There is nothing quite like the sheer beauty of a crisp, cold winter’s morning. Pairing this with the rich, warming colours of Christmas, Frankie and Sam could not have chosen a more beautiful backdrop for their big day. Almost one year on, we caught up with bride, Frankie, to hear her highlights from a stunning winter wedding.
DEC 13th 2018
Frankie and Sam
“We loved every second of our wedding day at Goodwood House. The arrival in particular was truly spectacular, with the beautiful House against the bright blue sky as we came up the driveway. At the door, we were greeted by David [Head Butler] and Rhiannon [Wedding Planner], who both made us feel completely at home. Our drinks reception was then held in the Front Hall, which is such a wonderful setting to invite and greet your guests who had travelled up in the vintage bus.
Our wedding party also enjoyed private tours of the House, which we thought was such a lovely experience. This was shortly followed by the wedding breakfast, held through the Yellow Drawing Room and into the truly magnificent and grand Ballroom. Made even more beautiful with our flower arrangements by Albert & Arthur, the room just looked amazing with every detail considered.”
Whilst the venue and setting are such an important and memorable part of the day, for Frankie and Sam, the food was also very special.
“The menu was such a highlight for us, with each plate so beautifully presented and designed; it tasted superb. We enjoyed our speeches and the cutting of the cake during the breakfast, before heading back to the Front Hall to greet our evening guests, with a mulled wine drinks reception, which worked perfectly for the time of year. The room now took on a completely different feel, with the fires roaring and the Christmas tree lights sparkling.”
The planning of a wedding can sometimes be one of the most daunting elements of the entire process. We asked Bride, Frankie, about how the Goodwood team helped to plan their special day.
“There are no words to describe how wonderful Goodwood House is as a wedding venue. The House is so beautiful and grand, with the drive up to the house always being truly spectacular and each room so uniquely decorated. The entire team at Goodwood House was superb, nothing was ever too much trouble. We were always so well looked after, right from the first visit to discuss our wedding plans. So much time was taken to hear all our ideas and a tour of the House to picture how our wedding day would be. We had absolutely no worries in the lead up to the day as we knew the team were completely in control and would have everything running exactly as we had dreamt of.
"The Goodwood Hotel team were also wonderful which added to our whole experience. Having the Goodwood Hotel at the entrance to Goodwood House is such an added treat, with many of our guests staying the night before and the night of the wedding. The Goodwood House team very kindly arranged for the leftover cake and cheese to be taken to the Hotel, which was set up with for us all to enjoy the day after the wedding. This was a really lovely way to get to say goodbye to our guests in a relax and informal setting.”
Photography: Camilla Arnhold
Dress: Miss Bush
Make-up and Hair: ID - Make Up Hair Beauty
Flowers: Albert & Arthur
Band: Blunter Brothers
Bus: Southdown Historic Vehicles, courtesy of Goodwood