+44(0) 1483 282 858 | enquiries@thebespokeweddingco.com

Welcome to the wedding of…
Stacks Image 400
The Brief
https://vimeo.com/46299721
A feast for the senses from the off! Not only had our couple opted for our suggestion of holding their wedding at Highclere Castle, famed for being the setting for the BBC’s Downton Abbey, but they were keen to include lots of creative detail to make their celebration simply one of a kind.
Like many of our couples, Sarah and Steve lived in Sarah’s native Canada during the planning of the wedding. With many guests arriving from North America, the formal celebrations started with a ceremony rehearsal, followed by a cosy pub dinner at The Swann Inn in Newtown, Newbury. This very British country pub played host to a hearty feast where many of the bridal party and family met for the first time. Speeches, quizzes, amusing name badges and a thoughtful seating plan, set the tone for lots of fun ahead.

There are few more awe-inspiring settings than Highclere, and arriving guests were met with a stunning view along the Castle’s iconic sweeping driveway, before being escorted to their seats in the grand & imposing Saloon

The Ceremony
Sarah and her bridesmaids set about their preparations in style in the Bride’s Room at Highclere Castle. There are few more awe-inspiring settings than Highclere, and arriving guests were met with a stunning view along the Castle’s iconic sweeping driveway, before being escorted to their seats in the grand and imposing Saloon. A soulful gospel choir heralded the arrival of the bride, who made her way down the grand staircase accompanied by her father. The ceremony was filled with personality; Sarah and Steve chose individual vows, there was a guest ring blessing ceremony, and readings were taken from one of the couple’s favourite books, The Alchemist. The ceremony finished with a tear-jerking guest sing-along to ‘All you need is love’ by The Beatles.
The Reception
The cocktail reception was time for guests to really indulge in the glorious stately home setting, and to enjoy many of the special touches installed for them to peruse. Two of my favourites were the beautiful photo frame table entitled ‘Meet our Maids and Men’, with mini biogs on their bridal party, which was great fun and a sure-fire way of getting to know each other. Also, the clever seating plan photo-board which changed from the cityscape of London to the cityscape of Calgary as the guests took their name cards.

The Library of Highclere Castle looked resplendent in its richness. Sarah and Steve were bold and brave (which we love), and opted for a colour scheme of purple and red, accompanied by silvers and blacks, which looked amazing in the gilt, classic and ornate interiors of the house. A delicious feast was followed by the most emotional and heartfelt speeches, as well as some real comedy moments. It was then time to return to the Saloon, which had been transformed for partying using moody up-lighting. A toe-tapping cover band and floor-filling DJ, meant the red and purple flip-flops offered to all the ladies, came in very handy for those in high heels who wanted to dance the night away! The Canadian guests particularly loved the very British Cornish pasties which were served later in the evening to soak up some of the (high) spirits!