The perfect summer wedding in Euridge Manor
The perfect summer wedding in Euridge Manor
Everything a Euridge Manor wedding could be
Kate and Keth’s wedding in Euridge Manor was nothing short of breathtaking. Styled to perfection by the world-renowned international wedding planner, Matthew Oliver, this spectacular three-day event showcased the iconic venue at its finest. If you’re dreaming of a Euridge Manor wedding, you’re about to get all the styling inspiration you could ever need.
But my favourite thing about Kate and Keith’s wedding wasn’t the way it looked. It wasn’t the Galia Lahav dress, or the surreal beauty of the venue. It wasn’t even the frankly unbelievable florals. Because beneath layer upon layer of elegance and beauty was Kate and Keith’s love story. Just two people, head-over-heels in love, and excited to be spending the rest of their lives together.
Whether you’re looking for Euridge Manor wedding inspiration from a world-class wedding planner, or just a bit of ‘dream wedding’ escapism, you’ve come to the right place. Come take a look, I promise this wedding will blow you away.
Italian-inspired welcome dinner in the Euridge Manor rose garden
Our story begins on the evening of the second day, when I joined Kate and Keith for their welcome dinner in the rose garden. As massive foodies, they wanted their welcome dinner to be all about the food. They both love Italian, so they took that as the inspiration for the evening and trusted the planners and the caterers to take it from there. And my goodness, they did not disappoint. If you take anything from this wedding, it should be this. Trust your planners!
Spread out across the two tiers of Euridge Manor’s rose garden was an Italian feast overlooking the rolling Cotswolds hills. Sunlight dappled through the pergola onto a rustic tablescape of glass tumblers, knotted linen napkins and terracotta pots. The smell of freshly-baked pizza filled the air, mingling with the gentle scents of roses and rosemary from the tables.
As the golden glow of the setting sun filled the rose garden, I snuck Keith and Kate away from their guests to give them a few minutes alone as a couple. The warm August sun set sleepily behind the undulating hills of the Cotswolds. And Keith and Kate enjoyed a few precious moments of intimacy away from the attention of the crowds.
Gucci, Tom Ford, and Galia Lahav
Sunlight blazed across the Euridge Manor grounds the next morning. And the cheerful music of a marching band drifted through the sleepy campsite. Keith joined his guests for breakfast in the rose garden. And away from all the trumpets, the chatter and the guests, Kate was upstairs with her girls. Glass of champagne in hand, getting ready to marry the love of her life.
Kate’s Galia Lahav wedding dress was simply breathtaking. The layers of silk and sparkle tulle created such beautiful movement. And with delicate lace flowers covering the bodice and cascading down the skirt, it was the perfect choice for their exquisitely-styled day. She completed the look with Gucci earrings and a stunning headpiece, elegantly femanine hair and makeup, and a gorgeous white and toffee-rose bouquet.
When the final hair had been brushed into place and the Tom Ford had been sprayed, Kate’s dad knocked on the door and took her by the hand. And together they took a father-daughter strollto the boathouse.
Wedding ceremony at the Euridge Manor boathouse
If you’re having a wedding in Euridge Manor, a boathouse ceremony is a must. If nothing else, purely for the bridal walk out onto the balcony and down the stairs! Despite the crowds of guests, Keith’s eyes never left the spot where Kate would be making her entrance. The anticipation in the air was heart-pounding. And the moment when he first saw her was just magic.
The ceremony was styled beautifully. The ivory linen groomsmen suits and the white bridesmaid dresses made it feel more like a destination wedding. And I loved the subtle floral theme that flowed throughout the whole day. The embroidered red roses on the bridesmaid dresses and the delicate petals on Kate’s dress. Every single detail was cohesive, stylish, and immaculately considered.
But for me, the star of the styling has got to be the florals. Abundant floral columns of white hydrangeas and roses spilled out of the boathouse. And turned the already-gorgeous space into something truly special.
The ceremony was incredibly intimate and romantic. And never once did Kate and Keith stop smiling! As they were pronounced husband and wife, a huge cheer rose up from the guests on the balcony. And carried out across the still waters of the lake.
Confetti, cake, and a crystal chandelier
After a sundrenched drinks reception on the boathouse lawn, we headed over to Euridge Manor’s castle archway and the iconic chandelier. And once Keith and Kate cut (and tasted!) their delicious buttercream cake, it was time for the confetti.
As a wedding photographer, there are few things I love more than watching my couple experience a moment of pure joy with an epic backdrop! Confetti filled the air, Keith and Kate laughed and kissed, the guests cheered. And behind them, the chandelier sparkled in the sunlight and the crumbling castle ruins climbed into the sky.
Personalised reception styling at its best
Leaving the guests to their nibbles and bubbles, I took a stroll with Keith and Kate into their reception in the Euridge Manor ballroom. I always love this part of the day with a couple. Enjoying the blissful quiet of the reception area together before it's filled with guests. Walking between the tables, taking in all the details from all their months of planning. It’s such a uniquely special “this is our wedding” moment to share together as a couple.
And of course, the reception styling was flawless. The pink and white floral patterned tablecloths, the luxurious use of florals draped around the stone columns. And all of it bathed in the soft neon pink glow of the ballroom lights.
But above all, I loved the personal touches. The subtle nods to Keith’s South African heritage (you’ve got to love leopard-print candles, right?!) The table names taken from places and things that mean something to them as a couple. And how they included their beloved furbaby, Syrup in the stationary. Because while Keith and Kate’s reception was beautiful, above all it was theirs. And however beautiful your wedding might be, you’ll love it all the more if it’s personal to you.
Dinner, cocktails in The Lost Orangery, and one helluva party in the ballroom!
After a delicious dinner and some heartfelt speeches, we headed into the famous Lost Orangery for cocktails. Live music filled the room, empty cocktail classes covered every surface. And we danced like teenagers among the exotic palms of the orangery.
And let me tell you, the live band was incredible. They were performing in the midst of it all, on the dancefloor with the rest of us. And basically turning a stunning wedding into one serious party!
I love a DJ as much as the next gal. But you just can’t beat the atmosphere, electricity and energy of a live band. It was just the best way for Keith and Kate to let loose, have some fun, and celebrate their love with their friends and family.
Couple’s photography in Euridge Manor
After a day filled with so much activity, emotion and attention, I knew Kate and Keith would cherish some time alone together as a couple. So as the sun began to set outside, I stole them away from the party for their second set of golden hour shots.
And I challenge you to find a more beautiful wedding venue than Euridge Manor in the summer. There just isn’t a part of Euridge Manor you don’t want in your pictures!
But even with a wedding venue as supremely photogenic as Euridge Manor, I’ll never make your couple’s portraits session all about the photos. I want it to be an experience you love, and a memory you’ll always cherish. I want to give you a chance to forget about speeches and the dress, the styling and the bouquet. And just spend time focusing on what your wedding day is all about.
So we took a stroll through the grounds together. We visited the boathouse where they’d said their vows. And stood beneath the archway where they’d been showered with confetti. And they kissed on the stone steps where Keith had watched Kate make her bridal entrance a few hours before. They got to explore their venue together as a couple. And relive their day together all over again, just the two of them. And all the while, I got to capture the people they are together when no one else is around.
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One of the iconic ‘must-have’ shots of a Euridge Manor wedding is the ‘boat shot'. The happy couple, surrounded by flowers on a boat in the middle of the lake. And whilst we turned over pretty much every ‘Euridge Manor wedding’ stone, we left this one untouched.
So why no boat shot? Because for some reason, the idea of tipping into the lake at the end of the day didn’t appeal to them! And as much as I would’ve loved the shot, your experience as a couple will always come first.
I never want to give you a photo of a moment you didn’t love, or a memory you don’t hold dear. I want to give you a wedding album where every memory is filled with love, and happiness. Where every photo makes you smile, because you loved the moment as it happened.
If you love my work and would like for me to tell your story, I’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch today and let’s have a chat and get to know each other.
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