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English Manor Wedding Inspiration in Garnet & Blue


Today’s styled shoot took place at the Manor Country House Hotel, a stunning 11th century venue in Oxfordshire England. Our creative team of wedding professionals captured the essence of old world glamour and romance in a color palette of garnet and the prettiest dusty blue, with just-picked florals adorning the stately reception table and the most fabulous ruffled cake….

English Manor Wedding Inspiration in Garnet & Blue

A few words from Alexandra of Alexandra Rose Weddings….. “I took my inspiration from the venue itself, which radiated an ‘old world’ charm and beauty within it’s interior elements. With old world glamour as the foundation of my vision, we drew inspiration from the historical and architectural parts of the building to create our concept. The period undertones allowed me to implement a strong presence of golds, cranberry and dusty blue throughout the shoot, within the textiles, table decor and floral design. I wanted to combine the perfect balance of old world glamour and timeless elegance.

The floral designs contained a wild and escaping appearance, using seasonal, British, textured blooms that popped with colour, fitting in with our colour palette.  The main flowers incorporated are Dahlias, Clematis, English Roses and filler flowers consisting of Waxflower and Hypericum berries.  Dried Strawflowers are flowing throughout the table arrangement, in addition to being used as part of each place setting.  They are so rich in colour, but also have their own natural, flowing movement which helps to create such a beautiful and relaxed look.

We incorporated gowns from Ellie Sanderson, a long sleeved gown with button back and sheer lace detailing – ‘Salvador’ by Suzanne Neville.  We later changed to a contrasting gown, and Jesus Peiro gown from the Metropolis collection.  This beautiful gown consists of a lace panelled bodice with a wide waistband and fully structured skirt.  

I loved the dark wooden elements that were within the Country House’s furnishings, so I chose to set a small, dark wooden vintage dining table to set off our unique crockery and glassware.  We used a gorgeous new pale blue range of dining plates, combined with gold rimmed charger plates from Classic Crockery.  The mis-matched vintage glassware with very pale hints of pink, are a lovely contrast to the two statement blue glass candlesticks with tall cranberry dinner candles.

I worked closely with Annie from Scattercake to create a glamorous, and elegant four tier cake.  She focused on taking inspiration from my chosen florals for the day, and hand crafted deep cranberry Dahlias, surrounded by Succulents, Berries and Waxflower buds.  Using alternative textures for each tier of the cake, with a hint of gold leaf, vintage blue and deep cranberry ruffles to create our bottom tier, it finished the table setting just perfectly.

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The venue reminds me of something from Jane Austen! A huge thankyou to everyone involved behind the scenes of this lovely editorial, but especially to Mary Smith Photography who captured every detail so perfectly. If you love her photography and would like to see more of her work you should take a peek at their website at marysmithphotography.com – and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Now if this has you dreaming of an historic venue for your wedding, then you should take a look at this vibrant wedding inspiration shoot at Felicity Church, this elegant Winter affair at Hampshire House, or this olde world wedding inspiration at The Hollywood Castle. And this modern vintage beauty at Swan House is not to be missed!



Contributors & Credits

Photography – Mary Smith Photography // Ceremony Venue – Manor Country House Hotel // Event Planning – Alexandra Rose Weddings // Floral – Alexandra Rose Weddings // Stationery – Mango Tree London // Wedding Cake – Scattercake // Rentals – Classic Crockery // Model – Jamie Leigh Hewett // Hair & Makeup – Maxine Wilson Hair and Make-up // Wedding Dress – Suzanne Neville & Jesus Peiro // Bridal Boutique – Ellie Sanderson // Fabric – Silk and Purl // Veil – Ellie Sanderson // Submitted via – Matchology