Scott & Harriet’s Orangery wedding
Those of you planning a wedding at Rushton Hall, this post is for you! It’s full of gorgeous ideas for a relaxed and glamorous orangery wedding.
And you can see everything from getting ready photos in two of their most stunning suites, to a civil ceremony in the Picture Gallery, a drinks reception on the lawn, dinner and speeches in the Ballroom and dancing in the State Room.
Yes, that’s a lot of different rooms and locations! And that’s just a few of them! Which is one of the great things about this venue … there are endless options and possibilities for you to make your wedding your own.
Groomsmen getting ready | The Oak Bedchamber
Scott, his best man and ushers got ready in the Oak bedchamber.
This is my favourite of all the suites. All that rich oak panelling … swoon!
You might think all that wood makes it quite a dark room but there are two big bay windows letting in lots of lovely light which is spot on for discreet documentary wedding photography.
The contrast you get on camera between the dark background and bright window light is what makes it my favourite suite. It’s a striking and strong look that suits groomsmen getting ready photos.
Add in lots of laughs and banging banter, and you’re set for some fabulous photos.
Brilliantly captured by Georgi, my second shooter.
Bride getting ready | The Georgian Suite
Harriet, her bridesmaids and bridesmen got ready in the Georgian suite.
The style of this room is much lighter than the Oak but it’s deceptively tricky to shoot in because the window light isn’t spread evenly through the room. At one end, it’s beautifully bright and at the other end, it’s dark and dingy. So shooting in there is a constant challenge of changing exposures.
But its’ creams and soft golds couldn’t have been better if they’d been commissioned just for this day. It worked wonderfully with Scott and Harriet’s white and gold colour scheme.
Civil ceremony | The Picture Gallery
“The ceremony room is insane!” Georgi messaged me. She was quite right.
Check out that flower wall and moongate!
It made a stunning setting for Scott and Harriet’s vows, especially with all those glistening candles and romantic petals leading your eye down the aisle.
You’ll notice that the registrar’s table was moved in later for the register signing, which meant that the backdrop could be enjoyed in all its full-length glory … an excellent example of doing things because they’re right for you, rather than because it’s traditional.
Georgi was right. The room did look gorgeous. But Scott and Harriet brought the love that lit everything up.
Drinks reception | The sunken lawn
After walking down the aisle, Scott and Harriet enjoyed a few minutes of alone time hidden away in the State Room (I think they were secretly enjoying the sweet table before anyone else could get there!) while their guests gathered in front of the Orangery ready to throw confetti.
Confetti was provided (and lots of it!) (because more is more when it comes to confetti!) and it took my breath away to see a mass of white petals floating and cascading around in the breeze as Scott and Harriet walked through. So romantic!
And the beauty continued as everyone made their way through a floral arch and down the stone steps onto the sunken lawn for champagne, canapés and cornettos.
Yassss! What could be better than ice cream on a sunny afternoon?
Scott and Harriet had thought about all the little things too, like sun cream, heel protectors and hangover kits.
Dinner & Speeches | The Ballroom
The beauty of the ballroom (or one of them) is its neutral colour palette. Anything goes in there.
Scott and Harriet’s calm colours looked classic, chic and effortlessly elegant. Geometric gold flower stands gave everything a contemporary minimalist edge, and mirrored signage and individually framed place names added a good dose of glamour.
Cake cutting & dancing | The State Room
Now it was time for a bit of glitz to go with the glamour!
Scott and Harriet are savvy as well as stylish and tasked their ushers with moving the moongate after the ceremony so that it could double up as a backdrop for their cake. Some of the candles were moved too and the cake was displayed proudly on an ornate gold table. It’s so nice to see a cake display getting as much consideration as the cake itself.
And then it was time to hit the dancefloor – white spotlit, of course, complete with a gold ‘S&H’ monogram.
Bride’s Dress: Suzanne Neville | Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groomsmen suits: Jack Bunneys Tailors | Hair: Alexander Wedding Belles | MakeUp: Lynsey Jess | Florals: Julie Anna Flowers | Frames for floral arch & table centres: Honeybees | Signage: Nerissa Eve Weddings | Cake, Doughnuts & Macarons: Amelia Rose
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