Marrying in August and choosing one of the most elegant wedding venues in Oxfordshire, Jennifer and David’s wedding had all the ingredients of a perfect celebration. With a beautifully chosen colour scheme and stylish décor, this romantic wedding is one to inspire.
Jennifer had always wanted to marry in a big country house with beautiful grounds and luckily David felt the same. The happy couple fell in love with the large, light and elegant ceremony and reception rooms at Kirtlington Park and knew it was their perfect venue.
“Not long after confirming the venue, I was looking through a moodboard I’d done with friends five years ago and I had used a picture of Kirtlington Park,” smiles Jennifer. “It was clearly meant to be!”
Design and Décor
Setting an August date, the couple decided to create an elegant English summer wedding with beautiful flowers, relaxed canapés, garden games and lots of dancing.
Cornflower blue was chosen as the main colour, a lovely shade for summer. Introduced through the flowers and the lovely bridesmaid dresses, it complemented the venue perfectly.
“We decorated the fireplaces, stairs and tables with large floral arrangements in blues and whites,” says Jennifer. “The venue looked and smelled amazing!”
Both fans of James Bond, movie postcards were used for the table names and, in the evening, illuminated ‘J&D’ letters added a little glamour and fun to the characterful setting. Jennifer’s mother made rose-flavoured lollipops with violas for the wedding favours.
Jennifer’s strapless gown was by Pronovias, with chiffon added to a strapless style to make it her dream ‘off the shoulder’ gown.
“I’d always loved the idea of satin and, once I tried it on, I fell in love with it,” explains Jennifer. “I could also remove the chiffon in the evening for dancing.”
As for the Groom and the Bridesmaids…
David looked the part in a bespoke navy blue suit with grey plaid waistcoat by Menswear Tailors Club and brown suede loafers from Tod’s. In keeping with the colour scheme, Jennifer’s three adult bridesmaids wore cornflower blue empire line dresses from D’Zage, accessorising with pearl necklaces that were a gift from the bride.
The Wedding Breakfast
Following their romantic ceremony in The Saloon, guests enjoyed Pimm’s, Champagne and canapés accompanied by a string quartet.
Moving in to dine, Jennifer and David chose a wonderful menu from caterers Passion for Food. Roast asparagus wrapped in prosciutto was served as a starter followed by slow cooked duck with confit leg, rosti potato, carrot puree and buttered kale. The dessert was an ‘English Teatime’ – vintage cake stands with chocolate covered strawberries, elderflower jelly, meringue and vanilla ice cream and other delights.
“The dessert was incredible and so different to anything we’d seen before,” smiles Jennifer. “Our guests were very impressed with the food.”
The newlyweds took to the floor for their first dance to ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ by The Supremes.
“We had a dance lesson to give us some ideas for moves and a lift,” explains Jennifer.
A DJ filled the dance floor for the happiest of endings to this magnificent day.
A Thought from Jennifer
“Everything ran smoothly on the day and I absolutely loved David’s speech. I loved every minute of the day… but my favourite moment was standing at the front with David, giggling before we said our vows!”
Images © David Murray Photography
To find out more about this breathtaking wedding venue in Oxfordshire, visit the Kirtlington Park listing page.