Updated: Jun 7, 2020
I'm so very happy to be able to share these images of Kirsty and Ben's gorgeous wedding styling at Swynford Manor. If you love chic weddings, striking décor and geometric styling, you'll love this real wedding.
Swynford Manor, a luxurious 18th-century country house in Cambridgeshire is situated in picturesque surroundings and was a dream to style. From my first visit I was captivated by this grand and elegant country house wedding venue.
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THE STYLING CONCEPT
Kirsty, the bride, had already seen some of the luxury artisan pieces from my wedding hire collection online and was keen to include them in her wedding design. She wanted to bring gold accents into the venue decor and add modern geometric elements to enhance the metallic décor already in situ. We met at Swynford Manor Wedding Venue to do a walk round. Kirsty talked me through hers and Ben's wedding plans and her wedding styling ideas. I made suggestions about pieces she could use and areas that could be featured through styling.
The decision was made for me to style the entrance hall, the Study and add bespoke geometric and floral installations, as well as finishing touches to the Garden Room where the wedding reception would be held.
THE ENTRANCE HALL
The entrance hall with its impressive staircase, opulent chandelier and large ornate mirror above a sleek black fireplace was the first area for wedding guests to see. Kirsty and Ben wanted a welcome sign and somewhere for their wedding guests to leave cards and gifts. I suggested making a feature of the fireplace by styling one of my vintage leather trunks with a collection of gold geometric shaped lanterns and tea light holders and my luxury glass wedding post box, a modern take on the popular Royal Mail style wedding postboxes. On the day of the wedding I arranged more lanterns and tea light holders on the mantle to add romance and to compliment the glass from the decorative chandelier.
Photo credit: Tatum Reid
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THE CEREMONY DETAILS
Kirsty and Ben's ceremony took place in The Study. The striking monochrome and metallic décor was chic yet pretty, rich and opulent, yet filled with natural light through many tall elegant windows. The study features a beautiful fireplace with ornate mirror and is accessorised with an ivory aisle runner and striking black Chiavari chairs. I was asked to bring gold into the existing colour scheme and mirror geometric elements from Kirsty's wedding through the ceremony. I decided to add luxury and drama to the aisle using our tall, elegant, contoured artisan lanterns and add smaller decorative additions to the ceremony table and fireplace. Below are some photos of the ceremony just before the wedding guests arrival.
Photo credit: Tatum Reid
THE GARDEN ROOM DETAILS
In contrast to the striking décor of the ceremony room, the Garden Room where the reception and wedding breakfast were held, was light, bright and fresh. The geometric elements and the gold details ran throughout the styling. I created a beautiful dessert station with the delicious looking cake as the focal point on our striking geometric cake stand accessorised with handmade himmeli, candle holders and sweet jars. The styling, venue decor and beautiful cake complimented each other perfectly.
The wedding décor was elegant, chic fresh and sophisticated. Tables were accessorised with my floating table numbers which look so stunning in front of the floral arrangements by Tolly's Flowers. The 'Annabelle' font used on the table numbers was an elegant and fluid modern calligraphy, chosen especially for Kirsty.
Finally, Kirsty wanted to feature hanging himmeli in her venue styling. Her idea was to create an installation above the dance floor. I sourced and decorated bespoke ten geometric himmeli style hanging ornaments and installed them above the dance floor and wedding guest tables. Each pendant had a silk floral arrangement to compliment the fresh wedding flowers. The effect in the Swynford Manor Garden Room was stunning. The shapes were a perfect addition to the venue, complimenting the shapes of the orangery roof and contrasting the soft organza drapes above.
So that's it! The perfect wedding décor; chic, elegant and sophisticated just like the bride! I thoroughly enjoyed my part in this beautiful wedding and I wish Ben and Kirsty the happiest of marriages.
Thank you to Kirsty and Ben for sharing the images with me and to Tatum Reid, Wedding Photographer for allowing me to publish them. A special thanks to Roxanne Withy for all her help with the set up.