Rob & Lotte’s Enchanting Intimate Wedding at Sandon Manor

Written by Caitlin Hoare
An abundance of early spring blooms, a beautiful intimate ceremony and a seven-course tasting menu were the highlights of Lotte and Rob’s small but perfectly formed April wedding at Sandon Manor.

This beautiful Hertfordshire venue was the perfect setting for Rob and Lotte’s naturally elegant, intimate wedding celebration, surrounded by a handful of their close friends and family. More than just a rural venue with accommodation, Sandon Manor is a sanctuary for the soul—a place where stories are woven and memories are made.

Sustainable floral masterpieces bursting with locally sourced flowers adorned every room, from the ceremony setting to the banqueting table. But the couple’s commitment to sustainability didn’t end there; it continued with a seven-course tasting menu featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farmers and growers. This is when the dining room really came into its own; bathed in golden light, it became the perfect backdrop for a joyous atmosphere where stories, laughter, and the beauty of the season unfolded.

The decor at Sandon Manor exudes elegance, and the accommodation offers comfort, creating a natural, understated style that runs through everything. In fact, Lotte and Rob’s style seamlessly matched that of the venue, visually and in spirit. Lotte’s choice of the dress, ‘Stanley’ Marie LaPorte, from The Mews Bridal Notting Hill, reflected her free-spirited romanticism. Marie Laporte’s dresses, known for their bohemian heart, beautifully incorporate silk and lace to create a trademark elegant look, and Lotte looked absolutely stunning. Holly, the founder of Carter Hair & Makeup, added a fresh, timeless, and classic touch with a modern twist to Lotte’s appearance.

Rob looked handsome, dressed in a custom suit by ETCH and shoes by Baker, supplied by County Clothes Canterbury. Fashion accessories for the couple and their bridesmaids were sourced from various suppliers, including Violette UK, Sezane, Monsoon Kids, Joma Jewellery, Van Buck England, and Luca Faloni. The couple’s wedding rings were custom-made by Chloe May Jewellery.

Ellie at Wilt Studio‘s expert floral designs indeed celebrated spring. Using locally grown flowers and foliage within 10 miles of the venue, Ellie and Church Field Flowers adorned key areas of the house, creating an ethereal atmosphere. Sustainability was a priority, with Lotte and Rob incorporating flowers into various elements of the celebration, from the ceremony room to the banquet table.

Darell, the pianist, expertly accompanied the day, enhancing the atmosphere of relaxed chic, elegance, and close family bonds. Lotte’s mother, Anne Barron, added a personal touch by creating a stunning floral-adorned wedding cake for the couple.

Peter, owner-chef of Gourmand Pierre, and his team crafted a delicious feast that continued the theme of impeccable quality and special family time. With an emphasis on using fresh seasonal ingredients, Peter collaborated closely with local suppliers, farmers, and growers. The day’s culinary journey unfolded with reception drinks in stylish reception rooms and an early spring garden bathed in golden light, accompanied by dainty canapés. A seven-course taster menu brought the couple and family together in the oak-beamed dining room, where stories, impressions, and laughter were shared in festive surroundings.

Damien Vickers Photography perfectly captured the love and warmth between Rob, Lotte, and their guests and the understated, timeless elegance of the surroundings. His images tell a heartwarming story of a beautiful couple celebrating their intimate wedding day with precious moments captured forever.

Damien shares his approach: “I love being around people having the time of their lives. I’m empathetic, anticipating and capturing big emotions. I focus on emotive, natural-looking, documentary wedding images, telling your story with photos brimming with emotion and personality.”

Lotte shares her best bit: “Being reunited with Robert at the end of the aisle, it had been a bit manic up to that point, but once we were together, the day slowed down, and I started to enjoy myself!”

Her tip for others: “You can prepare all you want, but once the day starts, you can do nothing else—might as well sit back and enjoy.”

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