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Spring Romance | A classically elegant wedding day at Courteenhall…

Built in 1789, the magnificent Courteenhall has a rich historical feel to it, boasting a striking Arboretum planted from scratch by the owners. The team only hold a limited number of weddings each year, ensuring exclusivity and flexibility for each and every couple. Melanie and James are here to tell us a little bit more about their big day at Courteenhall.

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The Need to Know
Venue
Courteenhall Estate
Location
Northamptonshire
Ceremony
100
Breakfast
100
Reception
100
Dress
Justin Alexander from Betty McCaul Bridal
Flowers
Sarah Harper Flowers
Cake
Daniela Pitman - A friend of a friend
Photographer
Ferri Photography

I LOVED THE IDEA OF AN OUTDOOR WEDDING…

“I loved the idea of an outdoor wedding so a venue with beautiful outdoor space and a marquee was top of the list. The Arboretum at Courteenhall House provided us with the perfect space for our ceremony. We wanted to have a really personal ceremony that was about us as a couple. We opted for a humanist ceremony to give us the flexibility to do that. Our celebrant helped us write our own vows which was a very special process to us both as it meant the words where unique and personal. We had 2 readings ‘The art of marriage’ and ‘love is…’ which fitted in perfectly as it goes on to talk about trees and roots entwined.”

WE HAD AN OUTDOOR, ROMANTIC WEDDING THEME…

“We wanted a soft and romantic palette to run through our decor. I wanted lots of greenery and foliage in our floral design to complement the beautiful grounds the Estate has to offer. For my wedding bouquet, I wanted something natural, free flowing in a soft romantic style. Being the perfect time for peonies I knew I would be able to get the delicate blousy feel. Sarah Harper Flowers was absolutely amazing and created the perfect arrangement for me. Scent was important to me as I wanted to carry on with the outdoor, romantic theme. We kept the structure loose and natural, using Kate Cullen’s gorgeous silks to compliment the shape and style.”

WE FOCUSED ON UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE…

“The centrepieces were similar to the bouquets; focusing on scent and elegantly understated. We used olive branches, and peach cotton napkins on the place settings and gold urns and candles holders with tall peach candle sticks to add some extra colour and style to the ivory table linen.”

THE BACK OF MY WEDDING DRESS WAS A DEAL BREAKER FOR ME…

I have quite a simple style so wanted a wedding gown that was elegantly understated. I loved my dress from Sweetheart Gowns. The back of the dress was a deal breaker for me and offered a real feature to the dress. James wore a fitted, two-piece navy suit from Moss Bros. The bridesmaids were in peach and I was happy for them to have different styles that suited them as individuals. The groomsmen wore smart navy suits to match James. Our little 2-year-old flower girl (my niece) wore a cute ivory dress from John Lewis.”

WE HAD A DESSERT STATION WITH A VARIETY OF SWEET TREATS…

“During the cocktail hour, our live band played in the Estates grounds. We also wanted to take advantage of the views over the lush green parkland so put some outdoor games on the lawn for guests to play.

We choose to have a two-course seated meal for our wedding breakfast followed by a dessert station with a variety of sweet treats and options by Lemon Zest for people to choose from. We had a semi naked cake with three tiers each in different flavours; lemon, vanilla and white chocolate. It tasted as good as it looked!”

FERRI PHOTOGRAPHY CAPTURED THE DAY PERFECTLY…

“We prefer natural photographs, where spontaneous, candid moments are captured that show how much fun everyone had on the day. It was also important to have a fine art feel to the photos. Ferri Photography was very unobtrusive and captured the day perfectly.”

IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING DAY…

“It’s hard to pick out specific moments that made the day extra special as we had the most amazing day, but the ceremony was very special and exactly how I envisioned – even the weather held out for us!”

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