Images by Captured by Katrina.
Twyning Park is a Grade II listed manor house overlooking the beautiful river Avon. The oldest part of the house dates back to the mid 17th Century and boasts a wealth of original features – oak panelling, sash windows, ornate stairways, beautiful fireplaces, ornate cornicing and an Adams fireplace in the drawing room… there are little treasures to be discovered in every room.
There are 5 acres of grounds to enjoy and explore including the two main lawns, rose garden, secret garden and river meadow with private access to the river Avon.
Twyning Park is primarily a family home to 3 generations of the Simmons family. After holding several large celebrations, including family and friends weddings, the owners realised how well suited Twyning Park is to hosting fabulous parties, elegant dinners and ultimately exceptional weddings and have decided to share their home on an exclusive hire basis with couples looking for somewhere to create their perfect day.
Last month, the venue opened it’s doors and welcomed couples to their very first Wedding Open Day. In partnership with West Country Marquees, bride & grooms-to-be enjoyed a glass of fizz (or two!) and soaked up the inspiration and advice from a range of award-winning suppliers. If you missed this event, then fear not because we’re lucky enough to be taking a peek inside thanks to Charlotte, custodian of the venue, and Captured by Katrina.
Notes from Twyning Park
Individuality, creativity and a celebration that is unique to them – that’s what our couples can expect from their wedding at Twyning Park. We only hold a small number of celebrations here per year. This maintains our exclusivity and allows couples the flexibility to be really creative with their day. We don’t have packages, charge corkage or insist couples use our preferred suppliers. We believe that couples should be able to create a day that fits their style, personality and history and at Twyning Park we love nothing more than something a little bit different.
Weddings here are relaxed affairs where Twyning Park becomes home for our couples, their friends and families. With an average of a three day hire period, there is no need to spend any time on the big day rushing around. The styling and preparation can all be done the day before and with no early morning checkout time the celebrations can continue the day after the wedding, allowing suppliers plenty of time to pack up, and couples and their guests the opportunity to reflect on the day over a bacon sandwich or barbecue.
Images by Tony Hart Photo.
We have such a lovely wedding to share with you this morning and it’s a rather special write-up because it’s told through the eyes of the photographer, in this case Tony Hart.
Faye & James chose the truly unique Elmore Court as the backdrop for their day and, in my humble opinion, it’s one of the best wedding venues around!
Come and see why…
Notes from the Photographer
Faye is a stage and screen actor and James works as a television producer and comedy writer. Needless to say they both have extremely compelling personalities and were simply wonderful to photograph. Add to this their friends and family who are equally engaging and full of joie de vivre and a more exciting wedding congregation it’d be hard to find.
The story of how Faye & James got together is simply incredible. They were at school together, and, on the last day, in keeping with tradition, everyone wrote on everyone else’s shirts. Most was simple stuff, name plus a kiss, a few key dates, ‘stay in touch’, etc etc. Faye on the other hand, perhaps harbouring a soft spot for our handsome groom, (or possibly just having a giggle) wrote ‘Miss u hubby, C U on our wedding night!’. It’s worth pointing out at this juncture that, while Faye & James were friends, there was nothing overtly amorous between them at all. Fast forward 7 odd years, and James bumps into Faye at that noted romantic location, the bus stop. After this chance and unexpected meeting, one thing led to another, a date led to another and then another and eventually on the 27th March 2016 the school shirt prophecy was fulfilled! After nearly a decade of shooting weddings this has to be the most astonishingly awesome ‘how we met’ story I’ve encountered. So good! Needless to say the famous school shirt took pride of place as part of Faye & James’ day; it was the background for their table plan.
Image by Bigeye Photography.
To take us into the weekend we have a very lovely announcement and offer from our friends at Matara Centre.
Kingscote Park House, part of the Matara Centre estate in Gloucestershire, is a Grade II listed Regency house and it’s now available for very intimate weddings and receptions.
A unique and beautiful wedding venue in the Cotswolds, Kingscote Park is a place of beauty and tranquillity, set within 28 acres of glorious parkland. Matara Centre can host up to 220 guests but for those seeking out a smaller celebration this is a stunning option.
For just £5,000 (including VAT) their offer includes;
- 3 Nights accommodation for up to 18 guests
- Licensed for civil ceremonies
- Friday night Welcome Feast
- Saturday canapés & 3 course wedding breakfast
You can arrive after 3pm on the Friday and depart 11am on the Monday (also available as a four night midweek wedding package) – just ask.
Images by Bigeye Photography.
Louboutins, two wedding dresses, peachy pink peonies, a fairy-light backdrop and a ruffle cake to die for. That’s all before I’ve even mentioned the epic Gloucestershire wedding venue that is Matara Centre.
Settle in and enjoy James & Hannah’s story of their big day and delight in these pretty gorgeous images by Bigeye Photography…
Notes from the Bride
Matara is such a beautiful venue, especially in the summer when all the flowers are in bloom. The grounds are large enough for guests to wonder freely and still feel incorporated in the wedding, and there are lots of beautiful spots for photos. The house is also a beautiful venue to host your family.
We chose Matara because we could effectively get married outside, under beautiful wisteria and still have a legal marriage. We were very lucky to find a venue which incorporated the open / outside feeling (you often get at US weddings) and it still be legally binding! Both James & I have high pressure jobs in the city and we wanted the day to be the opposite of our normal lives; relaxed, authentic, free flowing and beautiful. The staff at Matara were incredible from the first visit, they couldn’t be more helpful and I wish I could do it all again there!
Much to celebrate! The lovely Lizzie from Wedding Yurts is swinging by today with BIG NEWS on the Wedding Yurt front. The love shown for this nomadic style of wedding venue has been overwhelming and so, the team are extending their wedding season to include new dates for 2015 & 2016!
Just the perfect bohemian dream…
Notes from Wedding Yurts
Hello again lovely Coco readers! Since our last post, we’ve been travelling all over the country hosting some of the most wonderful yurt weddings we’ve ever been part of – 2015 is just full of brilliance!
Anyway, I’m here today with some fantastic news – we’re extending our season into the winter and spring as we’ve teamed up with some stunning venues that will provide the very best backdrops for these super special occasions. So, if you’ve yet to book us for your wedding, read on…
Firstly, if the thought of a romantic, cosy and wonderfully memorable winter yurt wedding appeals then we have three brand new dates available in December 2015 and three in January 2016 available now. We’ll be set up at a fabulous venue in Gloucestershire so there’s no need to search for a site or worry about any of the practical arrangements – we’ll take care of everything for you.
Big woodburners will keep you and your guests warm and snug whatever the weather and you’ll be welcomed by fire bowls, organic hazel sculptures and hundreds of twinkling lights. It’s going to be beyond amazing so please get in touch as soon as possible if you’d like to secure one of these very special dates for your winter wedding. Of course, we’ll be mixing some exclusive seasonal cocktails to celebrate!