A Black Tie Classic Country Wedding In Hertfordshire
21st April 2016
by Marina Licht
I am in no doubt you will find many ideas for your own big day after taking a look at Claartje and Christian’s classic country wedding.
Claartje first met her husband Christian at the tender age of eleven. They were friends as teenagers but did not become a couple until they were 21. They dated for ten years before getting engaged. The couple had their ceremony and welcome dinner at The Grove in Herfordshire and their reception and party was at Wrotham Park, also in Hertfordshire.
When it came to deciding upon the style of their wedding, Claartje knew she wanted something quite classic. ‘I wanted it to be well organised and please the guests wherever we could. We wanted to make everyone feel comfortable as well,’ explains Claartje.’ Although the venues were probably quite ‘grand,’ we made it very personal. We wanted a big night on Saturday after the reception so everyone was dancing and drinking until late at night. Our sit down dinner was formal but quite short which I wanted. I think no-one ever felt like they were waiting around. The look of it all was quite modern with lots of white flowers and green.’
As the couple’s wedding took place in the English countryside, Claartje was keen to reflect this in their big day, so they served high tea sandwiches after the ceremony. ‘Our ceremony only started around 4pm,’ says Claartje. ‘I wanted everyone to have a relaxed morning as we had a big standing reception (welcome dinner) the night before. At the welcome dinner we served gin and tonics and Pimms to keep to the British theme. We had lots of delicious local food such as fish and chips, grilled lamb and even Indian specialities. My husband wanted a touch of Asia (as we lived in Hong Kong) so we had noodles and rice as well. We had an oysterman walking around opening fresh oysters.’
Claartje and Christian’s classic country wedding was photographed by Gill Flett.
An elegantly classic country wedding
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