Julianna & Darren’s outdoor destination wedding in the English countryside was nothing short of spectacular and the all American wedding party was treated to a luxurious English countrysyde wedding weekend.
Coworth Park, one of England’s most iconic 5-star country house hotels, couldn’t have been a more perfect wedding venue for our bride, an animal loving horse rider, and her groom, a professional tennis player. The bride absolutely adored that the venue had stables and elegant equestrian design and decor, as she grew up riding horses.
As a London Wedding Photographer I love when I get to experience and photograph beautiful intimate weddings especially in the luxurious English countryside.
This Coworth Park wedding really had it all: a romantic wedding ceremony set within the wild flower meadows, the couple’s adorable dog Pete as a ring bearer, glorious sunshine, romantic wedding portraits with the house polo horses, exquisite fine dining where the English flavours and meadow feel continued, followed by partying into the early hours over delicious cocktails and custom chocolate seal cakes. It was the most perfect intimate wedding day.
But let’s start from the very beginning. In the morning, groomsmen enjoyed a morning tennis match whilst the bride and maid of honour took a ride through the Berkshire countryside on the house polo horses. I loved how laid back and relaxed the couple was before their ceremony.
The romantic wedding ceremony was held in the gorgeous meadow in the early hours of the afternoon. The meadow provided such a mix of colour in the background, that the couple wanted to keep the overall look of the ceremony natural, romantic and elegant and opted for muted colours such as cream, blush, ivory and soft grey.
It was a great pleasure working with the talented planner & stylist Alexandra, from The Bijou Bride, who created an absolutely dreamy ceremony with the creative florist Liz, from Blue Sky Flowers.
The couple dreamed of a natural wildflower look for their wedding day. Everything had to feel natural within the exquisite setting which meant the wedding flowers simply had to be seasonal, with blooms and greenery styled loosely to appear as if they had just been handpicked from the meadows. Liz created beautiful arrangements that lined the aisle. Guests were seated on vintage oak cross back chairs arranged in a semi-circle around a pergola, which Liz dressed with foliage, flowers, and blush fabric to make a stunning backdrop for the bride and groom to say “I do”. Their wedding ceremony in the meadow at Coworth Park was absolutely dreamy.
Following the wedding theme of an ethereal but elegant English countryside wedding, the flower bouquet was spot on and it included ivory and nude garden roses, sweet peas, stock, scabious, and dahlia with soft eucalyptus and jasmine foliage. They were seasonal and, at the same time, natural and a little wild. I absolutely loved it.
Julianna looked spectacular in her exquisite Rue de la Seine wedding dress. It was a lace gown with a deeply plunging neckline, an intricate tulle under the skirt and a magnificent sheer train. She complimented her dress with stunning diamond and pearl earrings, blush ankle-strap Ferragamo sandals and fresh baby’s breath flowers in her hair. Her natural look created by Victoria Ralph and Tori Harris fitted perfectly with her charming personality.
I adored how the bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses. They all opted for long gowns in either blush, champagne or nude colours and it worked out perfectly. They looked beautiful with different dresses and various hair styles.
This destination wedding was an intimate affair with 35 guests. The beautiful bride arrived with her adorable dog of honour Pete, as a ring bearer and her dad. The ceremony was very special and light-hearted and was officiated by Darren’s sister. The couple shared traditional vows and privately wrote each other a letter with their personal vows, which was delivered while they were getting ready.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed delicious cocktails, champagne, Pimms and canapés in the rose garden and were also entertained with lawn games and a giant Jenga. Darren and Julianna played Jenga on their very first date and personally love the game. They had the wonderful idea of asking their guests to sign the individual blocks with a note while we were in the meadows for their sunset wedding portraits. As a natural light wedding photographer, I couldn’t have been happier with the glorious sunshine! :)
Given the bride equestrian background and the stables onsite at Coworth Park, we were privileged to be able to include one of their horses in some of the wedding portraits. It was so much fun working with a horse, an opportunity I don’t often have as a London Wedding Photographer :) and I adored the wild landscape of the meadows.
Julianna and Darren wanted their day to be an intimate wedding with every detail meticulously thought out. The design and styling of their reception in the Garden Room mirrored their personalities with a focus on quality. Laidback tones of blush and soft grey were key to the colour palette. The floral arrangements that lined the aisle during the ceremony were moved to the tables, creating a stream of wild flowers down both long tables with tea light candles.
The beautiful handwritten stationery for the wedding day was designed by EG Lettering and was soft and romantic. She provided welcome notes, place cards, table numbers, names and bar menu in a gorgeous calligraphy. Such a pleasure to photograph.
The evening revolved around having fun and spending time with their family and friends. Guests moved onto the rustic Tower House for the cake cutting and to dance the night away. The cake was two tier with with textured frosting and roses with pieces of foliage as decoration from Gaya’s Cakes. The couple also had delicious hazelnut praline choux buns with a white chocolate seal on top that matched their invitations.
The bride and groom and their guests partied all night and into the morning, first to hits played by a wonderful pop pianist from their favourite bar back in Florida and then to a jukebox of hits mixed impeccably by club DJ Blaise from That Event DJ.
As a London Wedding Photographer, it brings me immense joy to head out to the beautiful English countryside to photograph stunning celebrations like this summer wedding at Coworth Park, and I can’t wait to return to document more beautiful love stories over the summer.
If you’re thinking that you’ve seen Julianna and Darren’s wedding before, you might be right! They were recently featured on the pages of You & Your Wedding and online on Grey Likes Weddings.
If you’re recently engaged and If you’re getting married in London, in the UK or planning a destination wedding in Italy, France or anywhere else in the world, I would absolutely love to chat with you.
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Wishing you all a lovely rest of the week.