A few weeks ago I was back at one of my favourite venues for Claire and Rich’s intimate family wedding at The Kedleston Country House. When the couple initially approached me, I knew it would be a good fit when they informed me that they were going to do away with a few traditions, and do things their own way. Definitely my kind of people! Claire and Rich have been together for over 20 years, and engaged for 13, so this wedding was a long time in the making. Because of this, they had decided to do everything just how they wanted and keep things simple – family and friends together, good food, a beautiful venue and most importantly, their gorgeous Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Belle. They got ready together in the morning, and cheerfully informed me that they had gin for breakfast which I 100% support.
Cosy winter wedding vibes
The wedding itself was perfect – the couple opted for simple yet elegant rustic details including pastel blush tones in the flowers, and wooden centrepieces with jars and candles. Their favours were super cute – sprigs of fresh mints with individually wrapped polo mints for the guests with a ‘mint to be’ slogan. How cute is that?? Their theme worked brilliantly with the chic interior of the Kedleston, which is a lovely mix of country cosiness and quirky details. Claire wore a stunning lace off the shoulder dress from The Ivory Chapter and looked absolutely perfect. As Spring hadn’t quite sprung yet (not sure it has even now), Claire also had a spectacular feather cape in navy blue to keep her warm and cosy.
A very special ring bearer
As you may have guessed by now, Belle had a very special role to play at this wedding. Claire and Rich decided to walk down the aisle together, and to not have bridesmaids or groomsmen. It really added a lovely touch to the wedding, and to add something even more special they decided to have Belle be a doggy ring bearer! She performed her duties perfectly, proudly trotting down the aisle to deliver the rings, beaming and accepting fuss as she went. This was just perfect for the couple – anyone with a pet will understand how important it can be to try and involve them in important things! I’m still trying to figure out how to include my cat if I ever get married…
A relaxed and intimate evening
In keeping with the relaxed theme of the day, the couple opted for some short speeches and thanks, and the evening reception began which concluded my coverage. I left to the sounds of lots of chatting and laughter, the clinking of charged glasses and lots of happiness. It’s lovely when I see a day pan out exactly as the couple have described their vision. For Claire and Rich, they stayed true to themselves and had a really wonderful and chilled wedding at The Kedleston which I hope they will remember fondly for years to come. If you fancy having me along to capture your own wedding at The Kedleston (or anywhere else!), you can drop me a line here and tell me all about yourselves and your plans.
Congratulations to you both! Here are a few highlights…