Real-Life :   22 / 07 / 19

Olivia and Jack

Who: Olivia and Jack | When: June 2019 | Where: Houghton Lodge

At just under 80 guests, Houghton Lodge provided the perfect venue for Olivia and Jacks’s intimate wedding. This stunning country house and gardens in Hampshire’s Test Valley is a tranquil, romantic space with plenty of special features. The couple had chosen to have their ceremony by the banks of the river. As guests gathered in this idyllic spot, they enjoyed drinks served from a special station offering up two of the couple’s favourite cocktails – Negronis and Margaritas.

Houghton Lodge wedding

After the ceremony, the bride and groom led the way up the sweeping lawns and into a private walled garden. In the spirit of the theme of Bohemian elegance, canapés were circulated while everyone mingled. These bite-sized creations included confit beef shin croquets, panko breaded pork belly with gooseberry jam and avocado puree on polenta toast.

Shortly afterwards, dinner was served in the enchanting glasshouse. Overlooking the pretty walled garden, and with a very unique, airy feel, the space looked magical. Florist, Gabi Manivit had very cleverly strung trails of foliage from the beams, which transformed the room. And there were beautifully simple jars of blush pink and white flowers on each of the tables.

A carve at the table roasted rump of new season lamb made for a spectacular main course, and the whole menu was punctuated with early summer flavours and ingredients. As the sun set on the glass house later in the evening, everyone was invited to tuck into a delicious, rustic cheese board.

Houghton Lodge wedding menu

Feedback from the happy couple

The newlywed couple got in touch with these kind words shortly after their special day:

“Hi Pete… You, Grace and the Kalm team did a fantastic job. We had several guests comment that it was the best wedding food they’ve had. Your organisation of the day, suppliers, stylish presentation and the calming presence of you and Grace were all highlights.”

Would you like to talk to us about how we can create extra magic at your special day? Give us a call on 01483 813360 or email

Credits… Venue: Houghton Lodge {} Food & styling: Kalm Kitchen {} Photography: Felix Russell {} Flowers: Gabi Manivit at Scarlet & Violet {}

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