Autumn Country Styling for Knighton's Open House

On a crisp, bright October afternoon we lit the fires and threw open the doors to our beautiful Knighton House to showcase this most stunning of Dorset's wedding venues. The gorgeously dressed lobby and Portman Suite were buzzing with excited couples, their families and friends and the whole house came alive with wedding fever! 

The day was perfectly captured by our wonderful handpicked photographer Darima Frampton.

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The floral design and tablescapes within the house were styled by our favourite handpicked suppliers Elizabeth Morgan Flowers and Forget-me-not Vintage. The overall look for the dressing of the interiors was inspired by Knighton House’s surroundings; the striking colours of autumn on the tree-lined driveway, the foliage and feathers of the local game hunting season and the rich heritage of the house itself. Although the ‘country’ theme is rustic by nature the styling retained an air of elegance befitting the surroundings of Knighton House.

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To showcase the dual purpose of the newly renovated Portman Suite, the rooms were dressed to serve as both civil ceremony and dining rooms. The tables in the Drawing Room were laid for a formal evening supper and a less-formal champagne afternoon tea was laid in the Library. The tables were dressed with candles, flowers, autumn menu cards and vintage china, glassware, cutlery and linen. Favours were handmade apple chutneys and bramble jellies dressed with country tweeds and game feather detail.

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Vintage china pieces in tones of green, brown, red and orange and pieces depicting country scenes and bird motifs were chosen to reflect the rich colours of autumn and then layered to create a sophisticated, coordinated look across the champagne afternoon tea and supper tables. Elegant silver tea services were used on the afternoon tea tables along with vintage champagne saucers, vintage cutlery and vintage table linen and napkins. Four tier china cake-stands were dressed with old Dutch and Lenne spray roses, carnations, ivy, moss and grapes to serve as stylish country centrepieces for the round tables. 

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On the supper tables, the vintage plates were layered and the country look was completed with a pheasant feather and an autumn menu card printed on linen paper, placed at each setting.  Classic vintage table linen, monogrammed napkins, glassware and faux bone cutlery were used to create the formal supper dining place-settings. The supper table centrepieces were classic silver candelabra stood on rustic wood slices, dressed with hydrangea rodeo classic and grapes in rich, wine reds and softened with eucalyptus. The candelabra provided a beautiful soft candlelight for these stately supper tables. 

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The cheese and wine table was styled on a rustic trestle table in the Drawing Room and dressed to complement the supper tables with themed vintage china, silverware, vintage glassware and finished with cheeses and accompaniments, artisan breads, fruit from the orchard and feather details. The focal point for the cheese and wine table was the magnificent five-tiered silver cake-stand sumptuously dressed with hydrangea rodeo classic, pheasant feathers, grapes, cones and foliage and flanked by candelabra.

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The floral design throughout the house was centred around the glorious autumn colours of the woods and trees surrounding Knighton House and softened with foliage foraged from the grounds. Pops of colour were provided by red Valentino lilies, lotus heads and spray rose ‘babe’. The stunning autumnal hued hydrangea, rodeo classic was used throughout the arrangements. Subtle autumn touches were provided by the use of cones, moss and ivy and rich dark grapes were used on the cheese and wine table with a paler delicate grape on the cake-stands in the library. Storm lanterns and pillar candles adorned the mantles along with white sapporo lily, brassica, lotus heads, sweet avalanche and spray Lenne roses. In the Drawing Room the bride’s cascade bouquet featuring Julischka rose, cymbidium, purple trachelium and pheasant feathers doubled as a ceremony table arrangement. The enchanting chair-ends in the civil ceremony setting were created using Julischka rose, hydrangea and steel grass fashioned into a subtle heart.

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Of the photography Darima Frampton says “"I love working with natural light and Knighton House has the perfect setting for creating stunning pictures. With its big Georgian windows , light airy rooms, beautiful decor and breath-taking views , it is a photographer's dream. Lucy has created a marvellous setting with such a unique and elegant feel. The gorgeously decorated candelabras, lit candles and the fireplace brought an extra intimate atmosphere and stunning soft light to the photos.”

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Photographer: Darima Frampton Photography www.darimaframpton.com   

Tableware & Styling: Forget-me-not Vintage www.forget-me-not-vintage.co.uk  

Floral Design: Elizabeth Morgan Flowers www.elizabethmorganflowers.com

Shoot coordination & Venue: Knighton House www.knightonhouseweddings.co.uk