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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Finding Peace at GreenAcres Woodland Weddings

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Images by Hannah Duffy Photography.

I don’t think many people would describe me as ‘outdoorsy’. Sure, I like a little alfresco lunch in the summertime, a long dog walk to my fave coffee shop and I did seek out a walled garden wedding venue just to have that outside element to my big day. But ‘outdoorsy’ – no.

So, it was quite the surprise when I found peace in a beautiful woodland just an hour or so down the M25.

GreenAcres Woodland Weddings is a wedding venue with a difference; these ancient woodlands are a place where you can truly celebrate life’s journey. I mean the full cycle people and all the emotions that are entangled in these momentous events that we all experience – new life, the joining of two loved ones and ultimately that time when we must bid farewell.

GreenAcres is the place where all of this and more can be celebrated.

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Louise & Huw’s Hill Place Wedding

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Images by Nick Ray Photography.

A bright, spring wedding full of glorious pops of colour, delicious flowers, maids in red, boys playing rugby and excellent sartorial choices by the bride herself.

Hill Place was their venue, an idyllic spot in the Hampshire countryside, and it was the perfect backdrop to Louise & Huw’s relaxed and fun celebrations.

If you love this wedding, then the ladies behind Hill Place also run What Peggy Did Next –  a team of creatives who plan events, weddings and fairs. Their next Bridal Bazaar is happening on Sunday 2nd April 2017 and you can discover more about this in our Event Diary.

But for now let’s all be guests at Louise & Huw’s big day!

Notes from Hill Place

Sarah:

At Hill Place, our Georgian home nestled in Hampshire’s Meon Valley, we are lucky enough to host some exceptional weddings and Louise & Huw’s last summer will stick with our team for a long time.

Louise and Huw live in Australia but made the trip back to their home county to celebrate their relaxed, fun-filled big day with friends and family in May 2016. We couldn’t have asked for a better day – the sun was shining (which meant an action packed weekend of lawn games for our outdoor-loving guests), plus we had a great team on hand, including Hill Place’s catering partners Smallpiece Catering and brilliant recommended florist, Louise Avery.

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2017 Wedding Gift List Trends

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Image courtesy of Habitat.

Let’s talk interiors shall we…?

It’s absolutely no surprise this goes hand-in-hand with what we love to do. We obviously adore discovering and visiting new places and I have been known to get a little over-excited at various wedding venue décor decisions on my travels.

This is why we love Prezola – our chosen Gift List partner. Founder Ali is a renowned stylist and has an amazing eye for detail, so you know your Gift List is in great hands with the Prezola team and their chosen brands.

We’ve got a little round up of some of the colours and items we’re crushing on for 2017, but if you head over to our dedicated Gift List page you can discover some other articles you might be interested in, especially if you’re deciding whether a Gift List is for you.

That point where you’ve booked your venue and key suppliers but haven’t made the stationery decision, this is the point to have the chat my friends – hint: I didn’t have one thanks to the husband-to-be and I regret it! He still gets blamed.

Notes from Prezola

Ali:

It’s that time of year again where colours of the year are unveiled and interior magazines predict the hottest trends of 2017. We like to stay on top of the latest trends at Prezola so our style-savvy couples have the very best for their wedding gift list and this year, it’s all about the colour!

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Modern Wedding Films by This Modern Revelry

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Film & Images by This Modern Revelry.

We’re crushing on This Modern Revelry, simply press play on any of the films below and you’ll see why.

Husband & wife-to-be, Laura and Alan, are fresh on the cinematic wedding scene and they create films that are fun, personal and well, just a bit cooler than the rest.

Their ethos is ‘Love Like Hell Yeah’ which means a no holds barred, fearless love with just a little bit of rebellion! They specialise in cutting together a film that’s interesting, engaging and has a cool vibe but still getting in those little moments that’ll bring on the cry-face whenever you watch it.

If that all sounds like your kind of thing, then read on to discover this awesome couple in more detail. Oh and look out for info on their ‘All the Details’ package as you can claim 15% off if you book before the end of February for your 2017 wedding.

Notes From This Modern Revelry

Laura & Alan:

We’ve been together for 7 years and are getting married ourselves this year (whoop!) at one of Coco Wedding Venue’s recommended venues no less. We definitely wouldn’t describe ourselves as traditional – in life and in business.

Our words to live by are ‘Love Like Hell Yeah’ – love that doesn’t apologise, is a little bit wild but most of all is modern love. This Modern Revelry exists for people who don’t want shot after shot of ‘this happened, then this’ but want to capture the feeling of the day: the fun, the style, the details and most importantly – the party. With a vibe that’s more at home in a music video than a party political broadcast.

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