♥ Bride and Groom: Taniesha & Ramon ♥ Date: 22nd September 2012 ♥ Reception Venue: Flaxbourne Garden
So there I was, merrily typing away and I hear the familiar sound of an email landing in my mailbox. It was from Sophie at Style Your Day and straight away I knew I was in for a treat. Sophie is an amazing wedding stylist. She creates the most beautifully elegant, vintage and rustic themed weddings. The email was asking me to attend a wedding to blog all about the day. By now, you’ll know I love this side of the blogging world, so naturally I replied with a huge ‘YES’!
The venue was the stunning Flaxbourne Gardens situated in the village of Aspley Guise, just outside Milton Keynes. It’s an idyllic venue for your party or big day with easy access via the M1 for travellers, but away from the city for the intimacy and beauty of a country venue. Flaxbourne Gardens really is the perfect choice for your wedding, birthday or other event. Available within your hire package is:
♥ An intimate wedding venue ♥ Inspirational gardens ♥ Children’s play equipment ♥ Waterfall ♥ Lily pond ♥ Greek temple ♥ Moated castle ♥ Roman gate ♥ Arches, bridges and other architectural features
It was the most beautiful autumnal day, slightly chilly but a crisp, sunshine morning with bright blue sky. Attending someone else’s wedding is a huge privilege so I opted to wear smart chinos and ballet flats, which is ideal for a garden wedding.
The first thing that amazed me is the venue really is in the middle of nowhere, yet its minutes from a major motorway network. I genuinely felt like I had walked into a secret garden. The place is beautiful and I don’t think there are words that can express how breathtaking it is.
There is plenty of rustic signage about to ensure your guests can find the parking area and entrance and do not get lost within the three acres of gardens. There are dainty footpaths everywhere, lined with tea-lights, and I was dumbstruck by the glorious sun shining and intrigued by the faint noise of music coming from the marquee.
I arrived an hour before the wedding party and completely got lost in the gardens. There is so much to explore, you could easily spend the afternoon here. The gardens are well cared for and much love has gone into creating an Alice in Wonderland meets the Secret Garden effect.
There are brick bridges, castle ruins, wooden decking towers not to mention windmills, waterfalls, wooden crocodiles, a tree house complete with working zip line and a children’s playhouse in the form of a wooden caravan, and of course, a few horses to pet!
Sophie and her fabulous team had gone to town, draping hundreds of tea-lights (this is not an exaggeration) from every tree you pass. The effect is astonishing for such a simple concept – this is one thing I will be taking inspirations from and recommending in the future.
Taniesha and Ramon were married at the Kingdom Hall in Milton Keynes at 2pm, before making their way to Flaxbourne Garden. They are a beautiful couple with a strong sense of individual style. Taniesha is really chilled and just takes it all in her stride, she trusts Sophie completely saying “she understands my look”. Her style is an understated rustic, with an emphasis on natural materials like, slate, wood, hessian and lots of pretty tea-lights and lanterns.
The outside seating really brings the look together and utilises the amazing garden views. I love the vintage feel of the bunting, china teacups, pearls and beads. This is an amazing look that can work in any venue.
Thank you for sharing your day with Penny’s Wedding.
Penelope x x