Carrie and Adam's Intimate Wedding at Kirtlington Park

Carrie and Adam fell in love with the historic grandeur of Kirtlington Park, one of Oxford's most exclusive, luxury wedding venues. They successfully married both modern and traditional touches including tropical orchids and feathers with an 18th century colour palette, statement socks and classic pocket watches!

Their intimate wedding was beautifully captured by ‘The Bridal Photographer,’ David Bostock who has recently joined the ranks of The Wedding Vine’s exclusive, invitation only Premier Portfolio

From the first day of planning our wedding, we both agreed on the venue. We knew we wanted somewhere that had character and charm - a place where you could fall in love all over again. Instantly, we ruled out all venues that were modern and needed a lot of decoration and focused our attention on stately houses and castles. We finally chose Kirtlington Park, an 18th century house in Oxfordshire. We fell in love with the house and the grounds and knew it was the place for us. It was decorated beautifully inside with many original features, it was spacious (we had full use of four rooms in the house that were all connected to each other), and a room for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready in on the morning of the wedding. It was just perfect - everything a girl could want to be a princess for the day. As it is pretty exclusive, with only 12 weddings a year, we had to book it 17 months in advance.

With all that time on our hands, we decided we would organise every detail of the wedding as a family. We chose the house because of how well it was already decorated, so I wanted to choose a theme that complemented it. After researching fashion trends from the 18th century, we came up with a simple theme of candles, feathers and petals, all in colours that were fashionable at that time; deep violet and duck egg blue. It worked so well with the house and was understated and romantic. The huge volume of candles and soft feathers really helped warm up a pretty cold, but sunny February day.

We got married at Kirtlington Park which helped everyone to be relaxed and calm (except my Mum who was definately more stressed out than I was!). Our photographer was fantastic. David Bostock had arranged for a pre-wedding shoot with us at Kirtlington Park so we could all get to know each other and be comfortable with him photographing us. This was one of the best things we did. On the day of the wedding, we were both very comfortable around David as we knew he would do a good job and trusted his judgement. David also brought along an assistant, who also photographed the day. This meant they could capture our big day from a range of views. Everyone complimented on how they felt comfortable around David and his assistant and loved the fact that his style of photography was to capture them naturally and relaxed. He even stayed to capture our first dance.

Our dinner was simple, a true winter warmer; beef bourginion and apple crumble and custard, something that we have always enjoyed with our family and something we knew our guests would love on a cold winter's day. In the evening, after all the dancing and chatting, we treated everyone to bacon rolls, and cheese and biscuits. The bacon rolls were so amazing, they are still one of the main talking points of the wedding!

Adam's Mum made our cake. She had stopped making cakes commercially a while ago, but was thrilled when we asked her to do ours. We had so much fun designing the cake and matching it to the theme of the wedding. Each layer of the cake was a different flavour, and we served it in the evening with tea and coffee. Adam's Mum went to so much trouble to match the cake to my bouquet and she even used a photograph of the lace on my dress to cover the entire cake with the same pattern - she really is amazing!

My bouquet and the button hole flowers were made by a local florist. She designed the bouquet to match a picture of my dress and something that would enhance my body shape and my height. We chose Vanda Orchids to match the colour theme.

Choosing the wedding dress was so much fun. After trying on a range of dresses (as I was open to ideas) we found two I loved. They were dresses I had seen in magazines and were lovely, but there was something that didn't feel right. I wanted something that was a better match to the venue and the theme. The dress I found was the last dress I tried on after almost giving up. It stood out because of the colour - it was a lovely golden cream. As soon as I put it on we both knew this was the dress. It suited my skin colour, the fit was perfect and the style was a blend of modern and old - perfect. My shoes and accessories all matched and compliment the dress. To help me find them, I kept to a theme of pearls and diamonds. I love my jewellery and headband as they were made to measure.

Adam and the Groom's men all got their suits from Moss Bros. We gave all the boys pocket watches that were engraved as a thank you present the night before the wedding so they could wear them on the day. It looked great and it added to the theme of the wedding. And to match the boy’s cheeky characters, they all wore matching socks in different colours.

We made all the stationary ourselves - something I have recommended to all my friends getting married as it is something you can do together and it gives you a real sense of ownership over the wedding.

We had an amazing day, and thanks to David's photography, we are reminded of it every day. Everyone had a fantastic day and it couldn't have been more perfect!


Photography: David Bostock "The Bridal Photographer" www.thebridalphotographer.co.uk

Venue: Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire www.kirtlingtonpark.co.uk

Accessories: White Fairy www.whitefairy.co.uk

Shoes: Perdita's Wedding Shoes www.perditasweddingshoes.co.uk

Catering: Vicky Willison www.vwdining.co.uk

Disco: A1 Discos Ltd www.a1discos.com

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