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Downton Abbey Inspiration Board

If you’re planning something special this autumn or dreaming about your Christmas arrangements then why not make it a truly indulgent occasion by borrowing a little of the Downton Abbey style? We’ve put our favourite ideas together for this luxurious Inspiration Board – get ready to swoon!

Inspiration from Downton AbbeyAll pictures are copyright © published here by kind permission. See below for license holder details

Dorset has such perfect venues to bring themed events to life and with so many fashions and accessories reflecting vintage loveliness at the moment as well as our own vintage china and props for finishing touches its easy to re-create this elegant style.

Contributors & Credits

Check out our Inspiring Contributors here and do get in touch with us at Vintage Dorset for china hire, authentic props & venue dressing. Going to be a sumptuous Christmas this year!

Clockwise from top right

  • Jewellery and Watches from Marks & Spencer’s These lovelies were spotted by the super blogger Fabfrocks who kindly shared this picture from the recent M&S Teaparty for bloggers – read her post here
  • Lion head door knocker at Tatton Park – picture copyright © Steve Atkins Photography
  • Leluxe Catalogue downloadLace and beadwork dresses – gorgeous turn of the century & 1920’s reproduction dresses from the lovely Leluxe Clothing now based in Ross-on-Wye in the UK. Their catalogue is stunning…
  • Pure Wool Cloche Hat Marks & Spencer’s
  • Vintage Props Typewriter and Picture Frame Vintage Dorset
  • Teacup and candlestick Vintage Dorset
  • Norburton Hall – sumptuous Arts & Crafts Movement Country House, events and holiday venue Norburton Hall Burton Bradstock, Dorset – perfect for elegant functions, music recitals, functions and weddings in the grounds
  • Silver plate teapot and Vintage China Hire Vintage Dorset picture copyright © Steve Atkins Photography
  • Old Voluntary Car Pool Austin at Dorset Steam Fair – these cars were used during the first and second wars image Vintage Dorset
  • Vintage style Comb by Julia Beazley of Vintage Tiaras
  • A truly remarkable vintage Wedding Venue – Dorset’s own Milton Abbey and Estate – Milton Abbey

Published by vdorset, on 3rd October 2011 at 10:02 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Downton Abbey Inspiration Board

Katie & Richard’s Perfectly English Wedding

Earlier this year we were invited to help Katie and Richard with the venue dressing for their elegant country house wedding near Dorchester

birkin house

Katie and Richard chose Birkin House for their venue. Its a beautiful Victorian Country Manor House close to Dorchester set in fabulous gardens. Deer and peacocks grace the grounds giving it a perfect English garden setting and this was exactly right for the traditional elegance Katie and Richard envisaged

Birkin House Wedding

Owners Richard and Gillian have lovingly restored the property and decorated it in authentic style with Victorian colours and decor but with more than a hint of the Georgian decadence still visible from the previous century


peacock tail

The gardens are truly exquisite with broadleaf woodland, a herb garden, statues and stately urns on the terrace and fine velvety lawns – but there are also some quirkier additions such as the old railway carriage in the garden and of course the imperious peacocks!

Birkin House WeddingAngela Vincent provided the wedding photography. She is an established fine art photographer working with her husband who is also a photographer and art director. Their approach grasps that a wedding is a once-in-a lifetime event and catching the atmosphere and emotions of the day are essential.

Birkin House

We love how Angela’s fascination in the glamour of the classic hollywood greats of yesteryear seeps into her images. She is a big ‘Vintage’ fan and the attention to detail in the images at Katie and Richard’s wedding was sublime. Angela’s blog has lots more sumptuous pictures of Katie and Richard’s wedding and we were delighted when she offered to share these ones with us! Follow our link to Angela’s blog HERE.

Vintage Dorset’s contribution to the day was to bring a flavour of the majestic Birkin House into the wedding marquee -festooning it with vintage bunting, beautiful damask and vintage tablecloths and perfectly gorgeous flowers and ribbons arranged in teacups, teapots and old fashioned jugs.

Flowers in Teacups

Vintage Tables

Vintage Dorset Flowers

Add our old fashioned post box wishing well and some of our gorgeous red glass hearts for measure and the scene perfectly complemented the elegance of this beautiful period house and the classical style radiating from Katie and  Richard.

Postbox wishing well

“Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding day so perfect, I absolutely loved the decorations”

We’re sure you’ll agree – Katie and Richard look stunning in this wonderful location – the perfect bride and groom sharing the most beautiful of weddings!

For venue dressing services, accessory hires or book flowers in teacups and on cake stands please contact us HERE.

Published by vdorset, on 21st September 2011 at 7:10 am. Filled under: Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Katie & Richard’s Perfectly English Wedding