Karen and Richard’s Mansion House wedding in Bristol, with Martin Dabek Photography
Karen and Richard were together for 17 years before they got married. Their story goes back some way: they were even in the same class at school! Karen told me the best thing about being married is not having to call Richard her partner any more – because it always sounded as though they were in business together! (Honestly though, why has no one thought of a better word for partner… any suggestions?!)
Their Mansion House wedding is pretty, perfect, and full of love and family and smiles all day long. I love the flowers, I adore Karen’s pretty House of Mooshki dress – she looks so beautiful! – and the atmosphere of their day which comes across so perfectly in their images.
Our venue didn’t need much decoration as it has so much character and some great artwork hanging on the walls. My daughter Charley made a sign that was pegged to the little flowered carry case, this was bought for wedding cards. I bought some confetti cones and ribbon to tie bows to keep the cones closed and painted a wooden box for the confetti cones to go in. We bought a miniature easel and wooden sign to put next to the confetti box to let guests know that they should help them-selves to the confetti. We had a white picture frame with pink backing board and a clear vinyl front which had two heart shaped slots which wooden hearts could be dropped into create a personalised message board. I bought hand held fans for all the female guests and my niece tied bows around each one, these were placed on all the female place settings. I also purchased handmade chocolates from “Designer Chocolates” of Berkeley which were individually boxed and had matching ribbon ties as favours. My daughter Charley, myself and Richard made our table planner – it took ages! [but it looks worth every second!! – Claire]
Wedding photographer’s website:
After booking our venue at The Mansion House, we were looking at the brochure that Parsnip Mash (who cater exclusively for The Mansion House) gave us and saw an advert for Martin Dabek Wedding Photography. I looked at his webpage and just loved it!
When we met with our wedding planner, Caroline Green of “The Planning Lounge” she agreed that he would be perfect.
Martin was brilliant, he has a calm nature and made us feel at ease, he captured the atmosphere and peoples emotions with stunning pictures. He asked some guests to move to certain positions for when we walked back down the aisle so he could capture all the lovely colours.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We sat down with a glass of wine and started to look at them, we were so excited and were blown away by how fantastic they were.
The Mansion House, Clifton Down
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Absolutely amazing day, have never smiled so much before!
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Google for the wedding singer (Matt Bee)
Parsnip Mash brochure for Megan Lilly flowers
Recommendations from Caroline Green for hire of games and garden furniture
What’s your top tip for saving money?
shop around – but you get what you pay for!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
such a hard question as all the elements made the day great but everything came together with the hard work of our wedding planner – everything fell into place with Caroline!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Suzanne at “The Whistle Press” in Bath
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
of course, I loved it as soon as I saw a picture of it on the internet
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Designer: House of Mooshki
Bridal boutique : Veils of Berkeley
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Tiffany Signature® pendant in 18k white gold with an Akoya peal
Paloma Picasso® Olive Leaf drop earrings in sterling silver supplied by Tiffany
Tiffany Classic™ milgrain wedding band ring in platinum, 3 m
Shoes by “Rainbow” purchased from Veils of Berkeley
Hair clip from Debenhams
And what did the groom wear?
Richard wore a bespoke suit from “The Cad and The Dandy” of Savile Row
Shoes by Crockett and Jones
His tie and pocket square were from Dessy
His pocket watch which his father had given him some years ago
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My three daughters wore dresses from “Bridesmaids by Dessy”
Sandals from Accessorize
Sliver and rose quartz pendants purchased from “Not on the High Street”
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My trusted hair dresser Kirsty Greenslade did mine and my bridemaids hair, she also did my makeup.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Flowers supplied by Megan Troughton at “Megan Lilly Flowers”
Simple posy style bouquet of mixed roses and astrantia in pale dusky pinks, blush and ivory with soft green foliage
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Our wedding cake was made up of 3 tiers of iced sponge cup cakes then another 3 tiers of iced fruit cake.
We choose this combination as not everybody likes fruit cake and I want to cater for all tastes, and I wanted a tall display so this covered it all.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Wedding singer for ceremony and reception drinks was Matt Bee – he was fantastic, I would highly recommend him.
DJ and announcer was Tom Norridge – a highly likable chap with good sense of humour and good music choice.
Band was “The 45’s” fantastic band from Bristol – great music.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
get a wedding planner – worth their weight in gold – at least ours was!!