When it comes to doing your wedding day your way, fabulous couple Belle and Nick are the ones to watch. We absolutely loved hosting their gleeful and quirky wedding celebration at Penton Park - it was full of so many gorgeous and eclectic touches. From the bride’s custom dyed Converse and the groom’s custom dyed facial hair (that pink beard is the best accessory we’ve ever seen), to the bold florals and epic fancy dress box, read on to find out more about their amazing day.
A Warm and Intimate Drawing Room Ceremony
The drawing room is one of our favourite spaces at Penton Park. It’s flooded with natural light, and is licensed for up to 70 guests for a civil ceremony (for more information on our ceremony spaces, check out this post). Belle and Nick chose to share their wedding vows with 40 of their nearest and dearest, and it was a gorgeously emotional ceremony. We particularly loved the flower arrangements on the chairs, forming a beautiful splash of colour as Belle walked down the aisle.
50 Shades of Pink
This wedding was pretty in pink, but as far away from bubblegum Barbie as you can imagine. First off, let’s take a minute to talk about Nick’s epic groom style. He rocked his magenta suit and matching dyed beard with panache, and we love that he decided to break the mould and stay true to his style for his wedding day.
Fabulous local florist Martha Rose Flowers created a suite of amazing blooms that popped with rich fuchsia, pale blush pink and lilac. The whole house was adorned with flowers, with our enormous mantelpieces being put to great use for some statement arrangements.
Party Time at Penton Park
When a couple has as brilliantly defined a sense of fun as Belle and Nick, you just know that the party is going to be a good one. Penton Park is a house made for epic shindigs, and we loved that Belle and Nick took to the dancefloor with such joy after their dinner on long tables in the ballroom.
Guests were wowed by the sleight of hand performed by magician Chris Piercy, and Belle and Nick chose acoustic band FM live to get the party going.
There were so many things we loved about this joyfully quirky wedding, but there are a couple of memories that will definitely stay with us forever. The first is the fancy dress box that appeared later in the day. Watching the children running and leaping across the lawns as little pirates and white rabbits was very special indeed. The second is our lovely Irish wolfhound, Duke. Nick became very fond of our giant, soft-hearted dog, and it was a real joy to see him loping around, mingling with the guests and even at one point taking to the dance floor himself. Nick mounted a fairly persuasive campaign to convince Belle that they needed to get an Irish wolfhound of their own – sorry Belle!
Our enormous Duke is a much-loved and important part of our lives here at Penton Park, but rest assured, he won't be part of your wedding day unless you expressly want him to be. For most of the celebrations we have here, he's to be found snoozing peacefully upstairs and away from the guests in his own private quarters!
If you’re looking for an elegant country house venue with a focus on fun for your wedding day, then why not get in touch for our brochure? We’d love to show you around our home and to see if we might be a good fit for what you’ve got planned.
Photographer: This and That Photography
Caterer: Sausage & Pear
Florist: Martha Rose Flowers
Wedding dress: Sass & Grace
Magician: Chris Piercy
Band: FM Live
I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be writing this post and sharing this news with you. One of the many things I love about this house is its ability to shine no matter the season, but we’ve recently had some exciting developments that will make the summer months even more special here.
We are now licensed for outdoor ceremonies, offering two beautiful spaces in the grounds in which you can say your vows. This is a real game changer when it comes to planning your wedding – it opens up a wealth of opportunities in terms of styling and the way you choose to use the spaces both inside and outside the house.
Styled shoots are a fantastic way for wedding industry suppliers to let loose with their creativity. Stylists, photographers, florists and a host of others put together beautiful looks that will really wow potential couples, and show brides and grooms to be what’s possible. We’re always delighted to be approached for a styled shoot, and it’s been amazing watching from the sidelines as Penton Park transforms under the gaze of different talented stylists and creative directors.
One of my favourite styled shoots from earlier this year was created by Edmina from Aleeka Events. It was shot by Philippa Sian Photography – whose ability to capture light is truly special, and is a perfect fit for our huge bay windows and sunlit rooms – and these images have made me so, so happy.
After blogging for a fair old while now, I thought it was high time I introduced myself properly. This week it’s another ‘meet the team’ special, and it’s my turn in the spotlight.
I love this house deeply, and it feels like a member of our family. It’s got its own personality, and is full of quirks. My official role in the Penton Park team is as ‘Managing Partner’, which essentially means I play a big part in making sure this gorgeous place consistently puts its best foot forward for our lovely brides and grooms. I handle the marketing and PR; the less-glamorous side of running a venue, like VAT returns and sorting insurance (I’m a wizard with a spreadsheet!); and help to keep everything running like clockwork.
Thank you to the photographers whose photos have been featured, we love their work! Emma Moore Photography, Gyan Gurung Photography, Graham Warrellow, Helen Power Photography, Joanna Cleeve Photography, Julia Conway Photography, Kate Gary Photography, LaHu Studios, Lemontree Photography, Lydia Stamps Photography, Mia Photography, Peter Dyer Photography Ltd, Stylish Wedding Photography, Teresa C Photography, The Springles, This and That Photography.