Rustic Charm Meets English Country Glamour at Calke Abbey

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Images by Humpston & Bull.

The Riding School at Calke Abbey is the most amazing ‘blank canvas’ and is described as the National Trusts’ ‘unstately’ estate.

It is surrounded by 600 acres of lush parkland, ancient woodlands and ponds filled with deer, long horn cattle and rare bread sheep. Frozen in time, Calke Abbey and it’s Riding school genuinely is one of the most charming and beautiful wedding venues in the British isles!

Its location, size, shape and furnishings perfectly allow every couple to add their own style and personality. This venue has some rather lovely custodians in the form of wedding planners Honeysuckle & Castle and because this venue offers so much decorative freedom, they are regularly asked by their couples “How would you style and decorate the venue..?”

So, staying true to the ethos of Calke Abbey and all that they hold dear, they have ‘restyled’ the Riding School in a way that would both inspire their clients and demonstrate its dynamic versatility.

Notes from Honeysuckle & Castle

Helen:

The old Riding School is full of charm, character and quirky features allowing couples to add their own style and personality.

We at Honeysuckle & Castle, the proud exclusive wedding coordinators for this National Trust property, are thrilled to be surrounded by the most marvellous team of wedding companies from across the East Midlands who worked with us to transform this prestigious, exposed brick, white washed walled, rustic barn.

In order to enhance its rustic charm we used luxurious metallic gold and midnight blue touches throughout and working with the amazing Wild Thyme we brought the outdoors in.

The fabulous Fabric Theatre draped our amazing venue and along with the most perfect script which was elegantly set from the high Georgian windows thanks to the very talented Polly & Me, created the perfect backdrop for this stunning shoot and for any wedding.

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Eliza & Richard’s Hampton Manor Wedding

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Images by Jonny Barratt.

I could not love this Spring wedding more.

Eliza & Richard married at Hampton Manor near Birmingham and it really was the perfect choice for their quirky, Modern Vintage and super stylish day. The sartorial choices are second-to-none whilst being budget-friendly, the florals are delicious and there’s also a couple of furry-friends for you to coo over.

Enjoy!

Notes from the Bride

Eliza:

We chose Hampton Manor because it was quirky, stylish and centrally located with excellent road, rail and air links.

Stylistically I’d say overall we embraced a fusion of 1920s with the Glasgow School. I’m originally from Glasgow and wanted hints of Charles Rennie Macintosh’s influence in the design of the flowers and our wedding ‘thrones’ (which we each bought for the other and which now sit in our home, being used every day). I was also mindful of the influence of the season and wanted to incorporate Spring blossom as symbolic of our new start together, so we had lots of cherry blossom sprigs dressing the garden and reception room. We hired event stylists, AVA. Amanda and Amy are just fantastically talented and wonderful to work with.

Our flowers were truly outstandingly beautiful. Again they were chosen with a Macintosh influence, particularly the use of fritillaria in the bouquets. We tried to keep a personal touch (as well as a cost saving) by making our own favours and cake… Richard’s famous fudge, individually wrapped and enclosed in little bird cages were our pretty table favours along with some wild flower seeds… for the bees! We had three different types of cake made by myself and two friends. I tried to copy our wedding invitation design on mine. It was rather ‘rustic’! I think I was most pleased with how the homemade veil looked on the day, it made me feel well, very bridal!

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Ria & David’s Swanton Morley Wedding

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Images by Jason Mark Harris Wedding Photography.

When the bride-to-be is an interior designer, you know that her wedding is going to be super stylish… Well Ria and David’s wedding certainly didn’t disappoint and we were delighted to see they hosted their wedding reception at the gorgeous Swanton Morley House & Gardens last September.

If you’ve not yet met this wedding venue the you simply must take a look; Swanton Morley House is located in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and the venue itself is set within 10 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland and meadow.

Ria and David chose Jason Mark Harris Wedding Photography to capture their special day and we’re so pleased to spot some our fave suppliers including The Little Lending Co. and Hélène Millot amongst the talented team.

Notes from the Venue

Caroline:

Ria started her day with her bridal party at the very chic St Giles Boutique Bed & Breakfast in Norwich and we absolutely love the image showing the moment Ria’s Dad first saw his daughter in her elegant lace wedding gown.

Ria and David’s wedding ceremony was held at St Margaret’s Church in Old Catton, Norwich and whilst the skies were cloudy everybody was delighted that the rain held off so that the guests could still enjoy some confetti throwing at the end of the service.

The rain did eventually start upon David and Ria’s arrival at Swanton Morley House & Gardens but this did not deter them from getting some lovely shots on our tree lined drive and in the woodland whilst guests enjoyed drinks and canapés

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Honeymoon in Bali with Alila Ubud

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Images courtesy of Alila Ubud.

March and September are our months for a spot of travel, so when everyone started to jet off to exotic climes over Christmas & New Year I might have shed a tear or two as our spring jaunt felt like a million miles away! Fast-forward just two months and I’m currently in heaven…

Whilst I’m taking a little R&R time away from Coco HQ I thought I’d share a trip we took last year to the ever-so-blissful Balinese jungle.

Alila Ubud is quite magical; it’s a serenely simple retreat tucked into a hillside on the edge of the Ayung River in the traditional village of Payangan. Logistically, the nearest airport is Denpasar, which is about an hour by private transfer. The nearest town is Ubud, just 15 minutes from the resort, which is a buzzing hub of activity. So all in all, albeit a mighty 7,771 miles from home, once you’re here it’s a pretty great location!

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Jasmine & Will’s Wedding at The Green Cornwall

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Images by A Thing Like That Photography.

Could this feature image be any more romantic…? I think not.

This is Jasmine & Will and they celebrated their wedding day and the utterly epic The Green in Cornwall. A versatile, rustic blank canvas of a venue it also offers the most magical outdoor wedding ceremonies under their gorgeous arbour.

I’m completely in awe of this couple’s handy work! If their wood slice welcome signs and pallet tableplans have you reaching for your Woodwork 101 Guide then I don’t blame you.

Enjoy!

Notes from The Wedding Venue

Kate:

We just love these stunning photos of Jasmine and Will’s romantic English wedding at our venue, The Green Cornwall. The feel of the day was understated, elegant, natural and romantic with a Boho edge and they celebrated with 60 of their friends and family.

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