Last summer, we had the pleasure of being part of Kate & Ben’s beautiful DIY wedding. Blank Canvas Weddings provided the couple with a list of venues that would allow them to plan their dream wedding with no limitations. The result: a Stunning Tents Tipi filled with pastel blooms, festival vibes and heaps of home made cider among the breathtaking grounds of Hambledon House.
After marrying at the charming church of St John the Bapist, Surrey, the party moved on to the reception venue. Hambledon House is an Elizabethan style Manor House set in the Surrey Hills. With 200 acres of spectacular grounds, a walled rose garden and beautiful architecture, the venue provided the perfect backdrop for Kate & Ben’s wedding day, with the dulcet tones of The Distance playing on arrival.
The Bridal Entourage
From looks to personality, Kate, Ben and their bridal party oozed fun festival vibes. Ben’s tweed suit and fern corsage was the perfect accompaniment to Kate’s Claire Pettibone, Gardenia dress. We loved their choice of shimmering party dresses for team bride!
The Stunning Tents Tipi was the perfect setting for a relaxed and fun-filled wedding day. The bride and groom opted for their long banquet-style tables for a sense of community, perfect for their social feast.
The tables were adorned with dusty blue blooms and wild daisies created by Stella Rose, which we used to choose the tone of our cornflour napkins, finishing off the table-top look. Stella Rose dressed the tipi head to toe in rustic hops which brought the place to life, playing to the natural surroundings and the family’s love for homemade beers and cider.
On arrival, signature cocktails were chosen to reflect the bride and grooms favourite tipples. Kate’s choice (above) was a Blackberry Banchee, featuring homemade blackberry brandy. Ben’s drink was a Homemade Sloe Gin Cooler, with refreshing ginger beer. During the drinks reception, guests also enjoyed a selection of our enticing canapés including Marinated Bocconcini with Basil & Chilli, Cured Salmon Tartar & Cucumber, Smoked Haddock Hash Browns with Creme Fraiche and the always popular Rare Beef, Baby Yorkshire Pudding & Horseradish.
Although opening with a plated dish of Caramelised Red Onion Tart & Goat Cheese Mousse, the couple opted for social dining for the main course. They enjoyed sharing platters of Rolled Pork Belly, Crisp Pigs Cheeks, Garlic Roasted New Potatoes with Jus & Apple Sauce. For dessert, the family style dining continued with Whole Lemon Tarts served to the table with Mixed Berries. Dessert was followed by an Artisan Cheese Board, Tea and Coffee.
After the wedding breakfast, it was booze o’clock! The indoor and outdoor bars (yes there were two bars!!) opened, including homemade beers and ciders served alfresco surrounded by orchard fruits and hay bales.
The chill out area provided the perfect place for guests to relax and enjoy the sunset before the real partying kicked in!
As night settled in, the place was lit up with atmospheric globe lighting, fireworks and the sound of LFX & DJ Gems. It was a truly memorable event, and we loved the DIY nature of the day; Kate, Ben and Blank Canvas Weddings chose a fabulous team of suppliers who formed a seamless day.
Sharing this event would not have been possible without the amazing work of Andrew Leo Photography. He captured the atmosphere of the day perfectly through his photographs and we are so thankful to be able to share them with you all.