Images by Kate Hopewell-Smith Photography.
We’re on countdown to Christmas and it’s always an exciting time for us as we see lots of lovely newly-engaged couples hitting our platform to seek out their wedding venue.
For some couples, the location where the proposal takes place can be just as important as the wedding venue. When your loved one says yes, this is a moment you’ll always cherish and you definitely want it to be romantic! For some romance is in the intimacy of their own home, for others it’s a grand public gesture whilst some couples will want somewhere beautiful yet still private to ask the big question. So, if you’re currently contemplating dropping to one knee and are looking for somewhere truly romantic then we adore Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
Kate, of Kate Hopewell-Smith Photography, says “When we meet our couples the first question we ask is ‘tell us about your engagement’ so the story of how your married journey began is likely to be shared for years to come with friends and family. Choosing where to pop the question is so important and many people want a beautiful location, but it isn’t often that you find places that are also steeped in romantic history too”.
There are many gorgeous spots at Blenheim Palace but probably the most significant is the Temple of Diana. This beautiful little temple overlooks the Great Lake and it is where Sir Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier in 1908.
The Palace is situated amongst more than 2,000 acres of parkland and formal gardens so if you wanted somewhere a little more secluded then you can wander down to the Cascades and drop to one knee on the delicate bridge that spans the river – designed by ‘Capability’ Brown, the water flows into the Bladon Lakes and winds its way under the Bladon Bridge.
From saying ‘Yes’ to saying ‘I Do!’
At Blenheim Palace there is a selection of spaces available for an unforgettable wedding. From Champagne and canapés to dinner and dancing, the Palace boasts more than six venue options for up to 300 guests for a reception.
Available spaces inside the Palace include the magnificent Great Hall, ornate Saloon and grand Long Library for dinner and drinks receptions, and the Water Terraces with its informal atmosphere for live music and dancing.
The elegant Orangery is also available for all aspects of a wedding, accommodating 250 for a ceremony and 200 for dinner. For celebrations on a much larger scale it is possible to construct marquees on the South Lawn of the Palace.