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.
Notes from the Bride
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!
Images by Emilie May Photography.
Luxury countryside wedding venue Heaton House Farm, Macclesfield, has one more feature in its range of offerings for couples looking to tie the knot: the chance to have an eco-wedding in a sustainable, green venue.
With more and more people conscious about the environmental impact of a big wedding, Heaton House Farm has been leading the way in its effort to reduce the carbon footprint of its farm, switch to renewable energy sources and minimise waste from all events at the venue.
“Increasingly, one of the most important things soon-to-be-wed couples are asking when they visit is how ‘green’ we are,” says Sarah Heath, Marketing Manager at Heaton House Farm.
“They’re looking for a countryside venue that is doing its part to protect and look after the surrounding area, and we’re proud to be able to offer that sustainability.”
Heaton House Farm was one of the first businesses in the region to install solar panels, and within 10 years had more than doubled the number of panels on its barns. With 250 currently installed, they generate up to 60kwh of energy during the daytime!
To make the best use of this renewable energy, the farm has adjusted key working hours to ensure equipment and machinery can utilise the solar power, and constructed insulated storage to heat water which is used for guests’ showers that night and the following morning.
The installation of a biomass burning has further reduced the venue’s carbon footprint, with agricultural, forest and waste from weddings all being burnt on site to generate heat and electricity. Any fallen trees across the site’s 165 acres are used for construction or fuel purposes.
“Reducing and recycling is a key part of everything we do here at Heaton House Farm,” continues Sarah. “We were an early switcher to LED bulbs throughout the venue, which saw a 90% reduction in our electricity use, and with our biomass burner we’ve dramatically reduced our reliance on overseas fossil fuels, and minimised our carbon footprint even further.”
Feature Image by Sarita White Photography.
This really does promise to be an Open Day like no other.
For one day only Sami Tipi, Bawdon Lodge Farm and a selection of hand picked talented suppliers bring to you The Spring Showcase. The whole day is designed to help give you lots of inspiration of how you can host your own tipi wedding.
Press play to see their Autumn Open Day in action!
So who are Sami Tipi…?
Sami Tipi are a Midlands based tipi hire company serving the Midlands and surrounding areas. Inspired by the Sami People of Lapland, their tipis & kata tents make for an outdoor celebration whatever the weather and provide a breathtaking alternative to a conventional marquee.
The tipis are naturally stunning with their rustic wooden poles, which come to life at night with fairy lights, transforming the space into something very magical.
The tipis lend themselves to style as much or as little as you please, popular styling items are pom poms, paper lanterns and bunting!
Feature Image by Eclection Photography.
Picture the scene; a Wednesday morning, soft sunbeams spill through Edwardian windows and the air is filled with that light, weekday tranquillity borne from the world’s preoccupation.
You are nestled on the edge of Dartmoor in a country house possessed of a unique charm; sweeping vistas, wood-panelled rooms and ornate, original features. Today you marry your other half, safe in the knowledge that Coombe Trenchard has taken care of everything for you.
You smile, and prepare for the best day of your life.
‘Boutique & Beautiful’ enhances the mid-week wedding trend with Coombe Trenchard’s celebrated brand of luxurious warmth, giving you the wonder of a wedding for up to 40 guests, without any of the work. Combining a hand-picked selection of exemplary wedding contributors, each aspect of your day has been carefully thought out and chosen to enhance Coombe Trenchard’s renowned style and level of service.
Arts & Crafts era features maximise the interplay between light and dark spaces, roaring log fires entice, and the sun-soaked terrace basks in the glory of a wisteria-clad clock tower; with 12 licenced locations in which to exchange vows, the only difficult decision will be how to use these historic spaces to their full potential.
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.