The Country House Wedding Venues office is full of big-day inspiration from fabulous wedding venues, to those perfect finishing touches, and what better way to put our expertise to use than to offer some tips to the rich and famous!
Our very own wedding specialist, Sam, takes a look at tennis pro Andy Murray and wife-to-be Kim Sear’s upcoming nuptials and shares her thoughts on how she would plan their perfect day.
Andrew & Kim’s wedding venue
When it comes to the perfect setting for Andy and Kim, one of our country houses is guaranteed to tick all the right boxes.
It’s no secret that Andy is a big fan of the country house. In fact, he recently acquired his very own country house, Cromlix, close to his hometown of Dunblane, which he has transformed into a luxurious 15-bedroom home.
While the couple’s style of venue may be easy to define, the wedding location is a little bit trickier. The pair, who currently live in London, have ties to both Scotland and East Sussex – their hometowns. Like most modern couples who have settled in a new area, Andy and Kim could choose a wedding venue close to their new home – saving the tough choice of choosing between their family’s locations.
A country house venue like Kirtlington Park, in Oxfordshire, would be perfect for the pair’s nuptials. Impressive, elegant and grand, the 18th Century Palladian country house is just a stone’s throw away from their home in London and combines both of the couple’s wishes and wants.
The home exudes serious British style – a must for a fashionista like Kim – and features grand sweeping staircases, distinctive pieces of furniture and glorious gardens. The Oxfordshire setting certainly wouldn’t be short of fabulous countryside views either!
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With this couple, there’s three things that come to mind – Scottish heritage, tennis and chic style. While it may sound like an odd mix, there are plenty of ways to tie these concepts together for a chic, sophisticated look.
The overall theme for the day would be tartan and tweed, mixing the couple’s English and Scottish heritages, with a base tone of midnight blue – which is both luxurious and stylish.
Think subtle rustic touches, outdoor games, chic lace, natural flowers and hessian details and you’ve got the look.
Wedding outfits and accessories
With midnight blue being the colour of the day, the tartan worn by the boys in Andy’s family can reflect this shade. The men in Kim’s family could dress in stylish tweed – with perhaps a midnight blue tweed jacket and beige trousers.
To fit with the wedding theme and her love of fashion, Kim’s dress would feature lots of lace, have sleeves and exude romance. Being the fashion queen she is, Kim should go traditional with her accessories, opting for a neat up do and a long cathedral length veil for that classic bridal look.
The bridal party can dress in sleek, full-length, midnight blue dress, to complement both the look of the boys and Kim’s stylish gown. Of course, with her love of mixing high street and designer for a chic and expensive look, we’d recommend dresses from designers like Claire Pettibone or David Fielden, who are known for their extra special gowns.
The finishing touches
To fit in with the rustic feel of the day and the midnight blue colour scheme, we’d recommend simple, wild flowers for Kim. For example, wild white roses, hand tied with blue tartan or a more rustic bouquet featuring succulents, hand tied with twine and finished off with a tartan brooch or bow.
Like the flowers, the grand four or five tier cake would feature a touch of tartan too, with tartan ribbon around each tier. The rest of the cake’s design would be classic and sophisticated, featuring lace or pearl detail in an elegant shade of white.
Special yet simple details will feature on tables and chairs from the ceremony right through to reception. Think chiavari chairs, draped in midnight blue fabric with a few flowers and tartan ribbon on the edges of each chair. Reception tables would feature hessian runners with floral details running down the centre.
A fun dessert table would be a great way to incorporate the couple’s lives and loves and could feature sweet treats inspired by their hobbies. From tennis ball inspired macaroons, to animal shaped cookies (inspired by Kim’s animal art), a quirky dessert table could feature it all!
Big day entertainment
With the big day entertainment, comes the couple’s love of tennis. Making use of the spacious surroundings, Kim and Andy could set up garden games, including a mini tennis court or even a ping pong table. Of course, all the classics like croquet and giant jenga can be set up too for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.
As Kim is an artist by trade, the couple could also hire a caricaturist for the day – a great alternative for those not up for the sporting action and a fabulous way for guests to remember the day with a keepsake.
By night, Andy’s Scottish heritage will come back into play with a Ceilidh band – a sure way to get everyone up and dancing. What’s more, the Ceilidh style fits in perfectly with the couple’s laid-back, rustic feel to the day.
Of course, with a celebrity couple like Andy and Kim, we wouldn’t expect a quiet finale. Sensational fireworks in the sky and sparklers for guests would mark the end of the pair’s special day.
See more suggestions on our tennis themed Pinterest board.