Holly and Ben

13th October 2023

As soon as Holly and Ben saw the natural beauty and history of Goodwood and the surrounding area, they knew that Goodwood House was the perfect venue for them.  


“We were first attracted to Goodwood by the history of Goodwood House, the natural beauty and breathtaking views of the surrounding area and thought it was the perfect setting for our wedding. We have been to a lot of events at Goodwood and found all the staff to be so friendly, professional, welcoming and helpful so when we got engaged Goodwood House was really top of our list.

“We choose Goodwood House for our wedding venue as it is such an exquisite and special place. The beautiful decor inside all the rooms, the wonderful paintings and furniture lends itself to an enchanting atmosphere, it truly is a spectacular setting for a wedding.


“We wanted a country wedding with a traditional feeling. We wanted nature to be part of our wedding and bring the beautiful South Downs nature into Goodwood House though summer floral displays, meadow flowers and birch trees through the Ballroom to create a very romantic setting.

“The floral displays were a massive part in creating the look we were aiming for. With Fabienne, our florist, we decided on birch trees with summer and meadow flowers. We preferred the trestle tables and thought the trees on top would complement the red in the beautiful ballroom with the summer and meadow flowers down the middle of the tables. My mother made the wedding cake and we wanted it to be displayed in front of the wonderful mirror, which worked really well on the day. We were in contact continually with all our suppliers and had developed great relationships with them all. Our suppliers felt like an extended family, and are very special to us. It was very useful to have the Events Order document from Emily as it detailed everything on the day and was a great point of reference. 


“We wanted to choose dishes that we thought everyone would like and where possible we wanted to use ingredients which were locally sourced. The food was delicious, the wines were exquisite and the canapés and late-night snacks were enjoyed by our guests. All the staff and Goodwood team were excellent and served the meals so beautifully. Every guest appreciated the extra details that went into the day in looking after them. 

The menu for our wedding was:

Smoked salmon with pink grapefruit, roasted lemon dressing.  
Fillet of beef with Charlton gratin, wild mushrooms, port jus.
Strawberry Eton Mess

Chablis Grande Roche Chardonnay.
Chateau Lestrille Capmartin Bordeaux Superieur.
Champagne: Veuve Clicquot. 
Jugs of sparkling Elderflower.


“The team at Goodwood made our day such a wonderful memorable occasion, especially Emily and David, who went above and beyond to make our wedding day so special. Their attention to detail was very impressive, their knowledge and experience was very reassuring. 

“We got married at St Mary’s Church, East Lavant and arriving at Goodwood House was so exciting. The Jazz band were playing as we arrived and the champagne and canapés were being served, it was all just perfect. 

“After the drink’s reception, the wedding breakfast was served in the Ballroom with a string quartet playing beautifully in the gallery, which along with the beautiful floral display, really added to the atmosphere, it really was like a dream. A highlight for us was when David Edney announced our arrival into the room and all the guests applauded and we saw the backdrop for our wedding breakfast for the first time, it was a very special moment.   

“The food was delicious and beautifully presented and served to perfection. In the evening we had the black star cloth in the adjacent bar area where the band set up and we were able to have our first dance and enjoy more celebrations with family and friends. After a wonderful day we left Goodwood House with family and friends waving us off with magnificent silent fireworks.

“We really did have a most memorable wedding day, the Goodwood staff and team made everything look effortless, their attention to detail was just fantastic. We will always remember the extremely special day, memories that will last a lifetime.” 



Florist: Fabienne Egger

Photographer: Camilla Arnhold Photography

Videographer: Vogue Wedding Films

Make Up: Team Glam

Hair: Danielle Modlock Hair

Dress: Suzanne Neville at Miss Bush

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