Today we are sharing a luxury wedding which we had the pleasure of helping to plan for a stylish American couple. The wedding brought together an A-team list of suppliers, a stunning venue, and beautiful and elegant styling.
Emily and Justin got married at Coworth Park – part of The Dorchester Collection – situated in Ascot, Berkshire. As American’s who had just moved to London, they were looking for a luxury wedding venue with an elegant country-house feel; somewhere they could stay for a few days alongside their friends and family who were all travelling in from the US, and show them the best of Britain.
Both the Bride and Groom are Jewish and so their main wedding celebrations took place on a Sunday. The day began early with Justin and his friends enjoying a round of golf whilst Emily and her maids had their hair and make-up done by The Perfect Marriage in the bridal suite.
Coworth Park has a beautiful meadow setting and the bright wild flowers provided the direction for the styling and colour palette for the wedding. Differing shades of purple and green, alongside more neutral tones, were the key colours used throughout – from attire and linens through to florals and stationery.
The Jewish wedding ceremony took place ‘in the round’ under a bespoke modern chuppah decorated in bright florals, in the middle of the meadow. An hour before the ceremony the sky darkened and we almost had to revert to Plan B and hold the service inside. However in the nick of time, the sun came out and Emily and Justin were able to have their dream outdoor wedding ceremony.
As guests walked across the meadow to their seats, they passed a Kippah and buttonhole / corsage station to prepare them for the ceremony.
Bride Emily walked down the long 75 metre aisle (!) wearing a custom Jasper Conran gown, led by her flower girls and page boys in Little Bevan and her bridesmaids in Butter By Nadia wrap dresses, to the sound of Giardino, the string quartet. The ceremony was a wonderfully colourful, personal and authentic occasion, with all of the traditional Jewish customs taking place.
Following the ceremony, guests were led across to the terraces for a cocktail reception where they were able to enjoy canapés and drinks whilst listening to the dulcet tones of The Jazzberries and partaking in a game of croquet on the lawn.
As the afternoon light started to disappear, guests were invited into the main marquee. The walkway leading up to the main doors was lined with apple trees, carefully cultivated by Lavender Green, and providing the perfect welcome to the secret garden which was waiting for them inside.
Once through the doors, guests were greeted with a large table featuring a huge urn and floral display in the middle of an eclectic range of teacups and saucers with a cookie inside – one for every guest. These doubled up as favours and escort cards and helped guide guests to their seats.
The room looked and smelt stunning – a feast for the senses. The general styling was of a secret garden and as such, the florals were the main focus. The square tables had a combination of tall and short floral arrangements. A handful of tables had apple trees strung with lights seemingly growing out of the middle, while the remaining tables had low centrepieces comprising hydrangeas and roses in a range of colours to set off the neutral linens. The tables looked crisp and elegant with beaded charger plates and sprigs of mint at every setting – creating an amazing fragrance in the room.
Dinner was interspersed with lots of dancing which provided a lively atmosphere right from the off and really set the tone for the rest of the evening – full of fun and laughter. The Gilev Showband had everybody up on their feet at various points in the meal and this continued late into the night.
The dancing broke off briefly whilst Emily and Justin cut their cake, made to represent the beautiful floral meadow at Coworth Park.
And as the evening continued guests enjoyed a traditional white London taxi photo booth out in the grounds to provide some informal photography to complement the great work of Sim Canetty-Clarke, before the ladies were called back into the marquee for the garter and bouquet toss. This was fantastic with Bride Emily doing a great rendition of ‘All the single ladies’ before throwing her bouquet into the crowd!
As last orders were called at the bar, guests created a sparkler send-off back up to the Mansion House where the after party continued into the early hours.
As well as coordinating the wedding day, we were on hand all weekend to oversee every aspect of the celebrations from the welcome afternoon tea in the hotel, followed by dinner in a local pub on the Friday, to the tour of Windsor and the boat cruise along the Thames on the Saturday. To add to this, we orchestrated the rehearsal and coordinated both the rehearsal dinner and the post-wedding brunch.
It was an extremely busy few days and one of our most complex weddings to date, but it was great fun to work with Emily and Justin and get to know their guests.
If you are looking for help with your wedding plans and want to find out more, please do drop us a line, as we would love to show you how we can help.
Venue: Coworth Park // Bride’s Dress: Jasper Conran // Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Groom’s Suit: Marc Wallace // Groom’s Shoes: Prada // Bridesmaid Dresses: Butter by Nadia // Flower Girls/ Page Boy Outfits: Little Bevan // Hair & Make-Up: The Perfect Marriage // Photographer: Sim Canetty-Clarke // Videographer: The Dreamcatchers // Florist: Lavender Green // Ceremony Band: Giardino // Cocktail Reception