3 Day Destination Wedding at Wilderness Reserve
Weddings are a wonderful opportunity for friends and families to meet for the first time, but the day can often feel like it is over in a flash, and before you know it, it is time for everyone to say goodbye again. For that reason, we love a wedding weekend, and they are the perfect way to spread the celebration over several days and make the most of a weekend. American-born Amanda and English-born Ben wanted to elongate their celebrations and chose to extend their wedding day to a multi-day celebration, spread across both estates at Wilderness Reserve. They wanted to make the most of having their nearest and dearest with them, with guests having travelled from all corners of the world to be together.
When Millie first met with A & B, they were in the early stages of their planning, having recently been engaged and having only booked their venue, Wilderness Reserve, in Suffolk. The couple opted for our full planning service, and after an initial meeting, we set to work designing a concept and starting to think about the logistics and team of suppliers needed to collaborate on the event.
Our full planning service is all encompassing, and we are on-hand to not only create a story which is truly reflective of our couples. But also manage all of the finer details behind the scenes, including organising logistics, creating running orders, and sourcing a wonderful team of suppliers. As a team of designers, we are passionate about styling and floral design and ensuring every detail is thought of, so that your day captures everything you’re looking for and works harmoniously in its setting.
A wanted a classic look that incorporated neutrals, dark greens, and some moodier tones. We devised a laid-back, yet luxurious design, which was foliage heavy, layered, and incorporated lots of soft light and candles, in order to create an elegant and romantic look. Alongside the dark greens and soft whites, we added some deep pinks and soft berry tones to create a striking contrast and incorporated touches of rose gold.
The first two suppliers we helped the couple find, were their photographer and videographer. They favoured a natural, authentic style and wanted the two suppliers to work harmoniously together. Caitlin and Jones and Shutterbox Films were the perfect match, and did an incredible job of capturing the day.
In the lead up to the event, as well as RSVP Management, which is a standard part of our full wedding planning service, Millie also worked with A & B to design a bespoke wedding website for their guests. The site contained all the information required for the 3-day event and gave recommendations and advice for travel, as well as things to do locally for those travelling from further afield.
Welcome to the estate
Arriving at the Wilderness Reserve, guests were greeted with welcome hampers and an itinerary for the 3 days. Celebrations commenced with an evening at the fire feast site. Nestled under trees, guests mingled around the fire and enjoyed drinks served from the back of vintage Land Rover and pizza served from a converted horse box. A also wanted to surprise B with a band for the evening, and roaming band Festival Nights were the perfect match.
With many guests travelling from abroad, this was the perfect opportunity for friends and family to mingle and get to know one another or catch-up. A and B chose the Best Men to do their speech here, to break slightly from formalities and welcome everyone to the event.
Brunch on the day
Celebrations started on the wedding day with brunches running simultaneously at both estates. A enjoyed brunch with her bridal party at Moat Cottage, on the Chapel Barn Estate. Guests enjoyed a bespoke brunch menu, which incorporated English and American favourites, alongside cocktails. Meanwhile, over at Sibton Park, brunch was also hosted by the Groom in the Walled Garden. It proved a wonderfully relaxed brunch event which rolled over 2 hours and allowed guests to come and enjoy a continental breakfast, Bloody Mary’s, and have a go at some activities put on by Wilderness.
A and B, got legally married during Lockdown and wanted the ceremony with their friends and family to be completely personal to them. After officiating both of her sisters’ weddings, A asked her Stepfather to perform the ceremony.
The ceremony took place down by the lake, and after walking down the together as a group, guests were greeted with pink champagne, served from a styled station right beside the lake. The Floral Sistas created the most beautiful florals for the ceremony, including meadows to line the aisle and a beautiful asymmetrical backdrop, all in a palette of rich pinks, deep berries and dark greens. For seating, benches were chosen so as to give the informal feel that the couple wanted.
A and B decided to do a ring warming, where their wedding bands were passed between guests, who were able to make well wishes and prayers for the couple, all whilst acoustic guitarist LJ played the couple’s favourite song. It was an incredibly special moment.
After the ceremony guests made their way back up to Sibton Park, where they enjoyed cocktails, canapes, and a Spanish inspired grazing station, under a stretch tent. Stories Event Hire provided lounge furniture and the bar structure, which made for the perfect set up in the space.
After the drink’s reception, guests took their seats in the orangery. Two rows of tables were lined with elegant taper candles and soft white chiffon runners. A’s sister handmade the name tags which were finished with dark green hand-dyed ribbon. On the day stationery, was created by LouPaper and included an array of beautiful signs, calligraphy menus and a table plan banner. The minimal and elegant tableware was supplied by CMA hire and the Floral Sistas injected pops of colour with delicate bud vases and florals for each place setting.
The couple wanted a relaxed and informal menu, and so our in-house team of chefs designed a bespoke tapas menu.
After the meal, guests moved back to the stretch tent and dining room, where we served miniature desserts from a styled display, alongside espresso martinis. Once the room was ready, Amanda changed into a beautiful all sequin gown by Chosen by Kyha, from the Wedding Club, and the evening celebrations commenced. The party started in the orangery and at 11, guests moved down into the cellar for the after party.
On the third day, we arranged for breakfast hampers to be delivered to each cottage for the guests. They were the perfect cure for any sore heads. Before checking out, guests were also able to enjoy a tour of the estate on Pashley bikes or take a dip in the pool.
A few words of thanks from A:
"Words cannot express how AMAZING Millie and the team at Hall & Co are. We hired Hall & Co for full planning, catering and styling of our 3-day wedding at Wilderness Reserve in Suffolk and they exceeded our expectations in every single way. There was so much going on throughout the various events which included a bonfire in the woods welcome party, brunches at multiple locations on the wedding day, the wedding itself and the after party. Every aspect of each event was executed to perfection. The styling was everything I had envisioned and dreamed of! The entire team was so friendly, welcoming and professional at all times there is not one thing that I could say needed work or adjustment. We could not have pulled off the wedding of our dreams without them and especially Millie. An absolute star. Thanks just doesn’t seem enough for everything that Millie did. Guiding us through the planning process, helping with every crazy request we had. Nothing was too much for her to handle. Even making sure we didn’t float away in the paddle boat! We are forever grateful to Millie and her team and would recommend Hall & Co. one thousand times over for planning, catering and styling!"
We would like to say a huge thank you, to the wonderful team of suppliers who made this event possible. The suppliers who contributed were:
Concept, planning, styling & event execution: Our team
Venue: Wilderness Reserve
Catering: Our team
Breakfast Hampers: Wilderness Reserve
Photography: Caitlin and Jones
Videography: Shutterbox Films
Lighting and production equipment: Dreamwave
Floristry: Floral Sistas
Tableware: CMA Hire
Stretch tent and benches: Lunar Stretch Tent
DJ: DJ Charles, ALR Music
Band: Festival Nights,Tailored Entertainment
Ceremony Musician: LJ, Alive Network
Travel: Elite Travel
Hair and Makeup: Kristina Gasperas
All images shown in this post were taken by the wonderful Caitlin and Jones.