Luxury Winter Wedding Styling at Somerley House

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Winter weddings have a special place in my heart – my husband and I got married at Christmas and the romantic, cosy and inviting atmosphere you can create with a winter wedding will always be a favourite style of mine. Today on The Journal, we’re looking back to last December and a beautiful day full of the best a winter wedding has to offer for Elizabeth and Ben at Somerley House.

I started working with Elizabeth and Ben a year before their wedding day, just as they had booked their dream venue in Somerley House. We immediately hit it off with our shared passion for winter weddings and the type of styling we could incorporate. On our initial consultation, Elizabeth explained she was feeling overwhelmed by the amount of visual inspiration out there and she really needed help in putting together a cohesive design they’d both love.

It’s something I hear so often from my clients, whilst it’s amazing we have so many platforms for ideas and wedding inspiration these days, it can also muddy the water and create overwhelm and confusion. It was one of the main reasons for starting By Hannah Baskett in the first place.

Using a colour palette of burgundy and blush I created a design brief for Elizabeth and Ben that would work in unison with the beautiful backdrop of Somerley House, in particularly the incredible picture gallery where their wedding breakfast would be held.

Fans of hit TV shows including Bridgerton and The Crown might recognise some of the spaces at Somerley House as it’s often used for filming owing to its grandeur and rich history. The Picture Gallery is a vast space filled floor to ceiling with portraits in ornate gold frames. Elizabeth and Ben were concerned their intimate wedding might feel a little ‘lost’ in it so during the design process we decided we’d use long banqueting tables rather than rounds.

With the amount of gold featured in and around the venue, it was the obvious metallic choice for the on the day styling. As guests entered the main hall, they were greeted by a monochrome welcome sign displayed on an antique gold easel – one of my favourite tips is not to be afraid of mixing modern styles in amongst a traditional setting – done well, it works perfectly. The welcome sign was highlighted by a floral arrangement of the gorgeous wintry flowers whilst the gold touches continued with the cards and gifts area.

Elizabeth and Ben’s wedding ceremony was held in the Drawing Room of Somerley House – they chose to say their vows in front of the large windows which overlook the stunning scenery of the estate. The aisle was styled with individual flower posies on the ends of each row of chairs. A statement pair of floral urns displayed on plinths decorated the front of the ceremony space whilst lots of candlelight was provided at floor level to create a romantic atmosphere.

They opted for a celebrant led wedding ceremony to ensure it was completely personal and reflected them as a couple, incorporating a hand fasting moment and reading their own written vows.

As newly pronounced Mr and Mrs, it was time for a confetti moment in front of the house. Dried petals in shades of burgundy and blush were provided for guests to grab a handful and cheer as Elizabeth and Ben made their way outside. Elizabeth looking stunning in her fitted, off the shoulder wedding dress and Ben looking suitably dapper in traditional Scottish attire.

The versatility of Somerley means there are numerous spaces to enjoy throughout the day, the library played host to the champagne reception with a stylishly decorated Christmas Tree from the estate’s grounds adding a lovely backdrop. Guests enjoyed festive cocktails accompanied by live music performed by a string trio, playing modern hits in their classical style.

As I always recommend, the couple chose to have a ‘first look’ with their wedding breakfast space, although they’d seen it during set up the day before something just hits *different* being able to take a few moments alone as newlyweds seeing how everything has come together. The lights dimmed and candles softly flickering, ready to welcome your guests to a celebratory meal they won’t forget. It’s also the perfect opportunity for a few couple portraits with your photographer.

The two tables sat side by side in the stunning picture gallery, filling the space perfectly and in no way looking lost. The floral urns from the ceremony were repurposed to the floor at the table ends. Elizabeth and Ben were sat in front of the grand fireplace which had been adorned with their wedding florals, a lovely framing backdrop for their speech photos. This also helped provide an air of a ‘top table’ setting for the couple and their wedding parties.

In keeping with the grand and stately setting, luxury tableware upgrades were made by way of gold rimmed charger plates and matte gold cutlery. Blush textured linens meant the deep reds of the flowers displayed in bud vases popped. A must for any winter wedding, candlelight lined the full length of both tables, nestled amongst a runner of wintry foliage. A deep berry coloured goblet and personalised Christmas bauble doubling up as guest’s place names finished the styling beautifully.

A wonderful feature of the Picture Gallery is the opportunity to lower huge floor-to-ceiling mirrors in front of the windows, this allows couples to choose to have views of the grounds or to create a darker, romantic atmosphere. Elizabeth and Ben opted for the mirrors as it would be dark by the time they were sitting down to eat, this really added to the warming and inviting atmosphere and guests dined by candlelight.

Having cut the cake and enjoyed their wedding breakfast, it was soon time for speeches and to dance the night away, a live band filling the drawing room dance floor.

Huge congratulations once again Mr and Mrs Wheeler, it was such a pleasure to be a part of your beautiful wedding day.

With love,

Hannah x

Thank you to Elizabeth and Ben for sharing their beautiful gallery by Robin Goodlad Photography