In these last weeks of winter before spring, when the English countryside coyly drops her gown her gown to reveal all. The landscape lies sleepy, calm and resting before her big reveal. It was in this gentle state of recline I was invited to join the team at Coworth Park for their winter wedding photo shoot. Coworth Park is the peaceful country cousin of the world famous Dorchester ; the grande dame of London's five star hotels. Tucked away in the Ascot countryside Coworth is a stunning Georgian Manor set amongst mature woodlands, mirrored lakes, enchanted gardens and a swathe of polo fields.
Once inside and out of the chilly Feburary afternoon, I was greeted with a warm welcome from the team. As I stepped over the threshold in to the elegant interiors at Coworth I was instantly struck by how at home you are made to feel, and the surroundings even though polished are mixed with natural touches that welcome you instantly and inspire you to relax. As I took a deep breath and shook off the city it was time to explore before getting to work.
Each space within the hotel has a different mood and feel, I absolutely loved the bar with it's tongue and cheek equestrian touches. It was playful and fun and the bar staff were super talented and really friendly to boot. I took photos in the Restaurant as they were setting up for dinner and the sun was setting outside. The golden light that came through the floor to ceiling windows kissed the bronze oak detailing and made the whole room glow with a beautiful autumnal light. I would have liked nothing more to sit down for a long supper but there was still much more to see!
Next Stop was the Oak room, a private dining area in the hotel. The table had been set for an intimate winter wedding for 20. Candles burned softly in amongst bouquets of antique roses and pussy willow by Lavender Green and the room was crowned by the beautiful bronze oak wreath that is the room's namesake. The Table had been put together by Oka and dressed with beautiful place cards and table numbers from Eagle Eyed Bride finishing it beautifully. The room felt elegant and welcoming sprinkled with just the right amount of grandeur needed for a wedding supper. The last detail but by no means least to be put in place was the stunning three tiered cake dressed with cascading orchids created by Peggy Porschen.
Once the champagne was popped in the Oak room it was time to move on to the ceremony space at Coworth. We descended in to a candle lit winter wonderland. The aisle was studded with glowing church candles and the room was made to look like a twinkling winter forest with bare branches hung with tea light in glass baubles. The scent of Narcissi filled the room and the scene was set for a stunning winter wedding.
The idea of having the big house at Coworth Park filled with friends and family for a wedding celebration would be dream. Not only is the setting stunning, and atmosphere natural, there is an award winning Spa at Coworth perfect for pre-wedding pampering which would ease away the stresses of wedding planning before the big day, just what every couple needs to unwind in the last few moments before they say I do.
The hotel has a relaxed atmosphere that is family friendly and there is the option for you and your guests to do as little or as much as you would like. It's five star service with the feeling of being at home and all just moments from London you can feel so far away from it all. I enjoyed my time at Coworth and I am already looking for an excuse to go back!