a candle and cocktail filled wedding in Northamptonshire | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe
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Gooood morning. I hope your week is turning in to a good one? This mornings wedding is a lovely one, Dominic and James gave me so much information about their day, it made it very easy to write up their gorgeous wedding. They styled their day around candles and cocktails with a palette of grey and blue. Already sounding pretty lovely right? Loving the tweed and tartan suits.

photography | Aaron Collett

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Sweet Rose – We had a very important flower requirement, keep it simple! Our buttonholes and corsages were made of White Lisianthus, Blue Eryngium Thistle and White Gypsophila.  These flowers were echoed on the tables and White Gypsophila were added to the hurricane lamps for the main Wedding Breakfast.

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Dodford Manor – Dodford Manor was our fourth venue to visit and the moment we arrived, we know it was the last one we needed to look at! Nestled in the English countryside overlooking rolling Northamptonshire hills and mingled with sheep, we instantly knew it was the right venue for us. With two main barns, one for the ceremony and one for the wedding breakfast; the venue is built around a grass courtyard and everything is taken care of. The staff were always on hand and happy to help make this “our day” and nothing was too much trouble.

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Jack Bunneys The Grooms and Groomsmen were all wearing the same suit, The Blue Newbury – made from super-fine pure wool English Flannel. The Groomsmen both had matching waistcoats with pocket squares and ties. The Grooms opted for a lightweight Scottish tweed waistcoat and Dom wore a matching bow tie and James had a matching tie to mix it up a little.

The aftershave: Allure Edition Blanche by Chanel and Fierce by Abercrombie and Fitch

Shoes by Barkers of Northampton
Shirts from T.M.Lewin
Socks from SockShop
Pocket watches from pocketwatch.co.uk and Notonthehighstreet.com

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Little Mistress – We didn’t want our Best Women (love this term) to look like bridesmaids so they knew the colours we were thinking of and between them they looked for suitable outfits that worked for them.

It just so happened that Little Mistress had a wide range, in a number of styles that matched both the colour and each other’s choices.

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Designed by the Grooms Dom and Jay – The Save the Date invites had a “Back to the Future” look and were printed on fridge magnets – which went down a storm.  It even prompted one guest to hope it was going to be a Back to the Future themed wedding!

For our Wedding Invitations, we adapted an idea for a guestbook to match one of Dom’s loves – Disney.  The front of the invitation simply said: “Be Our Guest” and the insides were overprinted with all the details for each guest, including a unique personal website address linking to their own wedding RSVP form. 

The style of the invitations carried on to the Order of Service and Menus which were used through the day as well as onto the wedding emails we regularly sent out from our blog.

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Aaron Collett – We knew from the first time we met Aaron that he would be a perfect fit for our wedding and we were not disappointed. To say we were amazed at what Aaron managed to capture both on our wedding day and our on our pre-wedding shoot is an understatement.  He must have been a ninja in a former life as we hardly saw him during the ceremony and speeches and yet we have such intimate and compelling moments captured from them. We have truly awesome photos from our wedding day and wouldn’t hesitate to fully recommend him.

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We didn’t have a theme as such, but we wanted the day to represent us.  The colours were Blue and Grey which came from the invitations, designed by the Grooms

Dodford Manor lends itself to the “less is more” style of decoration. 

The ceremony room is beautiful as is and only needed a little addition of end seat blue bows with Gypsophila, simple flowers in bottles to match the buttonholes and corsages and candles down the aisle.  We also found some lovely D&J LED lights which sat perfectly on the ceremony table.

Cocktails were to be enjoyed on the lawn (our Instagram is full of cocktail pics) and included Daiquiri, Cosmopolitan, Mojito and a Hollywood (non-alcoholic) served alongside mini sweet canapes.

The wedding breakfast was held in the Oak Barn with simple white table linen, crockery and simple cutlery.  The seating plan was written on a beautiful mirror.  The napkins were pocket folded so that the menus (printed and designed also by the Grooms) could slot in them and the table was then completed with either a candelabra or hurricane lamp. 

Each table was named after a cocktail. We had

  • Amaretto Sour
  • Bellini
  • Champagne Cocktail
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Mojito
  • Sex on the Beach
  • Singapore Sling
  • Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Vesper Martini (James favourite drink and one of the first things Dom made for him!)

In the main room was a L.O.V.E. light up sign which was a great addition to the day and truly made a fantastic backdrop during the evenings dancing.

The idea of candles and cocktails is something we love and wanted to bring to our day.

Cocktail Mixes Funkin Juices

Seating Plan, Candelabra and Ceremony Room seat bows Beaulicious 

L.O.V.E Sign Special Events MK

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Jenkinsons are the approved caterer of Dodford Manor and it’s easy to see why.  They build their menu around you prior to the big day and everything ran perfectly. 

We decided to go for a four course Wedding Breakfast which featured

  • Amuse-Bouche – Poached Salmon with Watercress Dressing
  • Insalata Tricolore – Slices of Beef Tomato, Avocado and Mozzarella Pearls on a Rocket Salad with a Balsamic Dressing
  • Celebration of Pork – Succulent Roast Pork Belly with a Fillet of Pork wrapped in Serrano Ham, served with Seasonal Green Vegetables, Heart Potato Fondant and a Plum & Apple Jus
  • Assiette of Desserts – A trio of Lemon Meringue Pie, White Chocolate & Peach Crème Brûlée and Summer Fruit Eton Mess

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Matrimonial Martini Olive Candles

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For James it was seeing all our family and friends in the same room as we walked down the aisle.

For Dom it was the last song of the eventing “Never Forget” by Take That with all our family and friends in a circle around us signing at the top of their voices whilst Dom channelled his inner “Gary Barlow” and rocked the dancefloor!

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We got inspiration from everywhere.  We used Pinterest a lot which was a great source of ideas as well as thoughts of things we’d seen at other weddings as well as what we wanted to do.  We were really keen for people to go “oh that’s so the boys!” and make our wedding an extension of us and our lives.

We also used wedding blogs to get ideas and loved many of the articles on SoYoureGettingMarried.com