Hey lovely! I have a treat for you today – gorgeous bride Meg and her handsome new hubby Jack celebrated their wedding at Brympton House, a stunning venue which Country Life described as the most beautiful house in England. Our friend and Somerset wedding photographer Martin Dabek knows it well: he captured Meg and Jack’s day in his fabulous style, recording the wonderful styling details, memorable moments and atmosphere of the day perfectly. And that Phillipa Lepley gown…
The venue, Brympton House, was beautiful in its own right. However, the styling team were able to add so many extra touches that bought the home to life and fit perfectly with the themes. Emily, who does the Brympton House flowers arranged all the flowers for us. She was brilliant and added extra touches, such as a personalised ribbons to the bouquets. We wanted lots of flowers and folliage, which was all a bit messy and relaxed. Everything we asked for she did wonderfully.
We didn’t have a cake. We are a both vegetarians (attempting to be vegans!) and so a cake really wasn’t on our agenda (although I am sure there are plenty of lovely vegan options out there). The only really important bit to us was the significance of the ‘cake cutting’ and so we had a large pinata made (by https://www.pinata.co.uk/) and instead made the cake cutting into a cake smashing, which was really good fun!
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We met Martin at an open day at our venue, Brympton House. We immediately loved his relaxed style and how easy going he was. We wanted someone who would naturally capture the laughs and silliness of our friends and family, which he did beautifully.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Absolutely, Martin made everyone feel at ease. Even my husband who hates having his photo taken!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
It was brilliant. They bought back so many lovely memories.
Discover more from Brympton House wedding photographer Martin Dabek:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Most of our suppliers were through recommendations and were linked with our venue
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Go with what you really want/need, rather than what you think everyone else will expect
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The videos and photos will help the memories last forever so those to me are really important. Also I love music and play myself so having good music throughout the day meant a lot to us.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I would like to say I am creative enough to have made my own but sadly not! We went with minted.us website.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes absolutely. It was not the dress I had expected to buy but I just felt so comfortable in it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My jewellery and accessories were all pieces that had personal meaning to me. They were either given to me by important family members or friends and things that I wanted to have close to me on the day.
And what did the groom wear?
Having spent much of our time together living and travelling around Oxfordshire due to study and work, Jack wanted to go with a local tailor. He eventually decided on the Cotswold Tailor in Woodstock who were brilliant at helping him find exactly what he wanted and felt happy in. His favorite part of the outfit were his Newcastle United cuff links – of course!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The girls wore dark green Coast dresses. This was a tough one initially as I had 8 bridesmaids all of varying heights, sizes and some even pregnant, so I wanted to find a dress that would fit and work for all of them.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I did my own make-up and had a very good friend do my hair. She was a star as we had very few chances to practice and I totally changed what I wanted on the day!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a beautiful harpist for our wedding breakfast, Claire Dibble who played wonderfully. She was really good at checking in to see if there was anything in particular we did/didn’t want. We also had a great Jazz band during the canapes. Thanks also to my sister and brother in law for singing our signing of the register song and to my mum and dad for their choreographed dance!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Make some time throughout the day to catch a moment or two, just the two of you, away from all the business.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Feeling that little bit more connected with your best friend. And having an amazing party with your nearest and dearest!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
https://www.gandyslondon.com/women/accessories/flip-flops.html (provided us with flip flops for dancing in the evening and the money goes to a great cause)