an incredible Aynhoe Park wedding with ferret racing | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

I love so much about this wedding! It is at one of my favourite wedding venues, there is a gorgeous gown, ferret racing and choux buns. Carla and Jonny have totally made this day their own, there is no theme, no colour scheme, just them and it turned out fantastically. The idea for the table plan is genius, though difficult when intoxicated. Enjoy!!

Photography by Peter Boyd 

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The VenueAynhoe Park – We really loved the fun, quirky feel to the place, and loved the idea of a house party atmosphere at the reception. And they did ferret racing…

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The BrideDress – 1950s style dress from Johanna Hehir in Marylebone, London – organza skirt with a lace bodice. It was light and easy to walk in!

Shoes – I wore some bubblegum pink vintage Miu Miu shoes to add a fun touch!

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The GroomJonny, the best man and my dad wore simple slim navy blue suits, white shirts and pale blue ties. Jonny wore his dad’s shoes as a memory of him on the day.

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The BridesmaidsThe two bridesmaids (my sisters) were both heavily pregnant and wore Grecian navy blue maternity dresses from ASOS – I made sure I was flanked by people who made me look thinner!

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The PhotographerPeter Boyd Photography (obviously) –absolute legends!

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The StationeryOur table plan was Scrabble themed – all our guests had to unscramble anagrams of their names to work out where they were sitting.

pbp141w-379 pbp141w-381 pbp141w-383 pbp141w-384 pbp141w-386The FavoursOur favours were mini apothecary bottles of limoncello (for the girls) and Hungarian palinka (for the boys).  The palinka was brought back from Hungary by our usher Jules, who then flavoured the spirit with apricots (Aynhoe is known as “the apricot village”).

On the tables were gingerbread men with each person’s name on (for anyone who didn’t manage the anagram!). These were baked by our friend, Sarah.

pbp141w-387 pbp141w-389Favourite MomentIn particular, the speeches were brilliant! My dad did a slideshow of horrendously embarrassing photos from throughout my life – and he even resurrected some notes I’d written as a child (“Them Smarties made my day”)

Walking in to dinner as a married couple was really amazing.

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The main attraction was a ferret racing event, with Jonny’s brother Alex as the resident bookie! Each ferret had a name – i.e Madferret (the mancunian), Ferret Across the Mersey, Ferret O’Rocher etc.


In the evening we had a band – The TwentySomethings – who played two sets of everything from motown to modern classics. They also played a medley of Israeli music, to which our Jewish friends threw us around on chairs, table cloths etc!

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The Zoots //

Wowsie, was that a unicorn? And a crocodile waiter? How brilliant. What an amazingly quirky venue! The photographer has captured the day just beautifully. Love that B&W image of the boy peeking down the ferret tunnel! Her dress is just lovely and the Choux cake genius! What a brilliant day. Congrats Carla and Jonny
Love from The Zoots