Archive for September, 2014

Civil Partnerships

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Civil Partnerships

So be honest, who doesn’t love a celebrity wedding? We can’t resist the temptation to snoop around the details of who wore what, what they ate, and of course who turned up to celebrate the happy couple.

With Brad and Angelina walking down the aisle this August, we thought we’d had our quota of celebrity nuptials, but no! Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka announced on the 8th September that they too had finally tied the knot in beautiful Italy. So, what more apt focus this week, than a post on Civil Partnerships and all the joy they bring.

The Groom Wore

For their romantic Italian destination wedding, actor Neil Patrick Harris and chef David Burtka wore Tom Ford tuxedos and looked every inch the glamorous groomsmen.It has been reported that their beautiful twin toddlers Harper Grace and Gideon Scott played a special role in the ceremony, and that Sir Elton John himself provided the entertainment.Having been together since 2004, they waited for the law to change in the state of New York in 2011 before proposing, then making 2014 the year to say ‘I do’

Taking The Plunge

Inspired by this cute couple and possibly one of the most romantic weddings we have seen this year, we decided to shine a light on our Civil Partnership ceremonies here at Manor by the Lake. Whether it is a small intimate gathering of 10, or the whole family together with 300 of your closest friends, read on to see how we do it in style right here in the Cotswolds.

The Marguerite


If you and your partner are looking for an intimate, romantic setting then this is the space for you. Fully licensed for 35 guests, this room offers the discerning couple opulence whilst still retaining a cosy, feel. The Marguerite was the original library in the Manor, and still houses the original bookcases. With a beautiful marble fireplace and painted ceilings the room oozes charm. Imagine an Old fashioned in one hand and the love of your life in the other, as you celebrate the happiest day of your life.

The West Wing Ballroom

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This is the largest room in the Manor and has the potential to give any ceremony the wow factor. Fully licensed for 300 guests, celebrate in style as you transform this neutral space into the wedding you dreamed of. Our wedding planners love turning your thoughts and ideas into reality and this space lends itself beautifully to that. Perfectly suited to themed ceremonies the only limit is your imagination.Champagne is the order of the day as you throw open the large French doors to fully appreciate our award winning gardens. With roaring fires in winter or beautiful sunshine in summer, take full advantage of all the garden has to offer, whatever the season. The West Wing Ballroom really is a room to celebrate in all year round.

The Victorian Pavilion


If your dream is to take your vows in the open air, in an English country garden setting, then you should definitely consider The Victorian Pavilion.With a license to perform a ceremony in front of 300 people, it has the unique appeal that it suits both small intimate ceremonies, as well as lavish large celebrations.The setting is incredibly romantic, right down to the natural aisle lined with perfectly manicured hedges. For the ultimate idyllic backdrop, you can then take you vows on the edge of our private lake.

Experience the Manor

The best way to experience our unique venue is with a private tour so why not give us a call to arrange for you and your partner to explore the house and grounds. Our friendly wedding planners will help you visualise your big day, and turn all your planning and preparation into the start of a beautiful partnership.

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Très Cotswold Chic

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This week we continue looking at the suppliers that make Manor by The Lake look fabulous and feel special. When it comes to dressing a venue nothing says it quite like flowers. With such a wide variety to choose from – colour, style, scent, and whether to go traditional or contemporary with your designs; you need a voice you can trust. Read on to find out more about our trusted partners and how you can steal our style.

Beautiful Blooms

The Flower Studio

Donna Beaver is an award winning florist; she took home Regional Winner at the 2012 Wedding Industry Awards. Based in Cheltenham this talented florist works with some of the most exclusive venues in the Cotswolds. Offering a truly unique and bespoke wedding service, her bouquets and tabletop designs are exquisite. Just looking at these gorgeous pictures of her designs is making us want to get married all over again.

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With over sixteen years experience, Donna handles every order personally and believes a one to one consultation with the bride-to-be is of paramount importance. Donna takes everything into account from the style and colour of your dress, to the layout of your venue. Each piece is tailor made for you to create arrangements that truly complement every detail of your day.

Get in touch
Email:   Mobile: 07789 625453    Telephone: 01242 704134

Prices are available upon request.

Home Grown Elegance

White Peacock Floral Design

Calling all fashionistas! This is the florist you have been waiting for. Working from her florist shed at the bottom of her Cotswold garden, Sinead from White Peacock Floral Design is passionate about flowers. Her elegant, opulent floral designs are ideally suited to the fashion forward bride. Sinead wants to bring joy and beauty to your big day and from looking at these pictures of her recent commissions, I’m sure you will agree she is successful in both respects.

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For Sinead, it’s about helping you develop your own floral style and working that into arrangements. At the heart of everything she does is the use of seasonal flowers. Sinead believes that each season brings its own colour scheme, and it’s a great place to start when planning floral arrangements. Where possible flowers are sourced here in Britain making White Peacock one of the most eco-friendly florists around. Whether it is a cascading bouquet or a vintage table setting, Sinead can help your design dreams become a reality.

Get in touch 
Email:   Mobile: 07757 713585  Telephone: 01242 309066

Prices available upon request.