Danielle & Craig chose the beautiful setting of Aynhoe Park for their New Year’s Eve Wedding – a magical 17thCentury Country house like no other; where curiosities fill every nook and cranny, and extraordinary events are realised.

The couple’s nearest and dearest arrived at Aynhoe Park the night before the wedding and geared up for the big day with a British themed sharing menu served to long, elegant banqueting tables. Under the watchful eye of Aynhoe’s iconic suspended giraffe, Danielle and Craig wanted to welcome their guests with an informal, tasty offering in the beautiful Orangery, and Stones Events did not disappoint.

On Sunday 31stDecember, 2017, following a special ceremony in the twinkling Orangery, their guests would see in the New Year with champagne, canapes, the wedding breakfast, and plenty of dancing. Their beautiful winter canape menu, included hearty and eclectic choices such as ‘Lamb bon bon, kataifi, harissa aioli’, inspired by the couple’s love of travel and different cultures.

Danielle, having worked with some of the world’s top fashion houses, naturally designed and created her own wedding dress – an impressive undertaking alongside curating the overall aesthetic of the day. Her stunning work can be found @daniellejadewindsorstudio on Instagram.

The wedding breakfast took place across the Salon and the Dining Room, where tables were dressed beautifully with green foliage, broken up by white pillar candles in glass hurricane lamps. Touches of gold tied everything together perfectly, including golden animal place card holders – lions, zebras, giraffes and rhinos, nodding to the whimsical magic of the venue and its quirky Victorian taxidermy collection.

Guests enjoyed ‘Beef rib, beef braised cheek croquet with creamed cauliflower, confit leeks and fondant’, followed by a winter ‘Earl grey crème brulee, brandy snap with candied lemon’ dessert. The cracking of the crème brulee topping as guests enthusiastically tucked in with their spoons could be heard throughout the house!

The party kicked off following the wedding breakfast, with guests managing to work up their appetites once more with plenty of dancing to enjoy bacon butties, just prior to the New Year countdown. The combination of two special celebrations at such an exquisite venue, alongside an explosion of glitter when the clock struck midnight, made for a wedding not to be missed.