The Perfect Venue
With a stylish venue and mouth-watering food top of their wedding wish lists, Naomi and Stuart hit the jackpot when they visited Cambridgeshire wedding venue Swynford Manor.
“We instantly loved the black and white colour scheme and chandeliers. It was the only wedding venue in Cambridgeshire we found that had a modern, glamorous feel.
Everywhere else was either rustic, traditional or corporate and we’d seen them all a million times before. The accommodation and copper bath tubs at Swynford Manor were brilliant, too.”
It only made sense that this couple opted for an Ibiza glam theme with a black tie dress code, then!
Finding the One
Knowing she didn’t want to walk down the aisle in lace or satin, bride Naomi decided to design her own wedding dress.
“I had very particular ideas of what I wanted, so I arranged to sketch my vision for my dress and send it to Abigail’s Collection in Colchester, who would then have a designer in Italy bring it to life.”
While Naomi admits it was at times stressful to start from scratch, she wouldn’t have had it any other way. “I was so pleased with the end result. If you can’t find the dress of your dreams, create it!”
A pearl and feather hair comb, Badgley Mischka shoes and a personalized leather jacket completed the bride’s chic look.
Naomi’s sister was the maid of honour, wearing a custom fishtail dress from Polka Bridal.
Suited and Booted
When it came to his groomswear, Stuart also took the bespoke route and had a suit created by Anthony Formal Wear.
“He designed a modern take on a tuxedo, with a grey jacket, black lapels and a purple collar lining – my favourite colour,” Naomi explains.
“We tied the knot in the Study at our Cambridgeshire wedding venue.” Knowing they wanted to personalize their vows, Naomi and Stuart booked a celebrant to bring their big moment to life.
“Our celebrant met us before the wedding to find out about our story and ideas for the ceremony. On the day, she took our guests on a journey through our relationship from day one to the big one and included lovely touches for our parents, too.”
Eat, Drink and Be Married!
As the prosecco and Peroni was popped open for the drinks reception, a caricaturist kicked off his sketches. “It was a great way to give our guests something to do and doubled up as our wedding favours.”
Being big foodies, the menu was an important feature for this couple’s wedding. “We chose a warm scotch egg with tomato compote to start, followed by chicken, ham and leek pies and a New York cheesecake with a chocolate bon bon to finish. Our guests all commented on how great the food was and the venue were brilliant at taking on board our suggestions.”
Later in the evening, saxophonist Ellie Sax lit up the dance floor at their wedding venue in Cambridgeshire with an illuminated rainbow saxophone. “She was amazing and worked really well with our DJ.”
Black and Gold
“We chose a black and gold colour scheme because it’s glamorous, sophisticated and went perfectly with our Cambridgeshire wedding venue. Swynford Manor is stunning as it is, so it didn’t need much decorating.”
The couple suspended paper lanterns from the trees, presented confetti in black cones with gold seals and created a memory table of photos of loved ones who couldn’t be there on the day. White hydrangeas, calla lilies and orchids added subtle floral style.
“I didn’t see Stuart’s outfit until the moment he saw mine when I walked down the aisle. Having planned every other part of the day to perfection, it was such a nice surprise. I’d recommend it to other brides.”
Images © Tom Halliday Photography
If you’re searching for a country house wedding venue in Cambridgeshire, Newmarket’s Swynford Manor could be the one for you. Discover this striking venue’s elegant spaces here.