Finding the venue
To celebrate their special day in style, Kate and Dale were searching for a wedding venue that had a glamorous and luxury feel to it, and they found their perfect setting at Swynford Manor.
With a striking black, white and grey décor, opulent reception spaces and impressive accommodation, this delightfully different wedding venue in Cambridgeshire certainly ticked all the boxes!
“We went to visit the venue on a cold January evening and it was all lit with fairy lights,” explains Kate. “It was so beautiful; we were blown away, nowhere else we visited compared. We are really into monochrome and our friends always tease us about our love of all things gold and glitter, everyone said the venue was so us!”
Styling the venue
The happy couple were so enamoured with the style of Swynford Manor that they didn’t feel like they needed to add much decoration to the place at all. They decided on a gold, navy and white colour scheme, which was a great choice for their autumn wedding.
“We decorated the Garden Room with gold chair covers and dark blue place names that matched the blue and gold table plan,” explains Dale. “We had white flowers in gold vases on every table and an amazing black and gold cake! It all worked really well with the décor of the venue.”
Dressing the part
Kate had a clear style in mind when it came to her dress, but didn’t plan on it being such a tricky task to find ‘the one’. “I went to The Tailor’s Cat in Cambridge and I honestly loved so many dresses it was really hard to pick!” explains Kate. “I wanted something fitted, with a high neck which would look perfect with the art deco look of the venue. I eventually picked a dress named Orchid by Allure, which was a beautiful cream colour with a hint of sparkle and a wonderful scalloped lace train.” To complete her look, Kate added gold earrings and a bracelet bought specially for the day by Dale, some flat cream shoes for comfort, and a special sentimental touch.
"I wore my Mum's veil which she wore 31 years ago to her wedding with my Dad! It went really well with the dress as it had scalloped edges too."
Dale was dressed to impress too with a grey herringbone Ted Baker suit and a dark blue tie which tied in with the colour scheme. The bridesmaids looked incredible too and wore dark blue dresses with jewelled necklines, and each had some sparkly hairpins and earrings with a slight vintage look to match Swynford Manor’s décor.
An unforgettable day
The happy couple tied the knot at their local church in Cambridge, surrounded by all their friends and family, before heading to Swynford Manor to celebrate the occasion. They made the most of their wonderful setting with a drinks reception and canapés on the lawn, and even had the sun come out when it was time for the wedding photographs.
They held their wedding breakfast in the Garden Room and enjoyed a mouth-watering feast with their guests, followed by the traditional speeches, which seemed to go down a treat! “The speeches were hilarious,” says Kate. “Even my Dad’s jokes were funny!”
Kate and Dale held their first dance to ‘At Last’ by Beyoncé before encouraging all their guests to join them and dancing the night away. The couple had an incredible time with absolutely no regrets, but there were a couple of moments which really stood out. “Saying our vows and being pronounced husband and wife in front of all our friends and family is something that I will remember forever!” smiles Kate. “And seeing how beautiful my bridesmaids all looked on the day.”
The Parkinson's top tips
"Don't stress about the little details, the main thing is to have fun and remember it is a celebration of love and unity. Also, get a good photographer so you can look back on the memories forever!"