Think you could organise a long-distance fairy tale wedding at Waddesdon Manor all the way from Scotland? Well, that’s exactly what Sophie did!
It certainly involved a few more emails than usual! We also looked at LOTS of flower pictures over the internet, before agreeing on the style and colouring for the bouquets and centrepieces.
Once settled on an idea, we created a loose country-style bouquet for Sarah. We used antique mauve and ivory roses, pale pink spray roses, astrantia, veronica and lissianthus with a touch of rosemary and eucalyptus. We made sure the wedding flower bouquets were delivered to the bride after we had decorated the venue. This meant that we could keep them as cool as possible until the last moment.
Of course, the setting at Waddesdon Manor is what dreams are made of. And if the weather is good, ceremonies are conducted outside under the gazebo overlooking the lake – a perfect picture.
Waddesdon Manor was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. It is now owned entirely by the National Trust, but The Dairy can be hired for weddings and functions.
Brides will often choose The Five Arrows hotel, situated at the end of the drive, to prepare and dress. This is where we found Sophie and her bridesmaids, having their hair expertly styled and makeup applied by Kim from Tip Top.
Sophie had her wedding breakfast in the West Hall opposite The Dairy. For the table centrepieces, we decorated tall silver candelabra with roses, spray roses and gypsophelia.
Sophie chose to using LED candles. This meant that there was no worry over naked candle flames. It also meant there was no cleaning up of spilt wax afterwards!
Sophie provided a lined wicker basket with stones for the guests to write a personal message on. It made a lovely keepsake for the bride and groom. It was a nice idea instead of the usual guest book. Then, a beautiful antique wooden box was placed next to the basket for guest cards.
The guests dined on a selection of starters including bruschetta with tomatoes, basil pesto and pine nuts. Then they had a choice of camembert with thyme and garlic accompanied by sourdough bread, or blade of beef with fondant potato and vegetables. Then there was passion fruit meringue for dessert. My mouth waters just writing it!
It was a gloriously sunny morning and the whole day was as wonderful as the bride looked, right into the evening.
Before returning to Scotland, the bride and groom enjoyed a beautiful honeymoon in Rome and Lake Garda.
A Word of Thanks
“Debby was so helpful with everything from the initial meeting all the way up until the big day. She knew what I wanted from my brief and she suggested other things that I could do which I hadn’t thought of. Debby was lovely to work with and the finished results were perfect! I would highly recommend her!” – Sophie
We would like to thank Sophie and Phil for sharing their special day with us. We wish them all our very best for the summer and their whole future together, from The Garden Room team.
Also, a big thank you to Nigel Chapman Photography for some of the photos we used in this article.