The day started with guests (all brides and grooms-to-be) arriving at Aynhoe Park in a Rolls Royce before being greeted by a glass of Perrier-Jouët under an archway of tasselled Bubblegum Balloons.
Following the grand arrival, guests were then treated to a tour of the seventeenth century stately home, where under every staircase, around each corner and in the 28-bedroom suites, is an intriguing assortment of curiosities waiting to be discovered. Every ornament, antique and interior touch tells an enthralling tale of its own and embodies the zest and keen creative eye of its owners, James Perkins and Sophie Taylor.
Before sitting down to the wedding breakfast, Amanda Harrington, founder of the innovative mobile beauty service, InParlour and InParlour Bridal, shared pearls of wisdom on the importance of a personalised beauty regime in the lead up to a couple’s big day.
Lunch was served in The Orangery, with the tallest of ceilings and walls decorated with James Perkin’s impressive collection of plaster works. The table setting was styled by Creative Director and owner of Aynhoe Park, Sophie Taylor, which brought together Victoria Fitzroy's intricate illustrations gracing the menus and placemats, OKA hand painted vases, bespoke seat pads on Duchess and Butler chairs and personalised Volga Linen napkins. Willow Crossley's flowers adorned the table with a trail of wild, vibrant florals, emulating a vision of spring in full bloom.
During the lunch guests were treated to a pairing menu from the Aynhoe Park kitchen to compliment the well-considered Perrier-Jouët fine vintage champagnes.
To finish, guests were invited into the salon and took full advantage of the pudding table featuring a variety of Aynhoe Kitchen's most delectable sweet treats, complimented by cakes, cupcakes and biscuits from Nevie Pie cakes. Natasha Collins of Nevie Pie shared her wisdom and advice on choosing your cake and making it personal to you.
Guests departed the incredible venue with Willow Crossley hand-made bouquets and personalised illustrations by Victoria Fitzroy. All in all it was a fabulous way to celebrate a Valentine's Day.