After a glorious weekend where the whole country celebrated The Royal Wedding, I think it’s safe to say that the incredible flower arches will stay in our minds for a long while! I know I’m seeing white roses, peonies and lush green foliage every time I close my eyes!
It’s been a funny old year seasonally, with The Beast from The East delaying spring for us for so long. However we’re in the clear now, and the grounds of Penton Park are blossoming in the long awaited sunshine. I love the spring and how everyone’s mood appears instantly lifted by the trees and gardens bursting back to life.
The fabulously talented Joey Burns of The Wild Fox shares my love of spring flowers. Joey took part in a styled shoot here at Penton Park, and I love her beautifully artistic and locally grown floral designs. I chatted with Joey a couple of weeks ago. Here’s what she had to say about choosing flowers for a spring wedding, and how she might like to tackle the styling of a country house like Penton Park.
Hearing the house ringing with laughter makes us so happy. It’s one of the many reasons we love opening our home to couples on their special days and helping them celebrate their country house weddings in style.
Catherine and Michael’s beautiful day was one of our favourites from last year – the ballroom echoed with happy chatter and the odd shriek of ‘can’t hold it in anymore’ laughter over dinner. It was a joy to hear every time I walked past.
The main reason for choosing a country house wedding venue (aside from the team on hand to make you feel totally at home) is the wow factor. Venues like Penton Park are full to the brim with stunning period features.
We’ve spent years renovating, refreshing and restoring the house, bringing it back to its former glory to share with you on your special day. It’s been a labour of love, and the results are something we’re hugely proud of. You’ll be able to get to know the different rooms in the house and some of its stories in future blog posts. Today though, it’s all about making an entrance.
The staircase at Penton Park is one of my favourite areas of the whole place. It’s flooded with natural light at all times of the year thanks to the huge glass atria, and it sweeps down into the hall at an angle that’s perfect for your bridal entrance into the ballroom or other ceremony space.
Now, if you ask me, a grand entrance deserves a dress to match. Here are five wedding dresses that would look incredible as you glide down our staircase ready to greet your guests. Which is your favourite?
SASSI HOLFORD - CORDELIA
Unadulterated film-star glamour – this beautiful dress was made for you to unleash your inner Audrey Hepburn! I love the cross over pleat in the skirt and the lace panel. Classic with a 2018 twist – just gorgeous!
ELIZA JANE HOWELL – DESIREE
Daisy Buchanan called – she loves your dress! 1920s flair with some modern-day attitude, I would just love to see this dress slinking its way down our staircase! Talk about a showstopper.
NAOMI NEOH – VENUS
Something a little bit more ethereal, and I have to say I’m in love with all of Naomi Neoh’s celestial collection. This one is Venus, and the subtle silvery grey of the skirt would look stunning set against the sage and olive of Penton Park’s grand staircase (just saying!).
LUSAN MANDONGUS – LOVIISA
Oh that antique lace train! Imagine it spread behind you as you descend the stairs feeling like a million dollars! I love the subtle drama of this dress. It makes a big statement without hundreds of layers of tulle.
JESUS PEIRO - STYLE 8002
It’s. Got. Pockets. That alone is enough to hook me on this design. Add in the sculptural fabric and subtle, modern cutaway detailing and I am all over this dress by Jesus Piero!
If you’d like to see how your wedding gown tackles our stunner of a staircase, get in touch! We still have some 2018 dates available, and would love to talk to you about your wedding plans.
Penton Park is our family home, and, along with our fabulous events manager, Michelle and housekeeper Lou Lou, we all have a part to play in running the house. Choosing Penton Park to host your wedding means treating this house as your own, and we pride ourselves on the warmth of our welcome. So, let’s get to know one of the key people in the Penton Park household. This week, it’s the turn of my lovely husband, Guy. We celebrated his birthday last week, so it feels like a good time to put him in the spotlight…
Thank you to the photographers whose photos have been featured, we love their work! Gyan Gurung Photography, Graham Warrellow, Helen Power Photography, Joanna Cleeve Photography, Julia Conway Photography, Lemontree Photography, Lydia Stamps Photography, Mia Photography, Peter Dyer Photography Ltd, Stylish Wedding Photography, Teresa C Photography, The Springles.