There is something captivating about this time of year; everything is veiled in a little magic. Maybe it’s the strings of twinkling lights, the beautifully dressed trees around every corner or perhaps that feeling when you come in from the cold and are greeted with a warming glass of mulled wine. Whatever the reason, we know one thing, it makes for an enchanting wedding day…
With fairy-light clad beams, huge windows overlooking our beautiful gardens and a warm and inviting atmosphere, our Threshing Barn is the perfect place to make the most of December wedding day charm. With plenty of room for any table lay out and our spectacular Christmas tree, this picturesque setting makes a wonderful backdrop for a winter wonderland reception.
Over the years we have seen some gorgeous winter wedding trends, from embracing Christmas cheer with classic yuletide décor to adorning the barns with glorious winter foliage or adding shimmering whites to tablescapes with mirrored centrepieces or glistening candelabras.
The world is your oyster when it comes to winter wedding style, however if you are looking for a place to start or would like our talented team to create your wonderland for you, then we have some beautiful styling packages which lend themselves to this time of year perfectly. Wild & Green brings the outside in with lush foliage, glistening tea lights and fragrant herbs, or for classic wedding styling at its best, Elegant Ivory features timeless white, offset with antique touches and the warm glow of candlelight.
At the heart of any winter wedding is a decadent and delicious menu. Our Roots Chefs always go above and beyond to create the perfect feast for your big day. Whether you are looking for a specially created bespoke wedding breakfast or wish to choose from our Winter Wedding Menus, our delicious food will be just the thing to bring friends and family together to celebrate your love.
As a little treat this festive season our Executive Chef, Dan Clarke, has shared his popular Roots Mulled Wine recipe…
Roots Mulled Wine
1 x bottle of Shiraz or Malbec red wine
1 x orange
5 x cloves
2 x sticks of cinnamon
2 x star anise
125ml maple syrup or honey
125ml brandy or cognac
5 x bay leaves
2 x sticks fresh rosemary
1 x tbsp pink peppercorns
Garnish for glasses 1 x lemon, 1 x orange, 1 x lime
Add all ingredients to a heavy based saucepan.
Bring to a simmer, do not boil.
Serve into heatproof glasses or mugs.
Dan’s Top Tips:
• Always use a good quality wine. I like a Shiraz or Malbec as they have some body to them and a little spice. Do not use lighter wines such as a Merlot or full bodied wines like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Rioja as they are too rich.
• Do not boil the mulled wine, it will kill the flavour and turn it bitter, it also cooks the alcohol too much.
• I like to use maple syrup instead of sugar. It adds sweetness but also a lovely depth of flavour.
The above recipe will make 5-6 glasses/mugs.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Photos by Hana Venn Photography, Virginia Photography and Chris Giles Photography.