Emma and Mick were searching for the perfect place to hold their wedding day where all their friends and family from far and wide could come and help them celebrate in style. They found just what they were looking when they visited Swynford Manor; a striking manor house wedding venue in Cambridgeshire with a unique style and an emphasis on luxury.
"We fell in love with Swynford Manor the moment we walked through the doors," says Emma. "The main selling point for us was the Garden room as it was so bright and full of so much natural daylight. The décor made the whole place look stunning and the staff were friendly and welcoming which made us feel at ease and comfortable, so we just knew we didn't want to go anywhere else. We cancelled all our other wedding venue viewings and booked Swynford Manor the next day!"
Dressing the venue
The happy couple loved the monochrome colour scheme and luxurious décor of Swynford Manor, so only added a few touches of decoration to make the place their own.
"Our theme was lace, candles and lanterns," explains Emma. "We wanted to have lots of fairy lights and candles to decorate the Garden room so when dusk came the room would be filled with pretty lighting. We used shades of silver and dusty lavender too after being inspired by a walk in the mountains in Mick's home country of Ireland.
Looking the part
When it came to finding the perfect dress, Emma had a clear idea in mind of what she wanted, although that soon went out the window after trying the style on.
"I had the exact idea of what I wanted in my head but it just didn't look how I had imagined when I put on that type of dress," says Emma. "I ended up choosing, with some encouragement from my Mum, a strapless lacy gown by Essence of Australia and instantly loved it before I had even done it up. I guess Mums are always right!"
Emma paired the dress with a lace jacket and glittery Champagne coloured shoes, as well as gold bracelet from her mum and diamond necklace which was a gift from Mick.
Mick looked suave and sophisticated on the day too with a navy twill three-piece suit from Moss Bros and a paisley print tie and pocket square in a shade of dusty lavender. He also wore his late father's pocket watch as a special memory on the day.
The order of the day
The couple started their wedding day with a ceremony at All Saints Church in Cottenham, a wedding service which was made even more special as it was taken by a close friend of Emma's.
"Reverend Scott Watts is the Chaplain at the hospital where I work and I have worked for many years, so it was really special to have Scott involved in such a big part of our day and was really personal."
Once Emma and Mick had said ‘I do', they headed over to Swynford Manor with their guests and celebrated with a drinks reception and canapés in the Study. The spring sun meant they could spend some time mingling on the Terrace too while a guitar-playing friend kept everybody entertained.
The party then moved to the Garden Room which was the perfect setting for the happy couple's wedding breakfast and evening reception. After a mouth-watering feast, Emma and Mick took to the dance floor for their first dance to ‘Brown Eyed Girl' by Van Morrison, before a live band kept everyone entertained throughout the night.
Emma and Mick had an amazing time celebrating their wedding day at this exquisite wedding venue in Cambridgeshire, but there were a couple of moments that stood out a little more for the bride.
"There are just too many to mention, but the journey to the church in the car with just my Dad will be something I never forget. Hearing Mick's speech was magical too! He did so well as I know it was something he was very nervous about.
If there is any advice that Emma could pass on it would be this:
"Get a videographer! The day goes so quickly you will not remember it all but a video to look back on is a special keepsake to have. Enjoy it, all your hard work will pay off. The stress is well worth it, we would do it all again tomorrow if we could!"
Images © Anesta Broad Photography
If you would like to find out more about this incredible wedding venue in Cambridgeshire, visit the Swynford Manor listing page.