Ah Gosfield Hall! It’s a unique venue with heaps of fascinating history behind it. Proudly standing within a whopping 10 acres of lawns, gardens and parkland, it’s also home to some stunning nature and wildlife. A true gem of the Essex countryside, Gosfield Hall was built in 1545 by Sir John Wentworth, an esteemed member of Cardinal Wolsey’s household. For a period during the late 16th century, Gosfield was also the favoured residence of Queen Elizabeth I during the summer months.
From 2004 onwards, Gosfield started its journey as a member of the CHW family. Since then it has been bestowed with numerous awards, including the ‘Wedding Venue of the Year (Heritage)’ award at the Essex Wedding Awards 2012. A recent couple to cross Gosfield’s threshold were Peter and Zoe. Check out their experience here.
There are numerous themes one could choose for a wedding at Gosfield Hall. However, we can only think of one that melds several at once, and keeps to the overall style of Gosfield. It’s called rustic chic.
Rustic chic blends several themes, like vintage, minimalist and romantic. As Bridal Guide describes:
“Rustic chic weddings showcase a natural landscape, use wood in multiple ways and incorporate pieces that look like they could exist in your home or garden.”
A splendidly rustic cake
The Knot provides us with a splendidly in-depth collection of various rustic cakes that would suit the venue to a tee! From a naked wedding cake garnished with fresh fruit to a rustic, rough-frosted wedding cake with crimson flowers. When we think of rustic chic, these cake ideas are the perfect thing we have in mind.
A standout rustic bouquet
The bouquet is the second most important component of your wedding ceremony outfit, after the dress. To really kick the theme off to an awesome start, think hard about a rustic chic bouquet. For the ultimate rustic statement use a bouquet of wildflowers. As Amanda Casertano writes in The Knot:
“The natural beauty of wildflowers offers a unique opportunity for your bridal bouquet to really show, well, your wild side! Use wildflowers to express your style, whether that’s rustic, bohemian or natural.”
Generally, the rule for rustic chic is to keep it smart, yet with a casual edge. However, try to keep it vintage smart/casual. So, search for a unique wedding dress that has that rustic vintage vibe. Get the boys to wear smart jeans, yet with a waistcoat and boutonniere of wild flowers.
For your rustic chic colour theme, there really are no set rules. If you want something minimal yet romantic, opt for lots of prime whites and soft pastel shades like yellow and blue. Alternatively, go for deep ruby reds and luscious dark purples for a colour scheme with genuine pop.