Kirsty & Tom’s Wedding Weekend Part 2
24th April 2019
Overnight a transformation took place, as our florists arrived and set to work, ready to do their magic. We brought them down from Manchester as we knew they would be perfect for this venue. So when guests woke up the entrance hall and staircase had been transformed, the photographs speak for themselves!
Tom loved the idea of having all the guys (and some of the girls) taking part in a clay pigeon shoot after breakfast. The south facing terrace was the perfect setting and it certainly kept them busy and settled the nerves.
Our hair and makeup artists arrived with their bag of tricks to help Kirsty look and feel her best. They stayed all day to ensure she was always picture perfect.
The breakfast room was totally transformed with tables laid with special glassware, crisp white linen and crockery which had been brought in especially for the wedding. The spectacular floral arrangements, bespoke stationery and tiny taxidermy added the finishing touches to create a truly remarkable tablespace. We had a fantastic production team on hand to install lighting, TV screens and a PA system and that was just for the wedding breakfast.
The stunningly simple and elegant cake was adorned with flowers was set up next to the floral clad lion cub, of course!
With the religious ceremony taking place at the Church next door, all guests could meander slowly across and where the beautiful and harmonious vocals of gospel choir could be heard. We even managed to persuade them to sing Blue Moon for Tom, a big Manchester City fan! So much so their badge was sewn into the lining of his bespoke tailor- made suit!
The atmosphere was certainly starting to buzz when the blue Rolls Royce arrived at Aynhoe ready to transport the bridal party to church. Now they do say never work with children or animals.
Thankfully the only animals we had to contend with were stuffed, but the kids on the other hand… 15 minutes later than scheduled Lydia, the bride and groom’s 3 year old daughter took centre stage as she walked down the aisle alone carrying a message for Daddy. Paving the way for the long-awaited arrival of her absolutely stunning Mummy.
When guests returned to Aynhoe, the butlers were waiting with the champagne and the strings were playing in the Orangery, a room which we kept secret until the wedding day. They enjoyed sumptuous canapés and had chance to take in the fabulous 3D table plan (a particular favourite of ours as we had the miniature taxidermy made in the States). There was even a magician to entertain the guests throughout the day and evening… and WOW was he good!
As guests made their way through to take their seats for the wedding breakfast, the TV screens came to life in time for the Father of the Bride’s speech.
After guests had been told the rules for the speech sweepstake, Tom was able to share some exciting news with the guests. He and Kirsty were expecting their second child, which was met with lots of excitement. The best men did very well to follow this bit of news and their speech was touching and heartfelt, as well as very funny.
During dinner we were busy transforming the Orangery into a perfect party venue complete with stage, podiums, dance floor, lighting, band and DJ.
The mixologists were in their element preparing the after dinner cocktails whilst the saxophonist set up in the bar ready to play some Ibiza classics before the big reveal and the makeup team set up a glitter booth in the entrance hall, ready to transform the guests for the evening party.
Kirsty and Tom had a private magic show just to completely blow their minds before we then flung open the Orangery doors and invited guests in to watch them undertake their first dance as husband and wife. There wasn’t a dry eye when Lydia joined them and it became a family first dance.
The DJ, Sax and percussionist soon got the party underway and the dance floor was jumping. Drinks flowed and more food was served, we definitely didn’t let these guests go hungry. The band made an extraordinary entrance on to the stage ready to entertain in a big way.
For most weddings that would have been the perfect end to an amazing day, but we still had another surprise up our sleeves. As the band finished and the bar closed those guests still standing were invited downstairs to Aynhoe’s very own basement nightclub to party in to the wee small hours.
When asked about our highlights from this wedding we found there were too many to mention. So we will just say a spectacular venue, a really lovely couple and loads of fabulous details, it was an absolute joy to work on and a wedding we will never forget.
Images: Fear Photography
Venue: Aynhoe Park
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