most impressive projects by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the famous English landscape gardener. The parkland is unrivalled and in 1874 Lord Randolph Churchill (Sir Winston’s father) named the one part of the Park as having “The finest view in England”.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site There are only a few places across the world given the right to call themselves a World Heritage Site, and Blenheim Palace is one of them. Being awarded its status in 1987, the Blenheim Palace Estate is ‘recognized as being of outstanding international importance and therefore as deserving special protection’, meaning you won’t find a more beautiful or cared-for setting for your big day.

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Bohemian Botanical Vibes at The Copse

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You guys have gone WILD for this venue…

This home-from-home wedding venue in Oxfordshire is a fave amongst newly-engaged couples and it’s so easy to see why. Wedding Weekends at The Copse offers a glorious self catering country house, high in the Chiltern Hills with views over its own valley of outstanding natural beauty. You can host your reception and ceremony surrounded by flower meadows and water in total privacy and seclusion.

Now layer on top this the utterly gorgeous styled inspiration shoot, by Wedding Planner Jenna Hewitt and Kitty Wheeler Shaw Photography, and I’m sure they’ll be a few more of you falling head over heels for The Copse.

I don’t know if it’s the Bohemian vibes, the pops of flame (a rather hot Pantone colour for Spring!) or the incredible botanicals by my new florist crush Willowgold Flowers that have me over excited! If this doesn’t kickstart your Monday then I’m not sure what will…

Enjoy!

Notes from The wedding Planner

Jenna:

The Copse was my inspiration for this styled shoot. This beautiful, new wedding venue sits in the heart of the English countryside and is owned by Penny and Tim Holley. A country house with extensive land, The Copse offers laid back luxury for couples looking for the flexibility to do things their way. I fell in love with it after I planned Penny’s son’s wedding there in August last year, it holds such a magical beauty and charm with a relaxed feel.

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