Mapperton is located near Beaminster, Dorset and was voted the UK’s finest manor house by Country Life Magazine. Exclusive and wildly romantic, the gardens and recently renovated Coach House hosted their first Wedding Showcase last September. For one lucky couple, the showcase resulted in the wedding of their dreams.
Kate & Ben were the lucky winners of our ‘Win a Wedding’ competition with the Dorset Echo and were picked from a lucky-dip. The prize included exclusive hire of the Coach House and gardens along with canapes and wedding breakfast. And as it turned out, Kate is a Mapperton local – her father’s family has farmed on the Estate for generations!
The couple opted for a rustic country theme with a marquee supplied by Taddle Farm Tents, with special touches such as hay bales, bunting and even wellies! And other family members pitched in, with the flowers, bouquets and arrangements created by Kate’s Aunty Linda (who is also her godmother) as well as sister Sary.
Kate and Ben exchanged vows in the stunning Coach House and celebrated with champagne and canapes in the courtyard. They had their photos taken outside the majestic Orangery, overlooking the formal gardens and pools with views of the rolling countryside beyond.
Guests were treated to a sumptuous three-course meal prepared by Mapperton head chef Mark Pile, with the option of Mapperton roast lamb served with rosemary potatoes, seasonal vegetables & mint jelly or grilled chicken breast topped with a herb crust, garlic butter, new potatoes and vegetables.
The wedding breakfast was held in a marquee outside the Coach House and guests then partied the night away to Pegasus Discos.
Photographer Matt Wilson of Passion4Photos was in charge of capturing the day for Kate and Ben, and he took full advantage of all the photogenic locations around the gardens and grounds.
Mapperton’s Wedding Showcase will be taking place on Saturday 7thSeptember 2019. Couples who make a provisional booking on the day will receive £500 off their dream wedding!
Couples who are already booked for 2020 and 2021 will be invited for a VIP tasting of the Mapperton Sparkling Cuvee on the morning. Visit Mappertonweddings.com.
Dress: Bridal Reloved in Dorchester
Suits: Bakers of Bond Street
Floral Arrangements: Family
Marquee: Taddle Farm Tents
Accommodation: Laverstock Farm
Catering: Mapperton Catering
Photographer: Matt Wilson, Passion4Photos
DJ: Mark Garrad, Pegasus Discos