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Autumnal Oxnead Hall Wedding with Relaxed Boho Styling and Floral Semi Naked Cake

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Why did I love Aleysha and Jack’s Oxnead Hall wedding? Let me count the ways!

If you’re on the search for some autumnal boho styling inspiration then it’s your lucky day, because I mean that literally. From their venue to their styling to their cake – of course! – their Oxnead Hall wedding was a total dream, so pull up a pew, grab a glass (or a mug, whatever floats your boat) and let’s dive in.

Oxnead Hall wedding venue

I’m a regular supplier for Oxnead Hall weddings – you can see another wedding I did there recently here – and fall in love with the venue afresh every single time. It’s an idyllic setting with a variety of spaces for ceremonies and receptions, meaning each wedding is totally different and personalised to the couple. Aleysha and Jack had their relaxed, boho ceremony in the Fountain Room, a light and airy room with focal arched mirrors and a historic feature wall at the top of the aisle. They then ate and partied in the award-winning Great Barn.

Warm, earthy autumnal colour palette

Aleysha and Jack got married in November, and chose an autumnal wedding colour scheme to match. Emulating the very best bits of the season – the crunchy leaves underfoot, all the pumpkin spice – they chose deep orange tones alongside mocha and rich brown shades. These colours ran through everything at their Oxnead Hall wedding, from the flowers to the amazing burnt orange of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Styled wedding collaboration

Aleysha and Jack’s Oxnead Hall wedding packed a particular punch in terms of design and styling, as they’d chosen the full styling and floral package from The Little Lending Co and Floral Sistas. No one does boho like The Little Lending Co and Floral Sistas, and to have them both team up is a match made in styling heaven!

The Great Barn looked completely different to any other times I’ve seen a wedding there, with impactful flowers and innovative use of texture bringing a rustic but contemporary feel. Against the back wall and from the ceiling beams hung beautifully soft, draped fabric, which also snaked its way up some pillars alongside some dark, dried floral arrangements. Thick, chunky knotted rope also added depth behind the top table, as well as around the table plan, a black board featuring white hand lettering. Alongside the rustic white Chiavari chairs, the top table also featured two giant rattan peacock chairs, which had been part of the ceremony setup too.

Floral Sistas had knocked it out of the park with the flowers, too, in stunning shades of peach, orange, and dark brown. Alongside the flowers, they’d also utilised foliage and dried, fluffy grasses to add even more texture. (It’s hard to pick a fave, but I think my favourite flowers are the arrangement that the statue is wearing as a crown in The Fountain Room!)

Autumnal floral wedding cake

Floral Sistas left me some flowers to use as the finishing touches for the cake, too. The cake design for this Oxnead Hall wedding was simple, yet stunning: a tall, four-tiered cake finished in a semi naked buttercream design. Across these tiers, Aleysha and Jack had three unusual, intriguing flavours: lemon and elderflower, banoffee, and white chocolate, pistachio and cardamom (a super, spiced cake that was perfect for the season!)

With a semi naked cake, the base is a blank canvas for me to bring to life with the flowers and foliage. Generally my clients leave the arrangement of flowers up to me, which is my perfect brief: I don’t know how I will arrange them until I arrive and see what the florist has left me. I’ve had the pleasure of working on many weddings with Floral Sistas now, and knew that they’d provide me with a lovely selection; and boy, was I proven right. The gorgeous mix of honey- and blush-toned roses, ranunculus and autumnal leaves worked perfectly on alternating sides of each tier. For even more of an indulgent, rustic look, I added plums, blackberries and blueberries nestled in amongst the florals.

Of course, the cake was given the royal treatment: by which I mean The Little Lending Co provided it with its own impeccably styled space. Placed on top of a tall wooden plinth, the cake stood on a ceramic-looking stand, in front of a large swathe of soft fabric which pooled on top of the plinth.

Cosy autumn wedding ideas

This wedding is also full of cute and cosy wedding ideas. The Little Lending Co provided signage for key moments throughout the day, including an unplugged ceremony. They also indicated a blanket station so guests could get snuggly.

But perhaps the best cosy autumn wedding idea from Aleysha and Jack’s Oxnead Hall wedding was the gin and tonic bar. As favours, they’d placed a miniature bottle of warming flavoured gin at every place setting. Guests were then invited to use said gin to create their very own gin and tonic, with an abundance of fresh fruit and different tonic flavours available to craft their own perfect mix.

Looking for your own floral wedding cake?

Also planning an Oxnead Hall wedding? Or perhaps you’re looking for a different, artistic buttercream wedding cake, and are intrigued by the sound of these flavours (in Aleysha and Jack’s own words, “Everyone who had some said how delicious it was. Lucky for us we also have a freezer full to tuck in to over the next few months - best part about a big cake!! It was all to die for but the banoffee was on another level!”)? I’d love to chat about your wedding plans - you can get in touch here. I can’t wait to hear from you!

With thanks to the other brilliant wedding suppliers too:

Venue: Oxnead Hall

Photographer: Cara Zagni Photography

Stylist, Decor & Hire: The Little Lending Co

Flowers: Floral Sistas

Planner: Unique Norfolk Venues

Hair Stylist: Montana Boast

Make Up Artist: Eleanor Ainslie Artistry

Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige, from Adella Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Etsy

Groom & Best Man Outfit: Marc Darcy

Groomsmen Outfit: Pure Suit Hire

Shoes: Charlotte Mills

Entertainment: The Indie Killers

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