The eccentric and has to be seen to be believed Fawley Hill estate near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire was the setting for our charming couple Ellie and Ben’s spectacular wedding. The vast estate owned by the McAlpine family (renowned for their construction empire) is home to a menagerie of animals from Alpaccas to Wallabies and numerous relics recovered from a multitude of historic sites, including the huge iron crest from Blackfriars Bridge. Their crowning glory has to be their very own Iron Henge, constructed using the iron columns taken from the old St Pancras Station. They even have their own working narrow gauge railway and had a Victorian station rebuilt in the grounds, having moved the entire station from Cambridgeshire! Complete with Victorian carousel this was Ellie and Ben’s playground for their special day!
The marriage ceremony itself was a small intimate affair comprising of close family members and friends, which took place in the station itself. Ellie made her grand entrance looking absolutely beautiful in her Kate Halfpenny beaded gown and tiara. Ben (in his Ted Baker suit) was calmly waiting for her and his face lit up when he saw her walking down the aisle towards him with a huge beam on her face!
Their decor was ‘all things bright and beautiful’ and included her beautiful multicoloured bouquet with flowers selected from a local nursery. To celebrate the completion of the ceremony they were greeted with a blast of bubbles! A celebration drinks reception followed outside in the station forecourt with their other wedding guests joining them at this point, before they later all made their way up to the marquee on the estate grounds positioned next to Iron Henge.
The marquee looked fantastic with its multi coloured lanterns adorning the ceiling and brightly coloured bunting, which had been made by the Bride herself. The tables were set together in rows styled with ivy and small table lights lining the tables. As part of their requisite was for a relaxed, welcoming affair their wedding breakfast was served family style on large platters which their guests could tuck into themselves.
The exceptional cuisine by Passion Fruit Catering really looked amazing and tasted divine! The speeches were interjected throughout the meal which worked perfectly with their relaxed style and certainly proved highly entertaining! They had not one, but two cakes, one beautifully designed and made by their bridesmaid and the second a tower of cheese!
The band certainly got the party started as all their guests took to the dance floor for the remainder of the night! This was such a fun, relaxed wedding and truly reflected the warm and welcoming nature of our couple. A good time was had by all and many happy memories were created to last a lifetime!
On a separate note Sir William McAlpine sadly passed away recently, but we hope his legacy and love for the steam locomotive will live on.
Photography: The Wardette Studio https://www.thewardettestudio.com/ Venue: Fawley Hill http://fawleyhill.co.uk/ Bridal Gown: Kate Halfpenny http://www.halfpennylondon.com/ via Gillion Million http://www.gillianmillion.com/ Groom Attire: Suit by Ted Baker Hair and Make-up: Caterer: http://www.passionfruitcatering.co.uk/ Marquee: Bay Tree Events http://www.baytreeevents.co.uk/ Power and Lighting: Henley Theatre Services https://www.henleytheatreservices.com/ Band: Family Funk http://www.familyfunk.co.uk/ Flowers: Babylon Plants http://babylonplants.com/ and ivy provided by Groom’s parents