Swynford Manor – Natalie & Edward Wedding
Natalie & Edward
Swynford Manor Wedding
There is something about a Winter wedding that I love. It’s blue skies, low sunlight and crisp days but oh such beautiful light. On a sunny Saturday in early February, I met up with Natalie and Edward for their Swynford Manor Wedding. Swynford Manor is a stylish fusion of contemporary style and rural charm giving you an unforgettable and utterly luxurious country house wedding venue. Not to mention most rooms are grey and I just love grey!
Wedding day mornings go one of two ways. Chilled and relaxed or hectic and chaos. This one was the former. It was so lovely to drop in and out of Bride and Groom prep, capturing the guys getting ready and the girls enjoying the morning. It’s great to work with other suppliers and with Mark the videographer from White In Motion there, I knew the day would be fun.
Natalie’s dress was a gorgeous Oyster colour from Fleur de Lys Bridal in Saffron Walden. The colour was gorgeous on her. Being a shoeaholic I loved her Kate Spade sparkly heels too. It’s girl thing boys, don’t worry. WE cleared the room so not only could Natalie get ready on her own but so we could do the big reveal to her girls and more importantly to Dad. Sometimes I am pleased that I have a big black camera in front of my face at moments like this. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room and there was certainly a lot of makeup adjustments to be done.
The Study in Swynford Manor is where the ceremony was held. I have done others outside or facing the fireplace but this time it was by the doors to the Garden room which flooded everyone’s faces with that gorgeous winter light. I’m sure Ted was a wonderful mix of nerves, anticipation and excitement as he waited for the door to open and Natalie to arrive.
Heading outside to make the most of the falling sunlight we managed a 2nd Confetti shot, but this wasn’t to be the last! Who says you only have to have one on your wedding day, no one, so let’s do it. With help from Mark the Toastmaster, we finished the group photos and that left me some time to wander the grounds for photos with just Natalie and Ted.
After the Speeches Ted had a surprise for all of the guests. 3 generations playing the accordion. Just fabulous, a great toe tapping moment as the Staff can confirm. Well done guys, i love seeing you enjoy the day too.
Winter weddings at Swynford Manor are great for having an extra bit of sparkle, just have sparklers at a wedding. I don’t know about you but I love the smell of them and we all turn into big kids when we light a sparkler.
Congratulations guys, thank you for sharing your amazing day with me at one of my favourite wedding venues.
In their own words
Where did you first meet each other?
We first met near Cambridge Market for our first date having texted each other for a number of weeks. Ted was late to the first date having nearly crashed his car on the way!
Who popped the question and how?
We went to New York in February 2019. We went out to explore Times Square for the first time and Ted popped the question on the red steps. Nat had no idea the proposal was coming and cried, all caught on camera by a kind fellow tourist!
How did you choose your venue?
Swynford has the wow factor – the chandelier, the beautiful garden room and glittery tiles. We had been to see other venues that were totally different but Natalie knew of Swynford and nothing matched it. So we made an impromptu visit on a warm March Sunday afternoon and had our hearts set on it from then on! When they had 8th February available, a year to the day we got engaged, we knew it was meant to be!
Wedding planning? Tell me the good, bad and fabulous
We really enjoyed wedding planning. Only having a year to the day from engagement to marriage meant we could get things sorted quickly and didn’t have to wait to book anything! We visited Swynford at every opportunity we possibly could and stalked their Instagram for ideas. We really enjoyed coming up with what we wanted and then buying everything separately and seeing it come together into what we imagined. We couldn’t have been more pleased with how the wedding breakfast room looked on the day. Choosing my flowers was a lovely experience as Nicki our florist is also my Godmother. I knew I wanted lots of bright colours for my bouquet and wanted them to include tulips which are my favourite. Other than that I let her work her magic with colours and style and she did a wonderful job!
What was your favourite part of the day
We loved it all! I loved seeing Ted for the first time as I walked down the aisle with my dad as all the nerves disappeared. Then being showered in confetti once it was all over and I could properly see everyone who had come to celebrate with us for the first time was a brilliant moment. Ted – Most definitely seeing Natalie walking down the aisle. As we don’t spend a lot of time apart, it had been unnatural to spend the previous night alone and the morning without any contact with her. She looked stunning and I felt so proud of her- shaking Nat’s dad’s hand at the top of the aisle after watching them both walk down was really special as it felt like that was the true start of our new married life together. Let the adventure begin!
Any tips you learnt along the way which may be useful for other brides or what would you change?
My tip for other brides would be not to sweat the small stuff – you can get caught up in doing things because other people are. Style and organise your day in the way that suits you both and it will turn out perfectly 🙂 Ted – Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions when booking things!
Who were your suppliers?
Florist – Nicki at Peter Graves Florist in Cambridge, Dress – Maggie Sottero, Bree dress from Fleur De Lys in Saffron Walden, (Shoes – Kate Spade New York! ;)) Hair – Abigail Stokes (my new sister-in-law!) from Number 48 in Bury St Edmunds, Makeup – Victoria Harold make up artist, Suits – Moss Bros. Monogrammed shirt – Charles Tyrwhitt, Cake (donuts) – Krispy Kreme, DJ – Nic at Suffolk Wedding Events, Videographer – Mark White in Motion, Toastmaster – Mark Greatbatch
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