It’s been a few weeks since I set up this lovely wedding cupcake tower for Charlotte and Will at The Elvetham in Hampshire, and I’ve spent the morning swooning over the photos trying to narrow down which ones to share.
I’m certainly no photographer, but I do have a nice camera and I’m slowly learning how to use it to its best. Plus Charlotte has sent me a few photos over from her photographer Tom and he’s incredibly talented so I’ve credited which photos are his below too.
On the day, as usual once the cake was set up and finished, I went for a nosy around snapping away at the decor, admiring the 19th century features and strolling around the grounds loving all the little touches which contribute to such a special day.
With 35 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens (originally home to Jane Seymour and her family), I certainly wasn’t short of stunning photo opportunities… if only I’d had a little more time! (Story of my life in wedding season).
Over the last eight years I’ve visited so many venues, but this was my first at The Elvetham, and I really hope it’s not my last. Licensed for up to 120 guests, The Elvetham in North Hampshire gives the perfect fairy-tale backdrop for a truly unforgettable wedding day. It’s grand, but still intimate and I love that each wedding party can add their own personal touch.
Known for being luxurious it attracts celebrities and stars and often hosts one-off events and dinners. Though I didn’t spot anyone on the day, and certainly didn’t expect to, the grounds and hotel certainly give a big wow factor from the moment the cast iron gates open revealing a winding driveway to the mansion house.
Jaw picked up from the floor, I began to unload the car, one box at a time, carrying everything carefully to the foot of the staircase where the cupcakes and cake were going to be taking their spot. Not just any staircase mind, this staircase!
Tom Hampson Photography captured this corker of a photo!
Insane right? Those windows… that ceiling… everything about The Elvetham just exudes luxury and exclusiveness. Original feature fireplaces, walls adorned with rich oak, huge doorways and floor to ceiling windows create the perfect backdrop for any wedding.
Charlotte and Will chose a vintage theme, with lace, fresh pale dusky flowers from Flowers by Samantha Jane, hessian details, huge bows on the backs of chairs, travel themed tables adding a personal touch and I loved that there was a relaxed ‘we want you to enjoy yourselves‘ feel to the day.
The semi-naked cutting cake and pale dusky pink rose-swirled cupcakes matched their theme perfectly. The cake was simple, but pretty and each flower was carefully inserted with posy-picks.
Thanks to Tom again for this beautiful photo. Look at those big happy smiles. And doesn’t Charlotte look simply stunning.
Such a pretty bride and handsome groom.
Quite often I can be setting up a wedding cake (or cupcakes) and I have to really stop myself from getting distracted by everything else going on. You’ll often have the DJ or band setting up in the corner, testing out the mic and singing a little tune. Or the catering team whizzing around laying out fresh cutlery (and often arguing about who’s put what there, and how on earth did you not spot that finger print on that wine glass) so being able to switch off from the chaos and get on with your own thing is sometimes tricky.
Not at The Elvetham however. They were all so calm and make it look totally effortless.
Gliding from room-to-room making sure everything was how it should be, spotting things that needed moving, re-lining up the giant white balloons when the breeze from the window moved one away, but still asking if everyone else is OK… that’s the sign of a perfect events host and an experienced venue!
Attention to detail and impeccable service will always ensure your wedding day runs seamlessly.
The wedding breakfast was to be in the Conservatory.
Bright, beautiful, and full of life.
With beautiful views over the perfectly landscaped gardens and the rolling Hampshire countryside beyond. There’s an abundance of natural light during the day and the ceiling is adorned with fairy lights in the evening, making a beautiful location any time of year. I’m a sucker for the fairy lights!
I was in total awe of the table set up and made a mental note to ask Charlotte who’d done them, so I could stalk them online. 😉
Turns out she’s actually a bit crafty as Charlotte did these herself!
Charlotte and her maid of honour both handmade all those the fabulous crackers. The photo frames with table names were again made by Charlotte, the candles were bought from eBay in bulk, the logs that the flowers sat on we’re also bought online and then the jugs were bought from IKEA and then flowers provided by the florist. The table runners and hessian bows on chairs were provided by Host with Style, a supplier found online.
Charlotte told the venue exactly how she wanted it to look and they were in charge of setting it up in the morning.
Didn’t they do an amazing job?
Hat’s off to Charlotte, I love the DIY touch, it makes it so much more sentimental and meaningful.
Congratulations to Charlotte & Will, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be involved in your amazing day, it was a total privilege.
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