A Soho Farmhouse Wedding Full of Relaxed Glamour
No wedding at Englandâs Soho Farmhouse ever had tables full of âcowsâ until Nathan Woods and Chris Wilcocks said âI do.â Londoners Nathan, a production controller, and Chris, a communications director, took a playful and relaxed approach to their weekend celebration, which took place at the countryside resort in Oxfordshire. The location holds a special place in the coupleâs love story as it's where they took their first getaway back in 2015. So it was only fitting to return years laterâon the exact same weekendâto make it official.
The couple filled the wedding with personal touches, from readings from the series âFleabagâ to â90s house music and Kylie Minogue songs, as a nod to Nathanâs home country of Australia. They also included family in sweet ways, like having their nephew walk down the aisle (toy horse in hand) along with their retriever mix, Byron, and a cluster of flower girls. âWe wanted to break with tradition and take a playful approach,â the couple says. âA friend coined a term for the dress code, relaxed glamour, that ended up sticking and applying to the whole wedding.â
For an entire weekend in August of 2019, the couple and their 120 guests toasted with ProvenĂ§al rose, plenty of pudding, and lots of great laughs. For instance: the cows. As a play on Soho Farmhouseâs line of toiletries, which all have cheeky names, the couple decided to dub everyone âcows.â There were âMoovie Cowsâ for Nathanâs friends from the film industry, and âCash Cows,â for their work colleagues, among others. âWe actually loved the process,â they add of putting it all together. âWe always had an excuse to visit the farm under the guise of âplanning.ââ
Both grooms wore navy suits, with Chris in a Maison Margiela suit and shirt and Gucci loafers and Nathan in a Paul Smith suit with Tom Ford shoes. They both donned the watches they had exchanged as engagement gifts.
Family played a central role in the pairâs wedding day. Chris and Nathan both walked down the aisle escorted by their parents, and they included younger members as attendants. Though the grooms didnât dictate their outfits, they love how everyone naturally leaned toward navy and pink!
Our first weekend away together was at Soho Farmhouse and we pretty much instantly fell in love with the placeâas well as each other.
âOur first weekend away together was at Soho Farmhouse and we pretty much instantly fell in love with the placeâas well as each other,â the couple says. They hosted the ceremony in the hay barn on the property.
To stick with the ârelaxed glamourâ vibe, the grooms didnât specify much for the dĂ©cor as long as it followed that guideline. For the ceremony, that meant rustic touches, arrangements filled with wildflowers, and hay bales as seating.
âTurning a wedding into a weekend was important as we had guests visiting from all over the world, including a big contingent from Australia,â the couple says. âWe loved having everyone staying onsite.â
âWe each walked down the aisle arm in arm with our parents, a string quartet playing, and all our friends and family in tears as we walked past them,â the couple recalls. âIt was a goosebump moment weâll never forget.â
The couple opened the ceremony with an unconventional yet fitting reading: The monologue from the âhot priestâ on the series âFleabag.â
Chris and Nathan exchanged traditional vows at the ceremony, but did offer their creative chops with it came to a limerick that they co-authored for the welcome baskets. In it, they shared thoughtful details about their life as a couple and how that would translate to the wedding weekend.
Their string quartet played a cover of Abbaâs âGimme Gimme Gimmeâ for the recessional as their guests cheered the newlyweds.
Chris and Nathan pose with their pup, Byron, a retriever mix.
Take some time for the two of you throughout the day so you can soak in the magic of it together.
âTake some time for the two of you throughout the day so you can soak in the magic of it together,â the couple says of their bicycle ride through the property after the ceremony.
The party transitioned to the barwell barn for the reception, where Chris and Nathan made quite the entrance. âWe spent a lot of time thinking about the right music for the right moment and this one definitely paid off,â they say. The reveal? They danced in to âLetâs Hear It For The Boyâ by Deniece Williams.
âWe wanted things looking as rustic and natural as possible, in keeping with the farm,â the couple says. Soho Farmhouse actually handled their flowers, as well as much of their dĂ©cor and planning. âNatalie Bentley at the Farmhouse is spectacular in every way. She made it a dream.â
In fact, the couple had no shortage of drinks. They admit they skipped a few dĂ©cor options to spend more on their âthirsty guestsâ and joke that âamong their proudest achievementsâ is drinking through the resortâs stash of their Lady A rose on the wedding weekend. After all, the easiest part of planning was picking the wine.
The couple cut into a red velvet cake before kicking off the âballad-free zoneâ with â90s house music and DJ Neil Prince.
The coupleâs DJ was such a hit that Nathanâs mother wants a night out in Soho, London, to dance to his mixes again. âWhen it came to the first dance, we wanted to get the party started but with lyrics that would still speak to the moment,â Nathan says. âStep forward: Chrisâs favorite house classic, N-Joiâs âAnthem.â The title says it all.â