Natalie Guest first met Daniel Mehmet when she was working for the family business in HR. A mutual friend asked if she could hook Daniel up with a job. She ended up employing him, and a friendship grew from there.
A Destination Engagement
When it came time to propose, Daniel popped the question when the couple was visiting one of the most romantic places on Earth – Santorini. During their first night on the island, Natalie and Daniel went out for a beautiful meal and watched the sun set. When they returned to their room afterwards, the entryway was lit with candles and covered in rose petals leading to the bedroom. Daniel got down on one knee and presented Natalie with one of her late mother’s rings, making their destination engagement even more special.
“There was a lovely sense of calm.”
Planning an English Countryside Wedding
Natalie and Daniel decided upon an English countryside wedding and enjoyed a completely stress-free planning process.
“I found Bespoke Events London who really took care of absolutely everything, from recommendations and bold ideas to the whole wedding day production,” Natalie shares. “They were so professional; we really didn’t have to worry about anything. We knew we wanted a UK wedding, as we really wanted all the family there. I had always envisioned an outdoor ceremony – a little risky with the English weather, but we were so lucky with beautiful sunshine so the backup plan was not required.”
A Romantic Wedding at Cliveden House
The bride and groom’s English countryside wedding took place at Cliveden House, located in Berkshire. From start to finish, the entire day unfolded perfectly.
“I started my day with yoga on the terrace with my bridesmaids, overlooking the beautiful gardens of Cliveden,” Natalie describes. “There was a lovely sense of calm. Daniel started his playing tennis with the groomsmen and other family members. Then came the ceremony. Neither of us were nervous, just excited to start this new adventure together. It truly was the happiest day, surrounded by our friends and family.”
The ceremony décor was a stunning setup, featuring floral designs that complemented the English countryside setting beautifully. A mirrored ceremony aisle stretched down a path lined with a luxurious meadow of flowers, and guests were seated beneath a clear and sunny Berkshire sky. For the reception, a color palette of soft pink and gold was used to transform the inside of Cliveden House into a warm and romantic space. Later that evening, Cliveden House was transformed yet again – this time, into a wild safari party.
A Honeymoon on Safari
The end of Natalie and Daniel’s wedding at Cliveden House foreshadowed what was to come next, as the newlyweds started their honeymoon in Botswana on safari. It was a first time experience for both of them.
“As soon as we arrived at our first camp, Zarafa, we entered our room only to be met by a beautiful elephant greeting us on our balcony,” says Natalie. “He stuck around whilst we dipped our toes in the plunge pool and popped the champagne. After 6 days on safari, we headed to North Island in the Seychelles to relax and unwind. Then a short stay in the One&Only in Dubai on the way home.”
Location: Cliveden House, Berkshire, United Kingdom; Wedding Planner: Bespoke Events, London, United Kingdom; Floral Design: Richard Elder Floral Design, United Kingdom; Cake: Rosalind Miller, United Kingdom; Dress: Phillipa Lepley; Hair & Makeup: Claire Nicole Stansfield; Groom’s Attire: Gives & Hawkes; Cinematography: Alessandro Bordoni; Photography: Roberta Facchini, United Kingdom