I am a bit of a foodie – weddings aside, it’s one of my favourite topics to blog about. So when I have any pennies to spare they are often splurged on a bit of fine dining. Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir has been on the dining wishlist for a very long time but I have yet to make it there. So imagine my delight when today’s dose of gloriously romantic botanical wedding inspiration comes to you from none other than Le Manoir.
The country manor is every bit as picturesque as I had anticipated, the perfect location for a lush rustic wedding…
From stylist & coordinator Emma at Goose & Berry:
Le Manoir au Quat’Saisons has long been a favourite hotel of mine. Coming from a Relais & Chateau 5*work background, Le Manoir is up there with the best of them. The most beautiful country manor house surrounded by stunning gardens creates a picture perfect setting to any wedding. To top it off the world famous chef Raymond Blanc is the patron there and the cuisine is stunning. Being a foodie this really is a dream venue for me and I have been lucky enough to eat there and get to meet Monsieur Blanc himself, mega fan right here!
Admiring Le Manoir for many years and long dreaming of holding and planning a wedding there led me to start imagining how I would envisage it and what I would want to see there, reflecting all of its fine qualities; seasonality, rurality and one of its key ingredients – food; grown locally and in the hotel’s very own kitchen gardens.
With these in mind, I created a very rustic and botanical vision for a wedding held at Le Manoir. I wanted to utilise its wonderful gardens and use herbs and beautiful florals throughout the styling. Amie Bone created the bountiful and stunning flowerscape on the table. Mixed with pots, bottles, candles and wooden logs, Amie and her team crafted together a stunning and luxurious but rustic and natural botanical look with a nod to a herb and kitchen garden.
I wanted the overall feel to be of luxury but with hints of rustic simplicity and rurality of times gone by. Keeping the colours clean, white, green and earthy enabled this look to be achieved. Bringing natural elements such as the wooden tables and chairs from Stress Free Hire and earthenware tableware enhanced this look and touches of copper in the cups and cutlery added a touch of the luxe to the look, which works so well in the setting of the Belle Époque and its beautiful light space and gardens.
Recycled and textured paper from Silk & Willow combines with their natural linen napkins and table runner and along with their silk ribbons helped to enhance a rustic and natural vibe. The paper and favour bags completed with elegant and romantic calligraphy by Judy Broad completed the tablescape perfectly and I loved the copper font, reflecting the copper cutlery and cups.
The bridal fashion needed to be relatively simplistic, with nothing too much or full on. The Jesus Peiro gown from Ellie Sanderson had a sweet lace body and a full tulle skirt, which gave a romantic nod to the style. Paired with a beautiful full length veil and stunning Harriet Wilde ‘Marlow’ lace shoes it created a soft, feminine and romantic bridal look. Soft and natural make-up and hair by Katie Reay Scott completed the look and earthy tones were used on the beautiful Alexa. Feathers added the finishing rural touch, which works so well in such a fabulous countryside setting. I wanted to add hints of modern fashion but with a twist and what better than a tweed cape from Cocoon Luxe. The tweed added to the countryside wedding feel and I loved the cape style, which is so easy to cover up on your wedding day, but with a super stylish twist.
The wedding cakes again needed to be fairly simplistic but with a luxurious feel. Buttercream and a couple of real flowers created just the look. The macaron tower was in homage to Raymond Blanc and his fabulous food and looked great alongside the two tier cake. Emma from Gifted Heart Cakes did a fab job of getting the greens and earthy tones on the macarons just right!
The rustic botanical look is one of my favourite to achieve and work with. Being a country girl myself, it works so well within a country manor house setting. With natural elements and paired back luxury, with rustic and rural touches, with a nod to the past, combined with masses of cottage garden florals and herbs, you can create a striking look that appeals to the romantic and luxurious couple
- Photography: Sanshine Photography
- Styling and co-ordination: Goose & Berry Weddings
- Floral Design: Amie Bone Flowers
- Hair and Make-up: Katie Reay Scott
- Bridal Wear: Jesus Peiro 'Perfume' 5013 from Ellie Sanderson
- Bridal Accessories: Ellie Sanderson
- Shoes: Harriet Wilde
- Cakes: Gifted Heart Cakes
- Stationery: Judy Broad Calligraphy
- Paper, Ribbons, Favour Bags, Napkins and Runner: Silk and Willow
- Rentals / Hire - Table and Chairs: Stress Free Hire
- Venue: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
- Model: Alexa Taylor
- Tweed Cape: Cocoon Luxe
- Videographer: Mark Shipperley