Countryside Manor House Wedding Bridal Preparations

We are more than familiar with most of the countryside manor house wedding venues (our last at Upon House) in Dorset so it was with great excitement that we traveled to Kent for Nicky and John’s big day.

Nicky had been super busy on this countryside manor house wedding morning.Her countryside cottage had been decorated with wedding bunting and cards galore adorned the table. Upstairs had been prepared with dresses hanging and optimally placed chairs and mirrors. Calm as a cucumber we found her in an incredibly uplifting mood.

First she had her hair expertly styled by the gorgeous Lindsay McDonald. Nicky presented her flower girl (and god daughter) with some lovely jewellery. She then drove herself and bridesmaid to get wedding make up styled at the exclusive Maison Talbooth treatment rooms and spa.

Bride has hair styled before Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride checks her phone on morning of countryside wedding
Bride having hair styled during Countryside Wedding morning

Back at home the wedding flowers from Gaye Drummond arrived. As well as Nicky’s bouquet of purple, pink and yellow was a flower crown for the flower girl. Before she knew it it was time for Nicky to don her classic vintage style dress from Jenny Packham. With her veil that completing the look Nicky looked stunning, a classy elegant bride. The bridesmaids and flower girls were in pale pink dresses from Ghost. The ladies looked beautiful and Nicky’s father arrived to escort them to the church.

Brides eyes in rear view mirror on wedding morning
Bride takes a moment before leaving the house on morning of Countryside Wedding
Reaction to seeing the bride in her dress on wedding day
Bride in vintage wedding dress in mirror from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Flower girl has flower crown fitted from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bridesmaid with iron and dress from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bridesmaid putting hair up for Countryside Manor House Wedding
Smiling bride has hair styled on morning of countryside wedding
Bridal bouquet from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride reflection during preparations for Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bridesmaids face in mirror as bride has hair styled for Countryside Manor House Wedding

Countryside Manor House Wedding Groom Preparations

John and his groomsmen got ready for the big day at The Sun Inn in Dedham. John wore a blue suit with pale yellow tie and pocket square. His waistcoat had a fine blue paisley pattern on the back which was also in the lining of his jacket. John’s brother (the best man) wore a slightly darker shade of blue with the matching ties and pocket square. Once the rest of the groomsmen were ready we all set of towards St Marys Church in Higham.

The grooms wedding attire for countryside wedding
Groom and best man prepare themselves for Countryside Manor House Wedding
Groom does tie in mirror while groomsman shaves in bathroom
Groom and best man in mirror before Countryside Manor House Wedding
Groom and brother in blue suits from morning of countryside wedding
Handmade wooden wedding sign from Countryside Wedding
Church tower trough trees at Countryside Manor House Wedding

Countryside Manor House Church Wedding

John (who had been at the church a little while) took a break from greeting guests to gather his thoughts. As the bridal party’s arrival was imminent he was ushered to take his place at the front.

Groom takes a moment in church yard from Countryside Wedding
Opera singer sings in church from countryside wedding
Groom outside church doorway from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Groom checks his watch in church from Countryside Wedding

The bridesmaids and flower girls led the wedding party in to the church with Nicky being delivered to the front by her father. There was barely a dry eye in the church. To begin with the flower girls delivered two readings before a bridesmaid delivered the third. Nicky’s father then confirmed that he agreed to give Nicky’s had in marriage to John. With huge grins on their faces they made their promises to one another and were married, barely taking their eyes off each other.

Bride outside home on morning of Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and bridesmaids are escorted to the church from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and bridesmaids walk down church path from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bridesmaids led wedding party into church from Countryside Wedding
Bride and grooms first look from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride with father in church from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Groom waiting in church for bridal party to arrive from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bridesmaid looks on at church Countryside Wedding
Bridesmaid and guest react to bride in church countryside wedding
Bride looks towards groom during church ceremony from countryside wedding
Flower girl delivers reading at countryside church wedding
Nieces of the bride deliver reading from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Applause for reading during church ceremony from Countryside Wedding
Bridesmaid delivers reading during church ceremony at countryside wedding
Brides hand in marriage is given away by father at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Best man during church ceremony at Countryside Wedding
Bride and grooms first kiss from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and groom feet during blessing at Countryside Manor House Wedding

As they danced back down the aisle as husband and wife there was much cheering and applause. The newly weds took a private moment together outside the rear door to let their guests leave the church. On the way out all were armed with confetti and lined either side of the path. Nicky and John left the church by the front door and were showered with confetti as they did.

Applause for the newlyweds in church from countryside wedding
Newlyweds out side St Mary's Church from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and groom in the sunshine from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Guests line the church path armed with confetti from countryside wedding
Newlyweds are showered with confetti from countryside wedding

Countryside Manor House Wedding Reception

With the venue for the reception only over the road the wedding party walked through the bunting lined fields of grass. Major Fenwick of Higham Place kindly allowed the wedding reception to take place in the grounds of his stunning 16th Century Country House. As guests arrived in one of the many gardens music was supplied by swing band Swing Machine. The guests who had followed the wedding sign posts arrived and a drinks reception was enjoyed by all.

Guest on route to drinks reception at countryside wedding
Guests walk up driveway to reception at countryside wedding
Marquee across field at Countryside Manor House Wedding

Stacked glasses from drinks reception at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride with guests at drinks reception at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Guest photographer takes picture at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Mother and father of the bride with grandchildren at countryside wedding
Bride with mother in garden at countryside wedding

Groom kisses his bride on the head from countryside wedding
Bride and groom hold hands at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and groom walking hand in hand at Countryside Manor House Wedding

On the lawn stood the reception marquee from County Marquees decorated with a huge floral arrangement to the side of the dance floor, smaller ones on the tables and one stretching almost the whole length of the top table.

Beautiful flower arrangement in marquee at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Traditional marquee set for wedding breakfast at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and guest inspect cake at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Guests share a joke during marquee reception at countryside wedding
Guest enjoyed a smoke and drink in the sunshine at Countryside Manor House Wedding

Countryside Manor House Wedding Speeches

After being welcomed into the marquee with cheering and clapping the top table were seated. The guests were treated to yet more tears and laughter. It was the father of the bride who kicked off the speeches followed by the best man. Nicky gave thanks to everyone who had helped her plan the wonderful day. John then finished off the speeches giving thanks and much praise for his gorgeous new wife.

Father of the bride punches the air during speech at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Father of the bride speech at countryside wedding
Best man delivers speech at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Top table reaction to speech at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and groom react to best mans speech at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Guest with bright pink and black facinator at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Guest looks on as top table speeches are delivered at countryside wedding
Bride kisses a groomsman during marquee reception at countryside wedding
Guest in glasses during reception at countryside wedding
Bride puts on glasses so that she can read speech from countryside wedding
Guest reaction during speeches at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Best man looks at groom during speech at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Groom delivers his speech from Countryside Manor House Wedding

Countryside Marquee Wedding First Dance

Evening guests had begun to arrive and enjoyed a drink in the garden. We took the bridal party off for some photographs before returning the bride and groom for their first dance. The music for this was supplied again by Swing Machine who had been joined by even more musicians and two vocalists.

Bridal party on way to garden for group photos at countryside wedding

Just chilling with a glass of wine sat on a sheep from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Laughing bride with bridesmaids from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and groom pose for wooden caravan picture from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and groom on back porch of wooden caravan at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Newlyweds kiss in grassy field from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and groom walk hand in hand at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Groom kisses his bride on the head at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride talks to swing band during reception at countryside wedding
Bride and groom embrace during first dance at countryside wedding
Bride and grooms first dance from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Packed dance floor during marquee reception at countryside wedding
Guest strikes a pose during dancing at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Groomsmen burn their to do lists on fire pit at countryside wedding
Guests enjoy a drink and a laugh during countryside wedding

Countryside Manor House Wedding Evening Entertainment

The horsebox trailer from Woodley’s Pizza had been parked on the lawn and the oven inside was lit in preparation for much pizza cooking.

Guests enjoy sunny evening at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Chatting wedding guests at marquee reception from countryside wedding
All the ladies on the dance floor at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Guest dance at marquee reception at countryside wedding
All the ladies on the dance floor during marquee reception
Bride hugs a bridesmaid at marquee reception from Countryside Manor House Wedding
DJ mixes inside wedding marquee during reception countryside wedding
Guests enjoy drink and pizza at Countryside Manor House Wedding

 

Meanwhile the chaps from Firework Crazy had been out in the field getting ready for the climax of this countryside manor house wedding. Everybody enjoyed the wood fired pizza and drinks on the lawn as the sun went down on this Countryside Manor House Wedding. With a lovely sunset and a darkened sky the guests and newlyweds gathered outside the marquee. All were treated to a magnificent fireworks display and sparklers too!

Metal and glass lanterns from evening marquee reception
Guests around fire pit enjoy fireworks display at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride , groom and guests watch fireworks on lawn at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and groom with fireworks from Countryside Manor House Wedding
Fireworks light up the sky at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Bride and groom with sparklers at countryside manor house wedding
Bride and groom kiss amidst sparklers at Countryside Manor House Wedding
Glowing marquee on the lawn at Countryside Manor House Wedding

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