We are thrilled to share Katie and Chris’ elegant, Dutch Masters-inspired autumn wedding in England with you today. One of the things that is so enthralling about weddings that take place in Europe are the incredible venues; and the carefully restored historic home that Katie and Chris’ wedding took place in is one of these amazing places. A library, ballroom, time-worn hardwood floors and tapestries, ornate trims and moldings all came together to form an idyllic setting for this autumn wedding.
Louise, photographer for Taylor & Porter, tells us a little more about this awe-inspiring space: “St. Giles House is my favourite venue in England; the ancestral home of The Lord and Countess of Shaftesbury. It lay dormant and unoccupied for over 50 years last century during which time it fell into much disrepair. The current Lord inherited the property 6 years ago, moved back from New York where he was working as a DJ, and set about restoring it, but crucially, not restoring it too much. So many stately homes here have their characters lost with overly immaculate renovation but Earl Shaftesbury cleverly saw the beauty in the timeworn aspects of the house so hasn’t given it a total “face lift” and there are the most wonderfully unique features as a result.”
Read on for more from the bride about planning her wedding:
Neither Chris nor I could have imagined how incredible our wedding day would be – it’s cliché, but it was definitely the most amazing day of our lives and we’re so grateful to have had all of our friends and family there to celebrate with us. Our inspiration for the styling was really based on the beauty of St Giles House and grounds – we wanted to make sure our theme, which was loosely fashioned around a Dutch Masters-style colour palette and feel, complemented the house and reflected the autumnal weather of England in October. Taylor & Porter were instrumental in helping us create, develop and capture our image of the day and Louise was such a wonderful support throughout all of our planning in the lead up to and on our wedding weekend!