Goodwood House wedding with blush pink flowers for Amelia and Ashley.
The Goodwood House wedding that Amelia and Ashley planned proved to be such a fabulous day! Fortunately, the weather was amazing, Amelia looked incredible, Ashley also looked so handsome and I had the opportunity to add beautiful flowers to this stunning wedding venue.
Getting ready at Goodwood Hotel
As the Goodwood Hotel is within the grounds of Goodwood House, it makes the perfect place for the bridal party to get ready from. Another tick in the box is for getting ready photography as it also provides an elegant backdrop to pre- wedding photos. Here Amelia is holding her bridal bouquet and standing halfway up one of the light filled staircases, which displays her full length veil to perfection.
Arriving to Goodwood House
Conveniently, the drive through the estate from the Goodwood Hotel to Goodwood House is really only just a few minutes. And, as an added treat, one of Lord March’s butlers will always be at the entrance of this wonderful stately home. He’ll be ready to greet you and even hold the car door open for you as you and your bridesmaids arrive.
Goodwood House wedding ceremony in the Yellow Drawing room
The yellow drawing room is a favourite space for couples to use as their ceremony room. For a country house wedding, it couldn’t be better. It’s perfectly private, has high ceilings and stunning proportions. Windows are all along one side of the room which allows loads of natural light to flood in and there’s a generous seating capacity. Luckily, there is also a wonderful alcove at the front of the room. This acts as an ideal space for me to add stunning flower filled urns that create a WOW-FACTOR statement to the ceremony. These focal point flower arrangements were exactly what Amelia and Ashley wanted as the backdrop to the wedding ceremony.
Then to accentuate the aisle, I placed a lovely series of chrome and glass coach lanterns at the end of alternate rows. Goodwood are happy for good quality candles to be incorporated into wedding displays, and so I offer lanterns and candles on a hire basis.
Unique Features at Goodwood House
After the couple had said their vows and the wedding service had finished. Amelia and Ashley stepped out of the House and into the sunshine on the steps of the portico, where the guests and bridesmaids had all lined up to form a guard of honour. The confetti shot was of course next on the itinerary!
During the post wedding ceremony drinks, Amelia took the opportunity to celebrate another wedding tradition. If you look up, there is a magnificent balcony directly above the front door of Goodwood House. Amelia chose this spot for a balcony moment and to throw her bouquet. All of the female guests gathered together on the front lawn to try and catch the bouquet. You might like the idea of throwing your bouquet, but don’t want to risk damaging it. In this case, I often supply a smaller simpler bouquet to use for throwing. Then you can keep your original [undamaged] bridal bouquet to hold in other photos.
The wedding Breakfast in the Ball Room
Every couple can choose the table shapes for the guest and top tables. Amelia and Ashley choose a traditional long rectangular top table which faced the room. I complimented the traditional long table shape with a modern twist of contemporary, mixed shape and size clear glass vases. The vases were filled with seasonal summer flowers and foliage’s to co-ordinate with the bouquets and the ceremony flowers.
The guest tables however, were all round in shape and had stunning tall clear glass vases. These vases were filled with delicate blush-pink, summer flowers. This design meant that the guests could see the person opposite clearly. I whole heartedly believe in the importance of seeing through the vase, and under the flowers, keeping sight-lines clear.
During the speeches Ashley followed another wedding tradition. Ashley thanked his and Amelia’s mum for all of their love, help and support. At that time he presented them both with a gift flower bouquet. Whenever I supply gift flower bouquets I always place the flowers in a vase with water. That way the flowers will look their best, can drink and remain fresh throughout the day. The flowers are also in a gift bag to make it nice and easy for travelling afterwards. Be it back home, or to a hotel at the end of the evening.
The grounds at Goodwood House
There’s stunning outdoor spaces at Goodwood House. These areas give plenty of al-fresco room to entertain your guests throughout the days programme of events. Embracing this idea, Amelia and Ashley brought in a vintage ice-cream van that parked up right alongside the lawn.
There are also unlimited photo opportunities. To have formal photos.
To celebrate bride and bridesmaid goals!
And to take a quiet moment to yourselves
The day was a huge success full of love and laughter. As a wedding and events florist, I was delighted to be tasked with creating and suppling Amelia and Ashley’s wedding flowers. From the first meeting at my flower studio, where we chatting through their vision for their flowers. Through to the wedding morning when my team and I placed and set-up the floral decorations. It was a pleasure to be a part of their big day.
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PHOTOGRAPHER: Colette Allen, FINE ART WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
VENUE: Goodwood House, Chichester, West-Sussex