Wedding Inspiration at Waddesdon Manor March 2016

Wedding Inspiration at Waddesdon Manor, which was held on March 31st of this year, is a must-attend wedding event for brides and grooms who are looking for ideas and inspiration for their special day. It’s anything but a typical wedding fair – it’s interactive (with lots of activities and workshops to get stuck in to!), creative and truly beautiful.

Kelly, of The Bespoke Wedding Company, asked me to style the coach house and source/coordinate some of the suppliers at The Five Arrows, an intimate wedding venue in Waddesdon, and to bring something a little different in terms of wedding design.  I was so excited to be involved and absolutely loved working with Kelly and the fab events team at Waddesdon Manor. Across The Five Arrows and The Dairy, we had over 60 of Buckinghamshire’s top industry professionals and over 1000 guests on the day! There was a fashion show by Ellie Sanderson bridal wear, cocktail masterclasses by The Cocktailmaker, wedding hair demos by Elle Au Naturel, wedding photographer tips by Xander and Thea and wine tasting by Waddesdon Manor. At the Five Arrows we also had a MK Caricatures drawing guests, which was fun!

My styling at The Five Arrows (with the help of a very talented team!)

At The Five Arrows, I arranged the coach house with a real wedding in mind so that brides and grooms could more easily visualise having their wedding at The Five Arrows. With the help of Daniela, of Classic Crockery Hire, and Dani, of Vintage Party Arrangements, we set up 3 tablescapes, a mini ceremony area and a cake table display to showcase the room. With eclectic and natural styling in mind, I designed three totally different tablescapes to suit the varying tastes of different couples. The first was a rustic navy style, using gorgeous wooden chargers, delft blue dinner plates and blue goblets from Classic Crockery Hire. I added hints of copper into the styling for this table to give it a little edge, using Vintage Party Arrangements’ cute copper votives and copper candlesticks. I was so pleased to have White Cottage Weddings on board for the stationery, who created some gorgeous designs to compliment this table scape (including geometric, watercolour place cards and menus).

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The second table was inspired by a colourful, bohemian summer vibe, with a range of florals by Emma in varying colours to create lots of texture. This table was particularly popular with visiting brides! Classic Crockery provided natural white plates, gold cutlery, blush pink goblets and fleur de lys glasses (which are gorgeous!!), as well as assorted blue vintage bottles for decoration. Vintage Party Arrangements styled the table with her assorted brass candlesticks, adding a touch of gold to the table scape which looked beautiful. The stationery, by White Cottage Weddings, was stunning – when Kelly sent me some design samples for this table I was so excited! The watercolour flowers totally matched Emma’s fresh flowers and really complimented the boho style of the table. For this table, I asked Kelly not to create place cards, but, instead, a sign that read “Assigned seats are not our style, sit anywhere that makes you smile”, for a more relaxed and casual atmosphere.

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The third table focused on one of Pantone’s top Spring colours for 2016, which is Rose Quartz. This is a beautiful colour and I love rose quartz stones, so I thought I would incorporate the original inspiration into the wedding table design. Using only real rose quartz stones and succulents, we created a unique design that has a ‘classic wedding with an edge’ feel. I think this is mainly because of the colour, that it feels typically ‘wedding-y’, but the use of succulents and wood gives a little quirkiness to it. Classic Crockery provided vintage plates and vintage silver cutlery, together with milk white fleur de lys glasses and an assorted mix of vintage pink wine glasses. They also brought a gorgeous vintage table cloth and pink runner, which was great for layering and styling the table. Dani, of Vintage Party Arrangements, used glass candlesticks, in different heights, with white dinner candles to add a touch of elegance. Kelly, of White Cottage Weddings, designed beautiful watercolour rose menus and place cards, each of which I paired with a mini rose quartz stone. Liz, of Beautiful Bows, provided sashes in a rose quartz colour which she tied to each chair – I love the way she tied these to the side with a subtle bow, for something a little different. They added lots of colour to the whole look of the table. The stunning succulents by Signature Flowers, together with the rawness of the stones looked beautiful.

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The ceremony area was inspired by simple and natural styling, including lots of eucalyptus and white florals. Emma, of Signature Flowers, produced some stunning flowers, including eucalyptus wreaths for the walls, assorted vases of white flowers for the windowsills and bar, as well as hanging sprigs of foliage and flowers to complete a handmade crochet backdrop, created by Dani of Vintage Party Arrangements. The backdrop was placed behind a rustic wooden table, as an idea for wedding ceremony styling.

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Anna McDonald’s gorgeous bridal wear was showcased in our ceremony area and lots of brides enjoyed swooning over these stunning wedding dresses! Kelly created a fabulous watercolour ceremony sign that read “This way to the I Do’s!”, featuring eucalyptus designs to match the ceremony flowers. Beautiful Bows styled Waddesdon’s chairs with plain white covers and lace ties, which looked lovely.

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Finally – cake! The cakes were creatively designed and baked by the lovely Sherry of The Cake House. I asked her to match each cake to each tablescape so that the overall look of the room was consistent. She did an amazing job and each cake looked fantastic – the rose quartz inspired table was paired with Sherry’s rough-iced, three tier cake with sugar craft succulents (amazing!) and a wicker heart. The rustic navy table was styled together with a half iced, half naked cake, which Sherry completed with blueberries and flowers by Signature Flowers. The third cake was fully iced and included rainbow sugar craft flowers to match the colourful boho table. I planned for the overall styling of the table to be eclectic and unique, using a rustic wooden table and white chiffon fabric, together with a eucalyptus garland and beautiful flowers spilling out of the table drawer. Dani, of Vintage Party Arrangements, provided more brass candlesticks and assorted décor, as well as bauble glass terrariums which I filled with succulents and hung as a backdrop to the cake table. The overall look was finished off with Kelly’s ‘Love Is Sweet’ bunting, which we hung behind the cakes.

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Thank you to everyone mentioned above for all of your hard work in making this happen. We had lots of fantastic feedback and it was great fun to work with you all!

Here are some more images from the event, including some from The Dairy, which looked absolutely stunning!

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Watch out for the promotion of the next Wedding Inspiration Day at Waddesdon Manor, which will be taking place in October this year!

Much love,

Ela ❀

photo credits: All People Photography, Xander and Thea, White Cottage Weddings

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