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We didn’t have a theme (but there were Viz characters!) Paul and Kirsty’s Maunsel House wedding with Anna Taylor Photography

Don’t let the headline mislead you – this is the most elegant of weddings, and any Viz table names come as a complete surprise (which makes the chuckle factor greater!) Kirsty is a beautiful bride in a designer David Fielden gown, Paul her handsome groom. They celebrated at the fabulous Maunsel House (click the link for more real weddings there) in a relaxed and beautifully styled day.

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I love how Paul and Kirsty didn’t work with a theme – instead, their wedding came together beautifully around their sense of style. It’s a lovely way to create a wedding and makes perfect sense to me. Images are by lovely wedding photographer Anna Taylor who you should read more about here:

www.annataylorphotography.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/AnnaTaylorPhotography

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Our wedding report: Paul and Kirsty

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.annataylorphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Absolutely!! She was fantastic and really captured the spirit of the day.

Wedding venue:

Maunsel House, Somerset

Wedding date:

22nd March 2014

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A massive party with all our favourite people!

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Anna sent us a few the day after the wedding as a sneak preview and we were delighted. We knew she’d do a fantastic job and that they would be nothing less than amazing!

Your wedding style and theme:

Big country house, spring, relaxed and no fuss…..I was adamant there was no theme! People were constantly asking about our theme and initially I panicked that we didn’t have one, but then we realised for us the day just evolved during the planning and I suppose ‘themed’ itself in the end.

Any happy tears on the day?

No. However, I was overcome the morning of the wedding with nerves of anticipation. I was totally taken by surprise by them. My hands were shaking, my heart was pounding. Thankfully they left me the moment I put my dress on!

How did the two of you meet?

We’d actually known of each other for many years. We can’t pinpoint our very first meeting but we decided to go on a date after a mutual friend’s wedding in 2010.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

18 months. Paul proposed in September 2012 in Ibiza while we watched the sunset at Café del Mar. I had no idea he’d been planning it.

Best bit of budget advice?

We’re probably not able to (or shouldn’t!) offer any advice here as we never really budgeted in the end. Paul being an accountant did set up an all-singing, all-dancing spreadsheet that counted the days to the wedding and broke down payments due and totals spent and outstanding. We added everything to it from the engagement ring to postage. It was terrifying!

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

Kirsty’s brother took our ideas and transformed them into fantastic save the date cards, wedding invitations, table names, table plan and thank you cards! We used Anna’s photos on our invitations (from our pre-wedding shoot) and for our thank you cards.

We had luggage tags with twine as place cards, which I handwrote and stamped with a heart onto each.

Our table names were Viz characters. This was Paul’s input! The Viz is a North East comic for those with a quirky sense of humour who aren’t easily offended! Paul has been reading it since he was about 14 years old and has a massive collection now. It made for some interesting photos especially as our table was called ‘The Fat Slags’.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

David Fielden. Angelica Bridal, Islington

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

I wore pearl earrings I have had for a long time from John Lewis, a Dower and Hall pearl bracelet and my hair accessory was from Oasis. I pinned a brooch that used to belong to my Gran to my bouquet (it was my borrowed and blue!).

The groom wore:

Paul wore navy tails with a cream waistcoat and cravat, he looked incredibly handsome!

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My maid of honour and bridesmaid wore dresses from Coast, called Maya. They were one shoulder maxi-dresses that were a dusky pink. My flower girl wore a cream dress from Monsoon.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

All the hair and make-up on the day was done by the brilliant June Kelly from Make-up Junkies. She was amazing and made me feel a million dollars. It was like having one of your mates around. She fitted right in and was completely unfazed by any request and everything going on around her.

Wedding flowers:

Dinah Taylor, from Inspiration Wedding Flowers. My parents and I collected about 50 jam jars of varying shapes and sizes and tied twine around the top of them. Dinah filled them with ranunculus, narcissus, muscari, tulips and thistles. We also had pew ends with the same selection.   I opted for wrist corsages instead of bouquets for my bridesmaids. My experience had been that as a bridesmaid you’re often holding or fixing things and bouquets just end up sitting on tables!

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

How full the room was with everyone smiling. When we walked out as Mr and Mrs Galpin we played ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder and everyone starting clapping and singing along. That was a great moment!

Wedding readings?

This took us ages to decide! We didn’t want anything too soppy and we also wanted something that reflected us as a couple. In the end we chose ‘The Future’ by Emma Salmon and ‘He’s Not Perfect’ by Bob Marley. They were ideal.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Definitely not. Maunsel is full of quirky artefacts including coats of armour, a stuffed bear, hundreds of hats, paintings and amusing newspaper articles about its owner. It also has lots of hidden passages!

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

We had a cheese tower wedding cake, served with biscuits, chutney and port. It was delicious! We’re still eating the cheese now!

Entertainment:

We played our own iPod playlists during the day and in the evening we had our band, The ZuZu Men, who were amazing. They played everything from Kings of Leon to the Bare Necessities (yes really!). The dance floor was never empty and there is photographic evidence (thanks Anna!) of some very interesting dance moves…..

On the day tips and advice:

Don’t stress the small stuff. Make a list of jobs for people. It may seem a bit Bridezilla but people like knowing what their jobs are as they want to do them well for you. It also means you can just forget about them. Enjoy it. It really does go very quickly!

What’s the best thing about being married?

To be honest nothing has really changed but it is lovely to call Paul my husband and hear him introduce me to people as his wife.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Photographer, Anna Taylor – www.annataylorphotography.co.uk

Caterers, Posh Nosh – www.posh-nosh.co.uk

Hog Roast and Cheese Tower, Pynes of Somerset – www.pynethebutcher.co.uk

Make-up and Hair, June Kelly @ Make-up Junkies – www.makeup-junkies.com

Flowers, Dinah Inspiration Flowers – www.inspirationweddingflowers.com

Maunsel House – www.maunselhouse.co.uk

Dress, Angelica Bridal – www.angelicabridal.co.uk

Bridesmaid Dresses ( Maya Maxi Dress), Coast – www.coast-stores.com

Grooms outfit, Moss Bros – www.mossbroshire.co.uk

Band, The ZuZu Men – www.thezuzumen.com

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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