Mathew & Natasha, Oatlands House Wedding.
“Today you offer each other your hands, outstretched and open, and in your hands you hold each other’s dreams.” These eloquent words were spoken by the marriage celebrant who presided over the wedding ceremony of Mathew and Natasha, symbolically joining their hands, their lives and their hearts together.
The bride and groom decided on an elegant outdoor venue as the setting where they would dedicate their lives to one another. Oatlands House is an elegant Southern style manor house/golf course set amidst 5 lush acres of manicured lawns and period-style fountains. Simple white chairs were arranged in the gardens, with a luxurious red carpet rolled out down the centre aisle. Hanging from the trees were delicate white birdcages, a beautifully unique touch that looked magnificent as they swayed gently in the soft breeze.
When Natasha emerged from between Oatlands stately columns, she descended the small staircase dressed in a strapless white gown with a full tulle skirt. Her hair fell in soft waves around her shoulders, whilst her main ornament was an elegant diamante cuff bracelet that drew the eye to her dazzling engagement ring. The deep violet flowers within her bouquet were a perfect match for the hue of the bridesmaids’ one-shouldered gowns, as well as the sophisticated ties worn by the groomsmen.
After the moving garden ceremony, the wedding party and guests moved into Oatlands beautifully decorated ballroom, adorned with lush flowers in shades of violet and mauve. As the daylight receded, tall white candles could be seen flickering in the growing darkness, creating a great sense of atmosphere for the wedding reception.
Undoubtedly, one of the exceptional highlights of the wedding reception was the magnificent wedding cake. A confectioner’s creation of four tiers, black ribbon was used to highlight each layer, whilst a large mauve blossom provided additional decoration. The standout feature, however, was the figures of the bride and groom that sat atop the cake. No traditional smiling couple, the little figurines consisted of a bride dragging her erstwhile groom to the altar, whilst a small sign provided a back drop that firmly declared “Game Over.”
As the bride and groom began their first dance as a married couple it was easy to see how incredibly contented they both looked. As they swayed beneath a glittering chandelier and gazed into each other’s eyes, it was clear that they each firmly believed they now had everything they could ever want in life. This beautiful scene was further accentuated by the soft mist that swirled gently around the happy couple, giving an impression that they were floating on air.