What happens when you have a bride that’s in love with all things Jane Austen? You get classic romance inspired “I do’s.” Annette and Nathan planned their English intimate manor wedding at Chilston Park Hotel from over 3,000 miles away without the help of a planner–talk about quite the feat! Although it did get overwhelming at times, the two planned a day full of sweeping views, dainty florals from Just Peachy Florists, and Krispy Kreme donuts.
We’re so thankful that Instinct Wedding was there to capture every romantic detail of the day. Keep scrolling to see a Jane Austen storybook setting come to life in the English countryside.
Annette and Nathan
Chilston Park Hotel, Lenham, Kent
Wedding Advice From The Bride
Do not stress. I had to plan a wedding 3000 miles away. It came to a point where I was stressing myself out so much that I was not enjoying the planning aspect any longer. I decided to take a more laissez-faire approach and started to really soak in planning the wedding with my future husband, family, and friends.
Spending Time With Family
Although Nathan and I had been dating for seven years at the time of the wedding, our families had never met before due to the long-distance nature of our relationship. The most important part of our wedding was making sure we had ample time to just be. We didn’t want to be away from our families for hours or make our family and friends take meticulously posed photos. We wanted a very relaxed and free-flowing wedding for the whole day.
English Manor Wedding Vibes
As an American with a love for Jane Austen I knew I wanted my wedding to have a real English countryside feel. I pictured a warm summer day in which guests could filter between being indoors or out. There would be amazing greenery views and just a charming, quaint feeling. The color scheme was light and simple—pink florals and champagne.
Congratulations to Annette and Nathan on their classically intimate manor wedding! We’re so glad that Instinct Wedding was there to capture the special day. If you’re planning your own destination wedding, be sure to check out our six must-know tips for destination nuptials!
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Angharad and David knew that they wanted to be married somewhere they could incorporate both their cultures. With Angharad being from rural Wales and David being from rural Ireland, the two decided to celebrate their love at a private estate where the Irish sea meets the Welsh coast. The ethereal wedding in Bae Ceredigion belongs in a fairytale storybook with its lush greenery, soft pink color palette, and teepee filled with twinkle lights and small floral arrangements from Flowers at the Dutch Barn.
Despite the torrential downpour, the couple faced early on their wedding day, the clouds eventually passed. They were able to get married in the thick of the rolling hills—making for some of the most beautiful photos we’ve ever seen. We absolutely love how Elena Popa Photography captured every moment of the romantic day.
Angharad & David
Bae Ceredigion, Wales, UK
The Rural and Bohemian Wedding Vibes
Both Dave and I are from rural parts of the world. Dave’s from rural Ireland, and I’m from rural Wales. We decided we wanted our wedding to reflect this, and so when our neighbors in Wales allowed us to get married on their grounds facing the Mawddach Estuary, we were over the moon. Within their garden is an old chapel’s remains, which was the perfect spot for our ceremony. We hired a teepee for the wedding party and went for a laid-back bohemian style reception. We wanted to create a fun and vibrant wedding with tapas-style canapes, paella for mains, and a pizza van for the evening food.
A Memorable Rain Shower
The morning of the wedding, the rain was relentless. I was adamant that I wanted to get married in the old chapel grounds–consisting of four walls with no shelter overhead. It was looking less and less likely as the guests arrived and quickly hurried into the teepee’s shelter. Dave started making arrangements to move the ceremony inside. I was determined not to give in to the weather, so I said that we should wait for a bit to see if things cleared up. We didn’t have to wait long as a welcome break in the clouds came and the rain stopped. Everyone pitched in to move benches inside the chapel walls, set up the singer, and gather–ready for the ceremony. I will never forget that feeling of everything lining up perfectly–all our loved ones gathering together and helping out to allow us to get married in my favorite place in the world, overlooking the beautiful coastal waters of the Irish sea.
Wedding Day Advice From the Bride
Don’t stress. So many things went wrong on our wedding day–the teepee had puddles at one end of it, we initially had no power for the chef, taxis got stuck in the mud on the way down to the wedding, but all of this made it one unforgettable day. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Congratulations again to Angharad and David on their ethereal wedding in Bae Ceredigion! Thank you to Elena Popa Photography for sharing it with us. To see more Welsh wedding inspo, check out Erin & Aidan’s Somerley House Wedding in New South Wales!
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What do you get when you combine eclectic and glamorous decor, a stunning custom-made wedding gown, and a glass roof stable filled to the brim with florals? A Junebug-worthy wedding that was made for Pinterest! Grace and Rupert’s welsh wedding at Plas Dinam Country House was just that.
After tying the knot at a local church, the couple was swept away in a Porsche for photos amidst the rolling green hills. Their photos, featuring their pup, were captured beautifully by Junebug member Aga Sokol Photography. They ended their evening partying with their close friends and family under chandeliers of greenery and cafe lights.
We can’t help but swoon over Grace’s tulle embroidered a-line gown that she designed herself. Not to mention the timeless satin dress she changed into for the reception. In an incredible display of groom’s fashion, it’s not often that a groom can pull off a top hat as well as Rupert.
So get those passports ready, because this wedding will have you ready to jet-set to the English countryside.
Grace and Rupert
Plas Dinam, Llandinam, Wales, UK
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A Custom Made Wedding Gown
I designed my wedding dress and had it made. I created the flower design that was embroidered onto the front. It was such a long but incredibly special process that I enjoyed sharing with my mother.
Personalizing The Wedding With Music And Programs
We chose songs for our ceremony that were fun and uplifting. We had a saxophonist playing in the church, which set the vibe from the beginning. And we danced out of the church. We also had our programs personalized for each guest, and we had a cartoon about our love story on the back.
Rustic Yet Eclectic Wedding Day Vibes at Plas Dinam Country House
The venue was rustic with the beautiful glass roof stables but also had the glamour and class of the beautiful country house. We had so much fun dressing the stables with flowers and lanterns hanging from the ceiling. The tables were laid with handmade napkins from my mother, a horseshoe for each guest–Rupert is a keen horse racing supporter–and twinkling candlelight everywhere. The speeches were heartfelt and full of humor, which lifted the spirit and vibe throughout the day. The vibe was electric, and more than we could have ever imagined.
Congratulations again to Grace and Rupert on their eclectic glam wedding at Plas Dinam Country House! We’re thrilled that Junebug member Aga Sokol Photography shared their special day with us. To see more of Aga’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from all over the world!
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