Roxane and Richard wanted a classic wedding with a religious ceremony in Newmarket, followed by an elegant and atmospheric country house celebration afterwards – enter exclusive use wedding venue Swynford Manor!
Swynford Manor was love at first sight for Roxane and Richard, who were looking for an exclusive use wedding venue that oozed extravagance. It was the clean black, white, and grey colour scheme that really stole their hearts.
I had a wedding dress style in mind and I knew what I was looking for. Or so I thought…!Roxane
Roxane opted for an embroidered lace wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline by Lillian West, although it wasn’t the kind of dress she envisaged herself wearing on the big day. It was actually her ‘wild card’ option but as soon as she put it on, she knew it was The One.
The perfect finishing touch came in the form of her Nan’s wedding ring, which her sister surprised her with, having had it resized and polished for Roxane’s ‘something old, something new’. Her bouquet was made up of elegant cream roses to complement the look.
Richard was the perfect gentleman in a black tux and black shiny dinner shoes from Goldings in Newmarket, and his groomsmen wore the same.
In the evening, Roxane and Richard wanted to make sure their friends and family had a fun, memorable time so hired a photo booth, casino tables, and a DJ who announced the cutting of the cake and the first dance – How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding. The dinner tables were decorated with circular mirrors with grey glass vases at the centre, candles, love heart-shaped name cards, and sparkly table numbers. The flowers were a romantic roster of Alstroemeria, Oriental Lilly, Eustoma, white Freesia, cream roses and white Veronica.
Swynford Manor’s amazing catering team made quite the impression when it came to the wedding reception food with duck to start, corn-fed chicken for the main, and a rich and gooey chocolate tart for dessert. Later, rolls stuffed with either pulled pork or fish fingers were served as an evening snack.
As for the cake, Roxane and Richard took inspiration from the décor with a classic black and white 6-tier square creation. It was trimmed with white icing, black lace and sparklers, and topped with a bride and groom. And a little cat!
That special moment
The couple’s favourite part of their day at Swynford Manor was being introduced as Mr & Mrs Farrer for the first time at the wedding breakfast.
And Roxane enjoyed a special moment with her dad who asked everyone to leave so he could give her a handmade card with a photo of her and her nan. The card read: Because someone we love is in heaven, there’s a little bit of heaven at your wedding today, Love Dad.
My dad told me how proud he was of me. It made my day and made me cry, it was such a special moment.Roxane
The Farrers' top tips
“My top tip for brides-to-be would be: don’t become a BRIDEZILLA! And make sure you have plenty of time with your partner because it’s such a whirlwind. We have no regrets about our wedding, but if we did it again we’d make sure we had the day filmed, so we could watch it back again.”