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  • Writer's pictureLauren Alexander

Safari-Inspired Longleat Wedding

This past September I had the absolute pleasure of helping plan and then co-ordinate a gorgeous and unique wedding at Longleat in Wiltshire. Longleat is an English stately home and the seat of the Marquesses of Bath. It is a leading and early example of the Elizabethan prodigy house. Not only is it a gorgeous stately home, but also a safari park where you can immerse yourself with the meercats, feed the sea lions and watch the monkeys play!

For this wedding K&B, my lovely couple, got in touch a year ahead of their wedding. After their consultation, the decided upon package was to be the Partial Planning Package plus Styling Package. With this, I was there whenever they needed me via phone, Whatsapp or email, and helped create their perfect day from the logistical perspective as well as help with any styling queries. My Bride, K, had such an amazing vision in mind, hot pinks, safari, gold, and lots of personalised elements! One of the key parts of the Styling Package was to keep all this on track, to not just keep the vision in-line and in-keeping with one another, but also to help save money!

Contacting all the suppliers, and meeting at their venue a number of times, the logistics of the day were ironed out, and a thorough run of the day created alongside the lovely event team at Longleat!

The Friday before the wedding, I was on hand with the styling and decorating, turning their lovely marquee from South West Marquees into their dream wedding venue. This was situated alongside the lake, giving the most perfect view of Longleat House! The ceremony area was also decorated with gorgeous chivalri chairs, white aisle runner and the most stunning faux blossom trees and arch.

Longleat wedding orangery
Photo by M and G Photography

The day was magical, the sun shone and everyone looked smashing! The wind was a little blowy, and ran through the marquee like a wind-tunnel and as such there were some quick amendments to the flower design for the tables. There was also the need for some quick swan diverting, for a very eager swan was looking at pecking at the gorgeous chocolate favours!

A favourite of this wedding had to be their stunning cake by Lesley Marshall Cakes, and the gorgeous looking food by the lovely catering team! Another favourite was the cool chill out area that we created with sofas, cushions, throws and little tables ideal for those wanting to sit down after a dance, the golden oldies enjoying watching everything unfold or breastfeeding mums looking for a little respite! K & B inspired by their own animals had personalised and bespoke cocktails named after their pets, as well as brought them into the wedding on their cake.

longleat house wedding
Photo by M and G Photography

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