Autumn weddings at the Main House

Autumn is such a romantic time to get married on the estate, it’s cosy, there’s a change in the texture of the flowers, the nights draw in sooner and there’s something very magic about this time of year.  The Main House is a dreamy country house backdrop with cellar bar, garden marquee and charming reception rooms. Here’s some seasonal styling tips and some reminders from a recent bride… 

  1. In-season blooms

Don’t just reflect local seasonal produce within your menus, but with your flower choices too. Mix foliage, flowers and berries, and local growers will have an abundance of hydrangeas, cosmos, dahlias and ranunculus, which look lovely mixed with bracken, mini apples, artichokes and autumnal branches. 

  1. Pay close attention to lighting

With darker evenings drawing in, we recommend paying close attention to your lighting choices. We love taper candles in dark, moody colours, such as moss green, burgundy or burnt oranges, and they look beautiful layered with pillar candles and tea lights. Ester and Erik are a favourite of ours, as they have an elegant finish and a beautiful range of hues. 

  1. Natural textures

There is a trend for layered textures, and autumn lends itself to the use of natural, earthy fabrics such as rattan, hessians and heavy linen, either placed down the aisle, draped on tables and even intertwined around the spiral staircase. 

  1. Rich colours for bridesmaid dresses

Instead of pastels or sugary colours, don’t be afraid of selecting dark hues for bridesmaid dresses such as wine reds, navys and emerald greens. Ghost and Re-written in particular have an amazing selection in rich satins. 

  1. Outdoor fire pits

Autumnal weddings will naturally have a more indoor cosy feel, unlike summer ceremonies and drinks receptions which spill outdoors. However, fire pits with lots of blankets and benches are the perfect place for a drink and sit down after the wedding breakfast. 

  1. A nod to the harvest

Bring a harvest theme to your decor with long grasses and wheat placed at the end of the tables and seasonal fruit scattered among candles and wine glasses. 

A recent bride’s shares a couple of things to consider to make the day as special as possible:

  • Make sure you have some private moments with your partner, without the photographer or any of the bridal party so you can take a moment to pause.
  • Trust your suppliers and try not to think about any of the details on the actual day—after you have sent your briefs, sit back and just enjoy seeing it all come together. Some things will look better than you could possibly imagine, and some things might not work out quite as you hoped—so just try to not stress if anything doesn’t look as you pictured it.
  • Factor in more getting ready time in the morning than you might think—this is a quiet moment with your friends or family and so make sure it feels as relaxed and not rushed as possible. 
  • Be organised with your photographs—make sure someone has a list of the group photographs and is in charge of getting everyone together, so that this is as quick and smooth as possible!

Recipes from the Estate Kitchens

Inspired by the produce growing in the kitchen garden and those ingredients supplied by the local farming community each recipe we share is a celebration of a season, encouraging you to eat fresh, naturally growing ingredients which come with the equinoxes and solstices.