The last time I visited Cockliffe Country House Hotel it was in deep mid winter, so it was a joy to return in the height of the summer. It’s always great to see the changing face of a venue during the different seasons. Cockliffe is a real gem. Reminiscent of a French Chateaux, this 17th Century former farmhouse sits in secluded splendour, at the end of a shady, wooded lane, far away from the hustle and bustle of life! A perfect choice for Kirsty and Martin’s relaxed summer wedding.
The eve of the wedding was a late finish for me, forty white roses were suspended from the beams in the old barn ready for the following day’s celebrations. These had been a last minute request from Kirsty, to give her wedding a unique look. They certainly did, as these photos show! I must admit I was thrilled to see Robert from Robert Sale Photography when I arrived early on the morning of the wedding…I just knew I would get some fantastic images from him to share with you. (We have worked together on a number of weddings and he never fails to impress).
Kirsty and her mum had meticulously scoured, vintage fairs and antique markets, in the months running up to the wedding, to find the perfect vintage glassware to dress the tables in the marquee. All that was needed to complete the look were a few perfect white blooms.A large and flowing centrepiece took centre stage on the ceremony table for the duration of the wedding service, before being moved to take pride of place on the top table for the wedding breakfast.
Kirsty wore a beautiful Maggie Sottero beaded gown, and carried a mix of beautiful summer blooms. Perfect, blowsy and scented ‘Alabaster’ garden Roses, Astrantia, Astilbe and Scabiosa were teamed with the ‘flower of the moment’..Dahlia.
Martin and his groomsmen looked very dapper in their Moss Bros suits, with simple white buttonholes. Each buttonhole included a delicate mix of flowers ‘taken’ from the bridal bouquet, which were finished with natural twine.